Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Video: Jowell Y Randy Feat Eloy & Zion- Fuera Del Planeta

Art Exhibition for local Artist Anna Zhang: Fri, May 2nd!

Li Jun Zhang was born in Changle, Fu Jian and
lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.

In March 2007, she held her first solo art exhibition
at the Confucius Center in New York City and
following that, her piece, "Goddess," was
exhibited in the Statue of Liberty Museum and
collected by the Museum for future exhibitions.

She has participated in OPEN DOORS, an
annual event held by the Newark Arts Council,
is a member of the Chinese Calligraphy and Art
Association, director of the Chess Association
and the Worldwide Artist League.

Her work will be on display at
Newark Art Supply from April 23 - May 7, 2008
Located at 61 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Please join us for a reception on:
Friday, May 2, 2008, from 6-9pm

Jackie Ormes: The first african american woman cartoonist

"Jackie Ormes:
The First African American Woman Cartoonist
chronicles the life of a multiply talented woman who became a successful cartoonist. Ormes’s cartoon characters--Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger--delighted readers of African American newspapers such as the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier between 1937-56. This biography provides an invaluable glimpse into the history and culture of that era. As a member of Chicago’s black elite, Ormes’s social circle included leading political figures and entertainers of the day. People who knew her say that she modeled some cartoon characters after herself as beautifully dressed and coiffed females, appearing and speaking out in ways that defied stereotyped images of blacks in the mainstream press. Ormes’s politics, which fell decidedly to the left and were apparent to even a casual reader of her cartoons and comics, eventually led to her investigation by the FBI during the McCarthy era. In the late 1940s, Ormes (1911-85) transformed cartoon character Patty-Jo into a doll that is now a collector’s item.

The book presents over one hundred and twenty of Jackie Ormes’s cartoons and comic strips, some in color. Her topics include fashion, modern life, and human foibles, as well as racial injustice, foreign and domestic policy, educational equality, the atom bomb, and environmental pollution, among other pressing issues of those times, and indeed, of ours today."
Check out the website here.
Buy your copy here.

Monday, April 28, 2008


While I was at the Comic Con they were passing out flyers of this film festival and of course anything Deathnote catches my So here's a list of movies they are going to play and check out the website here.

ALWAYS 1 & 2

and of course....

L: CHANGE THE WORLD (2008, Japan) - The prequel to last year's hit DEATH NOTE movies, this is another pop gothic popcorn muncher and this time it's directed by Hideo Nakata of THE RING and DARK WATER fame. (A co-presentation with Japan Society's Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film).

Video: Mickey Factz & The Cool Kids- Rockin N Rollin

F' U .... Im going to the GLOW IN THE DARK tour and your not!..ha!

I will be at the Camden NJ stop of the Glow in the Dark tour on May 15!

Ryan Leslie Makes "Addiction"

This dude is straight nasty!!! WOW!!


With no further delay here is the official shots of the artists customs from the Soopa Show which took place at the Concrete Jungle on 04-19-08.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these Soopa customs, you can reserve your selection you want before they're posted online at the Esc-Toy shop on 04/28/08 for purchase. For all reserves please contact the Concrete Jungle at 718-261-6101 or

The artist list includes: * Doktor A * Zane Kozak * Jason Kochis * Omar Hernadez & Will Pena * Andrew Scribner * Bucky Lastard * Matt Ayward * Alec Grossman * Brent Nolasco * Brandy Anderson * Anna Chambers * Brian Slivka * Ayleen Gaspar * S4NDM4N * Jude Buffum * Massa Mas * Mike Burk * Diego Paz * Chaotic Unicorn * Dynomight NYC * Aaron Thomas * Dan Barojas * Jared Deal * Mimic * George Gaspar * Curster * Steff Bomb * Motorbot * Marka27 * Manny Galan * Mike Shoop * Fredezign

I'm not even going to tell ya'll how crappy I feel that I was there and my camera was sucking mucho asso that night! :O(

Format Mag Interview Dizzee Rascal

Read the interview here.

Video: The Roots- Rising Up (Featuring Wale & Chrisette Michele)

Sean Bell: My 2 cents (if it's worth that much)

I haven't touched this subject and I didn't really think I would until I saw the press conference that the police officers made. The one black dude I respect for doing what he did and apologized or sympathized or whatever you want to call it. But as far as the other two dickheads... I'm at a loss for words. I don't understand the world we live in. I get that the police's lawyers probably said to say nothing about it or not to apologize but comeon you guys were in the wrong and you need to do something to repay your dealt to society and the families of the victims because nomatter how you want to put it there were victims in this trial and it wasn't the police officers. I realized a long time ago that a big majority of police are bitch asses that are really shook to walk the same streets as me with their punk ass guns but there has to be a better way. I know nobody becomes a police officer because it was a calling anymore, everybody is just looking for a descent job with good wages and a pension but at some point you have to think about the responsibility you are taking. If me and my boys saw some guys with PLAIN CLOTHES on I would try to run them over too. But because the people had a record the police are off the hook. Because most minority's in the cities of America has a record for something or another the police will always be off the hook. I fully understand now when people tell me "Fuck Obama and Clinton because they aren't saying anything about the hood and any of our issues" I never understood what issues are there other then Health Care and Jobs but I've been blinded by the big speeches and simple answers that these two are giving to such a complex problem. I guess everybodies best bet is to move out the hood and to the 'burbs where a civilians voice matters. DAMN~

Maharishi: On the Frontlines of Sustainability

Check it out here.

