“This is a connection…there are many layers to bodywork. You can touch on all of them if you want to, and that person’s going to feel it on all levels.”
“Leadership is not someone who we prop up so high that you feel like they’re inaccessible. Our leaders they come from among us, at least they should. This, to me, is not about only me becoming mayor. This is about proving to people, that you, everyday people, single mothers, nurses, teachers, the people who are solving our community’s problems anyway, this is the place for you.”
“It showed me a world where people cooperate together, people met each other on the street, people were a part of one another’s lives in a kind of intimate way, and a diversity of people that I didn’t experience where I grew up. All of those things made me interested in cities, and made me interested in being a person who created work.”
Artistry and titillation are the crux of humanity in these trying times. Or at least, they play a big factor in how we’re going to get through all of… THIS. The Glam Vamps, a Buffalo-based burlesque troupe who have been entertaining the masses for more than a year as an ensemble, have stepped up to the plate to help us all manage this ordeal in the sexiest, stay-the-fuck-homeiest way possible, with an online outlet for all needs thereof.
“I want people to know that that’s not what we’re about. You can be a part of it, you can exercise daily and eat healthy and not have to be a fitness guru, not have to talk about it all the time. You just do it.”
“They gave us a lot of encouragement to keep what we wanted the same, to keep the tradition going, but still feel like we could make it something new.”
Defining her youth simply as “a struggle,” it’s safe to say much of her life story is embedded in the music.
“I don’t wanna be just reduced to a rapper, I’m a lyricist. I have more to offer than your average rapper does.”
“There’s a skill in knowing how to record, knowing how to write, knowing how to rap and knowing how to tell stories and I know how to do all of them.”
“We only had each other, so we had to be each others’ partners, lovers, best friends, harshest critics… We were all that we had.”
“I’ll be damned if I know what I said, but I remember, at the end of my speech, I said, ‘It’s a beautiful day for a revolution.'”
The Red Party and the fight to end period poverty returns to Resurgence Brewing this Sunday, June 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“As a creator, being able to capture these moments and being able to see the before, during, and after is so incredible…I don’t want to leave because I want to see it happen. I want to take pictures of it happening.”
“We wanted to take a chance on an area of town that we know for a fact will be IT in five years, and we wanted to be a part of it.”
Virginia Leary, known on the socials as Zero Waste Buffalo, is bringing the local sustainability movement into focus, one picture-perfect mason jar at a time.
“At the end of the day, for me it’s about making sure that people have this information and have this literacy and have these skills, no matter where they got that information.”
“No matter who you are or what your personal style is…you will appreciate yourself in a way you never have before.”
“I think the best way to even just to learn how to play is just to do it. Play with people who are better and more experienced. You’ll learn a lot faster…It’s just like life, ya know?”
“With those things that you love in life, I feel you have to do them because we don’t have tomorrow, right?”
“I quit my job and told everyone in the corporate world that I was moving back to Buffalo to start my own baking business.”
Photographer Alana Fajemisin shot with artist Kristin Brandt recently, in anticipation of Kristin’s exhibition at GEORGETTE June 1.
“I wanted to do something, reach out, create something, then bring it to people and be able to engage them.”
In today’s Smash Talks, Ashera talks to Abby Spindelman, an intimacy coach and yoga teacher who helps hash out the intricate, deep concepts surrounding true intimacy.
“You have to make people feel as though they want to take time out to read it, and subscribe to it, and come away feeling as though it was useful.”
“It was just great — getting to know somebody new and helping each other. That’s when I said, ‘I think I’m going to do this.'”
“I expect things to go well, but if they don’t, I have the foundation to step back, rework stuff and do it again.”
“My music for me has always been about healing, and the person I’m looking directly at in front of me, the group of people I’m around.”
“I would have never thought when I started doing it from home, making bougie strawberries, that three years from then, this is where I’d be.”
“Okay, you’re getting older, this is something you want to do, so either do it now, or forever hold your peace.”
“I knew that if I always worked that hard, that I would get it, ya know? No matter what, I would make it happen.”
“We want people to be comfortable asking questions and inquiring about things in a way that just sort of demystifies cocktails.”
“It was so easy and simple, but my mom could not stop raving about it. She would always say that everything tastes better when someone else prepares it for you.”
“If I listened to everyone around me I would never have this — I would have never had this building!”
“No matter what, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, you’re going to end up nine layers deep at some point.”
“She inspired me to subscribe to the life of a visual artist because I could practice creating what I wanted to portray with bits and pieces.”
“I put a tarp on the floor in my room and I cut hair in my room and charged friends like $5 for a color and then we would go to Denny’s and eat fries.”
With federal support in jeopardy, agencies like Crisis Services will rely more on state funding and local support.
“We’re just not going to have refugees coming from these countries, and these folks are the fabric of our communities.”
“It’s our family’s philosophy to keep building the neighborhood, but you do need to make these projects work.”
“We would be stupid if we didn’t take the spot, and we’re not ready, and we can’t afford it, and we’ll figure it out, and here we are.”
“I found that as my role early on because I felt blessed to have all this knowledge and practice from doing it every week.”
“The goal is not to have a specific form and to look like anyone else. The goal is to look like you.”
“I stand back, give it a look, and remember that I just did that with my own two hands from start to finish.”
“You know how it’s nice to wake up and be excited about something? I have to do that or I won’t want to wake up.”
“It feels safe to explore some things that maybe make people uncomfortable in their daily lives, that maybe make ME uncomfortable in my daily life.”
“I want to take part in projects that matter and facilitate change, because the path our culture is currently following is too scary to let ride out.”
“Turns out, even after all the naysayers, the plan turned out to be an internationally recognized success.”
“The struggle is real, but when you have a destiny to fulfill, the miracles come when you need them most!”