Clipping, the experimental hip hop group featuring Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, made their TV debut when they performed one of their more approachable tracks, “A Better Place,” on the Late Late Show with Tony Award winner James Corden.
Today, Guernica Magazine published a great, insightful and inciting interview with South Asian trans performance duo DarkMatter. For instance, this is how they expand upon the above statement that Alok never met a man:
Janani Balasubramanian: I think what Alok was saying with the idea of how we’ve never met a man in our lives, is that manhood is not just an ideal of gender; it also becomes a set of ideals around race, class, respectability, purchasing power, whatever. I’ve never met a single person in their lives who’s rich, has no feelings, goes to the gym every hour, drinks protein shakes all day. This person doesn’t exist.
Alok Vaid-Menon: They’re a fairy tale. What’s difficult is that gender has become only the domain of trans people and women. But we all have gender, and we all have a stake in ending gender.
In a conversation led by Guernica’s Kevin St. James, they discuss gender, performance, colonialism, capitalism, disappointing your parents and the importance of cracking jokes. It really is a must-read, whether you agree with their stances or not.
With this performance, he raised what it means to perform at the Grammy to a completely new level. Wow.
He also won all of the rap categories. Album of the year, however, went to (the also very talented and wonderful) Taylor Swift. Oh, well. I might just be old, but I was interested in 1989 for as many plays as I needed to get into To Pimp A Butterfly.