February 2011

You’ve gotta love Nike for this short directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring the boy Kobe with Bruce Willis, Kanyeezee. I had to do a double take of Kobe in the last years Modern Warfare ad too.

But it got me thinking about about my top 5 cameos featuring athletes

5. Mike Tyson in The Hangover
4. Kareem Abdul Jabar in Airplane
3. Alex Karras as Mongo in Blazing Saddles
2. OJ Simpson in Airplane

And my all time favourite – is that you?! double take.

1. Carl Lewis playing a pimp in Get my Money

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Gasface’s short on my homie Brent Rollins, graphic designer, art director, television producer and Ego Trip co-founder. The Clinton Hills resident talks about his work, Spike Lee and the story behind story behind the logo he designed for John Singleton’s Boyz ‘n the Hood

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Gasface have produced this really dope interview with Writer, producer and Ego Trip Co founder Sascha Jenkins.

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Cool and Dre have remixed this hilarious spoof using footage shot by Spike Lee. Barkley’s bombastic punditry is visually remixed with some fitting graphic visual effect.

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Paris is burning

February 19, 2011

Jonzi D had been holding it down as an emcee, choreographer and artist for years. He’s a true pioneer of hiphop internationally, and is one of the founding fathers of hiphop inspired dance and theatre. Trained in a variety of traditional styles at The Place theatre in London and now as artist in residence at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, where is acclamied Breakin’ Convention is held every year. He has continually innovated the art form and inspried a movement. Long before the new crop of shows like Into to the Hoods and the productions of Boy Blue. There was Jonzi D and his and Benji Reid. Still as lyrically potent as ever this film was made by Breeze Yoko when Jonzi was in Paris.

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Bidness, never personal

February 18, 2011

The new literally journal, provocatively titled”Coon Bidness” launched by Greg Tate and LaTasha N.Diggs. Pulling together the work of a litany of writers, artists and intellectuals this new project definitely aims to challenge the status quo of the African American literary classes. The Blackadelic Pop blog has an interview with Greg and Latasha where Tate [...]

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Video: Tyler the Creator “Yonkers”

February 18, 2011

Got sent this video yesterday and have had it on contant rotation. The simplicity of the concept and the throbbing trance inducing loop is a head banger. The ending means it definitly won’t make it to MTV or BET, but with who care Tweet

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Africa through a lens

February 10, 2011

Some days I love what the internet can do. Today the National Archive made accessible thousands of photographson flickr which from the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives in Kew, uploaded as part of the Africa Through a Lens project. There are some amazing images taken from all over Africa as far [...]

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Shadrack and the Man Dem

February 7, 2011

Directed by Steve Glashier ‘Guns and Pork’ is also a viral video for Boxfresh. Created by the comedic outfit Shadrack and the Mandem. Their breed of satire might not be everyone’s cuppa tea. But I think they’re one of the funniest guys out there. The roller skates get me every time. Tweet

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POW! The National Anthem

February 5, 2011

I’m always slightly uncomfortable when a National newspaper gets all high and mighty on the virtues of youth rebellion. Although Dan Hancock’s insight piece in the Guardian this was an interesting look at Lethal Bizzle’s Pow! Dan explains how the song has became and anthem for the recent protests on tuition fees. Dan writes “Like [...]

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