Michelle Threadgould

Journalist

Michelle Threadgould is a journalist who lives in Oakland, California, and covers the intersection between arts and culture and social justice. She has written for CNN, Pacific Standard, New York Observer, Remezcla, KQED, Racked, Latino USA, and others.

United States of America

Portfolio

Pacific Standard

How U.S. Military Veterans View the Travel Ban

President Donald Trump supports America's troops. The troops, however, are more on the fence about their president. That fact might not have been obvious during the presidential...

GOOD Magazine

Why Kimya Dawson, Killer Mike, And Other Bands Are Standing Up To SXSW Right Now

More than 500 musicians were scheduled to perform at the popular media, film, and music festival South by Southwest (SXSW) kicking off next week in Austin, Texas. Then, on...

KQED Arts

Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson on Being 'Discovered' at 75

"Here I am, at 75 years old, and my work is being seen for the first time," says Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose retrospective Civic Radar is currently on view at Yerba Buena Center...

KQED Arts

For Mexico City Musicians, There's No Hiding From 'El Futuro'

It's Halloween weekend in Mexico City, and my friend Mauricio Mendia is preparing for his DJ set at the American Legion. The theme for the night is disco. As Mauricio sets up...

Remezcla

How Dani Bander is Dreaming Up Mariachi's Political Future

I heard Dani Bander 's song "Los Condenados" for the first time on a rooftop in Mexico City, days before the election of Donald Trump. Clouds hover above us, while rain trickles...

KQED Arts

The Art of the Steal

In 2010, when Boston-based painter Jessica Hess got a phone call from San Francisco's White Walls gallery asking her to be part of a two-person show, she thought she'd finally...

GOOD Magazine

After Ghost Ship, Cities And Artists Clash Over DIY Venues

It's been a surreal week for Bay Area musician Mykee Ramen, who lost a friend in the fire that killed 36 during an electronic music show at Ghost Ship-an Oakland warehouse that...

Ravishly

Finding My Rebel Catholicism In Mexico City

Right before my first communion, my Mexican grandmother told me, "You should never be alone with a priest." "Then who will I confess my sins to?" I asked "Confess to me. What...

Observer

We're Not Going Anywhere: Growing Up Latino and Punk in America

"If you've got a hot girl in front of you, I want you to feel her up. Do it, 'cause she can't get away," says Fat Mike, lead singer of NOFX. It's the year 2000. I'm at the...

KQED Arts

A Cipher Grows in San Bruno: Hip-Hop's Poetic Education with Janice Sapigao

"I really like the phrasing 'an imperfect English.' I like it, and at the same time I think that there are so many types of English and it's going to be innately imperfect...

KQED Arts

Meet the Latina DJ Crews Fighting Cultural Erasure, One 45 at a Time

At the Aloha Club, boasting "the longest bar" in Oakland, Jahaira Morales dances cumbia with ganas. A DJ and founding member of the Bay Area chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club, she...

Made Local Magazine

Of Love and Masa

On Saturday mornings, after dropping my father off at his job, my mother would crawl into my bed and ask: "Quieres champurrado?" She was speaking of the warm, cinnamon drink,...

KQED Arts

How My Father Taught Me To Love Devil Women

I am six, sitting on the carpet of my parents’ living room in a quiet little Victorian in the Richmond district, watching a performance of Diamanda Galás’ Plague Mass; a...

Remezcla

Dani Bander's New Album 'Malacopa' Is a Complex Experiment in Post-Mariachi

After too many Dos Equis at a party held in a smoky apartment in Cuauhtémoc in Mexico City, I tell post-mariachi artist Dani Bander that his latest album Malacopa sounds like...

Remezcla

Iconic Drummer Michelle Gonzales and the Xicana Resistance of Riot Grrrl

When I found hardcore punk as a teenager in the Bay Area in the early 00s, I loved that I could be one of the guys without being sexualized. My favorite band was Fugazi, and...

Observer

Teaching Kendrick Lamar and Social Justice in and Outside the Classroom

Hands up, don't shoot. Pants up, don't loot. Black lives matter. White lives matter. We live in a white supremacist culture. We live in post-racial America. It is a frustrating...

Remezcla

Meet Robert Lugo, the Self-Proclaimed "Ghetto Potter" Turning Classical Ceramics Into Radical Art

Philadelphia-born, Puerto Rican-descended ceramicist Roberto Lugo creates in-your-face, radical, hip-hop influenced pieces of pottery that confronts the whiteness of the art...

SF Weekly

Holly Herndon Returns to the Avant-Pop Platform

Holly Herndon makes music that sounds like now. Her songs are a mashup of audio clips from her browser activity, Skype conversations, and recordings of her domestic life that...

Remezcla

East LA Punk Band Los Illegals on the Dangers of Making Music for White Audiences

On the first day of my AP English class in high school, I came across a flyer that I'd passed countless times and never noticed. It featured an eagle with a stick of dynamite in...

Ravishly

Scenes From The Anti-Trump Protests Of San Francisco

"If what we need to dream, to move our spirits most deeply and directly toward and through promise, is discounted as a luxury, then we give up the core -the fountain of our...