Saturday, July 26, 2008

Rad Shit: Ateliers Ruby

I've never been fond of helmets...I mean c'mon who likes helmet hair or the odd shape it gives to your head?

Only Darth Vader could get away with a Massive Plastic Dome.

BUT Thanks to Atelier- the Riby Helmet gives some new style to the typically dull world of protective headware

Rad Shit: Absolut

In 2007 the award-winning packaging for "Absolut Disco" helped sell 2.9 million bottles for the brand. Made from soft and shiny red spangles, and with a zipper on the back, the latest holiday gift pack from ABSOLUT really stands out and inspires consumers to join the glamorous masquerade...

check it out:



art on the street: New work by Bastardilla


Glitter on the streets* from B a s t a r d i l l a on Vimeo.

artist spotlight: Alto Contraste

You know my love for color- I can't get enough of the brights!

Playing up on the name - Alto Contraste translates into High Contrast in Spanish...

As usual...I rather let the work speak for itself!







art on the Street: NY's East River / Judith Supine


One of my favorite artists- Judith Supine keeps coming out with some lovely gems around NY...


The Installation in the East River is by far one of her coolest!


art on the street: Seen in Ann Arbor

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

HIP HOP events tonight NYC

Catch me at MILK.

Tuesday: July 22, 2008

NAUGHTY BY NATURE (QUEENSBRIDGE PARK)
7pm-8:30pm. Free! All ages. Queensbridge Park @ 41st and Vernon Blvd. Queens NYC. F to 21st or N, R, W to Queensboro Plaza. Q102 bus can take you the rest of the way or you can take a short walk. July 29: The Delfonics! cityparksfoundation. org.
Source: Erika Elliott

PRINCE PAUL & RICKY POWELL (NYC)
7pm. The Good Life. Music by Prince Paul, Ricky Powell, Smoke LES. Photography by Craig Wetherby. Milk Gallery 450 West 15th St. NYC. MilkStudios. com.
Source: DJ Synapse

THE LOST & FOUND: TUESDAYS (BROOKLYN)
10pm-3am. Soul 45's, Funk & Latin. DJ Young Chris, Jared, Boogieman + The Honeydripper. Savalas 285 Bedford Ave Brooklyn. myspace. com/foundthelost. Source: Miss Shing-A-Ling.


FRANKIE MORALES & MAMBO OF THE TIMES (BX)
7pm-8:30pm, FREE! All ages. St. Marys Park @ 146th St. & St. Ann's Ave. Source: Erika Elliott (CPF) More info: cityparksfoundation. org. Upcoming: Visit HopStop. com for best train/bus directions.

Monday, July 21, 2008

artist spotlight: madmarz

artist spotlight: Darren Booth

I like his typography...goodie goodie gumdrops.

Artist Spotlight: Timothy Saccenti

Get to KNOW him if you don't already--- his art direction is sicko

Ice Ice Baby

now you can play fun games with...ice!

Get your tetris on with these cool cubes

Sprial Staircase

Don't ask what my fascination is with sprial staircases...but yes I do admit to having one.




Garvan Institute- Sydney Australia

art on the street: Conorcrom

For those of you in Italy- he will be one of the 15 select artists to exhibit his pieces at the FAME festival in August.

art on the street: (location unknown)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Day In the Life: Inwood Adventures & Central Park Heat

This weekend was truly beautiful. Despite a crippling heatwave- I was able to enjoy the company of good friends and icy beer.

On Saturday I made a trip uptown to visit my pal R.Thentic (who if you don't already know- is AN INCREDIBLE producer). In celebrating the countdown to his big 3-0, lucky attendees got a sneak peek into his upcoming album. The tracks really left me speechless- it was one of those moments where you don't even need to speak to anyone else sitting in the room because you are all quietly vibing. The music truly does speak for itself- complex, emotional, and mysterious. I can't wait until it becomes available for the public so I can share it with everyone!!!!!!!

Happy [almost] Birthday RTNC




Today I trekked to Summerstage to stand in 93 degree madness and watch The Fools Gold crew come out and bless the stage. Santogold Headlined the event, and as always was fierce!

