Hahaha @ the album listening. #OXYMORON #Q! Me and @trillstevie (at Sonos Studio)
I was recently commissioned to photograph five generations of descendants of Solomon Northup, author of “12 Years a Slave”. The feature can be seen in this week’s newsstand ‘Oscar’s Edition’ of The Hollywood Reporter as well as here.
However small, I feel honored to play a role in the sharing of Solomon Northup’s legacy. It was definitely an experience that I’ll always treasure. Enjoy!
Maimouna Youssef performs a cover to “Royals” by Lorde which recently just won two Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year (2014). Check out Maimouna Youssef as she displays her creative writing ability, vocal diversity and top notch rapping skills on this cover of Royals where she takes a different approach to the song with a new chorus and added hip hop verse. Check it out and lets us know what you think!
Ms.Lauryn Hill performs “Ex-Factor” live in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 11/27/13. Sign up at http://www.MsLaurynHill.com for updates on new content, tour dates and more.
I swear that is K Salaam & Beatnick on the mix…
From The Forthcoming Compilation “Jamla Is The Squad” Hosted by Statik Selektah 1/28
Bongo Records P Funk breaking down Bongo Flava…
For his series “Ghosts,” South African artist Ralph Ziman photographed Zimbabwean street vendors yielding handmade replicas of AK-47s, adorned in traditional Shona style beading. The vibrant multimedia project, though beautiful, shines a light on the ugly truth that brings danger and suffering to many African citizens — the unrelenting domination of international arms dealing.
Ziman, a street artist who now resides in Venice Beach, California, attacks Africa’s dominant gun culture with piercing colors and images that don’t fade from memory. With knitted masks and beaded weapons, Ziman paints Africa’s obsession with guns and the power they provide as so bizarre and overwhelming it’s nearly surreal. Both worshipped and feared, Ziman’s guns appear like dangerous totems from an unknown ritual, somewhat removed from the gun culture we’ve heard so much about. The vendors who star in Ziman’s photos were not at all directed in how to pose with the weapon replicas. Yet the viewer can sense the additional status and swagger pulsing through the subjects as they hold their powerful instruments, even if only for the duration of a photograph.
Starring Danny Glover, Tula, The Revolt is an international English spoken feature length movie about the leader of the big slave uprising on the island of Curacao, a Dutch colony in 1795. It tells the true story of a man who dared to stand up against his oppressors leading his people in a peaceful march for freedom, equality and brotherhood.
Although several movies on the broader subject of slavery have been made, there was never a movie on the essence of slave resistance. The revolt on Curacao began peacefully and was meant to be won by words, rather than arms. This makes this true story unique in its kind. Directed by Jeroen Leinders, 2013, 100 min, Netherlands/ Curacao, Drama, English.