"This morning when you got there and it was quiet
And the machines were yearning soft behind you
Yearning for that nigga to come and give up his life
Standin’ there bein’ dissed and broke and troubled
My mistake is I kept sayin’ that was proof that God didn’t exist
And you told me, “Nah, it was proof that the devil do"
From Amiri Baraka’s “Something in the Way of Things”.
Shades of Swagger #40 | Portrait of Portraitist - A smiling Malick Sidibé.
Photography by Vittore Buzzi
Love this cover for one of my favourite books (makes me miss working in publishing in NYC). More dope street art-inspired covers via Flavorwire.
Without a doubt one of the sexiest cuts I’ve heard in a minute. Can’t wait to hear more from this girl.
Otobong Nkanga Delta Stories, 2005-2006
Exhibited at Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain 2006 and INIVA, London, Great Britain, 2010
One of the changing landscapes I am interested in is the oil rich Delta region in Nigeria, which has undergone ecological, political and social shift resulting in conflicts, violence and ecological damage. The writer and activist Ken Saro Wiwa highlighted this zone and told stories of the people that were never heard.
‘Delta Stories’ is a series of 18 drawings which are narrations in fragments, putting emphasis on gestures, memories, disillusions, fears, hopes and the absurdity of human beings and its environment. One of the important starting points was the slow process of change of this landscape. The Delta is a space that leaves an evident sign of change, leaving traces, deposits and transformations.
The drawings ‘Delta Stories: Landscapes I-II’ portray an aerial view of an imaginary landscape going through a metamorphosis. The landscape gradually overflows with water and in a later stage with a spillage of crude oil. These drawings points a two way state of mutation in the Delta zone: the geological and the man-made course of development. The stories are told with the juxtaposition of one image next to the other and the titles of each drawing gives another insight of the narrative.
"i do not feel
i need a name or a movement
to legitimize the defense of myself.
i am a woman of color.
my bones have been
cut and sold every morning.
so, now i carry a machete in my
simple, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
First, know exactly what you’re getting into. For example, don’t go to law school with the vague notion that “it will sharpen my analytical abilities” or “maybe I’ll get involved in politics.” Go because you want to be a lawyer, because representing clients is in your blood, because you dig argument and discovery. Go because you’ve worked in a firm and seen what lawyers do on a daily basis. Once you have a true sense of what the job requires, you can assess whether you have the stomach for its less-elevated aspects. People may gravitate to law school because they like the idea of justice, but to be a successful lawyer, you need to be comfortable with conflict.
Second, do something you not only enjoy doing and have an interest in, but that you think you may have some talent for, by dint of innate ability or life experience. A lot of folks like being around kids, but a successful teacher is likely to have a proven ability to both inspire them and channel their chaotic impulses in productive ways. He knows he has the personality to both motivate students and enforce class discipline—a delicate balancing act that many find impossible. And he has the drive to seek out training that will enhance his ability to improve kids’ lives."
Great career/life advice from Michael Brus on Slate, writing on how he made the transition from journalist to psychiatrist.
This woman’s vibe is everything.
Dang, how could I forget how fantastic these sisters are?
"Anybody can walk around with a camera in their pocket. You could give a camera to an animal. But the photographer, the photojournalist captures the soul. You can’t just walk into a tragic situation or a sacred situation and be the hotshot person because you have a camera in the hand. No, it doesn’t work that way. Great photographs take themselves, but the photojournalist has to be there and recognize it… The photojournalist is that person who sees through a different set of eyes: the eyes of the heart, eyes of history. Capture something that is forever. And you know that when you’re doing it."
From an NPR interview with John H. White, one of the photo staff recently let go by the Chicago Sun-Times.
ART: ‘Pixels and Polaroids” by Jherin Miller
The photo-series “Pixels and Polaroids” by Oakland-based photographer and illustrator Jherin Miller is a nice mix between retro photography and 8-bit pixel drawings as retro-gaming.
These are delightful.
Gotta love that f/punk.