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Swisher Sessions: Episode 8 Stas Thee Boss - S'WOMEN POOL WATER


A Tacoma/Seattle native born and bred, Stas Thee Boss is a hip hop connoisseur and enthusiast. She signed with Sub Pop Records in 2011 as one half of the former duo THEESatisfaction, in which she produced, wrote and performed for beginning in 2009. Releasing two albums she was able to reach many countries like France, UK, Australia, China, Portugal, and Iceland. She is also a member of the Black Constellation.

She currently resides in Seattle and continues performing music as a solo artist. Her debut EP "S'WOMEN" released on August 4th 2017 was met with praise. She is a resident DJ at Havana Social Club every Wednesday night and hosts KEXP Street Sounds: Hip Hop radio show.

"This mix is an appreciation for women. Each jam laden with heavy wet beats and mixed with sultry vocalizations or icy raps. I envision a cyhper with 4 or 5 blunts and 4 or 5 baddies. This is to be enjoyed near a body of water and to coincide with my latest effort "S'WOMEN". "

- STAS THEE BOSS

Graphic: J-Na$ty x Luis Vela

Graphic: J-Na$ty x Luis Vela

Mystic Marijuana: Autumn Equinox (New Moon in Virgo)

Over twenty years of experiencing hindrances as a young brown soul has introduced fear of loss and failure to my psyche. When we work twice as hard or find strength to preserve, fear seems to be inseparable from hope. Restlessness has developed into one of my principle hindrances. I find myself resting in a moment of peace, but my attention can often slip, scanning for anything on the horizon that lends itself to worry. 

There are your own stories that point to your childhood, raising questions, like, “Is that why I am the way I am?” If things had been different, what hinderance would I have instead? Some of my stories built around my childhood were confusion about my father's affection and/or witnessing my mother's fragile circumstances to earn money. I know other people with similar stories, but have different hindrances.

I inherently knew the doubt my ancestors wished to annihilate was to let go of despair over my father's approval and to let go of love if I wish for love to return. Up until my twenty somethings the intensity of my worries still didn't erase my childhood memories, but admitting my pain and having other people hold it in kindness is healing. Through healing, forms of an old culture die. The new culture is created by a few who are not afraid to be insecure. That feeling of being insecure, even groundless, increased my ability to stay in the work, to be healed. I did not give up my ground on which to stand and was not anchored by society's ideals of love to prevail. My father slowly warmed up and unlocked his caged spirit. He did not even realize that he had something to give and that he could give it, because he was cut off from his own world, his own way of life, worn out by tasks to provide for his family; elation of worthiness to receive love, let alone give it. Fast forward to now and everyday to come, I am reminded of my father's sincere care for his family. My father returning back to the Philippines reaffirmed my awareness that earth will always work to create and maintain the conditions to support life. 

In the end, we cannot depend on the hope of results. Your work will be apparently worthless if you’re not free of worrying. As my spirit continues to mature, I realized my mother also got used to the idea of not meeting her own expectations, like me,  and more and more started to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the righteousness, the truth of the work itself. She gradually struggled less and less for an idea and more on people. We don’t need specific outcomes, we need each other. 

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An effective nurturer goes beyond the attainment of knowledge of techniques and motions. A good nurturer is the embodiment of health, discipline and compassion. How good you are depends upon how much of yourself you give during a never-ending training process (New Moon in Virgo).

Many elements beyond technique can be taken into consideration. Here is one of them below, along with a Filipino idiomatic expressions/proverb. 

INSPIRASYON (INSPIRATION for Confidence)

Ang nakikinig sa sabi-sabi ay walang tiwala sa sarili.                                                                  (When you listen to hearsay, you have no confidence in yourself.)

The inspiration coming from your instructor, your clients, and your techniques will help you in what you are doing and gain confidence. But above all, the inspiration (in-the-spirit) from within, will give you confidence, and with it humility.

~ J-Na$ty

Best Girl Gang Movies Pt. 1
coming soon to a smoke shop near you

coming soon to a smoke shop near you

If you're like me you love seeing women whoop ass onscreen (and off). Girl gang movies usually are filled with the full spectrum of emotions and action---love, betrayal, vigilante/ self-defense action, occasional song and dance, and, of course, sisterhood are common themes, and 10/10 times the fashion is on point. Here are some of my current faves to revisit. There are so many deep cuts, but these are the basics. It goes without saying that I suggest smoking before watching any/all of them. Get put on muthasucka! ~Kenya Kush~

1. Deathproof
This is one of my faves of all time. It's a Tarantino flick, so it has all the gore and violence you'd expect. The story follows two groups of girlfriends on adventures in the south while being targeted by a crazy white dude that stalks and brutally murders women with his car. This film has great music and opens with a scene of Sydney Portier as Jungle Julia taking a huge bong rip in her undies. Marijuana makes a few critical cameos as does early 2000s fashion and an epic chase scene. Starring Rosario Dawson and Rose McGowan, I'm just saying, fucking awesome.

Sydney Potier as Jungle Julia

Sydney Potier as Jungle Julia


2. Gulaab Gang
This Bollywood production is visually stunning. It is based on the real life Gulabi Gang, which is a women's gang in India that wears uniform pink saris and whoops ass on abusive husbands/ in-laws with bamboo sticks and otherwise seeks to defend women through settling land disputes, providing school fees and other resources to increase socio-economic movement. The film captures the endless, flowing pink silk magnificently and captures the lead character's piercing eyes. There are a few musical numbers, a few of which are kinda cheesy, but also have some boss lyrics (translated). 

