We all did that thing as kids where we sat too close to the TV and it drove mom mad. No, we didn’t go blind as she over-exaggeratingly suggested, but what we did discover millions of tiny colorful dots on the screen. Those dots are called pixels, and they work together as micro spots of color to create the broad image that we perceive as our TV show, our movies and our pictures. Your laptop, your smartphone – anything with a display screen most likely uses pixels to build an image. And not just screens. Pick up a newspaper and look very closely—pixels. Belgian artist Peter Terrin uses a similar technique to create his breath-taking paintings, and the result is remarkable.
With his first instrument being his voice, Xavier Rudd began with the most primitive form of music. You wouldn’t have guessed it due to the 18+ instruments he is efficient in and plays during his one-man shows. As an Australian musical legend with Aboriginal blood running through his veins, Rudd clings toward this part of his ancestry for musical inspiration. Because Aboriginal natives do not receive the recognition Rudd believes they deserve, he has made it his duty to build the culture up through his music. His most recent album, Free Bird is possibly his most creative yet, including nature sounds and mesmerizing native chants that take listeners back to a time when people really connected with the earth. As a social activist and musician, Xavier Rudd has been blessed with the ability to connect people with his music and spiritual aspirations.
In every relationship there exists a dynamic that is keenly communicated through affection, trust, adventure and a little spontaneity. But what happens to that relationship when the person you come home to at the end of the night to vent to about the problems of the day also happens to be your business partner and husband?
Donald Glover is undoubtedly one of the best people to hit Hollywood. He’s smart, he works his ass off and he’s hilarious. Whether it’s the lines he wrote for 30 Rock (RIP) or his stand-up comedy, Glover is definitely a comedy king. Now, he’s got his hands in a few different entertainment pots. He’s a comic, a writer, an actor and a rapper. This Renaissance man can’t be stopped.
Momma, I want to sang! These words are being uttered by millions of little boys and girls all across the nation, and a good majority will go after it at some point in their life’s journey. Rarely do any of them break mainstream success, but it’s less to do about actual talent, but timing and connections. She has the subtle sensual song writing style of Badu, and the full smooth soulful vocal delivery of Scott. She is an example of authentic love for music and talent coinciding with perfect timing. Fans of the ultra-talented soul artist can only hope that her ear for putting head bopping, waist shaking, and thought provoking songs will catch on with the mainstream.
Our superheroes are timeless. Whether we wake up early on a cold, winter morning to watch the Saturday cartoons, praising Spider rman as he swings through the city removing crime from the streets of New York, or we come home late at night to relax in front of the TV and just laugh a little, our superheroes are complex, silly, sometimes daunting and come in all shapes and sizes. They are so much a part of our existence that Brooklyn artist Joyce Pensato has made a living out of manipulating these heroic figures into a successful career.
There’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not it’s an athlete’s place to stand up for sociopolitical issues. Some people feel it’s not their place, while others feel it’s their obligation given the fact that their platform allows them to be able to reach the masses unlike the average citizen. There’s been talks of possibly tainting their legacy, but taking a look at history, the athletes who did fight for issues particularly black athletes, they’re often held on a higher pedestal. From Jim Brown, to Bill Russell, To Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, their stance arguably made them more important historical figures. The same can be said for John Carlos and Tommie Smith who’s black leather gloved fists remain one of the Olympics most memorable moments. And of course we remember the late great Muhammad Ali and his refusal to fight in Vietnam, and being incarcerated in his prime because of that. This football season, in addition to all of the eagerness to watch what’s happening on the field and keeping track of your fantasy stats, there will be more attention than usual placed on a few guys while still on the sidelines. One of which is Colin Kaepernick.
“Buy less, but better.” That’s the code menswear designer Kai D. Fan, better known as simply Kai D, operates by. His vintage clothes are designed to emulate styles from fifty years to nearly a century ago, all while holding their own test of time with their durable construction and fine materials. The emphasis is on quality, but where Kai D.’s line really shines is in the detail.
Someone once told me that “it’s not what people say you are that makes you, it’s what people say you aren’t.” Some of the world’s greatest leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou and Albert Einstein were once considered losers, rejected and irrelevant, but they didn’t allow this to cloud their paths. They turned their pain into power and impacted the world with their God given talent. Many young artists and activists today have followed in their footsteps and contributed to making the world a better place. His last name says it best. Multi-talented artist Darryl Hurts expresses his pain, pleasure and life experiences in various forms of art.
In times like these with a recession looming and hopes of mending what’s been torn to pieces, a question always remains. In every interview, every casual conversation, someone just has to know: Why fashion? People don’t just buy couture when they’ve lost their jobs. A pair of Chanel shoes are replaced with paying rent. So, why fashion? For designers like LaQuan Smith, fashion isn’t a choice, it’s a calling.