Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Effing Feminists

There are some feminists who refuse to engage in conversation with me. I've reached out to them warmly, they respond with stony silence. Is it the make up? Or the length of my skirt? Whatever the reason feminists shunning other feminists is probably the most counter productive, time wasting, pathetic thing I can think of, within the context of the movement. I wish they would at least tell me what the problem was, then I wouldn't have to resort to guess work. 
I've had people say to me (non feminists) "I didn't know you were a feminist; you wear lipstick!" Now, I thought being a feminist was about what is in my head and not about what is on my face! Unless I'm sadly mistaken?
We all know we have bigger fish to fry, I'm not going to list the many ways in which things are not equal across the globe. That's another blog entirely and I would mostly be preaching to the choir. For the most part only feminists read anything with the word "feminist" in the title. Unless I'm sadly mistaken?
My point is this: if you are the kind of feminist that finds me offensive I invite you to discuss the reason(s) why with me. If you are a feminist that has had a similar experience, I'd like to hear about it. 
In-fighting amongst ourselves is holding back the progress we can make in the world at large. Which is more important... the rights of women or the shade of my lipstick?

Friday, 20 May 2011

Video for Little Sister

I have never thought of myself as a visual artist but being an independent artist means being your own pretty much everything! So I donned my art direction hat and came up with these visuals for Little Sister a song that is a very emotional one for me. It was written for myself from the point of view of my big brother (my rock) for those tough times when a girl needs positive affirmations and reinforcement.
The video has a theme running through it. It features my real life "sistren"  friends, allies, some members of  Gaggle including leader Queen Deborah Coughlin, dynamic design duo Schwange (it was their own idea to wear full on white body paint) and the ridiculously talented and super lovely Laura Kidd of  She Makes War fame. I wanted to spread that Gaggle ethos of solidarity, support and positivity amongst women. That shit really needs to go global! I am bored of women whose default setting is to hate each other on sight! BORED!
I am so blessed to know so many badass femmes! I don't think it would have had the same impact if I used models and actresses.
Also, I got to play guitar in a sari! Something I've always wanted to do that I'm pretty sure no one else has ever done before, not even Madonna and that is really saying something!
Hope you dig! And if you do please feel free to spread the love!

Special thanks to:
Nana Dankwa - Director & Editor
Fouad Gaber - Director of Photography

Thursday, 24 March 2011

"Dana Jade is exactly what the British rock scene has been waiting for!" - SJ Smith
Some very kind words indeed! Give thanks...

Saturday, 12 March 2011

I am honoured and grateful to have been a part of the 8th birthday party for the legendary London club night that is Club Motherfucker!!
I had a blast!! Much love the The Daughters of  The Kaos as always!! Thank you guys!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Galang  M.I.A Cover

It is always nerve-racking doing a cover, but for me this is more than a cover, it is an homage to Ms. MIA herself. I'm a huge fan!
 Hope you dig and if you do, spread the love! Xoxo