Posts Tagged Arts

The Obama’s boogie-down diplomacy

There is so damn much to love about this moment, starting with the fact that Michelle Obama, and to a lesser extent, her partner, Mr. President, seem willing to take a risk on being spontaneous and playful at a time when the media landscape is packed with pundits waiting to pounce on every breath they take. I’m sure there are a dozen different ways that someone trying to fill 24 hours of news might twist this wonderful moment into something else. But no matter. The First Lady embraces the opportunity for exchange through dance, with a big smile on her face. As they say, “You can’t fake the funk,” and First Lady Obama has got it aplenty.

There is so damn much to love about this moment, starting with the fact that Michelle Obama, and to a lesser extent, her partner, Mr. President, seem willing to take a risk on being spontaneous and playful ...

Nicole Krauss and Cynthia Ozick together

Last night J. Courtney Sullivan, co-ed of Click and author of Commencement, and I went to see Nicole Krauss and Cynthia Ozick read at the 92nd Street Y. The first thing that I noticed, as I settled into my seat and took a deep breath, was that I rarely go hear people read anymore, especially from novels. The act of sitting there and simply listening–with no visual entertainment, no humor or hijinks–is something I don’t do enough. It requires a certain level of attention that I want to keep cultivating.

My one irritation of the night, I have to say, was Nicole Krauss’ false modesty. She came out on stage and immediately talked about how surely everyone ...

Last night J. Courtney Sullivan, co-ed of Click and author of Commencement, and I went to see Nicole Krauss and Cynthia Ozick read at the 92nd Street Y. The first thing that I ...

The Obama’s boogie-down diplomacy

There is so damn much to love about this moment, starting with the fact that Michelle Obama, and to a lesser extent, her partner, Mr. President, seem willing to take a risk on being spontaneous and playful at a time when the media landscape is packed with pundits waiting to pounce on every breath they take. I’m sure there are a dozen different ways that someone trying to fill 24 hours of news might twist this wonderful moment into something else. But no matter. The First Lady embraces the opportunity for exchange through dance, with a big smile on her face. As they say, “You can’t fake the funk,” and First Lady Obama has got it aplenty.

There is so damn much to love about this moment, starting with the fact that Michelle Obama, and to a lesser extent, her partner, Mr. President, seem willing to take a risk on being spontaneous and playful ...

The Heretics

“We have to do it ourselves.”

Nothing sums up the documentary film, The Heretics, or the world of feminist art that it depicts, so poignantly than these six words. Joan Braderman went to New York City in 1971, wide-eyed with dreams of becoming a filmmaker. She stumbled upon the women’s movement come alive in the form of a feminist art collective called The Heresies Collective. Together they would sit around various cramped living rooms and artist studios and discuss the state of the world, art, gender, and revolution.

The film follows Braderman as she tracks down various members of the collective to see what they’re doing now and how they think about their time in the second wave collective. It’s a ...

“We have to do it ourselves.”

Nothing sums up the documentary film, The Heretics, or the world of feminist art that it depicts, so poignantly than these six words. Joan Braderman went to New York City in ...

The Heretics

“We have to do it ourselves.”

Nothing sums up the documentary film, The Heretics, or the world of feminist art that it depicts, so poignantly than these six words. Joan Braderman went to New York City in 1971, wide-eyed with dreams of becoming a filmmaker. She stumbled upon the women’s movement come alive in the form of a feminist art collective called The Heresies Collective. Together they would sit around various cramped living rooms and artist studios and discuss the state of the world, art, gender, and revolution.

The film follows Braderman as she tracks down various members of the collective to see what they’re doing now and how they think about their time in the second wave collective. It’s a ...

“We have to do it ourselves.”

Nothing sums up the documentary film, The Heretics, or the world of feminist art that it depicts, so poignantly than these six words. Joan Braderman went to New York City in ...

The Art of Power: An exploration of class and gender

Lately I have been on an independent film kick. Although, I think it’s important to stay in tune with films that end up reaching millions, I also think that it’s necessary to discuss films with less exposure that raise important questions about race, class and gender. This is why The Art of Power a film that recently premiered in Detroit, Michigan caught my eye. Full Disclosure: I have also previously done some freelance work for the music sector of the company that produced the film. While the film and music sector are different entities within First Element Entertainment, just figured I’d put that out there.

Beyond any ties I have to the company, the storyline is provocative: An interracial couple ...

Lately I have been on an independent film kick. Although, I think it’s important to stay in tune with films that end up reaching millions, I also think that it’s necessary to discuss films with less exposure ...

Tuesday Morning Truth: New Video from Reflection Eternal “Ballad of the Black Gold”

Reflection Eternal “Ballad of the Black Gold” from Sam Ellison on Vimeo.

If you need some Tuesday morning truth, I highly encourage you to check out this brand new video for the Reflection Eternal track “Ballad of the Black Gold”. The song is one of my favorites off their new album, and the video was directed by a very talented up and coming filmmaker named Sam Ellison around my neighborhood in Brooklyn. Plus, it brings a timely– and feminist– message about the negative consequences that can come as a result of our collective dependence on oil- the BP oil spill in the Gulf being one of them. For more on the negative effects of the oil spill ...

Reflection Eternal “Ballad of the Black Gold” from Sam Ellison on Vimeo.

If you need some Tuesday morning truth, I highly encourage you to check out this brand new video for the Reflection Eternal track ...

Yesterday in Feminist History: Happy Birthday Frida


Yesterday was the birthday of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She would have been 103 years old. Frida was a passionate painter, well-known for her self-portraits depicting her physical struggles as a survivor of a severe bus accident as a teen. She was married to Diego Rivera, another famous Mexican muralist. Kahlo died at the age of 47 and much of her fame came after her death, as feminist art historians began writing about her work.
In honor of her birthday, google created a “doodle”–changing their logo for the day to honor her. As Shelby Knox points out at Feministe, the number of times they have done this to honor women is appallingly low.
Happy ...


Yesterday was the birthday of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She would have been 103 years old. Frida was a passionate painter, well-known for her self-portraits depicting her physical struggles as a survivor of ...

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