Common Reveals Hip Hop’s Lost Soul

The beautifully close cropped faces staring into the camera for Common’s latest video for Black America Again dare the viewer to look each subject directly in the eye.  Their gaze is strong,  inquisitive and evocative;  you quickly get the sense that their gaze is knowingly somehow directed at you, challenging you to see them as complex individuals with unique stories, … Continue reading Common Reveals Hip Hop’s Lost Soul

Artist a Day Challenge No. 19: Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young

Director Ava DuVernay delivered a wakeup call for me as I found myself stuck in a #OscarsSoWhite funk over the lack of recognition she deserved for Selma.  If my attitude was ignited over Selma’s snub (the best picture nomination, while good was overshadowed by non-recognition of the directorial triumphs of DuVernay and David Oyelowo’s performance as … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No. 19: Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young