The Solidarity Index

Solidarity Index

From Palestine to Puerto Rico, Sudan to Standing Rock, Berlin to Brooklyn and beyond – a mass movement of people is interconnected not only in our struggle against injustice, but in celebration of our collective power to demand and create change. Decolonize. Solidarity. Liberation. Love. What do they sound, look, feel like in action? Join host Zahyr Lauren – aka The Artist L. Haz – to explore these questions with trailblazing artists who are using cultural power to confront erasure and censorship with creativity and connection. Produced by and centering the voices of women, queer, trans, and gender-expansive artists, The Solidarity Index is guided by the fact that no one of us can be free until everybody's free.

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Solidarity Voices — Season 1 Highlights with Christian Allaire, Korina Emmerich, Doreen St Félix, Morgan Bassichis, Alsarah, Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz, Arooj Aftab, Samir Eskanda and Huda Asfour
May 5 2024
Solidarity Voices — Season 1 Highlights with Christian Allaire, Korina Emmerich, Doreen St Félix, Morgan Bassichis, Alsarah, Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz, Arooj Aftab, Samir Eskanda and Huda Asfour
“We are a mass movement of people who are interconnected not only in our struggle against injustice, but in celebration of our collective power to demand and create change.” — Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.HazJoin us as we look back at The Solidarity Index podcast’s first season, where we spoke with renowned musicians, designers, and writers whose creative practice explores the question of what solidarity sounds like, looks like, and feels like in action.We hope you enjoy these season one sound bites, and that you’re looking forward to Season 2, as our journey continues with brilliant guests and powerful conversations that inspire us to continue to build together.For a full transcript and detailed show notes visit our website________________________________________thesolidarityindex.comTune in to THE SOLIDARITY INDEX on your favorite podcast platform, and keep up with us on Instagram. Sign up for The Solidarity Index newsletter to receive new episodes direct to your inbox.CREDITS THE SOLIDARITY INDEX podcast is produced by State of Mind Media Hosted by Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz Created and produced by Jen Bell, Shalva Wise, Stina Hamlin, and Zahyr Lauren Audio editing and production by Stina Hamlin Audio mix by Matt Gundy Logo and identity design by Marwan Kaabour Art direction, website and additional design by Jen Bell at Studio AnalogyTHEME SONGUntil Everybody Is Free by Bella Cuts – featuring the voice of Maya AngelouReleased on Common Groove (2023)All proceeds from download and streaming go to the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation
The Heart is an Instrument – with Huda Asfour
Sep 14 2023
The Heart is an Instrument – with Huda Asfour
"I am fascinated by the interconnections… how certain frequencies can alter your reality really, can put you in another state, can actually allow you to breathe."Welcome to Episode 6 of The Solidarity Index – with our final guest of the season! Join host Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz as they talk with musician, educator, and engineer Huda Asfour about origins and exile… frequencies and improvisation… and the incredible instrument that is the heart.Huda has been studying and creating music all her life all over the world, from Tunis to Palestine to DC to Egypt to Brooklyn – with stops in Italy, China, and countless coordinates along the way. She pushes the boundaries of tradition and innovation with multilayered reflections on the human experience – creating film scores, multimedia performances, arts festivals, and curricula for conducted improvisation (her current focus).Keep up with Huda on Instagram: @hudasmusicIN THIS EPISODE• PLACES: Tripoli, Akka, Basra, Beirut, Tunis, Gaza, Ramallah, DC, Cairo, Alexandria, Brooklyn• EVENTS: The 1948 Nakba. The 1st Intifada (1987–1993). The 2nd Intifada (2000–2005) and siege of Ramallah (2002). Israeli bombing of Beirut (2006). Jenin massacres (2002, 2023). DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (2016).