CAPTURED TRAILER Clayton Patterson

Since 1979 Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City's Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds. Traversing the outside edge he's recorded a dark and colorful society, from drag to hardcore, heroin, homelessness, political chaos and ultimately gentrification. His odyssey from voyeur to provocateur reveals that it can take losing everything you love to find your own significance.

color explosion Newark Arts High

a 3 day fashion workshop with newark arts high school, hosted by the barat foundation with teacher maroussia rebecq, creative director of paris based brand and collective, andrea crews. students were taught second hand transformation sculptural clothing design, as well as photoshoot production all topped off with a musical chair fashion show with live music by baltimore's ocdj.
thank you to arts high and all students involved.

Madonna, Skateboard P & Kayne West

Check out the song on 'Ye's blog here.
I lub it!

Strickly Fitteds @ Cap City

Check out more pics and article here.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Toy Culture: Ultraking - Original Version

Ultraking was born on 10 Oct 19XX (classified!). He stands 2.2 m tall and weighs a hefty 100 kg. A righteous and fair King, he has a kind heart and caring nature beneath his tough exterior and is greatly admired amongst females of his type. His bulky frame is the result of his love for instant noodles and his favourite banana-flavoured soya bean pudding, he enjoys head-banging to rock music and hitting baseball with his pals in his free time. His other hobbies include playing online games and fiddling with remote-control cars, riding the waves on his wakeboard, and choreographing his own dance styles. The vinyl version from PI and Hong Kong artist Ultraman comes in a studded outfit, mohawk and shades, and stands at 8-inches.

Suggested Retail $70 per piece


Cop yours here

Gear: new Black Scale tees

"God Son" tee by Black Scale. A collaboration with the Crooks & Castles Illuminati brand

"Imperial Dynasty" tee by Black Scale. A collaboration with Rogue Status,
Get them here.

9th Wonder & Buckshot's new album The Formula

I already got it and I must say thank god I finally got some nurishment because I def. needed Please go support your local record shop and cop it tuesday!
Buckshot's myspace

Jorge Vega's Gunplay

I forgot to tell you guys that on the last day of the comic con I passes the Platinum Studios Comics booth and peeped a comic called Gunplay. It's by writer Jorge Vega and I think I remember reading about it in a newspaper awhile back.
While I was patiently waiting for him to finish an interview I just picked up a trade-paperback of Gunplay and loved the art. Being the nosey dude that I am I overheard tell the dude that was interviewing him that he was was puerto rican. ICING ON THE CAKE!?! I was liking the interview because they was asking him a lot of race related questions about his comic being a black cowboy epic and I was digging his answers even more. He had some tshirts for sale there which are pictured below.

As I was looking at the tshirt some dude picked up the copy of Gunplay that I had in my hand and asked if I wanted to an autograph or something drawn in it. I said sure while he told me he was Dominic Vivona the artist for the book..COOL!
Well I say ya'll need to go out to a local comic shop and support this book because I don't believe in supporting because of race but this a good story with good art so please support.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Takashi Murakami's ©Murakami @ The Brooklyn Museum

A couple of days ago I stopped by blag flag's myspace page and I saw they now have a blog... DAMN O, YOU COULD WARNED A BROTHER...LOL. So I checked out their blog (where you can check out here or go to the link on the right hand side.) and saw that they went to the Murakami Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. Feeling left out I REALLY had to go now. So yesterday I invited Reese to join me on my first of many trips to check it out.

Since there was no picture taking allowed I didn't take the camera but regretted every second of it. I was scouting the show to see who I can take with me. There were children everywhere so I figured that I would take my girls but there was one part I was very uneasy about. It was the My Lonely Cowboy, Hiropon and Milk pieces that really got to me. I have no idea how I would explain to a 6 and 11 year old female why a man is holding his throbbing erect penis while semen is flying everywhere and across from him is a female squeezing her triple F breast while breast milk is flying Even as a 30 year old man I can't be mature about it let alone explain it to the girls. I wonder what all the other parents did when that part came up. Did they somehow not go past that part or did they just rush through it and told the kids not to look. And people say parenting is supposed to be second nature... They had the Louis Vuitton Store there and while I wanted to just run through it Reese decided to ask for pricings... ugghhh. I don't remember the prices but I do remember the strange feeling of being way over my I def. hit up the gift shop and picked up the ©Murakami book (pictured above) and next time I'm def. getting the dvd that was there for 50 bucks. It was funny seeing everything there for SRP when you probably could have gone to Kidrobot and picked it up for half that price less then a year They did have a space for three short films he made and one of them being the Kayne West video he did. AWESOME! side note: I posted it on here before but it's been deleted like three different times.