Great Weekend.

art on the street: Jace / Brazil


art on the street: Judith Supine/Brooklyn


Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Day In The Life: Only In NY

My favorite season is Summer in NY (yes...specifically NY). While the heat from the subway station may be a killer- nothing trumps the chill atmosphere of summer nights with your friends.





7pm: Brooklyn/PowerHouse Arena - Highwater Music. Chopped it up with some of the usual suspects. Ran into Konate of Slam Magazine. . . and got to see amazing photgraphy while doing it all!





9:30: Dinner with the man-tourage. T+S+M and myself. FYI--Watching men try to pick girls up in a BBQ spot is hilarious, but then hearing about how they strategize it is even better...


Guys are funny...and ps: they wil eternally wonder why girls go to the bathroom together. I had to drop some knowledge today & spill some secrets (sorry ladies!)





11:30: Santos Party House


I was supposed to meet my new co-workers, but got a big fat DENIAL at the door when I tried to get in. Thats what happens in NY when you leave a list with a woman in a bad mood! Ironically my man-tourage had been planning on going to a party at the same spot (on a different floor) and actually knew the doorman there.





11:45: We roll into the upstairs of Santos Party House where Q-Tip & Rich Medina were spinning (I am SO NOT mad this was my fate for the evening). The music was ON POINT & Q-Tip kept asking everyone to Salute Nas who was in the house. 40 songs & tons of sweat later....my body was begging me to leave, but the music kept forcing me to stay & dance.



some dance highlights included: Lord Sear breaking it down & The Retro Kidz doing their usual bobby brown routine









3:00: I realize that I'm dying of dehydration & I need to leave. T&I grab some of our fave beverages and make the most of a beautiful evening & perfect weather- so we take a long walk to the park (and our trains).





4:00: Finally head home.





good music. good company. and a hell of a good time! The weekend has JUST started & saturday and Sunday will be even more musically packed.



More info on these weekends concerts & shows later. xo

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What does it mean to be black in America? ask Spike

This is a sneak peek on an upcoming CNN special set to air on July 23rd

PSA: Rock the Vote

Christina Aguilera & Baby Max promote voting! How cute.

Artists Spotlight: Pete Rock

Mount Vernon stand up! lol

Sole Obsession: adiTennis HI



I NEED THESE....NOW!

New Music: NAS

SO I have already listened to the album & I am REALLY REALLY loving the new Nas stuff.

He is really on point this time around.

For a peek into his next song "Hero" (with a beat borrowed from polow da don) peep the video. YAY NAS!

Monday, July 7, 2008

RSC ANNIVERSARY INFO




Rock Steady Crew Announces 31st Anniversary -- July 24-27, 2008 in New York and New Jersey -- Presented by: Backspin Productions and Red Bull

New York (PRWEB) July 7, 2008 -- As Hip Hop continues to thrive and influence today's mainstream pop culture after three decades of growth, the world-famous Rock Steady Crew is on the verge of their 31st Anniversary. The historic four-day celebration kicks off in New York City beginning Thursday, July 24 with the legendary Celebrity Benefit Basketball Challenge, and will wrap on Sunday, July 27 with the Outdoor Concert in Newark, New Jersey as an official event at the Third Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival.



Since its inception in 1977, The Rock Steady Crew has upheld the vision of great B-boys and B-girls who have redefined modern day dance and Hip Hop art. Throughout their career, RSC has showcased their skills from the streets to Carnegie Hall to the Royal Variety Performance for the Queen of England. They were honored at the first VH1 Hip Hop Honors, and have appeared several TV shows, including NBC's Dancing With The Stars. Additionally, Crazy Legs has performed in films and on Broadway, and has choreographed videos and appearances for celebrities including John Leguizamo, Wyclef John and Moby.



Each year, Rock Steady Crew President Crazy Legs coordinates the anniversary in conjunction with the Backspin Productions team to produce the best events possible for the enjoyment of everyone who attends.



"Our goal is to always provide the global community with a nice balance of Hip Hop that caters to people who support all elements of our culture," explains Crazy Legs. "This year we will be honoring the legacy of Wayne 'Frosty Freeze' Frost, who recently passed away on April 3, 2008. Frosty Freeze was one of the last B-boys who embodied the very DNA of the original style, character and moves that existed when this dance began in the early '70s.

