And the Mixtape Series
Winners Are….

graphic by Justin Laidlaw

graphic by Justin Laidlaw

Clarion Content’s first mixtape contest had some great submissions, but one really stood out due to the hard work and talent put into the mix, the relevancy of her motivational statement to activism both inside Durham and throughout the country, and her creativity in bringing her statement and mix into conversation.

The winner of our first mixtape contest is Laura Friederich, aka Queen Plz with her mix “First Amendment Area: A #BlackLivesMatter Mixtape.”

Queen Plz is one of the masterminds behind Party Illegal as well as a scientist, a feminist, and a dirty south enthusiast. Her art is inseparable from her politics, and her DJ sets will take you on a meandering journey from the rapid fire of the New York ballroom scene to the slow Southern drawl of UGK. She aims to create moments of freedom through movement and to use the party scene as a conduit for funding local inspirational political organizations. Here’s her twitter, you definitely want to follow her.

Our runner up is a mix from Rookie Ortiz, aka DJ Ndamix, currently the resident DJ at Latin Quarters in Raleigh. Before he moved to Durham, he was in the Army for 21 years and held a gig in Pittsburgh. He has been DJing on and off for over 20 years with the longest run being over the past 6 years. His love for mixing multigenre music motivates his mix for this series. Stay tuned for a separate post devoted entirely to Queen Plz’s #BlackLivesMatter Mixtape, and in the meantime here’s DJ Ndamix on the ones and twos:

Clarion Content Presents: DJ Ndamix by Clarion Content on Mixcloud

Clarion Content Presents: DJ Ndamix by Clarion Content on Mixcloud


You can find DJ Ndamix on Facebook and on Reverbnation.

Jess Dilday is Clarion Content's current Editor-in-Chief and regular contributor. Jess originally moved to Durham to be a part of vibrant communities centered on music, art, and activism. Jess sees Durham as a place where people don’t just sit at a bar and talk about great ideas and rad projects - we put them into action. Their other alias is DJ and producer, PlayPlay. PlayPlay is in a constant musical conversation with the public, speaking across generation, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality to create an all-inclusive dance floor. PlayPlay has opened for Big Freedia, MC Lyte, TT the Artist, Dai Burger, Double Duchess, Le1f, Jubilee, MikeQ, Cakes Da Killa and others. They are also one of the organizers and resident DJs behind Party Illegal (a monthly dance party in Durham) as well as the creator and organizer of several themed parties at the Pinhook, including the Dreaming of the 90's and Dark Entries parties.


  • I would like to say that DJ Queen Plz mix is amazing and with a powerful message. I am humbled and honored to have placed second to such an amazing musical journey. Thanks Clarion Content and DJ Play Play for putting this together. Much love and respect.

    • Reply August 13, 2015

      Jess Dilday

      Thank you Rookie and thanks for your amazing mix!!

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