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Artist Spotlight: DONORMAAL
Benecia King x Women.Weed.WiFi

Benecia King x Women.Weed.WiFi

In the internet persona age where the cool black kids get 2000 likes on glossy tumblr pics of their Basquiat crown tattoo at AfroPunk Festival and white teenage girls have 60.5m followers with @kingwhateva as a handle name, few actually sport a crown. DoNormaal shows up to one of her many shows doing just that with the tall, shiny regalia atop her lavender box braids, a brown shearling coat and some fucked up Chuck Taylors. The crown was not a tiara, nor was it a subtlety. What was subtle was any sign of outward egoism from the bearer. DoNormaal sported the crown with the ease of someone born into a royal bloodline--a natural born king or queen, rather than with the desperation for recognition all too common from artists and millennials. After all, when you have been wearing an invisible crown of guiding light your whole life, the leap to bearing a physical one is small, though symbolic.

DoNormaal aka Christy to her homies, is aware of her invisible crown and has been since a child. She describes the phenomenon as simply always understanding that she had to try her best. As a child, that mentality often grasps for tangible goals and accomplishments--whether it be doing well in school, sports, pleasing your parents, or even rebellion. As we move further into adulthood and our capacities for growth and achievement expand, we realize that one interpretation of this inner desire to always improve might be called something like "God." Though many haters do not like to hear people (especially young people of color) call themselves a god or messiah (take, for example, the endless backlash Kanye West receives for his bravado), where is the blasphemy in recognizing a higher source within yourself and using it to guide your life and illuminate others? This power is what allows DoNormaal, who is a visual and auditory contradiction of regality and grunge, to command respect wherever she makes her presence.

Benecia King x Women.Weed.WiFi

Benecia King x Women.Weed.WiFi

Benecia x Women.Weed.WiFi

Benecia x Women.Weed.WiFi

You have to accept death in order to do anything
— DoNormaal
Chris Hill x Women.Weed.WiFi

Chris Hill x Women.Weed.WiFi

How then does a young queen stay humble? Well, for starters there's the constant pimp hand of capitalism that slaps us all if we fail to live up to its expectations. Meaning, that in order to survive and thrive, DoNormaal works a physically strenuous job during the day and often finds herself too tired to create afterwards (sounds familiar, right?) and lacking in energy to devote to her projects.  For this reason she loves the stage, "the songs are already written," she chuckles explaining her favorite thing to do. "I just try to do what I do in the mirror onstage," she elaborates. The decision to be the same behind closed doors as you are with bright lights on you leaves a performer incredibly vulnerable with all flaws and weaknesses on display. This vulnerability, this rawness is what DoNormaal is after with her craft and feels many artists are also gravitating toward in their own work. 

The bravery and humility to step onstage over and over again despite the possibility of rejection comes from DoNormaal's acceptance of death. "You have to accept death in order to do anything," she preaches during a smoke session in her quiet, low-tone voice. Understanding the inevitability of your death and that it occurs to everyone without prejudice, makes the insecurities that ordinarily prevent you from acting bravely irrelevant.  After all, there's no need to stroke or protect a dying ego. ~ ~ ~

Chris Hill x Women.Weed.WiFi

Chris Hill x Women.Weed.WiFi

Chris Hill x Women.Weed.WiFi

Chris Hill x Women.Weed.WiFi

Words: Amanya Maloba

Stylist: Janice Ibarra

Clothes: Moksha Seattle and Seamlessly Supernatural

Photographers: Benecia King and Chris Hill

Meet the Women: Vanity Thomas

As a woman who is dedicated to breaking walls and misconceptions in society about how women are viewed, I work towards opening the minds of others to view cultural differences in a new light. Whether that be how we as women are viewed for smoking ganja, showing skin, our emotional/mental state, or by the differences in the color of our skin, where our family originates, and what political party we stand for. 

Spoken by co-founder of Weed.Women & WiFi
"We love marijuana and celebrate the glory of the female plant who, like us, brings beauty and peace to those we touch. Weed unites us, elevates us, and heals us." This philosophy stands out to me because we as women can change the world. 

Our voices and the internet are some of our most powerful weapons to do so.

If not now, when? And if not me, who?

Catch Vanity's submission, "Date Rape" in our first zine, "Say Perhaps to Sobriety" available here. 

Review: Middlefork

Middlefork by Royal Tree Farms has become one of my go-to strains as well as drawing (with Alice in Wonderland) for the current title of my favorite sativa. I don’t make that statement lightly…generally I treat sativas like baby mamas — I avoid them as much as possible so as to maintain mental clarity. Since I already have a mind that spirals down rabbit holes multiple times a day, I don’t need any additional help from the plant. Though sativas are generally thought to be the more “up” and productive type of weed, the mental loops I can get caught in while smoking them prevent me from doing the dishes, reading, and other tasks that they are supposedly perfect for. There are, however, certain strains that will have me dancing through the house and ready to knock out my to-do list.

Middlefork is one such strain. The strain was created in Washington State and is hybrid strain bred from a DJ Short Blueberry and Dutch Treat. As it is technically a hybrid, Middlefork does have notable indica properties such as relief from anxiety, pain, and nausea. However, these two strains combine to create a SUPER potent and extremely happy high.

When smoking Middlefork I feel dreamy, like I am walking around in my own personal cloud floating me from one spot to the other. Middlefork produces a very happy high (as opposed to mellow or heady) so it is definitely a great strain for the daytime and social events. This is a similar feeling to one from a Blue Dream, however it is more intense. I usually recommend this strain to people that fear being weighed down by Indicas, but still want a strong, relaxing, and euphoric high.

Taste/Smell: Sweetish — fruit and dinner rolls
Color: brownish green, super prominent white coat of crystals (trichomes)
Texture: Sticky and fluffy
Method of Consumption: joint
Smokeability: 10/10
Overall Satisfaction: 9/10

Check out Royal Tree Gardens’ site for more detail on strains and where their products are available.

Have you tried Middlefork? We want to know your experience!

~Kenya Ku$h~

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