It’s been a rough few weeks. I’m filled with emotion for Trayvon Martin’s family, sick of the rapid gentrification of San Francisco, and done being bombarded with privileged rhetoric about both. I’m left with the hope for a different kind of future that can best be described with a Mariah Carey chorus:
And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you
Y’all we can save the day. This might be a good time to mention that I’ve been described in the past as a blind optimist.
Sometimes IRL emotions that can’t be completely comforted by Ms. Carey can be soothed by escaping to the World Wide Web. I’ve found comfort in the communities we form online, the ones that band together to proclaim their disapproval with our justice system and public policies that favor the rich and raise rents.
Case in point: the audience who racked up nearly 70,000 views for Bay drag performer Persia’s dance anthem “Google Google Apps Apps” in its first month on Youtube. The video, featuring genderbending aesthetes Daddies Plastik, uses Google Maps-generated images of our city to tell the world what it’s like to be a struggling artist in the crosshairs of the Bay Area’s rapidly expanding tech industry.
Moving to the East Bay
Living life the broke way
SF keep your mon-ay
Fuck your money!
Persia photo by Fabian Echevarria
To be honest, I’m on my own grind. So why would a person who juggles a 40 hour work week, produces a cute daytime hip hop party, and is the middle of moving, start a magazine?
Maybe it’s the opportunity of spending an evening with an incredible filmmaker in front of a green screen, coming up with hilarious acronyms. Or maybe I like the idea of sussing out an Internet-bound house producer’s thoughts on hentai. Or maybe I just want to get a press pass to Art Basel.
Nah, but for real though, artists are the heroes. Artists are the voices of our time who find creative ways to speak against injustice and inspire positive change. AHDM4U is more than just a lifestyle magazine that talks hip-hop, fashion, politics, and cats. It’s an independent publication that celebrates our heroes and the rad work they do.
And so, with Issue 2, I want to welcome y’all on our journey. It’s going to be wild and beautiful ride. But I promise AHDM4U will take you to a place you’re going to love and hopefully want to come back to again and again.