Monday, 9 August 2010
The Pop Africana blog is moving at the mo, so have been trawling through the archives finding myself home sick for a place that was never really home. I'm pretty multi-world (I'm an English lit grad sometimes I feel the urge to make up a term and I go with it...erm sometimes I should resist that urge...multi-world? really Charlotte?) so it could be and I'd like it to feel like one of my homes I just need to take a deep breath and work out the best way to do Nigeria with my own sanity in mind. My relationships with family members from Nigeria echo my sentiments or perhaps feed into my perceptions of this complex place: I've often felt connected, inspired, drawn to them and it and then rudely awakened by things I cannot or do not want to abide, things that make my blood boil over with frustration. And so I live with the dual reality of having Nigerian blood, loving and hating all at once, not knowing when I'll be ready to face the most confusing part of myself but wanting to nonetheless.
This article @ Pop Africana Blog penned by the erudite and fabulous Oroma Elewa best expresses how I feel about the place I want to call home. You can feel how it is written in the moment of realising just how contradictory being Nigerian can be, it's full of love and rage and I should have written it myself the last time I was there. I nearly did, I wrote a lot of things I have now misplaced whilst hiding in the guest room mostly trying not to be seen! or accused of being too Oigbo)
(Meanwhile I want this dress!)
Lost in the Stacks: Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith | Clutch Magazine: The Digital Magazine for the Young, Contemporary Woman of Color
Lovely article. Clutch Magazine has an unprecedented quick turn around of great, left of centre articles every day, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to see that there are so many witty and sharp black female writers flexing their cerebral muscles with funny and inquisitive commentary about everyday things. Women's magazines in general can be a bit of an insult to the intelligence with page upon page on the new skirt shape and a little book review thrown in the back pages or an amateurish global report a la Marie Claire to pull at the heart strings before they give you a diet tip. Sometimes it's about Teddy Ruxpin and Christina Milian, sometimes it's about Zora Neale Hurston, but it's always expanded into a wider debate that is intelligent and doesn't make me feel fat. Clutch Magazine, I salute you.
I got out of my writing pyjamas and left my house to go take a look at these at Art Work Space gallery. These intimate portraits were taken in South Omo, Ethiopia. I think this change in direction from flowers and animals onto people is the best work he's done to date. The delicious use of colour still recalls his fascination with nature, making the subjects looks somehow at one with every decorative piece and yet no one is overwhelmed by what they are wearing: they are still the most striking aspect of the photographs. http://www.philipgatward.com/
Check out this interview @ Dazed Digital Wonder how this will compare to Coco Before Chanel, which I still haven't seen. Tried to watch it online and be cheap but ended up watching the wrong version, (I think it was made for tv!) same story no Audrey Tatou. This version of events looks more up my alley anyway and from what I saw of the Audrey version am thinking the version I stumbled upon could be better (and had a hotter male lead...yes. These things do matter on a rainy sunday afternoon, in fact they become vital)
film is out August 6th
anyone who has love for Zora needs to take a look at this little slice of her writing history, thanks to the new black man for bringing this to light.
'I'm not trying to manipulate reality – this is what I see and hear'from The Guardian interviews Don Delillo
ask a thug and you might just get the truth (or something so funny/borderline offensive that it should be)
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Posted on 26 May 2010 by Brent Koepp in Features, MP3s, Media, Streaming
Tags: Arcade Fire, Merge, Month of may, The Suburbs
Earlier today it was reported that a few of Arcade Fire’s new double a-side 12″ singles had found their way into the world. It turns out that one of them ended up with Zane Lowe in the Radio 1 studio. He proceeded to play both of the songs “The Suburbs” and “Month of May” twice each and now we can present them to you here for as many more listens as you desire.
UPDATE: Studio quality versions are now up.
'I want a daughter while I'm still young
I want to hold her hand and show her some beauty before this damage is done
and if its too much to ask, it's too much to ask, send me a son'
My call girl is a construction.
My call girl is not walking the streets. She exists only in books and films, and the fantasies those breed. She's Henry Miller's dancehall slave and the YSL-dressed housewife in Belle du Jour. She's Holly accepting a fifty for the powder room in Breakfast at Tiffany's; Gloria stealing the wife's mink in Butterfield 8. It's the same character inPretty Baby and Pretty Woman, in Sweet Charity and Taxi Driver: she's the most jaded and most innocent woman in the room. We don't know if we can trust her in Risky Business, because she won't look him in the eye, and she paces, smoking, and tells stories that don't match — until the scene on the train. Sex like that never lies.'
The Sally Mann Family and Man exhibition at The Photographers Gallery is so beautiful it made me want to go and procreate just so I could pretend I'd take lots of pictures (I wouldn't...Let's face it I'd probably just take a lot of valium) of my imagined self assured and quixotic children. Or maybe I just want to procreate. Who knows?! I can't promise you'll have the same reaction and I wouldn't really want to because my reaction is becoming increasingly confused but I can promise you images full of joy and ecstasy: not the kind of ecstasy that bored adults take part in that comes with consequences and a rash, the pure kind that only children really know that stems from freedom, curiosity and more self belief than we remember having. The Deep South series taken of landscapes near her home are also v. interesting and evoke all the gothic charm associated with the region. The exhibition ends on 19th September, explore here for more details: http://www.photonet.org.uk/index.php