Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Warmth of Other Suns

Rarely do we get a glimpse of our, black, history on an everyday scale. Rarely are we able to engross ourselves in a historical encounter that hold true to it's origin, but Isabel Wilkerson shows us it is still possible to inform, captivate and engage on a topic many thinks no longer exists: slavery, more mental than physical now, and the obstacles, the decisions many blacks make in trying to be free---unshackled. The Warmth of Other Suns takes you inside the lives of several individuals as they decide and begin their journey during The Great Migration. A pure page turner and enlightening read if you are into culture and black history.

Isabel Wilkerson is currently the Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University, holding the title of being the first black woman in american journalism to recieve a Pulitzer Prize for her dedication as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pop Art: Paul Baines

What can I say of Paul Baines? His artwork is bubbled with clever satire and humor that blasts your mind with creativity. The revolutionary way he expresses social change in some of his pieces is very cool. His technique reminds me of a few Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein, and Jasper Johns pieces my eyes have come across--- a time of transition in the art culture. Pop art was on the rise and Paul Baines takes me back to that tremendous moment.  The color and effect techniques used in Baines piece “Fountains” is similar to the techniques of Warhol used to create these killer skateboards The Andy Warhol Foundation and Alien Workshop collaborated on in tribute to Andy Warhol.

 “Fountains” is my favorite at the moment by Paul Baines. The backdrop above the urinals gives me feelings of the chaos of life; the instant gratification in power, technology and consumerism that everyone witnesses. The difference in the men’s attire depicts different lives within society, as far as paths people end up on. The thing most noticeable to me, the thing that I love the most about this piece is the distance between the two men and the fact that one man is facing the chaos while the other has his back turned on it. In context to social issues today, those two details paint the picture that many youth witness on a day to day basis---everyone pissing on the same world, but those better off get the luxury of turning their back on the bullshit while others take it on head first.

Tattoo Parties

                 I fell in love with reading and writing from the beginning, sitting around creating stories to my surroundings ---poetry was born from that, but shortly after art became my mistress. Art wasn’t scared to go beyond the boundaries, there weren’t always lines to stay in; I could draw and write what I saw and I was amused by that. I don’t draw as often as I used to.  The creativity still runs as I find myself up drawing on timeless nights the visions behind my eyes of tattoos I want to get in life.

                Tattoos are a type of art; the body is the canvas and only a certain individual has the courage to be that canvas. Tats possess their own swag, “skin swag” I like to call it; a tattoo of the right spot can make a woman seductive, a man enticing. The universal and godly beauty of tattoos is the power they have to bring people from all likes together. A simple, “what’s your tattoo mean?” could become an intriguing conversation.

                I’ve never had the experience of attending a tattoo party but I’d imagine it being an epic atmosphere of creativity and fresh swag. I won’t have a chance to attend this one either, but if you’re in the Dallas area definitely check it out, with 3 LUCKY PEOPLE getting a CHANCE TO WIN A TATTOO!

Photo courtesy of @iKayKing