Monday, December 7, 2015

Ayesha Curry's Tweets and the real problem here


   Ayesha Curry is Wife of NBA player Stephen Curry. The two, their lovely marriage and family have become widely popular over the past few months after Stephen Curry and his team The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship.
   Ayesha has been all over the media lately receiving all kinds of responses to this tweet. It seems that she is shaming women who dress a certain way, stating that she's rather dress classy than trending. As if saying that trendy club wear these days implies that certain women are not classy. She is one politically incorrect word away from slut-shaming, but it doesn't matter because others are doing it for her. I do not have a problem with Ayesha's traditional perception on how she should dress but the rhetoric here is dictating how women dress in terms of how we will be perceived and ultimately controlled by men. The ongoing feminist battle is that f liberation. We as women are claiming our bodies and our sexuality as our own, and we will dress however we want no matter want. Unfortunately there are still people who are swayed by traditional misogynistic beliefs of how a woman should walk, talk, dress, and act; especially a woman who is married to man. Mrs. Curry's tweets will and already have inspired posts calling women who do dress the way Curry is dismissing "sluts" it is fueling this "Good Girl" VS "Bad Girl" ideal which plagues women from as young as 5 years old, and it is terribly sad.

Monday, November 30, 2015

"But You Caint Use My Phone" certainly made me put my phone down

   The newest body of work by Ms. Erykah Badu. The Grammy-Award winning Neo-Soul Queen has not released a full project since "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)"(2010). She has certainly remained relevant with appearances on tracks, concerts, never-ending DJ gigs, magazines spreads and interviews. "But You Caint Use My Phone" is a reminder of who she is musically and what she can do.
     This mixtape was preceded by Erykah's cover a recently popular Drake song "Hotline Bling", which she has titled "Cel u Lar Device" Listen HERE.

    This mixtape is an upbeat, funky, sultry ode to phones and a direct reference to her 1998 hit "Call Tyrone" most popular in it's live version this song something Ms. Badu and her band freestyled while on tour for her first album "Baduizm" and quickly became a fan favorite. The intro and title track to this mixtape "Caint Use My Phone (Suite)" is a melodic mix of phone sounds and instrumentation from "Call Tyrone" as she plays around with popular line from the song "But you can't use my phone". Each song being a phone reference, she also samples Usher's "You don't have to call" and New Edition's "Mr. Telephone Man".
    Notable tracks include "Phone Down" a very modern, trap music sounding track on which Badu insists she "can make you put your phone down", and the perfect end to a project of this sort "Hello" featuring who Billboard and millions of people note as one of the greatest rappers of all time and Erykah Badu's first Baby-daddy, none other than Andre` 3000. With the sounds of birds chirping incredible bars and vocals alike, this duet and love song is an uplifting, love-reminding, Neo-soul revival of sorts and the #1 reason to give this entire project your ears. Other features include Drake and Erykah and Andre's son Seven who's verse on "What's Your Phone Number" is reminiscent of "Thank Me Later" Drake, whom he cites as a hug inspiration.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

Hair-inspiration and overall #BlackGirlMagic inspiration Franchesca Leigh has teamed up with MTV Decoded to bring us another hyper-informative video:


Everything you know about Thanksgiving is wrong ft. Franchesca "Chescaleigh" Ramsey.
Posted by MTV on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Enjoy the holiday !

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chi-what? Chi-where?

Chiraq.

    The recently popular slang term for the city of Chicago comparing the city's reputation for numerous deaths due to gang violence to the war on Iraq. Silly, I know. However Brooklyn's very own Spike Lee has taken this concept and ran with it. Combining the poor misconception of Chicago's street violence and how much the city is perceived as a "murder capital" with the plot of a classic Greek tragedy "Lysistrata" Mr. Lee brings us" Chiraq, coming to theaters December 4th.

The trailer has seemed to cause a lot of controversy:

CHI-RAQ Trailer from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.


