“I was supposed to be a Mexican, then came Manifest Destiny and I became Mexican American, then came the Census Bureau and I became Hispanic, then came that white woman and I became a spic, then came that one Ethnic Studies class and I became Chicano, then came Cherríe Moraga and I became Xicano. In the end, it’s just me and my unsolicited opinion.”—Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano (via informate)
“But here it is fighting got each breath & surviving cuz loca homegrrrls don’t quit on each other. I got your back. You got mine. You got me, mujer, just in time…you—-get—-me. I’m loving you homegrrrl & loving me so don’t worry just continue to be firework at the fiesta a buttery nipple drink & a muy MySpace diva. Let the mundo think anything & everything, cuz I got your back & I’m placing my lips, my breasts & soft belly against it…feel it?”—Adelina Anthony- Tragic Bitches (via gu-grrrl)
Have you ever wondered what it was about a song, a poem, a performance, or a piece of fiction that struck you, and made you blush and say, “Damn that is art!”? Well this past weekend those exact words escaped my mouth.I had the privilege to attend Adelina Anthony and D’Lo’s workshop performance JOTALOGUES: Talking Taboo in LGBTQI-U, at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA.
JOTALOGUES is Anthony and D’Lo’s first two person performance that reveals the pressing issues within our communities: racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, sex, and our impact on the destruction of the environment. These issues are seen through a pan-ethnic, pan-generational and pan-sexual lens. Throughout the performance, Anthony and D’Lo use their comedic talent to address the issues in an unconventional manner, by characterizing particular ethnic groups in the form of animals (i.e cats, dogs, pigs, seagulls, elks, cockroaches, rabbits, fish, and otters). These animal characterizations make it much easier for the audience to digest the taboo subjects that are presented in JOTALOGUES.
This duo uses their work as tool to create social change and to challenge our assumptions of race, gender, and sexuality, and our communities. Both Adelina and D’Lo are truly talented artist who are passionate about their performances. Their creative energy on stage is a clear indication—every word, every move, and every depiction has a significant meaning to the message they want address—something I have yet to see in other artists. They never seem to disappoint. If you ever get a chance to see Adelina Anthony or D’Lo perform, I promise you won’t regret it! They always seem to leave me in awe and much more to think about. Intellectual stimulation is definitely something that happens as an audience member.