“Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Solstice, Greetings O! Returning Light in Desperate Times of Persistent Darkness,” and welcome to GR’s 2014 Xmas special. It’s important we celebrate and acknowledgement Humanity’s higher ideals, and potentiality now and then; especially because we spend most of our lifetimes enslaved to the basest of our species’ instincts: fear, anger, avarice, gluttony, etc.
From the intimacy of our homes, and within our relationships at school, or in the workplace, tyranny is always either directly present or lurking, ready to spring from just below the surface of our everyday.
So, tonight we’ll commemorate our collective better nature by looking in again on Franklin López, the Puerto Rico-born and raised, now Canadian hell-raising anarcho-syndicalist, award-winning director of films featured on Canadian mainstream teevee screens and at online places like, GNN, Current, BET, and DemocracyNow!
Atlanta, Georgia’s 2003’s Emerging Artist of the Year, López may be familiar to most through the release of his 2005 video remix of Kanye West’s ‘George Bush Don’t Like Black People’ following the post-Katrina failures of both New Orleans, and the US federal government. He’s also an artist, media activist, and founding member of subMedia, whose raison d’être is to stimulate “resistance movements that are working towards stopping the flows of hydro carbons, mineral extraction, natural resources and capital, through grassroots and underground organizing…” amongst other things.
Now, López is celebrating the release of the ‘subMedia.tv: A Decade of Subversion’ DVD. It’s a chronicle of a “decade of flaming subversion…” and is “a loving collection of foul-mouthed anarchy.”
Franklin López from San Juan, Puerto Rico in the first segment.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus author, and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our city and beyond there too in the coming weeks.
And; we’ll have some Christmas surprises thrown in too. Like this, now traditional kick off for the Gorilla Radio X-mas Specials going way back, Ini Kamoze’s ‘All I Really Want for Christmas’.