Blog Archives

The Celebration Of An Icon: Grace Jones

Today, we celebrate the birth of the legendary Grace Jones. Over the years, the Jamaican model-turned-signer, has contributed to the fashion, art, and music industry unprecedented by any other artist of her era. From hit singles such as “My Jamaican

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE, MUSIC, STYLE Tagged with: , ,

Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

Posted in ART, FEATURED, FILM, MUSIC Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

Fashion Designer Melody Ehsani Empowers Women and Explores Iranian Heritage

Dreamy and ethereal, Melody Ehsani’s designs are to die for. Many of her products are reminiscent of ’90s Hip-Hop style and her bold ME logo connotes a simple confidence and self love. Her aesthetic brings the playfulness of childhood and

Posted in ART, CULTURE Tagged with:

Current Must See Art Exhibitions Around the World

Have you ever been so excited to see an amazing museum exhibit, only to find out you already missed the dates for your city (i.e. The Rise of Sneaker Culture at the Brooklyn Museum)? Whether you’re the next Kehinde Wiley,

Posted in ART, CULTURE Tagged with: ,

The ‘Last Days’ Project Asks Your Favorite Artists a Personal Question

Every day we live we are one more day closer to our last, whether we know it or not. It’s a hard thing to think about, but Gyasi Williams-Kirtley is asking the uncomfortable question, “What would you do with your last

Posted in ART Tagged with: , ,

Basquiat x The Skateroom Are Bringing Art To Boards

  The collision of skate culture and art have become one and the same with the newest collaboration between Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s estate and The Skateroom. Both parties are no strangers to one another–as they first joined forces in 2015 to

Posted in ART, CULTURE Tagged with: ,

What The New ‘Chance Arts and Literature’ Fund Means For Chicago

  Chance The Rapper has been making major moves within his city. Just like every other major city in America, it’s no secret that Chicago suffers its fair share of obstacles and injustices. The palpable class distinctions within the community

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE, MUSIC Tagged with: , , , , ,

New “Rush” Visual Takes You Inside Starrah’s Hyper 3-D Universe

In less than a year, singer/songwriter Starrah has become the main architect of a new sound shaping pop music. Her golden pen has quickly made her the most in-demand artist crafting hooks for the iconic voices of our generation, her

Posted in ART, FILM, MUSIC Tagged with: , ,

A Stroke of Beauty: Zahira Kelly’s Black Goddesses

Growing up, a vast majority of the Disney princesses and female icons we admired lacked one major component that was so critical to our identities. The images of the women we were supposed to glorify simply didn’t resemble us. They

Posted in ART, BLOG Tagged with: , ,

Fearless Bronze Girl Poses Courageously in the Face of Wall Street‘s Notorious Bronze Bull

Just in time for International Women’s Day, the work of artist Kristen Visbal poses courageously in the face of Wall Street‘s notorious bronze bull. The Fearless Girl stands in solidarity with the women of the world, representing the relentless courage of all who have resisted

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE Tagged with: , , , ,

Paper Trail Magazine Is The Underground Plug We’ve Been Waiting For

  With so many magazines, online publications, blogs, and other media outlets out there, it’s easy to lose site of some of the incredibly innovative projects being churned out by young creatives. This week, we were graced with the opportunity

Posted in ART, BLOG Tagged with: , , , , ,

Remembering Stanley Kubrick on the Anniversary of His Death

The mastermind behind some of the most influential cult classics that dramatically shaped cinematography as we know it, today we pay our respects to Stanley Kubrick. A man who wore many hats–and wore them well–we remember Kubrick as an epochal American film

Posted in ART, BLOG, FILM Tagged with: , ,

Reading in Color: Must Have Books From Black Authors

The wonderful and phenomenal Ms. Maya Angelou once said, “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” She

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

The Official Breakdown of Donald Glover’s Wins Since the Premiere of ‘Atlanta’

When we think of someone who’s on fire in the entertainment industry right now, we must think about the esteemed, Donald Glover. Since the debut of his show ‘Atlanta’, there has been an overflow of success going into Glover’s direction.

