I Am Not Your Negro Review
Tragedy Revisited With Song and Dance
What does a revolution look like in 2017? In our cable news-facilitated present moment in which the unified voting patterns of white Americans are portrayed as a silent revolution of sorts, it’s almost hard to imagine a time when groups like The Black Panthers were even able to be revolutionary in their willingness to exercise their second amendment right to bear arms.
Hidden Figures Book Provides A Deeper Meaning Behind Blockbuster Film
Present meets the past in Max Vernon’s time-traveling new musical The View Upstairs, which opened last month at the Lynn Redgrave theater. The musical is set in the eponymous UpStairs Lounge, a seventies gay bar and safe haven for the LGBT community located in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
The Present on Broadway Reviewed
In the age of heated racial discussions and political fighting, Hidden Figures, the untold story of three black women at NASA is both timely and interesting.
A visit to the Memorial ACTe in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
There’s lots of action along with music in The Present (including The Clash before each act and the odd Europop sensation, Haddaway), drinking, dancing, and Blanchett, in one scene, pulling off her black bra before firing a shotgun into the air (multiple times).
Anthology Launch on April Fools Day
If you looked down from the sky or had an aerial view of the Memorial ACTe (Caribbean Centre for the Expressions and Memory of African Slave Trade & Slavery), the new memorial museum that opened in Guadeloupe in 2015
The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From A 12,000 Mile Journey Through A New America
April Fools Day// 7-9 //Howl! Happening
A TRUE AND TIMELESS UNIVERSALITY:
Sarah Van Gelder reminds me of myself when she starts her book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From A 12,000 Mile Journey Through A New America. When she was seven, her father took his family along on exchange to a university at Andra Prades, India. While there, she formulated some questions that I also pondered in my early years: “Why do we tolerate so much suffering?
Chavisa Woods "Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country"
Always direct, stark, simple, reductivist, economical and refined, yet wildly raw and natural and usually funny, the videos of Barbara Rosenthal are personal and universal at the same time.
A Different Type of Boyhood: Moonlight Reviewed
"Chavisa Woods' Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country is part Flannery O'Connor, part Kelly Link: darkly funny and brilliantly human, urgently fantastical and implacably realistic."
Kerry James Marshall Reviewed
What does it mean to be normal? And is normalcy a guarantee of happiness? This is a thematic question that has animated countless films, plays, and novels--be it a high school comedy or historical epic, the desire to fit in is an animating force throughout one's life just as it is in film,
Inventing Downtown Reviewed
The first thing I did after seeing Kerry James Marshall’s monumental paintings at the Met Breuer last week is to go home and read. I’ve been reading everyday since. I could give a lot of reasons for reading: I could list what I’ve been reading and that may help me to answer the reasons.
A Photographer Who Made ‘Ghosts’ Visible
Nobody likes to talk about it, but the history of modern art is inextricably tied to the history of modern wealth and money.
Just Two Girls in the World:
Ms. Smith’s evocative pictures summon up dreamlike states to tease out complex emotions and ideas deeply embedded in the places and consciousness of her subjects.
Moonlight/Manchester Write Up
Swing Time, the fifth novel from Zadie Smith, is a novel about little girls and the women they become; it’s about racial and class divides, but more importantly, friendship. Smith tackles big, complicated themes in this work
The Outlaw Bible of American Art Reviewed
Year after year tinsel town can be counted upon to roll out an entire army of films featuring grizzled, muscular men, predictably going about doing what grizzled, muscular men do best—namely kicking ass and taking names all while stoically continuing to be grizzled, muscular men.
Living Quarters review
Like that other Bible, the Holy one, if you suspend your disbelief (in the banality of modern art) you can open this book to any page and find inspiration. As for being ‘Outlaw,’ now that our elites are illiterate, how long before ‘outlaw book’ is a redundancy?
I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah
In order to gain a sense of order and existential clarity, people often look for comfort and certainty by putting themselves in exotic or geographical distances. Traveling, for example, is one of those activities that cultivates and educates, and it seems that everyone wants to do it.
“The Light Within”
I was working the polls on election day, handing people ballots and explaining how to fill them out properly. I made it my mission to come up with interesting uses for the removable tabs and entertain people for the 30 seconds that I had their captive attention.
It seems that the real story of the modern and contemporary culture (arts and letters) in Iran starts somewhere in the second decade of the 20th century, more precisely in 1925 when Reza Khan took over the royal throne from the ancient Ahmad Shah of the Qadjar dynasty.