StreetcredMusic...This blog has followed a quote I heard many years ago..."Sometimes you must leap first, and build your wings on the way down". From nothing it has become a blog containing dozens of Indie artists. Follow me as I introduce you to them, from the place where they breed, New York City! ....and come with us as we document it on film!!

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Wednesday

StreetcredMusic: Artists Leaving A Dictatorship, Part II. Yekaterina Antonov

 

 >I asked a few women, artists, who have come to America from a life under dictatorship, to reply. 
To see if they agree with my observation that most who take that path support the Republicans here in America<

My name is Yekaterina Antonov, aka Cate Anton. I was born and raised in Kherson, near Odessa and Sevastopol. I'm 40. I don't think of myself as an artist per se. I paint. I paint what my eyes tell me to paint. 
 
Yekaterina Antonov

 
 The family I grew up with and their families before them, have all lived under tyranny all their lives. They love Trump. He is everything they were told to admire as Russians forever. A man that is 100 levels above you on the social and economic scale. The fact that he wears makeup and bleaches his hair, endears him to them. Makeup and hair coloring are nonexistent in 90% of Russia.

He lies and tells you that he is looking out for you. To Russians that is like apple pie to Americans, a staple. A variation of the Stockholm Syndrome, with the same effect.

When the Soviet Union fell apart, my family lost everything, jobs, savings, and in some cases their sanity. Some drank themselves to death, depression was the norm.

I finished second in the "New Faces" beauty pageant two years before the fall of the USSR. My uncles were judges. My family had given me education and the opportunity to have a life where nothing could go wrong. Just as Russia became number one in the world in bankruptcies and alcoholism. I left.

When I was a kid someone said that Lenin's body was for sale to the highest bidder. My father said "why would anyone want to buy a dead politician, if you have money you can go to Moscow and buy a live one"
That way of thinking and that fear of change is what makes the last generation of Russians, like the republicans. They fear anything progressive.

Pete asked for a paragraph or so....there is so much more to all this, but I also see people from the USSR, leaning "right".
 

Sunday

StreetcredMusic: Artists, Leaving A Dictatorship. Monica

 

 >I asked a few women, artists, who have come to America from a life under dictatorship, to reply. 
To see if they agree with my observation that most who take that path support the Republicans here in America<
 
Monica:
In answer to my friend and former colleague, Pete.
Pete the magnet. Pete, who for seven years thought I was from Poland.
I have never set foot in Poland. Pete, who I sent into retirement with a simple tap on his shoulder.

My name is Monica Varga, I'm Hungarian, from, Szeged. I am a musician and writer of poetry.
I was born under the Soviet controlled state. I left when I was 20, two years before the Soviet flag was lowered for the last time. And yes, I agree most of the people I know from Russia or what we then called the 'Eastern Block' fall to the right politically.
 
  Monica Varga age 8.
 
Speaking for those close to me, they feared change. They were handed the same TV, newspapers, entertainment and education all their lives. They are comfortable with someone dictating to them.
Freedom to so many I know, was frightful. They were indoctrinated to believe the Soviet way was the only way.
They speak out about American freedoms, when they nothing of freedom.

Not me. I read a quote many years ago: "If you are anywhere you do not want to be, you are in prison" That was me. I embraced my freedom in America. I can easily see the importance of all being equal. I'm astonished that so many I know supported Trump. It's sad so many still carry the oppression on their sleeves. Most criticize the liberal or progressive point of view as soft.
Freedom is soft.

Throughout most of my young life, I have lived in the shadow of the dictatorship. It denied me safety and security.
Most Hungarians know what it was to live in a dictatorship; some are old enough to have known both fascism and communism.  No one wants to go back to that.
 

Thank you, Pete.

 See part two:: See part two, HERE Cate