Tom Barnes is a staff writer and editor at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ej Dickson is Mic's Connections editor. A former lifestyle editor at the Daily Dot, Ej has also written for Salon, Vice, the Awl, the Hairpin and Women's Health Magazine. She does a middling impersonation of R&B star Macy Gray.