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE, FILM, MUSIC Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Toro Y Moi and The Mattson 2 Release New Psych-Jazz Single, “JBS”

With the many pioneering collaborations Toro Y Moi (also known as Chad Bundick) has had in the past with SZA, Travi$ Scott, The Avalanches and more, his newest one with twin jazz duo, The Mattson 2 just adds on another

Posted in ART, CULTURE, MUSIC Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Celebrate Hip-Hop History With The ‘RAP365’ Calendar

Merriam-Webster defines the term history as a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their cause. According to this definition, one could compare history to an experience. Which is something Hip-Hop fans from all generations can relate

Posted in ART, CULTURE Tagged with: , , , , ,

‘WHOSE STREETS? OUR STREETS!’ Remembering Protests of the Past

In times of social struggle, New Yorkers are not afraid to stand up and make sure their voices are heard. Instead of ignoring the issues, these brave souls stand together and protest. Protests are important. They grant the ability to

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE Tagged with: , , ,

Pussykrew Pushes the Boundaries of Art, Technology and Gender

As we continue to adapt to new technologies, one team experiments with surrealist imagery and pushes the envelope for multimedia contemporary art. Originating from Poland, Pussykrew is a multi-disciplinary art duo, Tikul & mi$gogo, who encourage us to rethink reality.

Posted in ART, BLOG

‘MILK AND HONEY’: Rupi Kaur’s Ode to the Feminine Experience

“In moments of tragedy, art is the core,” Rupi Kaur told Bust Magazine. She wasn’t lying. In fact, when you hold her debut book, Milk and Honey, in yours hands, you’ll feel the truth of words she’s drawn together spinning into

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE, LIFE Tagged with: , ,

King Krule’s “A New Place 2 Drown” Deserves Your Attention

At only 22, Archy Marshall, more popularly known by his stage name, King Krule, has created several incredibly innovative bodies of work. You may recognize him from his melodic single Easy Easy but the English star has written, sang, produced, and

Posted in ART, BLOG, MUSIC Tagged with: , , ,

Pipilotti Rist and Her Pixelated Life

Lately, there has been a lot of pictures floating around the internet of these jagged jellyfish-like, lantern looking balls lighting up fluorescent colors of purple and blue in a huge room. You may or may not know that it was

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Is Back With His Best Film Since ‘The Sixth Sense’

With the recent release of M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split, we decided to examine the trademark style and calling signs of his films. Shyamalan’s film career is an interesting one to study because he has arguably had more success and more

Posted in ART, BLOG, FILM Tagged with: ,

Contemporary Artists to Watch Out For in 2017

It can be overwhelming keeping up with all of the talented young artists to watch this year so we selected a few of our favorites for you! Below you will find painters, digital, and film artists paving the way for

Posted in ART, BLOG Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Celebrities Showcase Their Split Personalities In Dual Photo Series

Just like there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every celebrity. Andrew H. Walker brilliantly captured split photos of over 50 celebs at the Toronto International Film Festival portraying two different personas. Celebrities are constantly having

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

Remembering George Michael With Our Top Five Favorite Tracks

George Michael could have been a product of his era, but his songwriting talent and amazing voice helped solidify his place in music history. Michael started out as one-half of a bubblegum pop duo called Wham before breaking off on

Posted in ART, MUSIC Tagged with: , , , , ,

Solange Performs “Rise” and “Weary” on ‘Fallon’

Solange hit The Tonight Show stage for a beautiful performance of “Rise” and “Weary” from her hit album A Seat at the Table. This has been Solange’s second performance from the album since she appeared on Saturday Night Live back in November. Recently

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE, MUSIC Tagged with: , , ,

Watch FKA Twigs’ New ‘Soundtrack 7’ Film in Full

Throughout the year, FKA Twigs has been working on several special projects. Over the summer, she held a free dance workshop in Baltimore in hopes to find dancers to join her on stage. In October, Twigs curated a Halloween-theme exhibition