     Mr. Lee is not holding back with this one, however he is, very much so. Bringing out all the bells and whistles of modern day cinema, especially in terms of "Urban" film. You have your star studded cast, your lights, colors, action, drama, fighting, crying, laughing, and lots of dramatic music. Mr. Lee is doing exactly what I personally keep accusing cinema these days of doing and that is exploiting, he is exploiting his audience and the city he chose to isolate and target. Lets talk about us, the audience. We are the reality tv watching, Maury watching, drama watching, worldstar hip hop bookmarking, "ratchet", fight video posting, scandal loving, and "Scandal" loving, Urban Youth. There is no need for truth, or substance, or education when it comes to the forms of media we succumb to these days and Uncle Spike knows that. Uncle Spike will spoon feed us modern day Black-sploitation knowing we will eat it all up.

     Now about the city of Chicago. To address gang/street/gun violence is one thing but to address it in a way where you are isolating one city and stripping it of its name is plainly disrespectful. This film is making it seem like Chicago is the only place where violence happens. Many cities have been referred to as the "Murder Capital" because of statistics. There is not one "Murder Capital", that is simply a mindset, just an idea or a phrase to support an argument. This film will single handedly fuel all "Black on Black crime" rhetoric, an argument Spike Lee has used himself. We are at a time in America where Black people are being killed on the basis of racism by police officers and/or vigilantes and Spike Lee has said in response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement something along the lines of "What about Black on Black crime?". However, the idea of "Black on Black Crime" is a myth. Black people are not killing Black people because they are Black or on the basis of racism whatsoever. Globally we are being told that Black lives do not matter, and that is the issue. To bring up that "we are killing ourselves too" is just another way of saying that we deserve to be killed by others which is a respectability issue. By respectability I mean the idea that if we do not "respect" ourselves, no one will respect us; it is often aided by statements such as "well if you dressed differently" or "well if you spoke properly" as if it is our fault we are being disrespected and not the people who are disrespecting us. Chiraq is going to fuel that idea 100%. People who often say "All Lives Matter" in response to #BlackLivesMatter will use this film to catapult the idea that Black people are indeed killing ourselves, so we should not be upset when other people kill us.

     With these two notions combined the cherry on top is essentially the "Lysistrata" inspired plot line. In order to stop gang violence the women of city will ban together, and stop having sex with their gang banging boyfriends. This ideas paints women as just bodies, as just vaginas, only capable of having sex. This plot line makes it seem that women cannot do anything in terms of social activism and community organization, we cannot read nor write nor work computers nor march nor use our voices for any cause, we are sex machines. The main problem with this is that it is not just men, and women, and a particular city being shown in a less than flattering light, it is Black people; Black women, Black men and a predominately Black City. White people, racist or not, are going to see this film and perceive Black men as angry, violent, and horny; and Black women as sex objects and baby making machines.

     Spike Lee has spoken out against criticism of "Chiraq", stating that this film is not a comedy, however it is a satire. But based on this trailer, I see it as neither. This film is pure Black-sploitation at its finest, Thank you Uncle Spike.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

HOLLA-Ween fashion post

This halloween I not only dressed as cruel de'vil, I turned 23 years old! Here's my costume/Birthday outfit.





Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Straight Outta ... Well you already know

     Finally, ya girl Kearmonie took that trip to the movie theaters to see the latest Critically acclaimed BioPic "Straight Outta Compton". Telling the story of one of the most impactful Rap groups of all time, Titled after their iconic debut album, and having dominated the box offices 4 weeks in a row S.O.C. is a must see.

     The film opening up with soundbites of scattered radio commentary and song lyrics we meet, who I personally declare as our protagonist, Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, introducing us to the lifestyle he led before "blowing up". We then meet Dr. Dre and then Ice Cube through their run-ins with gang violence, police brutality and trouble at home for a simple yet effective opening sequence.

     What is revealed in those moments could have been a half-hour to 45 minutes long, as this film comes across rather rushed. You blink once and next thing you know they are on a national tour. Granted, most films are only 120 minutes long, the run time of this one being 150 minutes(2 1/2 hours), yet this film was more of a timeline, a re-telling of a lot of information fans of Hip-Hop especially those who were alive and experiencing the culture during the era in question(unlike myself) already know, and still remember vividly.