We tried to check out the rest of the museum but I was too hungry and tired to focus we got a bite to eat and stopped by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden which is right behind the museum. It was pretty cool and def. a picture taking paradise. I can't wait to take my girls and niece there. I can see them running around talking which one is which Disney

So I def. recommend to go and check it all out.

"Am I Not a Man and a Brother?"

The first and most identifiable image of the 18th century abolitionist movement was a kneeling African man.

Members of the Society of Friends, informally known as Quakers, were among the earliest leaders of the abolitionist movement in Britain and the Americas. By the beginning of the American Revolution, Quakers had moved from viewing slavery as a matter of individual conscience, to seeing the abolition of slavery as a Christian duty.

Quakers, who believe in simplicity in all things, tended to view the arts as frivolous; but when the Quaker-led Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade met in London in 1787, three of its members were charged with preparing a design for "a Seal [to] be engraved for the use of this Society."

Later that year, the society approved a design "expressive of an African in Chains in a Supplicating Posture." Surrounding the naked man was engraved a motto whose wording echoed an idea widely accepted during the Enlightenment among Christians and secularists: "Am I Not A Man and A Brother?" The design was approved by the Society, and an engraving was commissioned.

The design was symbolic both artistically and politically. In addition to evoking classical art, the figure's nudity signified a state of nobility and freedom, yet he was bound by chains. Black figures, usually depicted as servants or supplicants, typically knelt in the art of the period, at a time when members of the upper classes did not kneel when praying; this particular image combined the European theme of conversion from heathenism and the idea of emancipation into a posture of gratitude.

Josiah Wedgewood, who was by then a member of the Society, produced the emblem as a jasper-ware cameo at his pottery factory. Although the artist who designed and engraved the seal is unknown, the design for the cameo is attributed to William Hackwood or to Henry Webber, who were both modelers at the Wedgewood factory.

In 1788, a consignment of the cameos was shipped to Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, where the medallions became a fashion statement for abolitionists and anti-slavery sympathizers. They were worn as bracelets and as hair ornaments, and even inlaid with gold as ornaments for snuff boxes. Soon the fashion extended to the general public.

That same year, the image also appeared in London on the covers of a pamphlet addressed to Parliament and a book about a voyage to Guinea, presumably with the Society's approval.

Although the intent and the effect of the emblem was to focus public opinion on the evils of the African slave trade, its ultimate effect was to underscore the perception of black inferiority. The supplicant posture of blacks persisted as a standard feature of Western art long after slavery was abolished.

Ironically, although the image became the emblem of the anti-slavery movement, the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade was emphatic that its only goal was the abolition of the slave trade, not of slavery itself. That position was vigorously protested by individual members such as Granville Sharp, the most influential abolitionist of his time.

Image Credit: Reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of The Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, Staffordshire, England

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Video: Kidz In The Hall- Drivin' Down The Block

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Rev. Jeremiah Wright this friday


Video: Chevy P- So Lonely

Video: NYG'z Ft Blaq Poet & Rave Roulet- Bow Down

Video: Baby D- Do It

Video: Keak Da Sneak & Prodidy- That Go

Video: Prodigy- Dirty New Yorker

Trailer: The Spirit

Video: B.o.B feat Rich Boy- Haterz Everywhere

Crooks & Castles x Mosley Tribes - Sunglasses

Read about it here.

Buby Is 4 da Ladies: Hellz Bellz Spring ‘08 Special Graphic Tee Collabos

Read about it here.

Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg Kicks the Truth on Obama-Clinton

Video: Black Lips- Bad Kids

Video: Bun B & Sean Kingston- That's Gangsta

Sunday, April 20, 2008

travis barker plays axis of justice benefit concert

Uknown Dynasty

Sharpe James found guilty

Sharpe James was found guilty on all counts in his trial regarding illegal land deals

Comic Con Day 2 part 1

Hey guys, I'm writing this Sunday morning right before I get ready for the last day of the Comic Con Weekend.

Day 2 was spent with my father (lucky for ya'll) and he took plenty of pics. I guess it does pay off to have the three day pass because different people show up different days. The thing that killed me was there was no McFarland booth. hmmm. There were more people there then friday so it took me an extra 10 minutes to get in. I'm just going to post the pics my father has because I still have to tell ya'll about the ESC- Toy party and the Kreme/ Seed Gallery show. But that will be part 2. That's all for now, I'm going back to the comic con and the famous cherry blossom festival in Newark NJ today. More on all that later~