Be challenged by art, and accept the challenge.
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I could write this whole issue about the magic that is Teyonah Parris, but I'll contain myself. For now.

I saw Spike Lee's latest film Chi-Raq last night. It made me think about concepts of place and local aesthetics in art and media. The trailer of the film inspired a previous issue of this newsletter and at the time, I wasn't sure if I could watch the film as a film lover and as a creative, and not a Chicagoan, or a person who works with youth in the city. 

For Spike, Chi-Raq is a return to the narrative devices that have become his trademark. For Chicago-based creatives, it's a call to action. How does our city show up in our work? Is there a way to do it more effectively? Chi-Raq is a film that has challenged me in several ways. I wrote about how I came to accept this challenge in my latest Medium post. Check it out. 

Your Turn: Did you see Chi-Raq? Let me know what you thought of it via email or on Twitter using the hashtag #HWChiRaq.

Highwater Weekly Picks 

Reading List
  • Since I talked about the concept of head space and creative energy in last week's issue, I wanted to keep the conversation going. Read Srinivas Rao's take on creating, energy and environment here.
  • I first heard the raspy, soulful, Bilal-like vocals of Anderson Paak on Dr. Dre's 2015 album Compton. He has a great new track with The Game on Soundcloud.
  • Another one of my favorite crooners Mar has a new EP on Soundcloud. #CuffinJams 
  • The second season of the podcast Serial dropped today and I'm listening to it as I type this. Check it our here
  • Filmmaker Terence Nance's (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty) latest visual stunner is now online. Watch Swimming In Your Skin Again here (21 min). 
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Thanks for reading. 

Your partner in progress, 
Chakka AKA Tracy Trapman
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