     A lot of subject matter is danced around, such as Eazy-E's promiscuity, infidelity, and all of his children. Not one of his kids a depicted in the film, or so much as mentioned; nor are the mothers of his children or other women he was seriously involved with during the height of his career. His involvement with multiple women is snarkily hinted at but not ever shown. It is hard to believe he was infected with HIV by being with one woman during the entire time. Also regarding Eazy-E, his departure from NWA(followed by a solo diss track or two) is not depicted; maybe a minuscule bit of information, but the truth is never obsolete. What else is cleverly left out is Dr. Dre's assault changes, and most importantly the woman he reportedly assaulted, who was not only his girlfriend but also an artist signed to his label who's music Dre had produced the majority of. We are given a glimpse into the life of Dr. Dre, the depiction of his career could arguably be more necessary for this film than his personal life, but the way the two have overlapped is not shown. Going back to before the fame, we do not learn how these brothas got their names or how they even fell in love with hip-hop music, we meet Dre as he is already a well known underground DJ, not how he got the name Dr. Dre or how he became established; and Cube is already an MC involved with another group.

    Enough of the negativity though, this film is beautiful. The colors, the lights, the sound, the close-ups. The depiction of the rawness and severity of what these men went through just by being young, black men, in the hood; and all that fueled their music was remarkably illustrated. This film did it's job in playing up the drama the way film and television seems to be doing these days, giving the viewer what they want, in the most cinematic way possible. What I personally felt was overdone, is the interweaving of the Rodney King incident/trial. I feel that was an obvious element used, not just to tell what year/era we're in, but to amplify all that N.W.A. stands for and the fact that the fight is not over. This is not to say that the members of the group were not greatly effected by the case and the riots that followed, but the use of it all does not add to the film, nor take away from it, its just there.

     Straight Outta Compton, is an intense look back on one of the most iconic and influential rap groups of all time. Despite feeling as if this film failed to inform me on anything that I did not already know, I was impressed, and I teared up about twice... well maybe three times.

     Oh, and one more thing that I cannot overlook, The man I am declaring as the lead actor, having portrayed who I have already declared or protagonist, Jason Mitchell(Eazy-E). That man was incredibly charming, funny, and an incredible actor. Mister O'shea Jackson, the young man who portrayed Ice Cube and who just so happens to be Ice Cube's son, got Top Billing(his name is the first to pop up in the credits and while searching the film online) but we'll see how that all changes when award season comes around. #NoShade

Monday, July 6, 2015

What did happen... Miss Simone?


   As many of you know the highly anticipated biographical documentary about legendary soul singer Nina Simone's life, career, and legacy has been released on Netflix this past week.

    We are in an era of cinema of telling and retelling, we are in love with film adaptation of existing stories such as novel, plays, and comic books; and we are obsessed with the unveiling of hidden truths. The biopic, historical film, and documentary family of film is flourishing in recent years with films such as Amy, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and even the television film Whitney. We as viewers have the urge to know the truth behind the smoke and mirrors of celebrity, what makes the icon who they are/were, and we want to feel the deep connection to the people we idolize though we do not know them. We also want to be apart of that drama. Are films of the biographical genre exploitative? Why yes, of course. These films are uncovering personal trauma and deep emotions for the sake of entertainment and are, in the name of entertainment, playing up the drama stylistically. In Cinema every time we create a film we are creating a new reality even if it is showcasing a reality already in existence. Cinema creates a new world for viewers to become consumed by and to believe in through and through for those 90-120 minutes.

     Upon watching "What Happened, Miss Simone" I knew very little about Nina Simone. I knew that she was a legend for her sultry voice and piano skills. I recently had learned briefly of her battles with mental health through the indie film "Dear Nina", but still did not know much.

