GIRLS GET BUSY BLOG TAKEOVER: OOMK Zine - Day 2
Today OOMK Zine tell us about some of their favourite people:
Gareth Pierce - A lawyer who has worked on many cases with miscarriages of justice. Recently she has been defending several people from our community who have been held for many years without charge.
Rabia Basri - An early Sufi poet and holy woman
Malorie Blackman, OBE - An English author of literature and television drama for children and young adults. She has used science fiction to explore social and ethical issues.
Yara Sharif - A practicing Palestinian architect currently in London engaged in social dialogue and architectural experiments between the Palestine/Israel conflict. Her PHD calls for a much needed international debate on ways to resolve the conflict.
Ella Collins - A self-made businesswoman and civil rights activist, raised her half-brother Malcolm X, gave him money for his pilgrimage to Mecca and took over his black Muslim splinter group after his assassination.
Emmy the Great - London base folk singer who was in Lightspeed with Dev Hynes. She’s Chinese and English and I like how she is creatively involved in both cultures as she works across Hong Kong and London writing for publications and making music. It’s pretty rare to find half east Asian half white types in the media and especially any I can relate to.
Charlie Chaplin - This is a bit of a weird one. I’m not big into films and I like the concentration required for reading silent films. To me Chaplin was a real auteur and visionary and I love how he was obsessively involved in actualizing his goals. He consistently makes comment on class systems as the tramp character and made cinema accessible and artful simultaneously.
Miranda July - I think this is a popular, even an obvious one in our circles, but I really aspire to her approach. She makes human, empathetic actions into artisty. She said:
“I guess my favorite thing in the world is when I look at a piece of art, or read a story, or watch a movie where I walk away feeling like ‘Oh my god — I have to do something, I have to make something or talk to someone — things are not the same anymore’ — and so I try to make work where you come away with that feeling. It’s like, yeah, you’re thinking about what you just saw, but even more than that — you feel able, you feel like, kind of propelled”.
I know what she means and I want that too!
Josie Long - A stand up comedian, writer and cartoonist. Maybe another obvious one. She’s probably the London poster girl for DIY. Her energy and enthusiasm is pretty infectious and her podcasts and shows kept me company during some really awfuls days. Her comics are political and sharp and witty too.
Lauren Hill - Talented and thoughtful artist and a spiritual and soulful woman.