Maya McCoy

Raveena’s “Stronger” Video Speaks to Power and Vulnerability

June 13, 2019

Raveena followed up her May 31st release of Lucid with a video for the single “Stronger.” Directed by filmmaker Danika Kleinknecht, “Stronger” vacillates between visceral depictions of trauma and the airy, bright vibe reminiscent of Raveena’s previous videos. The video cuts back and forth, as the song does, between images of Raveena as a powerful … Read More

Joy Crookes Brings Her Vibrant Voice to Perception

June 7, 2019

The video for Joy Crookes’s “Since I Left You” starts with a close up on the singer’s face. Behind her, clothes are billowing in the wind, and the shot quickly changes to her sitting with her arms around a young boy. As the video continues, Crookes doesn’t move from this room, which she modeled off … Read More

Raveena Shows Us the Way with Lucid

May 31, 2019

Raveena’s new album Lucid, is the end of May. It’s the end to a springtime of anticipation. It’s the purples of a late sunset, the warm breath of an evening breeze. After releasing two singles, “Mama,” an ode to mothers and all they give, and “Stronger,” an assertion of true agency, Lucid fleshes out the … Read More

Raniyaan di Raunaq is America’s First All-Women’s Bhangra Competition

May 23, 2019

There has never been an all women’s bhangra competition in the United States. That’s changing this summer, with the first all-women’s competition ever to be held this August in Washington, D.C. — Raniyaan di Raunaq. Competitive bhangra, which started as an expression of homeland Punjabi culture, has become its own subculture, with competition norms, online … Read More

Rolex Rasathy and Navz-47 are Celebrating Tamil Women with “Raavanan”

March 13, 2019

“We’ve been waiting for a song like this.” This is what Rolex Rasathy says she hears from so many Tamil women, in response to her latest music video, Raavanan. In the video, which dropped first on Valentine’s Day, New York-based singer Rolex Rasathy and Toronto-based rapper Navz-47 team up to confront a man who has … Read More

Jyoti Nisha Wants to Retell B.R. Ambedkar’s Story

February 12, 2019

Indian filmmaker Jyoti Nisha does not think anyone can claim B.R. Ambedkar’s image or politics. But with her upcoming film, B.R. Ambedkar: Now and Then, Jyoti weaves Ambedkar’s life and history as an opponent of Brahminical hegemony together with the current political climate and anti-caste movement, all from her own Bahujan feminist perspective. Kajal sat … Read More

Kohinoorgasm’s New “Chalo EP” is the Cure for Your Emotional Exhaustion

January 26, 2019

Kohinoorgasm knows the fight isn’t easy. In her new Chalo EP, she soundtracks the constant exhaustion and necessary hope of everyday resistance. She’s back with her signature playful synth beats with meditative melodies. Her four-track EP is perfect for this winter, balancing idealistic imagination and emotional validation. This time around, she experiments with song structure … Read More

“Demons in Paradise” Shifts Away From Prevailing Sri Lanka War Narratives

November 15, 2018

Jude Ratnam didn’t realize he would be telling his own story. Initially, Ratnam set out to make a film about the Sri Lankan Civil War, using the railway connecting the Sinhalese-dominated south and the Tamil-dominated north as a springboard for his explorations. “You can’t rationally understand the process of art-making,” Ratnam told Kajal. “But one … Read More

Find Your Drape with “The Sari Series”

October 15, 2018

The sari has become a constant among South Asian cultures. Now, many women learn the Nivi drape, when they reach adulthood. Learning the Nivi drape, for many, checks off the cultural sari box. But to Malika Verma Kashyap, Producer and Creative Director of “The Sari Series,” this wasn’t enough. “The Sari Series: An Anthology of … Read More

Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke Brings Queer Truth to Colombo’s Stage

September 24, 2018

The One Who Loves You So, writer and director Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke’s widely-anticipated original play, ran at Colombo’s Namel Malini Punchi theater in August. The play is a complex depiction of a short-lived relationship between two men, one “a wealthy Colombo trust-fund baby” and the other a British expatriate. Their relationship starts with an ordinary match … Read More

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