     This film is a beautifully composed tale of Nina Simone's life and experiences using archival footage from past interviews and performances, photos, and current interviews from people who were close to Nina including her only child, her daughter. The interviews from Nina herself were pure gold, they are the stem to this film as she is telling her passions throughout life, her ideals and philosophies, her mission, the career she wanted to pursue and how things turned out. We learned of her tumultuous relationship with husband and manager from archival interviews with him, and of course we were very much informed of her battle with mental health and her diagnosis with Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder. What seemed to be unbenounced to many of her fans was that Nina Simone had dreams of becoming a classical pianist, the first Black Woman Classical Pianist. However she was denied a scholarship to the Curtis institute of music. In order to pay for schooling and support her family she had perform at night clubs, which eventually catapulted her music career.

    Overall, "What Happened, Miss Simone" is a beautiful look into Nina Simone's life and career, a moving, chilling, and inspirational story. I highly recommend watching it.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Keith Haring Exhibit at the TBD Art Gallery



Nearing the end of the exhibition I visited TBD(https://www.facebook.com/tbdxles) for their Closing Reception and Celebration of Keith Haring's life and legacy. None of the materials used in this short (footage/music) are for promotional use.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Why you should watch "The Act of Killing"

The Act of killing follows former “gangsters” who are responsible for aiding a Genocide during the 1960’s in Indonesia. At this time they helped the military in killing thousands of presumed communist. Their government was in complete military control at the time and the details of this genocide have been overlooked at the time. However, the act of killing is not a simply retelling of what has happened we following these gangster as they recruit actors, extras, design a set and props and put together reenactments of the killings they did to create a film. They are more than willing to reminisce and reveal the many ways they’ve killed people, this film they are creating also seems to have pleasant comic relief with strange dance sequences and cross-dressing. We even get a character profile of who seems to be the most charismatic of the criminals we meet, Anwar Congo. Congo has the most camera time and his personal reflection is manipulated at the end to help viewers come to a conclusion, an element used in many documentaries. 



      What I think makes this film so critically acclaimed are those many elements, this film is very layered and we a given true raw stories, that a graphic, and represented visually, and the “characters” are open. However, the story itself is disgusting. The men we meet clearly lacked morality and seem as if they still do. Many times Anwar has said “I did it because I had to”, He describes the best ways to kill someone without seeming remorseful. Though, as the actor in recreating the killing for their film he felt terrified as if he was really going to be killed there is no way he could possibly feel what any  the “communists” he killed ever felt. When the other militia men reminisce on burning down villages, and raping young women I felt the urge to vomit and cry; which is exactly what Anwar did in that very last sequence. This film is where the exploitation of documentary film is exemplified. Here we have murderer willing to admit their murder, this film is structured beautifully but in reality this is a terrible story. There is no answer to this, no “right” way to go about it. All stories and narratives are important to be told, and in terms of film it is incredibly innovative that we are hearing from the “bad guys” instead of historians or “experts” who have done a lot of research.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Don't Believe the Hype!: the Story of The Modern Day Bohemian" is back !! or something like that



      In society “artist” is not a job description, it is not a lifestyle, instead it is considered a hobby. Art is not something you are supposed to purse in college or even in life as a career. If you tell someone what you do and the answer is something solely artistic they would probably ask you again, probably ask you what your profession is; as if job title stands alone from whom the person truly is. “Don’t believe the Hype: The story of the Modern Day ‘Bohemian’”. Bohemian: a slang term used to describe a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices. Stemming from the word describing people of Bohemia (ancient Czech Republic) who were thought to be Gypsies. Although this word seems like a slur, there are people who identify as such. Artists like myself and people I associate with are just doing what we love but also face harsh criticism because of it. DBTH is going to challenge these cruel interpretations of who young artists are and what we do. Profiling and following the lives of musicians, poets, actors, etc.; including 5 main people or groups/collectives this film is going to be a 45 to 60 minute journey, filmed over the course of 6 months.