• MUSIC REFERENCED: Khaled Jubran. Hedi Jouini. Anthony Coleman. John Zorn. Valentina Ciniglio. Cairo Improv Orchestra. Brooklyn Improv Orchestra.• HUDA’S FEATURED MUSIC: Kouni, Yalli, Mataron – from the 2018 album Kouni . Sama’i, Al Yasamine – from the 2011 album Mars  ج​ا​ي و​ر​ا​ي​ح​ة• HUDA'S PUBLICATIONS in Biomedical Engineering can be found here.________________________________________thesolidarityindex.comTune in to THE SOLIDARITY INDEX on your favorite podcast platform, and keep up with us on Instagram. Sign up for The Solidarity Index newsletter to receive new episodes direct to your inbox.CREDITS THE SOLIDARITY INDEX podcast is produced by State of Mind Media Hosted by Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz Created and produced by Jen Bell, Shalva Wise, Stina Hamlin, and Zahyr Lauren Audio editing and production by Stina Hamlin Audio mix by Matt Gundy Logo and identity design by Marwan Kaabour Art direction, website and additional design by Jen Bell at Studio AnalogyTHEME SONGUntil Everybody Is Free by Bella Cuts – featuring the voice of Maya AngelouReleased on Common Groove (2023)All proceeds from download and streaming go to the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation
The Most Beautiful Thing — with Christian Allaire
Jul 31 2023
The Most Beautiful Thing — with Christian Allaire
"The hope was to inspire kids to be proud of where they're from and to rock it with their style."Welcome to Episode 5 of The Solidarity Index! Join host Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L. Haz as they talk with Christian Allaire about crossing borders, rejecting boxes, rocking culture wear, and making it a mission to redistribute the spotlight.Christian is Senior Fashion and Style Writer at Vogue, and author of bestselling book The Power of Style — which probes connections between fashion and history, culture, politics, and social justice. He grew up on the Nipissing First Nation reserve and is currently based in New York City. He's written for Elle, Hazlitt, Refinery 29 and more, and has covered Cannes, The Met Gala, Santa Fe Indian Market, and Fashion Weeks around the world. Keep up with Christian on Instagram: @chrisjallaireIN THIS EPISODECaitlin Marie-Lieb KellerJamie Okuma Farrah Lewis Yaamava’ Fashion Daze Savage x Fenty CFDADuwamish Ojibwe | Nipissing First Nation Lenapehoking San ManuelAmerican Indian Movement Black Panther PartyBanishmentJay Treaty MMIWGT2SLand BackMUSIC: Money Menace by Justin Delorme - sourced via Nagamo Publishing. All Nations Rise by Lyla June.________________________________________thesolidarityindex.comTune in to THE SOLIDARITY INDEX on your favorite podcast platform, and keep up with us on Instagram. Sign up for The Solidarity Index newsletter to receive new episodes direct to your inbox.CREDITS THE SOLIDARITY INDEX podcast is produced by State of Mind Media Hosted by Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz Created and produced by Jen Bell, Shalva Wise, Stina Hamlin, and Zahyr Lauren Audio editing and production by Stina Hamlin Audio mix by Matt Gundy Logo and identity design by Marwan Kaabour Art direction, website and additional design by Jen Bell at Studio AnalogyTHEME SONGUntil Everybody Is Free by Bella Cuts – featuring the voice of Maya AngelouReleased on Common Groove (2023)All proceeds from download and streaming go to the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation
We Are That Wave - with Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz
Jun 23 2023
We Are That Wave - with Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz