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The Rock Steady Crew 31st Anniversary events begin the morning of Thursday, July 24, 2008 with the Celebrity Benefit Basketball Challenge and the Against The Grain Concrete B-Boy/B-Girl Battle at NYC's infamous bball battleground, The Cage on West 4th Street. As the afternoon progresses, a B-boy dance workshop will be presented by Crazy Legs at the Red Bull building. The night will round out with the "For The Funk Of It" Funkstyles Party, featuring a special live performance from Hip Hop pioneer Kurtis Blow.



On Friday, July 25, Frienemies will meet and represent the B-boy/B-girl ciphers at 101 River View at Grand Hall on Sixth Avenue in NYC. This will also be the UK B-boy Championships US Qualifier, deciding who will go on to represent the nation in the ultimate international B-boy challenge. The iconic DJ Red Alert will spin breakbeats at the event in honor of his "25 Years on Radio Anniversary.

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Everyone will reconvene at the Grand Hall on Saturday, July 26 for a full day of intense 5-on-5 Crew Battles and the Spy Awards. B-boys and B-girls from around the world will represent to win the grand prize, as round-by-round eliminations ultimately decide the winning crew. July 26 is also proudly the Official Rock Steady Crew Day in New York City, as proclaimed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.



For the anniversary's grand finale, Rock Steady is joining with Newark, New Jersey's Third Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival on Sunday July 27 to present the Free Outdoor Concert and Food Drive in honor of Frosty Freeze.



This acclaimed all-day concert is open to the public, and will feature performances from several amazing artists, including The Beatnuts, Buckshot, Craig G & Marley Marl, Sadat X, Soul Sonic Force, Positive K, Grand Master Caz, DJ Premier featuring NYG'z & Blaq Poet, Termanology & DJ Statik Selektah, A-OK, Akrobatik, Skyzoo, Double Barrel and a Female Cipher - Lyric a.k.a. Sara Kana, Mala Reignz & Patty Dukes. An official after party with DJ Evil Dee at the helm will take place at the Red Bull building in NYC after the outdoor concert.



With each anniversary comes new opportunities to reach the masses, and The Rock Steady Crew embraces the ability to use their collective energy for the greater good. "With out making it our agenda, we carry ourselves in a manner that is respectful to all cultural backgrounds and genders," Crazy Legs says. "Our goal as Rock Steady Crew is to help promote Hip Hop in the best way that we can. Hip Hop is a natural aphrodisiac for social bonding. We all should all see it for what it is, and embrace all the positive elements that it brings to us and spread that Hip Hop love.

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Enjoy Hip Hop OUTSIDE

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
BROWER PARK, Brooklyn
BRAND NUBIAN
Brower Park, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Ave.& Prospect Park Place
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
VON KING PARK, Brooklyn
WHODINI
Von King Park, Brooklyn
Greene, Marcy, Lafayette, & Tompkins Aves.
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
CROTONA PARK, Bronx
LOVEBUG STARSKI & Friends
Crotona Park, Bronx
173rd St & Crotona Park East
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
QUEENSBRIDGE PARK, Queens
NAUGHTY BY NATURE
Queensbridge Park, Queens
41 Ave, Bridge Plaza, Vernon Blvd, & East River
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
BROWER PARK, Brooklyn
BAHAMADIA
Brower Park, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Ave & Prospect Pl.
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Thursday, July 24th, 2008
EAST RIVER PARK, Manhattan
KRS-ONE
East River Park, Manhattan
Montgomery St to E12th St, FDR Drive
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
RED HOOK, Brooklyn
JUNGLE BROTHERS
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Bay St. b/w Henry St. & Clinton St.
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
MAHONEY PLAYGROUND, Staten Island
CHUBB ROCK
Mahoney Playground, Staten Island
Beechwood Ave, Crescent Ave, Cleveland St, & Jersey St.
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
JACKIE ROBINSON PARK, Manhattan
SLICK RICK
Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan
Bradhurst & Edgecombe Avenues, West 145 to West 155 Streets
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
MARCUS GARVEY PARK, Manhattan
BIG DADDY KANE
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
Madison Avenue b/w E120th & E124th Streets
7:00 PM
For More Info, visit www. CityParksFoundation. org