 Help FUND this project here : http://www.gofundme.com/kearmonie

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Springtime hits Brooklyn

It was a beautiful beginning to Spring Break, my friend and aspiring photographer Allegra Earle hit Williamsburg for a quick photoshoot:







Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#FearandRace The fear of Black Men in America

    Today NPR is taking this discussion to Twitter with NPR/CodeSwitch correspondents Gene Demby and Michel Martin, inviting listeners to join the conversation using the hashtag #FearandRace.
    It is easy to say that we are targeted, especially Black men. Earlier today I was asked "How do you preserve when you're black and the world lives to see you perish?". My response: This is something that I would actually like to have a forum on. I've noticed Black girls say that they are afraid to have children more specifically boys, and that is sad. Personally, I am the exact opposite. I hope the lord blesses me with TEN nappy headed brown skin boys. In a society that is trying to kill us all we have to do is live, and be great. But that all comes from within, it is self love. We have to love and believe in ourselves and support one another. Racism is trying to kill us but racism is also trying to convince us that we are expendable. Trust in this life that has been given to you and believe that you are here for a reason, we all are. 
     However when it comes to the racism against us what we can really do is talk about, make sure everyone is aware of what is happening. Which is exactly what Michel Martin did on MPR in two interviews this week. 
       Here Martin talks to author and Georgetown University Law professor Paul butler about his experiences:




http://www.npr.org/2015/03/31/396415737/societys-fear-of-black-men-and-its-consequences

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

When that Kendrick Lamar album is the greatest thing you've heard since that last Kendrick Lamar album

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      Just two weeks ago Kendrick Lamar announced the release of his third album to be March 16th, and at that point it was "Untitled" *cue eye roll*. But listeners were surprised on March 16th at midnight to see Kendrick's album has been released digitally with no promo, though we knew of this album it's safe to say he "pulled a Beyonce`". Twitter was swarming with #ToPimpAButterfly tweets commending its introspection, innovation and musical progression. By 12:01 hundreds of hip-hop heads were convinced that this album is a classic. Kendrick done did it, two classic albums.

      Just a few months ago this album's first single "i" received a lot of mixed feelings. The "Who's That Lady" sample and "I Love Myself" chant make up a funky upbeat positive record, which some people(including myself) just could not get hip to. A few weeks ago he released "The Blacker the Berry" which received harsh criticism as Kendrick refers to himself as a "hypocrite" for taking part in gang activity and killing other Blacks, as if that is suppose excuse racist acts against us. This made me quite reluctant in listening to the new album but upon it's release, and all the buzz, I had to add this to my library and give it my ears.

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     This album is a funky, prophetic, and an unprecedented peek into Kendrick's mind; as well as an opportunity to evaluate one's self. It is not about Kendrick more than it is about all of us. Kendrick did this for the kids, for Black people everywhere, for young Black men everywhere. I don't sense a change as an artist but progression. Standout tracks include the intro "Wesley's Theory" a look at America's capitalism and Black people in debt(like Wesley Snipes), "King Kunta", "Alright", and "Complexion". If I was to rate those tracks a 5, then every other song on this album is a 4/4.5. It is a solid body of work. "i" makes so much more sense while listening to "To Pimp A Butterfly" in it's entirety, especially as a first single. This album is everything Kendrick was reaching for on tracks like "The Heart pt. 2", "HiiiPower", "Sing About Me", etc. It is everything we love about Kendrick, he constantly raises the bar. 
      SPOILER ALERT
      If you haven't listened to this entire this project, straight through, in one sitting; I'll just assume you are incredibly busy and haven't had the time yet. But anyway, lets get into this final track. "Mortal Man". "Mortal Man" challenges exactly what the title states as Kendrick sings "When shit hits the fan will you still be a fan?". On this track he references Michael Jackson and all of the controversy that followed that man stating "He gave us Billie Jean, you still think he touched those kids?". The end of this song is the cherry on top, an interview between Kendrick Lamar and Tupac Shakur, a conversation rather. The Tupac soundbites were flawlessly sampled and spliced with questions/responses from Kendrick. This jaw-dropping, eye opening, tear jerking conversation is the perfect close to this project. (More info HERE)

     Now, with all that said here comes the big BUT. I don't particularly favor this album. I get it, and I am appreciative but I don't love it. It doesn't have the effect on me that good kid m.A.A.d City did, but maybe it isn't supposed to. Maybe this album just lacks the car bumping, brainwashing repetition and sophisticated ignorance we all flock to so often. This album is social commentary, this album is Black Love.