Posted in ART, BLOG, FILM, MUSIC Tagged with: ,

Prince’s Paisley Park is Officially Declared A Public Museum

Per the Chanhassen City Council, Prince‘s Paisley Park studio complex has now manifested into an official museum. The building has already seen a record of 12,000 visitors without any complaints of traffic and convenience. This is a contrast to the

Posted in ART, CULTURE, MUSIC Tagged with: ,

That Time I Wrote, Directed and Starred in an Art Film to “Hotline Bling” Featuring Johnny Stevens (of Highly Suspect), ASAP Bari, Luka Sabbat & More

Note: This post was originally posted October 6th, 2015 Still from the #UOGLB Art Film. 2015 Me and this girl are very different… Yet… Me and this girl are very much the same. I wrote this story about “Lolita” in

Posted in ART, CULTURE, FEATURED, FILM, LIFE, MUSIC, STYLE Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

J Dilla’s Estate Releases ‘The Dilla Turntable’

Those in charge of looking after the late producer J Dilla’s estate have put his name to The Dilla Turntable.The portable turntable comes with a 7″ single  of Dilla’s track “The Sickness” featuring Nas. The 3-speed turntable features artwork by

Posted in ART, BLOG, CULTURE, MUSIC, SHOP

Gary Land Releases Photo Book of Basketball Badass Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson has a reputation that precedes him with 14 seasons in the NBA, 11 All-Star appearances, an M.V.P. title, and an induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame all without ever winning a championship ring. Iverson is celebrated for being an electric

Posted in ART, CULTURE Tagged with: , ,

Classic Scenes We Hope To See in ‘The Lion King’ Live Action Film

Disney dropped a bombshell this week with the announcement of a live action remake of The Lion King. Yes, we know, it’s half exciting and half frightening. The film has stood the test of time and remains a part of

Posted in ART, CULTURE, FILM Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Solange’s New Album To Feature Lil Wayne, Kelela, Tweet & More

A photo posted by Solange (@saintrecords) on Sep 27, 2016 at 2:57pm PDT   After nurturing seeds of creation for the last three years, Solange Knowles has announced the due date of her anticipated third album A Seat At The Table, scheduled to

Posted in ART, CULTURE, MUSIC Tagged with: ,

This Adult-Friendly Coloring Book Will Sway Your Stress Away

It’s no secret that the coloring book has made a comeback in the adult world. They’re the latest trend, flooding the displays at bookstores and your local Target. You can find them just about anywhere online. But what are they really doing

Posted in ART, CULTURE, WELLNESS Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum in DC Breaks New Ground with Grand Opening

On September 24th, 2016, after decades of planning and development, the Smithsonian African-American Museum of History and Culture saw its grand opening in Washington, DC. In what was a star-studded event, the museum welcomed the attendance of public figures like

Posted in ART, CULTURE, LIFE Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Everything You Need To Know About Disco From A-Z

Whether it’s a sample used in a favorite hip-hop track or the story line to your favorite new Netflix series, Disco has played a major role in your entertainment experience. The genre of dance music is a combination of  funk, soul,

Posted in ART, CULTURE, MUSIC

This ‘No Sleep’ Book Highlights NYC Nightlife Flyers From 1988-1999

DON’T SMOKE, RAVE! A photo posted by @nosleepbook on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:22am PDT Buzz amongst nightlife traveled via flyers and word of mouth during the days of the late 80s throughout the 90s. These days society are spoiled by social

Posted in ART, CULTURE, MUSIC

Photographer Reimagines Famous Characters As Black People

Specializing in retouching, digital art, and advertising, photographer Raphael FS put quiet a spin on popular characters in entertainment for his latest work. Traditionally, these characters have been portrayed by white actors, but in these works of art the gag is…

Posted in ART, CULTURE