|March 18, 2017||Posted by Wes Hazard under Uncategorized|
Heya, for this past Black History Month I completed a daily art & history project on Instagram under the title #BlackHistoryRepeatsItself Each day I took pieces from Black publications over the last century (Jet Magazine, The Crisis, Ebony, etc) & compared them to stories from 2016 – present by creating collages from historical sources and modern day news pieces. Aside from getting to indulge in my love of history, archives, & collage I wanted to explore how despite so much progress in the last century (progress that’s seriously threatened with current political developments) a lot of things haven’t changed much at all. Some of the posts were funny, others…not so much. Anyway, the IG project officially wrapped at the end of the month, but I’ve compiled all 28 posts (images & commentary) on a new site: www.BlackHistoryRepeatsItself.com
I wanted to preserve the project in an easily accessible way but I’ll also be continuing and expanding it there as well. I got really into digging through the materials and there’s a lot that I want to both revisit and explore anew. Without the character or image-size limits of Instagram I look forward to doing even more. Check it out if it’s your thing. The past is prologue.
|February 20, 2017||Posted by Wes Hazard under Uncategorized|
|January 31, 2017||Posted by Wes Hazard under Uncategorized|
Just wanted to check in and say that the inauguration eve event that I helped organize, Together We Rise: a Counter-Inaugural Celebration of Resistance, was a huge success and I’m so thankful to everyone who was able to make it out. Attendance exceeded what we hoped for, the performers were on fire, and those that came out were truly committed to the cause…and remain so as there’s quite a bit of work to do in the next few months, years, and beyond.
The TWR planning committee is working to determine what we can do to keep momentum going since the first week of this administration have made it abundantly clear that this must remain an urgent and ongoing fight to preserve the freedoms afforded by the constitution, justice for the most vulnerable people in this country, and basic human decency in politics at every level of the country.
I also wanted to share some clips related to the event.
Fellow organizer Mindy Fried and I were thankful to have the chance to talk to Chris Lovett of the Boston Neighborhood Network prior to the event to discuss both its spirit, purpose, and the role of comedy in political protest.
Here’s the promo video we released prior to the event and which we played during intermission.
And here’s the piece that appeared in the the Boston Globe a few days later.
Thanks again to everyone who could make it, and if you couldn’t: stay tuned! We have a whole lot more to do…
|January 7, 2017||Posted by Wes Hazard under Uncategorized|
Whatever your personal stance happens to be the fact of the matter is that very many vulnerable groups in Boston and country are going to be made more vulnerable by the incoming presidential administration.
As such a group of local activists (and me) is organizing an event at the historic Strand Theater in Dorchester on Thurs 1/19. It’s called Together We Rise: a Counter-Inaugural Celebration of Resistance. The event is a multi-genre show (music, dance, spoken word poetry, comedy), an art gallery show, and an activism drive (16 local groups will have tables set up where you can learn about what they do, grab some literature, and sign up to either join or learn more).
It’s all about coming together in a positive way to do what we can to prepare for what will be a very rough 4 years (at least) for a lot of people. There’s a GoFundMe for the event to assist with venue/promo/security costs and a donation of $10 will also get you access to the event but in truth, given its community nature, absolutely no one will be turned away if unable to pay. Hope to see you there!
In order to donate and learn more about the show please click HERE
|November 19, 2016||Posted by Wes Hazard under Uncategorized|
I was thrilled to be featured on a recent episode of The Story Collider podcast where I talked about comedy, Crohn’s Disease, my guts, and the night I came closest to death. I’ve linked directly to the episode on The Story Collider site HERE but it’s available anywhere you get your podcasts. I hope you enjoy!