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A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew

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In a lyrical talk full of radical imagination, poet Aja Monet and community organizer phillip agnew share the story of how they fell in love and what they've learned about the powerful connection between great social movements and meaningful art. Journey to Smoke Signals Studio in Miami, their home and community art space where they're creating a refuge for neighbors and creators — and imagining a new answer to distraction, anger and anxiety.

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36 Comments on A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew

  1. Ben Schreur // 5th March 2019 at 3:58 pm // Reply

    I like listening to smart people talk makes me feel.. idk

  2. Chu Chu Food // 5th March 2019 at 3:58 pm // Reply

    Love your video…. from Viet Nam

  3. Discover Your Awesomeness // 5th March 2019 at 3:58 pm // Reply

    *No one can be sad when they have a balloon. ÷*

  4. I bet TED won’t pin this comment

  5. Your Favorite Lifecoach // 5th March 2019 at 4:01 pm // Reply

    *Organizing is the most powerful tool we have as human beings.*

  6. immaculate woRks // 5th March 2019 at 4:04 pm // Reply

    This caught me off guard,,,, so clever : arousing and amusing. Thnx

  7. Black Lives Matter!

    • @Vladimir lenin Good for you!!

    • Vladimir lenin // 5th March 2019 at 5:53 pm // Reply

      +mhtinla literally look at liberia we practically built a country for the slaves after the abolition of slavery. We handed them a peaceful country to live and they fucked it up in a matter of years.

    • Vladimir lenin // 5th March 2019 at 5:56 pm // Reply

      +mhtinla and African Americans make up 13 percent of the us population. Yet commit 52 percent of the crime according to a statement by the federal bureau of investigation.

    • guy on a gravitron machine standing sideways // 5th March 2019 at 7:10 pm // Reply

      If black lives matter and it’s okay to be white then why can’t we just say that all lives matter and work together instead of continuing the divide between demographics by only rooting for one team? I see no progression in focusing your sociopolitical attention all into one race, one religion, and/or one color.

    • All Lives Matter!

  8. Nina Simone was karazee

  9. Fergus Moffat // 5th March 2019 at 5:08 pm // Reply

    Milleniels are such a serious generation and seriousness is a disease. Why does art have to be about politics , let beauty be , and be appreciated and loved.

    • Fergus Moffat // 5th March 2019 at 6:28 pm // Reply

      +DeoMachina Men and women enjoy looking at slender young women in paintings hence it is hung in a gallery.

    • +Fergus Moffat you have no clue about what art is. But, by all means, carry on being an ignorant lay about it. Your little opinion is irrelevant to reality.

    • Fergus Moffat // 5th March 2019 at 6:44 pm // Reply

      +wanderbär I’m saying that the likes if warehouse and turner didn’t make the art to make a political statement they did it to create beauty, it’s sad people can’t just receive that as a gift and appreciate it. You can evoke political messages and misery out of anything, but it’s you that’s doing it, it’s your mind it’s not the art.

    • guy on a gravitron machine standing sideways // 5th March 2019 at 7:07 pm // Reply

      All art has a story or deeper meaning behind it. From music to painting to street art to dancing to film, there’s a reason things are created.

    • +Fergus Moffat It’s the 21st century my dude, death of the author. Who cares what the artist thinks? Either you deny that art has a meaningful impact on society, or you accept that it’s necessarily political.

  10. Alien Storytell // 5th March 2019 at 5:16 pm // Reply

    You’ve been an Inspirstion to start my own channel got to thank you for that!

  11. Eliza Grogan // 5th March 2019 at 5:37 pm // Reply

    Lots to take from this address. I just don’t hear about integration. What about white people who fled starvation and oppression in their home Countries? What about white people who fled the Holocaust? What about the Irish who fled British oppression? They all worked hard and made something of their lives and that of their children, despite the nightmares of their past. Sometimes it is better to decide “I will be better than my past”, “I won’t use the past to excuse my failure in life”, “I will not be a slave to my past”. Look to the future, not the past because the past is just an excuse for failure.

  12. Thomas Camard // 5th March 2019 at 5:57 pm // Reply

    I thought it was aja and monet from rupauls drag race when i saw this notification

  13. ✨Respect the variety✨
    Pull what speaks to you, Listen to something new,
    See what’s in others view.

  14. John Kwiatkowski // 5th March 2019 at 6:54 pm // Reply

    What in the heck are these people talking about?

    • I was wondering what kind of person would ask such an ignorant question, a question that is easily answered if he ACTUALLY WATCHED THE VIDEO. Clicked his channel, turns out he’s a big fan of David Duke, the guy from the KKK. I guess this tell us all about this user.

  15. Love story

  16. walperstyle // 5th March 2019 at 8:07 pm // Reply

    These people need Colion Noir in their life. Social justice stems from individualism and compassion towards other people’s rights.

  17. Lugh Summerson // 5th March 2019 at 8:32 pm // Reply

    What does she see in a shortarse like him? Must be his a big organ
    ising skills.

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