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

The Let Down: Netflix’s Ambitious Take on the Birth of Hip Hop Falls Flat

The 2015 Netflix trailer for the Get Down gave us a glimpse of 1970’s New York and the birth of hip hop with the fire and drama you would expect from a Baz Luhrmann production.  When the show launched August 12, they managed to deliver on lush cinematography, stunning style and familiar hip hop samples, but well after an … Continue reading The Let Down: Netflix’s Ambitious Take on the Birth of Hip Hop Falls Flat

Unmentionables: Zoë Buckman at Papillion

Peering through a gallery window at lingerie hanging from the ceiling made me feel like a voyeur. Catching a glimpse of Papillion while closed was probably the best way to experience their latest exhibit by Zoë Buckman called Every Curve.  In this body of work the artist explores the polarities between feminism and hip hop and the cultural dynamics of both existing within … Continue reading Unmentionables: Zoë Buckman at Papillion

Seeing Double at MOCA

Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience It’s a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.” ~ W.E.B Du Bois For me, a great litmus test for a good piece of … Continue reading Seeing Double at MOCA

Jerry Seinfeld and Wale are Sitting in a Diner…and their Chemistry is Complex…

You know those cute animal videos you find on Youtube that feature unlikely friendships?  You know, like a kitten and a fawn cuddling, or a baby duck waddling behind a mini-horse or a parrot wrestling a pit bull?  Seeing comedian Jerry Seinfeld chop it up with hip hop artist Wale in a diner was kind of … Continue reading Jerry Seinfeld and Wale are Sitting in a Diner…and their Chemistry is Complex…

Lost and Found: The Lost Scrolls of James Yancey, aka J Dilla

There’s nothing like Saturday story telling as told by NPR. Snap Judgement is a show that explores those instinctual decisions people make that have the potential to change lives. They have outdone themselves with this amazing story of the discovery of a man’s hidden treasure that exposes the dual economic ravages of the healthcare and … Continue reading Lost and Found: The Lost Scrolls of James Yancey, aka J Dilla