“What I'm trying to do with my life … is to continually think about the ways I can be an asset to humans in general, but Black people in specific. And wanting to share … and use my art to benefit all the people who are doing the same.” – The Artist L.HazWelcome to Episode 4 of THE SOLIDARITY INDEX! Join producer Stina Hamlin as she flips the script with host Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz to talk origins – from the name, wave, and vision of this podcast, to Zahyr’s powerful story of family, frontline work, and finding new life as a self-taught artist. Zahyr’s creative practice encompasses drawing, painting, textiles, fashion, wood, leather, metal, murals, and site-specific installations. Their work is a meditation on the question – What if we were free? Keep up with Zahyr on Instagram: @zahyr_theartist_lhazIN THIS EPISODE: Real Rent Duwamish / Nappy Nina / Harpo Studios / Black Wall Street / Red Summer / Southern Center for Human Rights / Lambda Legal / Ahmaud Arbery / Breonna Taylor / Ahed Tamimi / Sunrise Movement / White Rage book / The New Jim Crow book / The 1619 Project /  Caste book / Freedom is a Constant Struggle book / MUSIC: Determination by Justin Delorme & Chippewa Travelers, MoneyMenace by Justin Delorme  [Nagamo Publishing]________________________________________thesolidarityindex.comTune in to THE SOLIDARITY INDEX on your favorite podcast platform, and keep up with us on Instagram. Sign up for The Solidarity Index newsletter to receive new episodes direct to your inbox.CREDITS THE SOLIDARITY INDEX podcast is produced by State of Mind Media Hosted by Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz Created and produced by Jen Bell, Shalva Wise, Stina Hamlin, and Zahyr Lauren Audio editing and production by Stina Hamlin Audio mix by Matt Gundy Logo and identity design by Marwan Kaabour Art direction, website and additional design by Jen Bell at Studio AnalogyTHEME SONGUntil Everybody Is Free by Bella Cuts – featuring the voice of Maya AngelouReleased on Common Groove (2023)All proceeds from download and streaming go to the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation
Going Up Together — with Arooj Aftab
May 10 2023
Going Up Together — with Arooj Aftab
“It is literally a choice… to not hide… to choose the more difficult route and challenge the norm.”  – Arooj AftabWelcome to Episode 3 of The Solidarity Index! Join host Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L. Haz as they reunite with longtime friend Arooj Aftab to talk creative kinship, pursuing dreams, art as self healing, and limitless fashion.Lauded by Time, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Barack Obama, and others, Arooj’s neo-Sufi blend of jazz, electronica, folk, Hindustani classical, indie pop, and minimalism has been referred to as a "musical revelation,” and made her the first Pakistani artist to win a Grammy and perform at the awards. She has also performed at celebrated venues like Barbican, The Lincoln Center, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, The MET, and The Broad, and festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury, Newport Folk Fest, Pitchfork, Montreal Jazz Fest, and more. She has composed for films and games, worked with renowned global artists, and contributed editing to Emmy winning documentary Armed With Faith. Signed with Verve Records, she is currently touring the world with new album Love In Exile – a collaboration with Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily.Keep up with Arooj on Instagram: @aroojaftabIN THIS EPISODE'Man Kunto Maula' off Bird Under Water, 'Mohabbat' off Vulture PrinceWord*Rock*& Sword: A Festival Exploration of Women’s Lives—All Are WelcomeJohn Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ravi Shankar Phil Gomez, Moses Sumney________________________________________thesolidarityindex.comTune in to THE SOLIDARITY INDEX on your favorite podcast platform, and keep up with us on Instagram. Sign up for The Solidarity Index newsletter to receive new episodes direct to your inbox.CREDITS THE SOLIDARITY INDEX podcast is produced by State of Mind Media Hosted by Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz Created and produced by Jen Bell, Shalva Wise, Stina Hamlin, and Zahyr Lauren Audio editing and production by Stina Hamlin Audio mix by Matt Gundy Logo and identity design by Marwan Kaabour Art direction, website and additional design by Jen Bell at Studio AnalogyTHEME SONGUntil Everybody Is Free by Bella Cuts – featuring the voice of Maya AngelouReleased on Common Groove (2023)All proceeds from download and streaming go to the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation
Colors Our Ancestors Can See — with Korina Emmerich
