I remember when Gwyneth Paltrow's Ad in Vanity Fair for AIDS awareness first came on, I was pretty astonished that someone greenlighted this. It seems like in the world of campaigns for Africa, anything goes. Well, I stumbled upon this little retort, complete with a rebuff message. Its both smart and funny and shows how even though Paltrow is claiming to be African, she won't have to deal with all the unfun stuff like poverty, disease [insert calamity here]. She'll just wipe off the paint when she's done with the shoot and peace. I like this quote from Alternet article in my previous post about Race:
"...it's easy for white hippie-hipsters to wear keffiyehs, because they would never be mistaken as a terrorist. Or groove to Tupac's music without ever fighting against poverty or the prison system. But what, both literally and figuratively, are we buying into?"
My ratphobia has ended! Well...not really, but its substanially muted as I read this piece on Huffington Post about a new rat based service that detect hidden land mines in Africa. Some of the pluses, these native rats have a sense of smell that is 1 million times stronger than humans, and they are too light to set off the land mine, so they are perfect! I've never been prouder...or rats.
The next Soulja Boy Tell'em dance?
Interesting video by popular Kenyan artist Redsan, called "Proud to be Kenyan" It might be a little ironic that the song is heavy on the reggae/dancehall/hip hop side and light on "Kenyan" influenced music/sound. Well I guess being inspired by your fellow brothers and sisters from Jamaica and the US is Afropolitan nonetheless.
Here's a blog feature that was passed on to me by my talented friend Pia Bijkerk It featured South African Designers. However, as she and I noted, there are very few black designers featured. I immediately thought of how many black designers there must be out there who would like to be linked! I also I'm stepping up my internet research skills and hoping to find more Afropolitan designers out there, who are looking for a network that values their creativity.
The amazing Sam and Dave, one of my favorite groups from days gone.