We come from different nations and different parts of this beautiful country. We’ve united to bring you this edition. Meet the team behind Blak Out! Here are our hot lists of all our favourite things, and a few we can’t stand…
Dylan Muldari Ko:rni Peisley
On my playlist: I always enjoy a bit of Caper or Briggs. But I am currently listening to a lot of Slowly Slowly and HMS Ash.
On my reading list: I’m ashamed to say I’m not doing a lot of reading at the moment, but my favourite book is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick.
On my to-do list: Get back into the gym and join up with my old mixed netball team to play some more netball. I’m also trying to learn Danish, Maori and French, so I need to spend more time practicing.
On my wish list: I want to get another tattoo, so that’s definitely on the top of my wish list at the moment.
On my bucket list: I really want to visit Denmark and watch a European Handball game (Go Team Esbjerg!). I also really want to go to New Zealand to watch a Super Rugby match (Go Hurricanes!!!)
On my blacklist: I despise racism and racist people, otherwise I’m pretty relaxed and don’t really have a ‘blacklist’.
On my buy/wear blak list: I always love wearing some Caper merch, I also have a cool t-shirt that says “I see deadly people” on the front which I got from Dark and Disturbing online.
On my ‘cite blak’ list: “You can reach the darkest point in your life and come back, and come good, even better.”— Uncle Archie Roach 2019
On my playlist: Thelma Plum, Emily Wurramara, Archie Roach, Dr G, Paul Kelly, Nina Simone, Kae Tempest.
On my reading list: Every time I go to a bookshop, I come home with an armful, and have so many by my bed, unread…but right now, I’m reading ‘Freedom is a constant Struggle’ by Angela Davis and a collection of blak poetry in an anthology called “Firefront” edited by the formidable Alison Whittaker.
On my to-do list: Finish my Masters and do a Phd, and abolish the entire prison industrial complex.
On my wish list: Go home to country, put my feet in the dirt and connect with ancestors.
On my bucket list: Visit an immersion exhibition at the Carrieres de lumieres in France.
On my blacklist: Conservative politicians, racists and penal populism.
On my buy/wear blak list: Haus of Dizzy, Gammin Threads, Nunkeri Designs…and my fave tshirt right now is my “Because of her we can” by Sasha Sarago, who is the incredible force behind Ascension Magazine.
On my ‘cite blak’ list: I love Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s work and use ‘Talkin up to the White Woman’ a lot in my work. I also love the work of Chelsea Bond, Lester Rigney and Tyson Yunkapoorta. Can we normalise citing blak already!?
On my playlist: Black Boy, Emily Wurramara; Bright Dawn, Illy Kuren; Friends with Feelings, Alice Sky.
On my reading list: Convincing Ground: Learning to Love Your Country, Bruce Pascoe.
On my to-do list: I’m a poet: about country, love, forgiveness and joy.
On my wish list: Go back to country, become one, celebrate unity of purpose.
On my bucket list: Return to country, where I have not been for a while, borders open please.
On my blacklist: Self-expression, advocacy and dance. On my buy/wear blak list: Let my skin do the talking.
On my ‘cite blak’ list: “The evening star is the first star to appear each night every night in the Centre and the Top End. This is the time we bring our music, our song and our dance to life.”— Christine Christophersen
On my playlist: I have eclectic taste, so very much a variety of music and pod casts. I have many blak artists and groups … In fact, I have albums titled ‘Blak Australia’, ‘Original Storytellers’ and more.
On my reading list: I have multiple books on the go at once, a few I am reading now are; Fire Country by Victor Steffensen, Australia Day by Stan Grant Jr and any books by Aileen Moreton-Robinson.
On my to-do list: Write more articles, poetry and stories, write more of everything in Wiradjuri.
On my wish list: To be well known for making a positive difference in many spaces. Learn as many Indigenous Languages as possible, in Australia and internationally – to preserve and teach (with permission).
On my bucket list: Visit as many Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and international nations as possible, learning and reflecting on our beauty and strength.
On my blacklist: Ignorant people. Those whom deny ‘Australian’ Blak history and all associated with this.
On my buy/wear blak list: ANYTHING that is made and sold by Blak organisations/companies and people.
On my ‘cite blak’ list: I love Frances Wyld, Veronica Arbon, Professor Marcia Langton, Aileen Moreton- Robinson, Bruce Pascoe, Skye Akbar, Jared Thomas, Tyson Yunkaporta, Fabri Blacklock.
On my playlist: Bran Nue Day, Brown Skin Baby (They Took Me Away)…always makes me cry.
On my reading list: Nakata, Errol West, Foley, Karen Martin, Foucault, Mbembe, Pele, Plato’s the Republic and Suetonius’ 12 Caesars.
On my to-do list: Well, aged 66 my bucket list is getting pretty full…..Win Lotto and put a lot of my ideas into practice.
On my wish list: Find that place called home, grow lotsa Melaleuca and Leptospermum, beehives and make medicinal honey. Inland next to a river.
On my bucket list: My bucket list is pretty full. Back to country and disappear amongst my ancestors.
On my blacklist: Politics in general. The idea that the governments work in our best interests, anytime, anywhere. Corrupt Police. False Aboriginal nations created by the Native Title Act.
On my buy/wear blak list: Any genuine Indigenous art work. I have met Dinny Nolan at Papunya and have his family’s artworks including Coolamon and digging/ ceremonial stick, bullroarer.
On my ‘cite blak’ list: Yep Aileen Moreton Robinson cos she isn’t waiting for any anthropologist to catch up to her…practice culture and Linda Tuhiwai – Smith for the ideas of establishing Indigenous based schooling.
Feature artwork: The Murray and the emu by Jessie Walker | “The bond between father and daughter and the connection they have with the Murray River and the emu.”