Mar 11 2023
Colors Our Ancestors Can See — with Korina Emmerich
“We are all related. We need to take care of each other like a family.” – Korina Emmerich –Welcome to Episode 2 of The Solidarity Index! Join host Zahyr Lauren|The Artist L. Haz as they dive into designer Korina Emmerich’s colorful work – exploring heritage, sustainability, storytelling, and inspiration.Korina’s work has been featured at The Met, MoMA PS1, The Denver Art Museum, Santa Fe Indian Market’s Couture Runway Show, New York Fashion Week, on the cover of InStyle – worn by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, in the pages of Vogue, Elle, New York Magazine, and more! She founded slow fashion brand EMME Studio in 2015, and is co-founder of Relative Arts NYC – an atelier, gallery, and community space opening Spring 2023. Keep up with Korina on Instagram: @korinaemmerich and @relativeartsNYCIN THIS EPISODELetsMove by Mimi O’Bonsawin (Nagamo Publishing) Duwamish, Puyallup, and Canarsie TribesEighth Generation | Urban Native EraSeattle Indian Health Board | Esther Lucero | Abigail Echo-HawkMMIWGT2S: Sovereign BodiesErica Alexander | Finding TamikaDr. Adrienne Keene________________________________________thesolidarityindex.comTune in to THE SOLIDARITY INDEX on your favorite podcast platform, and keep up with us on Instagram. Sign up for The Solidarity Index newsletter to receive new episodes direct to your inbox.CREDITS THE SOLIDARITY INDEX podcast is produced by State of Mind Media Hosted by Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz Created and produced by Jen Bell, Shalva Wise, Stina Hamlin, and Zahyr Lauren Audio editing and production by Stina Hamlin Audio mix by Matt Gundy Logo and identity design by Marwan Kaabour Art direction, website and additional design by Jen Bell at Studio AnalogyTHEME SONGUntil Everybody Is Free by Bella Cuts – featuring the voice of Maya AngelouReleased on Common Groove (2023)All proceeds from download and streaming go to the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation
My Love Language is Action – with Alsarah
Jan 15 2023
My Love Language is Action – with Alsarah
“My commitment to your freedom is real, whether you're around or not.”  –Alsarah–Welcome to the first episode of The Solidarity Index! Join host Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L. Haz as they talk with Alsarah about taking freedom as a lover, finding reflection as a displaced people, and choosing to do the unsafest thing that makes your heart sing.Alsarah is a Sudanese singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist based in Brooklyn, NY aka Canarsie land. She is the leader of East-African Retro-Pop band Alsarah & the Nubatones, has worked with a wide array of celebrated artists and producers, and is currently creating Sudanese trip hop with Sarah Michaels in Mesafa. She also works with Sudanese artist collective Refugee Club Productions on a variety of projects – including acclaimed documentary Beats of the Antonov. Alsarah joined hundreds of leading artists in signing the Musicians for Palestine declaration of solidarity, and is a contributor to the BDSmixtape compilation (2023).Follow Alsarah and Alsarah & the Nubatones on Instagram.ADDITIONAL MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE:Alsarah & the Nubatones - Men Ana Mesafa - Let Me Tell You About My Love ________________________________________thesolidarityindex.comTune in to THE SOLIDARITY INDEX on your favorite podcast platform, and keep up with us on Instagram. Sign up for The Solidarity Index newsletter to receive new episodes direct to your inbox.CREDITS THE SOLIDARITY INDEX podcast is produced by State of Mind Media Hosted by Zahyr Lauren aka The Artist L.Haz Created and produced by Jen Bell, Shalva Wise, Stina Hamlin, and Zahyr Lauren Audio editing and production by Stina Hamlin Audio mix by Matt Gundy Logo and identity design by Marwan Kaabour Art direction, website and additional design by Jen Bell at Studio AnalogyTHEME SONGUntil Everybody Is Free by Bella Cuts – featuring the voice of Maya AngelouReleased on Common Groove (2023)All proceeds from download and streaming go to the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation