When we started planning Idols + Enemies in the wake of November’s election, it was impossible to imagine how things would unfold as the Trump administration took power. Responding to that uncertainty, we imagined an “interdisciplinary” mixtape, with a diverse cast of artists, activists, and academics helping to shed light on how we got here, and where to go next. Looking back, I think we were just trying to find answers during some exceptionally confusing times – and in our search we found amazing morsels of wisdom from contributors like Killer Mike, Jedediah Purdy, Moor Mother, Sut Jhally, and many others.
It turns out, we weren’t the only ones sorely in need of some context and a path forward. Since we launched the mixtape on January 17th of inauguration week, we’ve been blown away by all the support for the project. In just a few short weeks, Idols + Enemies has been downloaded by listeners from around the world, whose contributions raised thousands of dollars for the ACLU, and has been featured on Pitchfork, NPR, Colorlines, Philadelphia Inquirer, Stereogum, Mass Appeal, and more.
In the days since the inauguration, as the administration makes good on their promises to curtail our constitutional and human rights, it’s more important than ever that we continue building and organizing. We launched Idols + Enemies on its own dedicated site, especially for that reason. In the weeks and months to come, we plan to post new writing, art, and other content from notable voices across disciplines. The mixtape was just the beginning.