#ToPimpAButterfly is for us and it is necessary.

Friday, March 6, 2015

1 year Loc Update



Recapping on what I've done with my hair over this time and what I plan to do

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Oscars and your everyday racism

Three of the most trending celebrity names from the evening: Patricia Arquette, John Legend, and Zendaya.

     Now to begin with Patricia Arquette. Upon receiving an Oscar for her role in "Boyhood" she ending her thank you's with a shout out to women across this country who are underpaid for the hard work. Statistics have proven that men do earn more than women and Patricia's statement calls for Equal pay.
Watch here:


     The problem is she does not seem to be standing up for other groups who are discriminated against in the work force like Blacks and Gays. She even makes a slippery slope kind of point stating "We have fought for everybody else's equal rights". Almost to say "enough of that Marriage equality or equal opportunity jazz, it's OUR turn" The OUR being White women. This is what is referred to as white feminism. White women fighting for equal rights but not acknowledging that they still reap the benefits of being white. It is clear that a white woman will be awarded equal pay before a queer, Black woman for example; that doesn't seem to be clear to Ms. Arquette.



Now moving on to John Legend. His collabo with Common "Glory" from the "Selma" soundtrack was awarded best original song. Watch here:



In his acceptance speech he stated "The struggle for justice is right now". "There are more men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850". Now there are people responding to this with the that fact there are more Black people in this country now than during the times of slavery, in terms of statistics and percentages. But why does that matter? All that matters is exactly what John legend said, we are the most incarcerated nation. The fight for freedom and justice is still alive and that needs to be acknowledged, not numbers. This speech is a tad funny because all of those white people who were jumping out of their seats for Patricia Arquette's speech had no reaction to John Legend's.



Closing with Ms. Zendaya.


     The 18 year old Disney kid decided to rock Loc Extensions for the evening. I've posted a how-to HERE. Personally as creator of I LOVE Box Braids I absolutely adore seeing celebrities wearing protective hairstyles. As far as hair goes I feel that the synthetic hair she used was very shiny, she should have went with human, and the burnt ends are tacky, whoever did her hair could have done the method I and so many others have used. Aside from that the style looked very nice on her and was beautifully done.
Giuliana Rancic of Fashion Police felt otherwise. Stating that Zendaya looks as if she smells of patchouli oil and weed. This is a direct prejudice o towards locs, and you know who has locs? Black people. This was immediately taken as an attack on Black hair, and Zendaya responded respectfully.



   It's kind of funny how Zendaya's statement in "defense" of her loc extensions is exactly why certain people didn't like the hairstyle when it started to get really popular a few years back. She says locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, yet hers are fake. Either way people are loving faux locs now-a-days and I totally support Zendaya's hair choice and response.

   Rancic soon apologized via E! News' youtube. In a kind way stated that she is sorry for perpetuating stereotypes. I don't care for this apology. The Fashion Police crew have always been shady and I don't think the offensive comments are going to stop. She is only apologizing because the internet called her racist. Basically. You can watch the apology video HERE.

The Game: #iamonestudent



This video is necessary, in terms of rape on college campuses and everywhere.  Find out more about "One Student" at their website http://onestudent.org/

Friday, January 23, 2015

The more "BLACK" dialogue becomes, the more Black celebrities show their A$$...

     For us Blacks enthralled with the entertainment industry it is nearly heart breaking but 100% (third) Eye opening when someone who looks like us, someone who represents us in the industry, says something ignorant pertaining to racism in America; especially as of late (#BlackLivesMatter). Recently rap superstar Kendrick Lamar was quoted in saying that Blacks need to respect ourselves before others can respect us. Which is problematic because a life is a life, and racism is racism. Today I bring you Mr. Anthony Mackie. Early this week Tupac from "Notorious" was interviewed by The Grio about this year's Oscar award noms and one of his upcoming roles.

