Way cool to find out about the new release from South African performance art collective The Brother Moves on. Check & cop here: http://thebrothermoveson.bandcamp.com/album/a-new-myth
There is no denying that Kanye West has had a tremendous impact on the music industry and pop culture. From the beginning of his mainstream career, Kanye has been critical of issues dealing with racism and the structures within it. His infamous, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about Black people,’ statement caused a media frenzy and solidified the general sentiments of the Black community during the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.
Yet it seems with more fame and popularity, Kanye’s commentary has shifted from calling out racism because it’s wrong, to calling out racism because he didn’t get a seat at the table. This is the bigger issue.
The distinguished psychiatrist Frantz Fanon addressed this line of thinking in his 1961 classic Wretched of the Earth. In this literary masterpiece, Fanon deconstructed the colonized mind:
‘The gaze that the colonized subject casts at the colonist’s sector is a look of lust, a look of envy. Dreams of possession. Every type of possession; of sitting at the colonist’s table and sleeping in his bed, preferably with his wife. The colonized man is an envious man.’
Lesson here for music artists: Never cede the last 90 seconds of your song to some guys who can blow. Case in point: this was the song that introduced the world to Jodeci. Despite a few singles, Father MC is a musical footnote at best. Jodeci, on the other hand, well, you know how that story turned out… – Preview it on Path.
This is just some straight-up make-u-happy ish. Via @guyroutte “Wishing a truly happy birthday to the one and only @jeanniegrigio. You are my friend and biz partner and I thank you for including me on this journey. You’ve taught me courage and shown me what greatness looks like up close. Thank you and I love u!!!!” via @InstaReposts
Bravo, @DJStevePorter. Nicely done: The Rob Ford Crack Remix ht @samewen
- Neil Irwin, “Rich people think the economy is doing just fine. Here’s why that matters,” The Washington Post
- Umair Haque, “This Isn’t Capitalism — It’s Growthism, and It’s Bad for Us”. Harvard Business Review blog
- Dame Helen Mirren (x)
"Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange?"
Happy Halloween, indeed.
Cyrus Kabiru (b. 1974, Nairobi, Kenya)
Lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya
African Resources (from the “C-Stunner” series), 2012
Mixed media (perforated scrap metal, glass beads and plastic bottle caps) Courtesy the artist
Wow. Cool, though.
"I feel like media does everything they can to break creatives, to break artists, to break peoples’ spirits. And I do everything I can to break media." #KanyevsKimmel – Read on Path.
"For me to say I wasn’t a genius, I would just be lying to you and myself." #KanyevsKimmel – Read on Path.