Posts Tagged: M.I.A.

Personal, Political, and Poetic: A Conversation with Susan Briante

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Susan Briante discusses The Market Wonders, her newest collection of poetry in which she draws on market indicators like the Dow Jones Industrial Average to construct a criticism of contemporary culture.

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“Borders” and Brand Controversy

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MIA’s video for “Borders” is controversial in many ways: it’s full of refugee imagery, MIA rapping in the middle of boats packed with bodies. But its biggest backlash comes from what seems like its least controversial gesture—in some shots, MIA is wearing a shirt with a doctored logo, changing “Fly Emirates” to read “Fly Pirates.” One would think that critiquing […]

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Song of the Day: “Straight To Hell”

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The Clash are famous for their album London Calling and their ubiquitous single, “Rock the Casbah,” which is notable perhaps for its incendiary political message—a denunciation of the Iranian ban on Western music following the 1979 revolution. But it’s “Straight to Hell,” a commemoration of immigrant struggles in the UK and abroad, that best blends political panache with a strong […]

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“The Only Tamil Rapper”

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NPR titled this interview “M.I.A. On Being Heard,” and they were not joking around. In it, the Sri Lankan-British rapper relates all the things she’s had to do over the years to convince people to pay attention to a woman from an ethnic minority in a foreign country. They include threatening to become a drug-addict […]

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When I Was Young

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“And he came to interview me and suddenly I felt like he was trying to corner me. ‘Oh, what’s it like being a terrorist,’ and ‘You’re just doing it for shock value so people will buy your records.’ “And then he said, ‘When I was young…’ and I was like, ‘What?’ and he said, ‘Oh, […]

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