Urban Magazine June 2017 - Page 75

Coming from a family of activists, is there anything you would like to share regarding that aspect of your life? My family is really spread out in the world. A lot of My dad’s family is still in South Africa, while my Mom’s family is located all throughout the states—they moved from Germany, then Israel to the U.S. I think that has given me a wide perspective of views in that I really understand where I am and where people are coming from. In politics, it always comes down to the struggles being personal. I believe that it is important to have a broad perspective in an effort understand people. We are in such a crazy time right now. I feel like most of us are being ignored, we are going back in time and revisiting situations we’ve encountered previously. Recently I was talking to my Mom--asking her if these issues were the very things that were supposed to be resolved in her generation. I thought we were going to maintain the momentum of moving forward after Obama was president. There is still police brutality out there, and more people need to be employed; I never thought that now in 2017 we would be going backward. Mothers are worried about healthcare, and people are being homophobic. Throw blaming immigrants and separating families in the mix—we are at a point where racism has become acceptable in society. My parents have always stressed the need to pay attention to the times. History repeats itself when we are not paying attention. Don’t let things go—speak up when you see something going on. I never really thought of my parents as political people. I thought they were more like community people, always making sure there was a safe place for their friends and extended family to go. We could kick it and party but at the same time, there was always a dialogue about what was happening around us. They wanted us to be there for each other and keep our eyes open. That is what I think about. This is really a time to be awake. It reminds me of the poem First They Came. Eventually, there is nobody left when none of us takes the initiative to speak out. We need to watch each other’s backs. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to put the song Stand on the Dreamseeker project. Generally, I like putting out love songs or songs with a certain vibe. I just wanted the balance, I felt like I had to say something right now. I have really been inspired to see the number of artists that are coming together and getting involved on so many distinct levels. Even if you are not talking about politics, just show up when you can. Your name means moving forward—what would you say has been paramount in doing so over the past sixteen years? I am always pushing myself to figure out what I can do better. I think there is always room to grow. My name is a family name, it was my grandmother’s maiden name. It is something that I had to grow into—it gets mispronounced all the time. I think about the meaning, and I think about who I am representing. I feel a sense of responsibility and a motivation to continue on despite the lulls that occur when I don’t know where I am going. I try and rise to the occasion. - trisha vaughn URBAN | 75