John Baldessari is an American Conceptual artist who’s been doing his thing for longer than most contemporary artists have been alive so it’s not surprising the family over at SUPREME reached out to him for a deck collaboration. I think these are a clean minimal look & still hold the essence of Baldessari & SUPREME equally.
‘Ye does it again with another epic performance, this time for the studio audience of NBC’s legendary Saturday Night Live. The second verse on “Power” is slightly different, I’m not completely sure why. It might be ’cause he said “F*ck SNL & the whole cast/ Tell ‘em Yeezy said you can kiss my whole ass/More specifically you can kiss my asshole/ I’m an asshole? You niggas got jooookes” lol. Only Kanye can diss a tv show and then asked to be the musical guest. I think this guy’s got something.
This is a promo video for the homie Cortez’s highly anticipated project titled “The Journey”. Cortez is one of the local MCs I truly respect so I’m happy to see him getting the love he deserves and droppin’ the tape.
Rebirth of The Griot is our first All-Age event and it has one of the illest musical line-ups we’ve put together so far. Not only will there be dope performances but also great food and a live art exhibit as well. Come through and enjoy the positive vibrations.
This is one of the illest interviews I’ve seen from any iconic figure. Bob is my favorite all-around musicians, this interview helped to solidify that. Bob discusses Rastafari, the importance of marijuana in Rastafarian spirituality, Politics, the Media and of course Reggae.
This is the flyer containing all the events for the month of September. We always have something jumpin’ off at the legendary Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th st NW D.C.) located directly on the corner of 11th & U St. September’s gonna be HUGE so make sure to come through & rock w/ us.
Spike Lee is my favorite film director of all-time. Period. His films have really help sculpt the human being I am today. His films have shown me what years of public school textbooks, teachers & professors and other traditional educational media have failed to do. His movies are realistic glimpses of racial relations, politics, the media & the world in general. Glimpses you won’t often see in the mainstream media. I have a huge respect for Spike Lee because he’s always done what other film-makers have been scared to do, say what other writers have been scared to say, and play the roles many actors were afraid, ashamed, or just not bold enough to play. His movies such as “Do The Right Thing”, “School Daze”, & “Malcolm X” deserve to be put inside some museum years from now & honored as shining examples of the last century’s art. It’s actually a personal goal of mine to act in “A Spike Lee Joint”. Being a musician & future film-maker myself, I’ve come to appreciate all of his jazz-laden films, the way he cuts his footage & directs his cast. He is a constant creative inspiration & true Light Bringer.
“I think it is very important that films make people look at what they’ve forgotten.” Spike Lee
Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Jacqueline Carroll (née Shelton), a teacher of arts and black literature, and William James Edward Lee III, a jazz musician and composer. Lee moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York when he was a small child. (The Fort Greene neighborhood is home to Lee’s production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, and other Lee-owned or related businesses.) As a child, his mother nicknamed him “Spike.” In Brooklyn, he attended John Dewey High School. Lee enrolled in Morehouse College where he made his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn. He took film courses at Clark Atlanta University and graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from Morehouse College. He then enrolled in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He graduated in 1978 with a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television.
Lee and his wife, attorney Tonya Lewis, had their first child, daughter Satchel, in December 1994. Spike Lee is a fan of the New York Knicks of the NBA, as well as the English soccer team Arsenal.
Lee’s thesis film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, was the first student film to be showcased in Lincoln Center’s New Directors New Films Festival.
In 1985, Lee began work on his first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It. With a budget of $175,000, the film was shot in two weeks. When the film was released in 1986, it grossed over $7,000,000 at the U.S. box office.
The reception of She’s Gotta Have It led Lee down a second career avenue. Marketing executives from Nike offered Lee a job directing commercials for the company. They wanted to pair Lee’s character from She’s Gotta Have It, the Michael Jordan-loving Mars Blackmon, and Jordan himself in their marketing campaign for the Air Jordan line. Later, Lee would be a central figure in the controversy surrounding the inner-city rash of violence involving Air Jordans. Lee countered that instead of blaming manufacturers of apparel, “deal with the conditions that make a kid put so much importance on a pair of sneakers, a jacket and gold”. Through the marketing wing of 40 Acres and a Mule, Lee has also directed commercials for Converse, Jaguar, Taco Bell and Ben & Jerry’s.
The 1 Year Anniversary of our beloved Beat Clash was a huge success. We brought out the illest performers, the crowd’s energy was beautiful, & as usual we brought out the illest Beatmakers in the Washington D.C. Metro Area, we even had a dude come down from New York to enter the battle. I can honestly say I wasn’t disappointed by any of the rounds & producers this clash. We had producers bring their A game, which is really the point of this whole thing in the first place. The dude from New York even came down with a championship wrestling federation belt. But sadly lost in his second go-round of the battle. I told him to atleast let me wear the belt for the rest of the clash. Needless to say, he denied my request lmao. All in all, we had a great time & we thank you all for supporting this movement we started. It has been a beautiful first year & certainly won’t be the last.
this is one of my favorite videos, & favorite songs, from one of my all-time favorite movies ROCKERS! I used to just roll-up and chief to these YouTube videos ’til I got it on DVD lol. This movie’s a classic & captures a beautiful moment in music, world, & Jamaican history when Roots Reggae was at it’s pinnacle. Check the video out & also check out the message. If you can understand it through the heavy Jamaican accent lol. Peace.