"Hollow" by Sylas
I especially love this because it plays with the standard structures of this whole Brit, post-r&b aesthetic that won’t end (and I don’t really want it to) and turns the song into something weird, warped and haunting.
I made one purchase during EXPO and this was it. WAVES is an ongoing project from collaborative duo Twin BroBro featuring photography from Trujillo Paumier and writing from Maclean Jackson. The book (and an accompanying video) looks at the practice, maintenance and dedication necessary to maintain the waves hairstyle. It wasn’t an impulse purchase, but rather one initiated from flashbacks of my past crushes who sported this look so effortlessly (and gorgeously).
When black women share their pains about being ridiculed, objectified, limited and stereotyped, you should believe them. Even now in 2014, we are often left to defend ourselves and even women in the highest positions of power and prestige must compete with unnecessary criticism that other non-black women or men won’t face. Consider the constant criticism for Michelle Obama for everything — from the size of her body to her healthy eating initiatives for children. Was anyone ever this upset about Laura Bush? And how often do we criticize Beyonce for her feminist credentials when many young women (and celebs) are afraid to even utter the word?
I write about four times over the weekend for HelloGiggles. Just wanted to share this recent piece about the inaccuracies and problems of that infamous NYT piece on the lovely Shonda (my personal favorite lady).
Recently: Sunset from the Morgan train stop; skaters in the West Loop; viewing room from the Mickalene Thomas opening at Kavi Gupta gallery; the fair and the fair; satellite installation of the RETREAT exhibition, curated by Theaster Gates and featuring all-black artists; the fair; outside Mickalene; the chain-link view of the city.
Spent most of my weekend running around the city for EXPO Chicago and other satellite events. I wrote recaps of the scene for ArtSlant and you can read parts one, two, and three.
Recently: a weekend of selfies.
This absolutely feels like one of the last warm nights of the year. The desperation in those around you is so palpable that you can smell it easily, can almost taste it even. There is a clock somewhere near signaling the cold and all that comes with it. Meaning, the desire to turn in and stay in. I’m never ready.
Feeling like I can no longer have conversations with people and they can no longer have conversations with each other. Rather, we are all talking to each other about the specifics of things, of objects, of nouns, but we are lacking any emotional depth. Our conversations feel like blank stares, like dead eyes. I leave with the bottom dropped out of my stomach. I can’t remember what I just said. I can’t remember what you just said. And I feel worse for it. We won’t see each other again, not really, not until we do this all over again. All nouns, no verbs.
This is exactly what I love. A few years ago, my friend Alysse recognized that I liked to play with structure and texture, but dress in minimal colors. I admire those who can mix and match prints with ease. But me, I find pleasure in the details, the things that require a closer look. Perhaps that is why I like sequins and beads too. From far away I sparkle, but up close, you see a hundred little things building off of me, taking up space, forming their own new structure.
Cushnie et Ochs S/S 2012
I am not done finding myself. No one is. But the easiest way I could find myself was through my time alone. Not alone at home, but alone with other people. Alone in public. Alone in places that typically require friends, require acquaintances, require other loves. You see, being in that awkward and vulnerable of a position puts you in a state of mind that allows you to recognize the things within yourself that you felt you could never address. These are the things that made you weak. These are the things within yourself that you were afraid of. It can also give you a sense of pride and a sense of fortitude. You think, I can do this. And then you think, I am this person. I am here. I am strong. I am seeing the world and with that, I can do most anything.
I’ve finally updated the ESSAYS portion of this tumblr with any and every essay I’ve solely posted here. The archive goes all the way to 2008 and includes musings on Michelle Obama, gun violence, Arthur Russell and The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, among other things.
“Got This Feeling” by Cubicolor
I’m excited to hear the full version of this instant and anthemic classic. Until, we’ll have to settle with these three perfect minutes, full of promise and rapturous energy.
(Cloud I FB)
“Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds. Dance music needs women over the age of 40. Dance needs breastfeeding DJs trying to get their kids to sleep before they have to play. Dance needs cranky queers and teenagers who are really tired of this shit. Dance music needs writers and critics and academics and historians. Dance music needs poor people and people who don’t have the right shoes to get into the club. Dance music needs shirts without collars. Dance music needs people who struggled all week. Dance music needs people that had to come before midnight because they couldn’t afford full admission. Dance music does not need more of the status quo.”
Well, here we are. Summer is technically not over, and yet the temperatures hovered somewhere around 45 this morning. Fall always arrives earlier than we remember and earlier than we’d like, but with it brings some of the best music of the year. And so, another mix. This time, I’ve largely included new music with a couple of greats (like Ivy, my beloved) to complete the seasonal listening picture. Enjoy!
Free FALL, a MIXICISMS (download)
- "Exo Exo" by Saigon
- "Hourglass" by Rodrigo Amarante
- "Busy Baby (ft. Nina K)" by Tomas Barfod
- "Taken it All" by Zoot Woman
- "Before You (Rachel Foxx flip)" by J-Louis
- "Be My Baby (Cashmere Cat edit)" by Ariana Grande
- "Chandellier (B A S E C A M P remix)" by Sia
- "Never Catch Me (ft. Kendrick Lamar) " by Flying Lotus
- "This Is Your Time" by Muneshine X El. Train
- "Slow (ft. Rochelle Jordan)" by Cyril Hahn
- "Talk Talk " by George Maple
- "Villages" by Alpine
- "Your Design" by Grace Mitchell
- "Every Other Freckle" by alt-J
- "Emmanuel" by B A S E C A M P
- "Undertow" by Ivy
- "Don’t You Love (ft. BANKS)" by Lil Silva
- "Your Woman (cover)" by Paris Carney
- "Worry Heart" by Evy Jane
- "Send Me Out" by Kelela
- "No More Honey" by Blonde Redhead