A musical scene in  Gulaab Gang

A musical scene in Gulaab Gang

the real life Gulabi Gang

the real life Gulabi Gang


3. Switchblade Sisters
There's no girl gangs like those from the 70s. In the spirit of action movies of the time period, this movie shows a group of young women, as the female counterpart to the male gang the Daggers. Eventually, the girls form their own gang, the Jezebels, and internal power struggles ensue, sabatoges are staged, and blood is spilled. Complete with fake 70s blood and fight scenes, this movie has many lessons on what can happen when you let jealousy, petty power, and not minding your business get in the way. 

don't fuck around

don't fuck around


4. The Cheetah Girls
Ok, ok. Cheetah girls, cheetah sistaaaaas. When this movie came out, I was dumbstruck and forever marked. I always identified with Galleria (Raven), mainly because she had the pink cheetah spots and those were my favorite, and from that moment on I started wearing leopard almost every day---a trend which has not stopped yet. This rated G feature is for everyone, but I'd suggest being real high before taking that trip down memory lane. Featuring the best damn songs and fashion seen on TV during that time period. Lessons on fame, passion, and friendship are pretty real. Also check out the second and third movies shot in Barcelona and India respectively. The later two don't include Raven, but after she proved to be real suspect with her comments about Africa and black people, it might be for the better anyway. 


5. Girlhood (Bande de Filles)
Ughhhhh, this movie is sooooo gooood. It's a French film about a young girl trying to fit in at home and at school and not getting what she wants/needs with either so she bounces from both and joins a gang of tough bitches and parties and chills with them, and runs into the joys and trials of trying to grow up young and fast. If you didn't like Rihanna's "Diamonds" before watching this (I wasn't thrilled) you just might afterwards. 

6. Mi Vida Loca
I was just gonna make the list a tidy top five, but it felt wrong not to include this gem. This 90s classic centers on young women trying to live and thrive in Echo Park, LA while living the mi vida loca gang life and dealing with betrayals and loss; love and heartbreak; motherhood, poverty and more all with perfect 90s editing. 

Enjoy! ~ K.Ku$h ~ 

Artist Spotlight: Camille Urso (@brasiliangold)
photo: @photosbydarrin

photo: @photosbydarrin

This artist spotlight comes from our recent editorial tour of the west coast. While in Oakland we stopped to chat with the beautiful and powerful, Camille Urso, also known to the internet world as @brasiliangold. Through her posts Camille uses her voice to spread messages of body and sex positivity, her love for the (divine) feminine, and calls bullshit on all the fuckery directed not only toward her for being unapologetic, but also toward all women as a symptom of patriarchy. In addition to using social media, Camille published a book called Whorticulture, which is a series of 'poetic non-fiction' that documents her experiences surrounding the feminine body and sexuality, rape culture, and personal freedom.

When she opens the door to her crib (affectionately dubbed the Pussy Palace) she does not differ too much from how she appears in her posts, except where some people appear smaller IRL, Camille actually radiates more. Her energy is as her name indicates, gold, but rather than blinding light reminiscent of the sun, her gold is in the elemental form --- dense, grounding, and the real deal. 

photo: @veraskyy

photo: @veraskyy

Earlier that day she was in the gym, like she usually is, testing her physical strength, but also taking notes for a women's self defense class she hopes to start in the near future. Empowering women physically is as important as empowering mentally, since violence is a reality that all women face. Camille recounts the time when she saw her abusive ex-boyfriend and beat him up and robbed him. "Honestly, I wish I would've killed him," she says, roach clip from mom in hand.While some people tell her violence is not the answer and other such things that are said to all people who systematically and consistently endure violence, she thinks that is bullshit. "Why would you be more upset at me taking revenge than what he did to me?" Valid question most should ask themselves more. She writes in one of her posts:

violence was the answer for my abuser, for my rapist, for every man that has physically grabbed me. They didn’t speak my language of passivity and rationale. Me bowing my head and accepting the blows and then explaining my hurt did nothing...Now that he sees we speak the same language, he is afraid of me because I have shown that I speak it better. I speak it harder. I speak it faster. The tables have turned to proper face, and now he fears me as he should have all along.
photo: @veraskyy

photo: @veraskyy

So, how do the dudes that follow her react to her? Well, they come for the pics, but usually stay for more. "I don't care if dudes are jerking off to my pictures, eventually they are going to read my words, and it'll have them stop and reflect, even if it's just for a little." But also, as is often the case with people who are born to crush others, be it based on their privilege as male or privilege as white, many think there is no way she is talking about them. Clearly some other dude. Some other white person. No, all of you. Camille rolls her eyes at them, and also warns about guys who claim to be allies. "A lot of them know what to say and not say to stay acceptable to [women like us], but they'll do the same 'dude' shit when given the opportunity." 

photo: @photosbydarrin

photo: @photosbydarrin

As hinted at through the title of her book, Camille looks to nature for guidance and believes it holds the key to how the human gender balance should work as well. "Everything in nature has the female species on top---from the hunting, the birthing/caring of the young. Why would humans be different?" Because of this Camille feels strongly about a certain f-word and made a point of requesting that we, "not use the word feminism anywhere near my name." While feminism is a good start for some, Camille finds it weak and a label that allows people to be content with resting on an ideal of equality. "Personally, I don't want to be equal to men. Feminism is a construct of patriarchy in itself." 

Feminism is a sham, something for the nice, privileged, educated, middle class ladies with regard for touching the faith in essential goodness of Daddy and policemen. I’m out to destroy your system, not attain certain rights within it.
— @brasiliangold post

Support Camille in her mission to dismantle the patriarchy through purchasing her book here, and following her on Instagram where you can stay tuned for what she has in store. 

~Kenya Kush~