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Here is another impressive large scale mural from renowned artist Blu, this time creating some controversy by creating this piece on the exterior of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles within 24 hours. Featuring $1 bills, this impressive piece of work aims a statement at the political affairs of the United States. Derived from Blu’s core concept of work and ethics, this is a preview of the “Art in the Streets” that will open in April next year at the MOCA.
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Rich Hil has just been released from rehab and has released a new double-disc mixtape entitled appropriately I Just Got Outta Rehab.
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news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white
people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure - the ones who
are driving the action - we’ll envision black folks or other people of
color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction
to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather
than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in
America, at the end of the game, wins.
House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And
imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of
the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in
the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government?
Would these protesters — these black protesters with guns — be seen as
brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by
most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were
Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when
white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in
hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the
country’s political leaders if the need arose.
one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators
desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans
voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even
insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters
did recently in Washington.
that’s what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama.
that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences,
and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur.
When that prominent black commentator and his sister — who also works
for the organization — defended the bigot as a good guy who was
misunderstood and “going through a tough time in his life” would anyone
accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place
on a mainstream network? Because that’s what happened in the real
world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group,
America’s Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least
their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and
attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word.
people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white
presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white
president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped
by two white kids, or said that he wouldn’t want to kill all
conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living
fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people
stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said,
about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of
Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which
two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally.
that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do
what they trained me to do.” This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig
said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina.
white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio
personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that
when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em
high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who
praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his
hate talk to “American values?” After all, those are among the things
said by radio host and best-selling author Michael Savage, predicting
white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage
about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman
Culbertson, from Texas, who praised Savage in that way, despite his
not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter
said about Tim McVeigh, when she noted that his only mistake was not
blowing up the New York Times.
whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that’s
comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on freerepublic.com last year, when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.”
Because that’s what white conservatives did last year, in reference to
Democratic party leaders in Congress.
exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by
people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the
contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free
speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for
further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the
radical agendas of those same people of color?
seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the
dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal
or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say,
this past week, that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil
War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a
statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the
civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage
and equality, working people in the fight for better working
conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and
equal human beings.
consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you
do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if
they tried to get away with half the shit we do, on a daily basis.
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“The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don’t go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.”
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Influencers is a short 13 minute-ish documentary on the figures and trends that influence style, fashion, music, and art from the street up. It explores what makes someone an influencer. And up until the five minute mark, I was ready to make this blog post about Malcom Gladwell’s the Tipping Point. But the video went there, somewhere around minute 6, paying audio clips from Gladwell and such. But that’s the gist of it. The evolution of a trend and what makes someone able to propel the trend to the masses as an influencer. The short film was written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson. The film talks to New York creative types from mostly from the agencies and whatnot. It features Deirdre Maloney (BPMW), Rob Stone (Cornerstone), Jon Cohen (Cornerstone), Jeff Staple (Staple Design), Josh Peskowitz (New York Writer Type), Dao-Yi Chow (Public School NYC), David Gensler (The KDU), Sky Gellatly (Team Epiphany), Damon Crepin-Burr (FullSix NY). It’s kind of like a cliff notes/less redundant version of the Tipping Point for the ADHD non reading types, with all the examples being geared to those types, and most of those examples just being Jay Z.
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It wasn't so long ago – just a matter of weeks, really – that Gemballa had one of the best names in the business. And that business was tuning Porsches, among other exotic automobiles. But that was before the company's founder and chief Uwe Gemballa dropped off the radar, and things began to unravel in his absence.
The initial reports began surfacing last week, indicating that Uwe Gemballa had gone missing while on a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa. But while German authorities and Interpol began coordinating with their counterparts in South Africa, things started getting a little shady.
First came reports that the authorities had raided the Gemballa headquarters and seized the cars on the premises. Now further reports indicate that shortly before his disappearance, Uwe set up a second company with his 79-year-old mother as the sole shareholder, and granted his wife power of attorney to declare the principle company insolvent. The plot keeps thickening, and we doubt this will be the last we've heard of Gemballa and his trouble with the law.