Celine Sciamma’s provides a masterful piece of cinema with her third coming of age film “Girlhood”. The film immediately pulls you in with two opposing all women football teams facing each other on the grid iron, foreshadowing the heavy hitting events to come. Often coming of age films focused on women are giving a soft treatment of love, heartache, assault and victimization. “Girlhood” (while presenting these elements at times) is not at all totally dependent on them. Instead it reveals the harsh complexities and choices that many individuals face in their life while also championing the ideas of choosing and finding happiness and freedom within the confines of social stratification.
Sciamma’s French drama debuted at the Caine’s Film Festival in May 2015. Much of its initial interest was piqued by the cast which (as unfortunate as it is) is almost exclusively black and primarily those of a darker complexion. Rarely in this medium at this level of production are people of color given the opportunity to show off their thespian talents. This is even more so true in countries that are not America. It is even rarer still to be presented a piece that does not try its hardest to exploit, demonize, ridicule or make a buffoon out of black culture. Bande de Filles (as it is called in French) generates a heavier and more appropriate view of modern French black life by visual association and denouncing typecast often show in other contemporary films. Led by Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Toure as Marieme, Lady, Adiatou and Fily who each present an incredible range of emotion and easily display how we are all multi-dimensional people.
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I think it’s safe to say that the country is turning to shit. Day by day the news, on television to be VERY specific, is finding everything BUT the topic at hand (BLATANT RACISM) to bitch about. For instance…
This morning Detroit’s police force decides to take it upon themselves to issue a warrant for street artist and activist Shepard Fairey’s arrest. And if you didn’t know, his work is everywhere. He’s the creative genius behind Obey the clothing line and is responsible for one of the biggest art pieces in Downtown Detroit; The mural that shadows Campus Martius, which is approximately 184-feet-by-60-feet. This fiasco is crazy to me because the city has beautiful artwork everywhere, literally. It’s not all downtown. Regardless of what the people can vouch for, the police plans on hand cuffing him once he steps on Detroit’s soil. Along with 5 years in Prison and a $10,000 bail. What in the entire fuck.Read More »
I would’ve never thought that I would be sitting here agreeing with Taylor Swift and her response towards Apple’s decision of not paying artist for Apple music streaming three-month trail period. Which will be free to customers but quite bogus for artist. You would think that it would be feasible for 700 billion dollar company to give what the musicians deserve but nah, they weren’t with it. Until, Swift politely clapped back on her blog.
…I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company
“This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.”
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Last year’s e3 is dwarfed in comparison to this years. That Fable game was a true let down, this year we finally receive a trailer for the New Mass Effect game and The Witcher…okay the new witcher game is amazing but our top picks from this years e3 are things we’ve all been anticipating for some time (like 10 years and shit).
Release Date: 11.10.15
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the series, Fallout is a post apocalyptic RPG, since Fallout 3 it’s been heralded as one of the benchmarks for open world games and especially role playing games. Bethesda held nothing back and revealed that the games was mostly finished. They even announced a November release date. An hour and a half presentation revealed so many improvements since the last 2 Fallout games I wept studio ghibli tears of fanboy joy.Read More »