It's been a year since I've written on here. A lot has changed for the better (for me personally) and for the worse (for the country).
More is on the way. But in the meantime here's my latest installment of disposable chronicles, featuring scenes from #WomensMarch, a music video shoot, and good times with good people.
Happy New Year, fam-a-lam. 2015 was very good for me and I'm definitely looking forward to hitting the ground running with some new projects and adventures in 2016. But before I do that, here's a look back at the last month of a truly rad year.
Below are some disposable flicks from Art Basel in Miami along with snaps of my friends hanging out around Philly.
The "School of Thought" collection, designed by Mars Five and Philadelphia Printworks, imagines a different world where colleges and institutions have been established based on the philosophies of Marcus Garvey, Audre Lorde, Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and James Baldwin. The collection represents the double consciousness experienced by African diaspora in America and creates a safe space for the praxis of liberation.
I'm really happy to have been a part of this amazing project by Mars Five and Philadelphia Print Works! Peep the full article from Colorlines here.
This past week myself and Shaleeta Pendleton (@shexshe) put on an unforgettable show at Art Basel in Miami. This is the first time that either of us have ever done something of this scale and I couldn't be more proud of us.
We brought all of our favorite Philadelphia artists & DJs down to Miami to turn up at Wynwood's Coyo Taco and the end result could not have been better. We even had surprise guests Post Malone and Mikey Heverly (ANTM) come through.
Needless to say, it was an evening of pure magic and you haven't seen the last of WHAT A TIME. Stay tuned for more announcements. In the meantime, relive the madness here.
Just picked up some film that I dropped off two months ago and forgot about, whoops. These photos have me missing summer already.
Since before their inception as the greatest Hip-Hop/Neo-Soul band of our time, The Roots have always carried their hometown, Philadelphia, on their backs. Even since they’ve been launched into the stratosphere of superstardom, they have always remained faithful to their city. Whether it’s throwing the country’s largest free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway every 4th of July, running one of the city’s favorite music festivals every summer or hosting the annual charity concert Let’s Move it Philly – they have made sure that their city feels these positive impacts.
Yesterday (Oct. 26), the City of Brotherly Love made sure that their hometown heroes’ efforts would remain forever immortalized by inducting them into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame alongside Billie Holiday, the Trammps, Andrea McArdle (the original “Annie” on Broadway), Harvey Holiday, Cinderella, and Ray Benson.
Read the rest of my story on Okayplayer.
Award shows are all the same. Millions of people tune in every year to watch the VMAs, Grammys, or Billboard Awards, and then we all log onto Twitter and Facebook and get mad about the poor choice of nominees and undeserving award winners. Let's be real—we all love to hate on how corny and out of touch mainstream award shows have become, but each and every year we still make it a point to sit down and watch these shows from beginning to end. Why? Because we have no other options. The system never changes.
For years and years we've been subjected to faceless entities choosing the nominees and winners for what they themselves have decided will be the most prestigious awards, and their choices never reflect or respect the culture.
But what if someone took that power back? What if someone like Kanye West—the king of epic award show moments—created his own award show? Would we be excited to watch that? Of course we would. I mean, the guy already announced that he's running for President in 2020—why not make the Yeezy Awards his first official order of business, ya dig?
Here are 10 reasons why Kanye West should create his own award show.
Read my full story here.
Music photography isn’t nearly as easy as it looks. Even though everyone and their mom has a DSLR or an HD camera in their phone, it takes a special kind of skill, a sharp eye, and steady trigger finger to capture the perfect nano-second of raw energy from a performing artist.
We spoke to five music photographers who have braved moshpits, hardcore STANs, and ungodly decibel levels to capture that perfect moment.
Read my full story/interview here.