Black Weirdo Party: Brooklyn Summer 2013


“Black Weirdo began as the name of the parties and events produced by the hiphop duo THEESatisfaction—Stasia ‘Stas’ Irons and Catherine ‘Cat’ Harris-White—in Seattle and Brooklyn. ‘It was a gathering where we played music that we liked or had DJs that we liked,’ explains Cat over the phone. ‘That’s pretty much how it started, in our apartments. But then our apartments got too small, and so we moved these parties to larger venues. Our first big one happened in Brooklyn in the summer of 2012. It sold out. A 400-capacity space in Brooklyn completely sold out. And ever since then [be it in Seattle or Brooklyn], they have sold out.’

During the first half of this year, Black Weirdo also became a series, ‘Black Weirdo of the Week,’ on the blog run by Stas and Cat. And it is in this series that we find a more meaningful framework for thinking about our moment than postraciality. The series profiles artists who are seen as exemplifying Black Weirdness. Some of the artists are musicians (John E Daise), or art historians (Kimberly Drew), or filmmakers (Terence Nance). Some are famous; some are not. Some live in Seattle, some live in other parts of the US, some live in other countries. What unifies them is that Stas and Cat admire what they do and how they express themselves. ‘What the blog is about is giving people we like an opportunity to be themselves… We are not Donald Trump. We are not billionaires or millionaires or some other number. We can’t imagine doing things that way,’ says Cat, who with Stas makes a very unique form of hiphop that combines low-tech (or unadorned) singing and rapping with beats that are to catchy soul tunes what punk is to catchy rock. ‘This is how we do our own thing… Now, first of all, we don’t care for a limited definition of blackness. Ours is very broad. There are a lot of blacks doing very different things. There is a lot of variety. And all of this creativity is not new. It’s been around for a long time.’

via Why Black Weirdos Are Real and a Postracial Society Is Not by Charles Mudede – Seattle Features – The Stranger, Seattle’s Only Newspaper.