Friday, July 4, 2008

Events in NY this week: AFROPUNK FESTIVAL

Afro-punk, BAMcinematek, Toyota & Mountain Dew presentTHE 4TH ANNUAL AFRO-PUNK FESTIVAL

featuring Film, Music, Art, Skateboarding and Independence
July 4 - 13 in Brooklyn, NY

This summer Afro-Punk, BAMcinematek, Toyota & Mountain Dew will present the 4th annual Afro-Punk Festival, taking place July 4th - July 13th, 2008 in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. The festival is the definitive destination for the global Afro-Punk community and audiences yearning to experience true AP culture. Last year 30,000 people attended the festvial, and this year is expected to be even bigger, featuring 40 bands, 15 films being screened, a visual art exhibit and a skate park featuring 30 pro BMX riders/skaters.

Afro-Punk Festival 2008

Free and open to the public, Afro-Punk Festival 2008 will spotlight some of the most exciting young artists and bands from the US and abroad, presenting live music and films every night throughout the festival, along with several other key events including:
5th July 2008 Festival Launch Party @ AP Skate Park

12pm - 4pm: OPEN Skate Clinic 5pm - 6pm: DJ - Skate Board & BMX Demo
Special Guest DJ: Afrika Bambatta
Millsted Shawn Hewitt Janelle Monae The Apes Ends 11pm7th July 2008 @ AP Skate Park
12pm - 4pm: OPEN Skate Clinic 4pm: DJ - Skate Board & BMX Demo
Skyhy Tim Williams Shala Proton Hollywood Holt Ends 11pm
8th July 2008 @ AP Skate Park
12pm - 4pm: OPEN Skate Clinic 4pm: DJ - Skate Board & BMX Demo
Echo Jinx Disaster Us LIke Gravitiy McRad Cipher Whole Weat Bread Ends 11pm9th July 2008 @ AP Skate Park
12pm - 4pm: OPEN Skate Clinic DJ - Skate Board & BMX Demo
Planet Ubiquity Voodoo Fee Lets Go To War Bazaar Royale Game Rebellion Bone Crusher Ends 11pm
12th July 2008 @ Fort Greene ParkSophia Ramos Bermuda Little Jackie Tamar Kali The Dirtbombs
DJ HARD HITTING HARRY DJ DUSTBIN BROTHERS
8.30 - 10.00: Film Screening in the parkEnds 10pm
13th July 2008 BLOCK PARTY @ Clinton Ave
The Caesarz The Carps J*Davey Kudu
5.45pm - 8.00pm: DJ RICH MEDINA, ARTHUR BAKER, HARD HITTIN HARRY, DUSTBIN BROTHERS Ends 8pm

The AP Skate Park
A skate park including ramps and a half-pipe will be erected in the BAM car park and open for 5 full days of the festival. Staffed by BMX pro skaters who will give demonstrations, the AP Skate Park will provide free instruction for youth of all ages along with boards, pads, and helmets. Rounding out the Skate Park will be a music stage hosting a high-energy series of DJ sets and band performances.

The AP Art Series
This year AP presents the work of artists chosen from a supremely talented pool of young exhibition hopefuls, including a cooperative graffiti mural project courtesy of the Trust Your Struggle Art Collective. The critically acclaimed, multi-national collective of brilliant young visual artisans will bring more than 25 artists together to co-create a mural over the course of 5 days at the AP Skate Park.

THE BLOCK PARTY
The Afro-Punk Festival marketplaces will feature emerging artisans of the AP movement, representing music, fashion, arts & crafts, and more. And in a special collaboration between Afro-Punk, BAM, and MARP, the bi-monthly open-air Brooklyn Urban Arts Market (exclusively featuring local businesses) will launch during the AP Block Party.

Like every powerful music-based movement, Afro-Punk is deeper, broader, and more complex than a a simple genre designation. AP is a provocative social statement -- a remixed global aesthetic that influences youth fashion and personal style, and inspires a multitude of artists in a variety of disciplines as they come together to embrace and celebrate the AP culture. We invite you to join us in this celebration!

MUSIC WE LOVE: Janelle Monae

MUSIC WE LOVE (guilty pleasure version): FLOBOTS

The hook is hella catchy in a west coast kind of way.