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Stephen Kearse

Stephen Kearse is a writer in Washington D.C. He writes about hip-hop, race, feminism, and film at The Black Tongue and beyond. He has previously written for The Toast, ARTS.BLACK, and Paste Magazine, and he has played DDR in 10 states.


Weights gym equipment shot in black and white.

The Labor Theory of Exercise: Long Live Dance Dance Revolution

DDR didn’t teach me to work myself into oblivion, propelled by shame and chalky smoothies. DDR taught me to get some water, sit down, talk to a friend, send a text, lean on that rail. For DDR, exercise wasn’t some frantic tailspin toward some punishing end.