Just wrote and published this piece in Style Vault Dubai that talks about how unsafe, racially insensitive, and plain idiotic this new trend with sucking on a shot glass to make your lips bigger is. Not only did I get to write a heartfelt piece, I got to quote Paul Mooney! Read it and reflect here:
One of the saddest losses this year was that of Dr. Maya Angelou. The woman and her work have been inspirational to me ever since my teens. Luckily, I’m not the only one whose life she touched, and her work is being reanimated in a whole new way. Presenting Caged Bird Songs, a collection of 13 soul-stirring Angelou poems set to music.
The album’s name is clearly inspired by her autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Dr. Angelou’s vocal recordings are placed on tracks created by RoccStar and Shawn Rivera of the R&B group Az Yet, and beautifully capture her famous rhythmic delivery with Jazz, Soul, and Hip-Hop orchestrations.
Here’s the video for Harlem Hopscotch. Despite its age, this poem with it’s playful allusion to cultural adversity is all the more relevant today in the wake of tragedies like Ferguson and Eric Garner.
Produced with the help of Oprah Winfrey’s OWN and directed/choreographed by Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo, the video is a dancing delight with twists and jerks. Well known names in dance make appearances including Nia Peeples, Quest Crew, Derek Hough, Ian Eastwood, Zendaya, and reigning Dancing With The Stars champions Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson.
For other tracks of the album, visit here: http://cagedbirdsongs.com/#about
Exodus: Gods and Kings has been trailed by uproar for a while now. Yeah, setting a film in ancient Egypt with an all-White principal cast will do that for you. However, director Ridley Scott has chosen to respond to the criticism. We never got such answers about Noah but that film had issues of its own. Read Scott’s tragic explanation here:
Well it’s nowhere nearly as tragic as Rupert Murdoch’s ignorance but still. We need to ask ourselves, are we really the shallow, obtuse, self-centered folk they safely assume we are? Is star power more important to us than historical accuracy of a Biblical tale? Do we really want more and more of the same double standards under the guise of our entertainment because it mints studios money? If yes then our species fudged up somewhere along the way. For a film like this where the subject matter alone is controversial, you have a story that could’ve sold the film well, gathering A-list talent isn’t doing much.
If you want to fuel this fire by giving it your money, more power to you. If you want this to end, spend your cash on something original instead and wonder why it opened in only six theaters nationwide.