Zadie Smith: White Teeth

White Teeth is a family saga set in London and moving back and forth in time between the end of the Second World War and the 1990’s. The story focuses on three families: the Bangladeshi Iqbals, the Anglo-Caribbean Joneses, and the English Chalfens. Samad Iqbal moves to England after the war, and decides to look up the only person he knows in the whole of the British Isles, his old army friend Archie Jones.

White Teeth is not just funny; it’s also rich, layered, and dead serious even as it makes you burst laughing out loud. Plus it’s full of literary allusions, which are here not for the sake of making the author appear clever.


Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America

The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America, is one of the most impressive you’ll find.  Bill Cosby, Jeff Goldblum, Janet Jackson, Danny Glover, Charlie Watts, John Legend and Billy Crystal all lend their voices and time to the documentary about the life of big band jazz musician Chick Webb. Webb was very popular and influential as the house band for the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, the first nightclub to be integrated. The movie lays out Webb’s history and his role in American jazz during that era.


Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe

Beautiful diaspora of the African woman. 

 

Mickalene Thomas's Origin of the Universe is the first major solo museum exhibition for this highly acclaimed multi-media artist. The exhibit includes some of Thomas’ most notable decorative portrait paintings as well as a new body of work that explores landscapes and interiors. The exhibition also features a mural in the entrance way, a debut film about the artist’s mother, and an installation of interior settings that are furnished similarly to the scenes present in her paintings and photographs.

 

Origin of the Universe opened September 28th at the Brooklyn Museum .


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Chanel Iman: From Runway To Stripper Pole

Chanel Iman shows off her new hobby to the world. Luckily when the leggy beauty revealed to photographer Dusan Reljin that she recently took up pole dancing, he and his wife had the good sense to capture Chanel’s new hobby on film for NOWNESS. Showing off her super sexy pole dancing skills there’s more stripping, glitter, and rock ‘n roll in these 2 minutes than in a runway show by The Blonds. The video was very fun and artsy.

 


Oluchi Onweagba

Face of Africa 

Supermodel, entrepreneur, mother, student 

Oluchi was born August 1, 1980, in Nigeria. Oluchi captivated the judges and easily won the M-Net’s Face of Africa,competition at just 17 years old. Oluchi has graced the covers of Italian Voguei-DElleUntold, and Surface, and she has been featured in NylonMarie ClaireAllure, and other national editions of Vogue around the world. She is the face of campaigns for Gianfranco Ferré, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Express, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor.  In addition to being an incredibly busy model, Oluchi is studying for her associate’s degree in business organization and management at New York University.

 


LeSean Thomas shares failing his way to success

 

 

LeSean Thomas is a celebrated Pop-Artist with a Hip Hop/ Anime-driven aesthetic that is praised by industry veterans and fans of the genre. His most notable work was on the Award-winning show “The Boondocks”.

This video is from TEDxSinchon, where he gets the chance to speak on his successful failure and how he got to where he is today.

Wait patiently for the third installment of LeSean’s awesome documentary series Seoul Sessions, which has been delayed by the hectic production schedule of Black Dynamite which airs Sunday nights on Adult Swim.


Kahlil Joseph directs "Until the Quiet Comes"


An extraordinary, disturbing, beautiful short film, set to the music of Flying Lotus’s new album Until The Quiet Comes, by the startlingly talented director Kahlil Joseph. It’s a bit morbid, and features some kind of life after death-type experience toward the end, yet, people seem to be unresponsive to the action the camera is filming.

The film features clips from three tracks from the album, is an unique and wholly poetic vision. It's an interesting flick, and we're loving the new music from Flying Lotus. The new album 'Until The Quiet Comes' is released on October 1st/2nd on Warp.


Muhammad Alis Dream with Yasiin Bey and Niels Shoe Meulman

Louis Vuitton pays tribute to Muhammad Ali with the digital experience The Greatest Words. In continuation of the tribute to the G.O.A.T, by Louis Vuitton, the luxury French designer tapped Yasiin Bey and calligrapher Niels Shoe Meulman offer up their interpretation on the word “Life” as spoken by Muhammad Ali. The clips evoke the dramatic power of the young heavyweight everyone remembers.


New Read: One Day It'll Make Sense

You don't have to like hip-hop, you just have to appreciate openness and honesty.That openness allows new ideas to take root in his soul, and through the lens of those new values he his open to reexamining his life and seeing a better version of himself.

One Day It'll Make Sense is in a very intriguing format. Each chapter begins with a letter from Common addressed to an important person in his life from his daughter to his close friend and collaborator Kanye West, from his former love Erykah Badu to you, the reader. Through it all, Common emerges as a man in full. Common’s story is the prime example of no matter what you’ve gone through, one day it’ll all make sense.

So revealing and so honest, reading Common's memoir really created such a nuanced and real portrait of him as a person. He openly talks about his growth not just as an artist, but as a man and is real about his struggles in his relationships, fatherhood and career. You finish the book having so much more respect for him. I applaud him for laying it all out there in that way. I highly recommend this book to young men.


AlunaGeorge Showcases Art in "Your Drums, Your Love"

Here’s a hot new song from London duo AlunaGeorge,“Your Drums, Your Love”.It is directed by Henry Scholfield and sees Aluna and George in a gallery space filled with the ever-evolving work of the much in demand London based illustrator Arran Gregory.

Arran Gregory showcases his life size fiber glass wolf sculpture. Arran’s wolf could remind you of some old fashioned video-games or a graphic rendering, but at the same time it is out there in the real world. Its image has been idealised and digitalised. But the idea of the wild, of the perfection of nature is still there.

The new 'Your Drums, Your Love' single is available from 15th October. Keep your eyes peeled for a forthcoming debut album in Spring 2013.