You can watch the full interview HERE.

        This fool basically hit us with the "you see US as Black people have to ...." translation: if we comply to the oppressor's standards, they won't kill us for being Black. He uses the example of his nephew wanting to loc his hair and him in response presenting his nephew with images of criminals who are men with their hair loc'd. I do not know how old Mackie's nephew is but I am assuming that he is impressionable. He basically told this young man that if he was to loc his hair he will be setting himself up for racial profiling as if his brown skin doesn't do that enough. Mackie sounds as if he is saying that men with loc's look like criminals and prepositioning to his nephew if he wants loc's that means he wants to looks like a criminal. As if haircuts like Mackie's own will end racism. When racism is the very force that has him speaking this way.

     Personally I was not looking for any Messiah in Anthony Mackie, he is not my refuge or savior, or even my favorite actor. However, I am disappointed in, yet not surprised by, his ignorance.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

You Hear Chocolate !

     My classmate, Tarik Smith and I followed three beautifully talented ladies who call themselves Audible Chocolate(for our Documentary Production 101 final project). On the subway, on the stage, and soon enough in the studio; they sound as good as chocolate tastes, maybe even better. This short is a peep into their street performer life on an NYC subway train.


   Shooting this intimate account of only one realm these girls thrive in was an enjoyable experience to see in person what I usually just see them post about on Facebook. In this short we meet lead vocalist Cheeki Pow Pow, Vocalist and guitarist Lo Anderson, and Violist Iymaani Abdul Hamid; They are audible chocolate. At this time the ladies are growing and expanding as a group, soon to release original music. You can keep up with the chocolates at their social media link below to find out more about their future endeavors and how you can support and indulge.

https://www.facebook.com/youhearchocolate

http://youhearchocolate.tumblr.com/

https://twitter.com/uhearchocolate

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Usually when it comes to SNL skits...

    Usually when it comes to SNL skits that go viral, I am in tears, dying of laughter, completely amused. Especially when they take a satirical honest approach to social justice issues which I experience on the daily basis. Last weekend Kevin Hart was the guest on SNL and took a stab at gentrification in Brooklyn along side Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah.



    Unfortunately, I guess, I wasn't too amused. One thing I appreciate in film/TV, especially in comedy, are the reveals. The constant reveals of the effects of gentrification, times when viewers would probably be expecting something else are what hold this skit together. Except, at the same time, they are predictable and don't really have that shock value. Even the ending is predictable, knowing that this is still a skit about Brooklyn.

   Being someone who grew up in Brooklyn, just a few train stops away from Bushwick to be exact, someone who is seeing gentrification first hand and seeing the negative effects of it, I couldn't necessarily laugh at this. This skit just brought up the feeling that my people, are not so much aware of the harm done by gentrification but instead are accepting it. Not only in terms of gentrification, but  other issues; there are women who don't believe in feminism; students who don't believe that the school system should have their best interest at heart; etc. This was not really funny. But script wise, film wise, comedy wise, it was well done and the three brothers in this skit are hilarious.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Let's not forget the issue at hand

#BlackLivesMatter

    This fight is not over with protests all of the country and social justice organizations and movements growing from grief and concrete, this is not just a hashtag. Simultaneous the act of "sharing" is also growing, via facebook that is. The "share" option underneath Facebook posts has been available for a while but seems to be used now more than ever. Users share status updates, photos, links, videos, often for either humor or in the name of social just and activism. Sharing has become a norm for the tech savvy now-a-days , just as reblogging on tumblr and retweeting on Twitter. Users, such as myself,  are more proactive and conscious in there sharing.

   Below is a video, I shared on Facebook, of Franchesca "Chescaleigh" Ramsey and Latoya Peterson as interviewed by Katie Couric. In this video they discuss victim blaming in cases of police brutality against POC, ultimately posing the question "What are we supposed to do?"


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