Omar bin Musa is an Australian-Malaysian poet, writer, rapper, screenwriter and our first international guest on Snacks and Chats.
He talks with us about the experience of growing up brown, Asian and Muslim in Australia and how learning about Muhammad Ali changed the entire course of his life - from learning to love his brown skin to discovering hip hop. We also talk about how he transferred feelings of fury and frustration into his debut novel Here Come the Dogs, and the pain he poured into his latest album, 'Since Ali Died'.
Because it's been getting a little cooler and the sun hasn't been as strong, it's been a great time to shoot. We have this Australian model in town at the moment. Her name is Sabine and this is a little bit of a strange thing to say but she has an incredible energy. I met her and I understand the meaning of 'positive aura'. I asked my brother James if he would do a few pics of her and of course he delivered.
It's 3:03pm on Sunday the 18th of February, which is, fun fact: a day before my high school ex boyfriend's birthday, and three days after my current boyfriend's (and six days after my mom's). More importantly, the 18th of February 2018 is over a month since the last time either Lani or I posted on this site, the thought of which is giving me a mild level of anxiety.
We spoke with Jahra 'Rager' Wasasala shortly after she'd performed her solo 'a world, with your wound in it' and the group show ORCHIDS at the Tempo Dance Festival. She spoke about the come-down after performing such works following years of prep, the conflicting tension that comes with the question 'where are you from'?, the problem with terms like Polynesian and Melanesian, not being afraid as an artist, the challenges of training institutions for young creatives, her mantra ‘The world as a woman’s body’, the creative influence of her mother and much, much more.
"It's 9:12pm on New Year's Eve, December 31st 2017, and I am at home. I'm cross-legged on my bed, woollen blanket draped over my shoulders with that tight, dry feeling around your eyes you get from crying..."
Here's a real sadboi Highs and Low(e)s to wrap up 2017... Lol
I know it isn't very on brand for Rally to do what is essentially a 'gift guide' but I do honestly think these gifts are cool! I would love any one of them! Also, people tell me I'm great at gifts all the time, so you can trust me! Also, all the things I've mentioned can be ordered online from the comfort of your home, so you don't even have to brave the shops!
(There's a catch, though: all of these things basically need to be ordered this weekend if you want them delivered in time for Christmas Day... so on that note, get reading!)
Comedian Rose Matafeo talks to Lani & Ben about living in Ponsonby before and after it was gentrified, going to AGGs, being an afakasi Samoan, making TV shows, going off the pill, missing U Live, definitely winning an Oscar one day and her impending sense of doom.
“There’s nothing wrong with being a solo mother, you don’t have to listen to all the haters about being a perfect mum. They don’t know how powerful and strong and brave mums are, especially solo mothers, they kick ass.”
Snacks and Chats s03 kicks off with rapper JessB talking about her struggle with identity while growing up half-Kenyan and adopted into a white family in NZ. We also talk about her rap career and how Hip Hop helped her become comfortable with herself.
The web-series PSUSY is funny and messed up. Like a short, sharp fever-dream, or waking up the morning after a big night out and being bombarded with horrifying, sweaty flashbacks of all the weird and terrible things you did the night before. I caught up with the show’s two leads the morning after their Season 2 launch party.
I am 33, and I am feeling it. Every day I wake up - late, I stare at my 33 year old face in the mirror. My 33 year old face with its 33 year old skin that for some reason, still gets acne although I am long, long past puberty. I get into my car, I drive to work. I am 33 but I am on my Restricted License. Why? Because I'm scared of failing. If I don't attempt to sit my Full License, I can never fail.
Sara Aiko talks about growing up as a Kiwi/Japanese kid in NZ, the advantages of being brought up with both cultures and how she went from teaching English in Japan, to opening her own boutique travel agency.
Tongan/NZ actress Lucaine Buchanan talks to RALLY for I Thought I Recognised Her: "For me, [acting] is about telling stories, and I think that’s something that Polynesian, Māori and indigenous cultures do naturally."