D Magazine

I was the online arts editorial intern at D Magazine during the summer of 2016. The bulk of my writing was based on the arts and culture in Dallas, and I was able to interview Dallas creatives about their arts-related work.

I think he’s kidding at first, but he says it all with a straight face — I’m the one laughing. He was performing around Paris and got in a car with two men on their way to Guinea. He found himself stranded at a North African embassy, got dropped off by a taxicab in the pouring rain, and was surrounded by candle-holding hooded figures emerging from the dark. The next morning, he woke up in the town of Tiznit, Morocco. And that was only a year and half in the life of blues singer Charley Crockett.

Last September, Blake Rasnake was walking in Oak Lawn when he was struck with a bat on the left side of his head. He was pulled into a van, pinned down with a pair of knees on his shoulders, and punched in the face repeatedly. As he was thrown to the sidewalk, Rasnake was bombarded with derogatory comments, called a “stupid fag.” He survived, but it was only the first of 18 reported attacks against gay men in Oak Lawn in about nine months.

Step aside, Spotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud. There’s a new online project for North Texas artists to store their music on their own terms.

This digital music archive is called MusicDetour, and it’s being developed by David Arditi, an assistant professor of sociology at UTA, with collaborators Micah Hayes, Dan Cavanagh, and Dr. Chyng-Yang Jang. The idea for the project formed after Arditi watched bass player Victor Wooten practice with his band.