Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Morning Jams (The Classic Reggae Edition): Foxy Brow "Sorry"

If you claim to like reggae and don't know this song. FAIL. 

Brings back memories of being little and dancing around the house to WLIB with my mom and sisters. 

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Monday, May 23, 2011

What I’m Digging Right Now: Black Orpheus

I recent
ly re-watched the 1959 Brazilian film Black Orpheus  which, made obvious by the title, is a retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.


The film is set in a favela of Rio during caraval and if you have not seen it, it is a riot of color, beauty  and drama all set to a samba beat.


What really struck me while watching it is the pervasiveness of black culture in the film. I rarely see the  African elements of Brazilian society emphasised in popular culture (or at least what gets exported to the states), however it is the focus of this film from the people of the favela to the music to the Candomblé ceremony at the end.


From an aesthetic perspective I am in love with costume design with the bright colors and the 50's feminine silhouettes .  


I’m inspired to incorporate these  into my summer wardrobe making bright dresses with nipped in waists a staple.  Something like this Boxing KItten dress would be right up my alley. 


If you haven’t seen it I highly recommended checking it out.


Also I’ve been taking Samba classes at Alvin Ailey on Wednesdays from 7:30-9. If you are in NYC I really really recommend.  Come shake your ass with me.



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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Muppet X-Men

Ads that I'm loving: Volkswagen Piñata

Things I love about this:

1. The intensity of the kid wailing on the piñata

2. The fact that the car is not shown until the last 5 seconds of the spot but we still get the key takeaway about the car's durability without the clichéd images of a car driving through rough terrain . Thanks Volkswagon for recognizing that the public is smart enough to put 2 & 2 together.  

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Single Serving Site of the Day: http://obamakilledosama.com/

Coincidence? The into to N.O.R.E’s SuperThug and the Bin Laden’s final whereabouts.

I know I’m weird but when I heard about the mansion in Pakistan this is what came to mind.


Im Im actually waitin on the boss now
He said we have some kind of special assignment or something
Hes supposed to be callin me like any minute now any minute
Hold on hold on lemme get the phone
Hello? Jackson here
Ya what? you found (Manuel Noreaga) Osama Bin Laden ?
In (the Phillipines) Pakistan?
He has a mansion?
Ok we on it on it right now... right

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Abbottabad resident unwittingly live-tweeted the US assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound