Toronto-based artist and writer Max Mohenu (@max_mohenu) writes about creating the OMG.BLOG 2020 Pride Playlist.
In the midst of a pandemic, battling police brutality, and the basic human rights of Queer people being contested, what does it mean to be proud in 2020? We’re all asking ourselves this question from home, thinking about our friends and loved ones in quarantine.
This year, we should take pride in the fact that we’re finally seeing the world change for Black and Indigenous people. People are protesting, rioting, and learning new ways to fight a corrupt system. We hear all the time that Pride started with revolutionary riots and we’re learning what it means to be resilient in the face of uncertainty.
It’s a very scary, yet powerful, moment in history. It’s a time to forget about partying and reflect on the society we’ve called “normal” for so long.
For Pride 2020, be proud of change, be proud of your ability to be uncomfortable and willing to learn, and be proud of the anti-racist work you’ve incorporated into your daily life.
Continue to grow, continue to love, continue to say Black Lives Matter from the pit of your chest!
This year’s OMG.BLOG Pride Playlist is dedicated to Black legends of house, disco, and soul.
Everything we have is because of them: the dancefloor anthems, the freedom, the culture. Queer nightlife would be nothing without these icons creating the soundtrack for the spaces we call home.
After the jump, you’ll find this year’s playlist and a list of organizations and resources we recommend you consider supporting!