phlemuns:

Wow today was really a moment in my life. Went to Erykah Badu’s house and she pulled me aside to look through my clothes and asked me a bit about my story. Ending with her telling me I have a very bright future. That genuine interaction with someone who has inspired me for so many years has definitely reassured me in my endeavors.

yeee!!! thas what im talm bout pamesy!!!

thessentialman:

Here’s some good news for your Wednesday afternoon! Our collaborative cap with @wittmore is now available online at thessentialman.com. Keep in mind that they were produced in very limited quantity. Don’t miss out.
 #TEM2014 #TheEssentialMan #Wittmore #TEMxWittmore #collaboration #limitededition #madeinamerica #craftsmanship #menswear #allthingsessential #essentials #thejourney #vsco #vscocam (at thessentialman.com)

thessentialman:

Here’s some good news for your Wednesday afternoon! Our collaborative cap with @wittmore is now available online at thessentialman.com. Keep in mind that they were produced in very limited quantity. Don’t miss out.


#TEM2014 #TheEssentialMan #Wittmore #TEMxWittmore #collaboration #limitededition #madeinamerica #craftsmanship #menswear #allthingsessential #essentials #thejourney #vsco #vscocam (at thessentialman.com)

(Source: pixie-grrrl, via phlemuns)

"The album introduced a striking voice—a diamond ground in the pestle of a filthy ashtray—with a remarkably assured delivery, the lyrics managing to sound at once channelled and rhythmically free. It united some of the best producers, cohesively, without opting for easy hits. And by serving one small, pressurized landscape as a whole, as if seen from every angle, ‘Illmatic’ bottled a time."

James Guida on Nas’s debut album, twenty years later: http://nyr.kr/1jD87zy (via newyorker)

(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)

gogoactionfishy:

thepoeticrebel:

simchiller:

they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it. 
Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing aone blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all ofthree Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.
But wait, there’s more.
Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.
Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.
They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.
not only did she do a fucking backflip and land, she landed then went right into a triple loop. like holy fuck

Damn son I ain’t seen shit like that.

Always reblog

gogoactionfishy:

thepoeticrebel:

simchiller:

they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it. 

Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing aone blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all ofthree Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.

But wait, there’s more.

Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.

Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.

They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.

not only did she do a fucking backflip and land, she landed then went right into a triple loop. like holy fuck

Damn son I ain’t seen shit like that.

Always reblog

electroniyat:

reorientmag:

Satchmo and the Sphinx

always been one of my absolute favorite photos

electroniyat:

reorientmag:

Satchmo and the Sphinx

always been one of my absolute favorite photos

(Source: legin-01, via twin-anxiety)

heartmakesthelover:

beautiesofafrique:

moarrrmagazine:

Africa by MUTI 
an illustrated calendar for PPC, the leading supplier of cement in Southern Africa. They illustrated a series of maps for 6 African countries, depicting each one’s landmarks and wildlife.

I love it

💚

newyorker:

Robin Wright on the Kurds’ bid for nationhood: http://nyr.kr/1jD8ZUS

“Most of the outside world opposes Kurdish independence, because of the precedent it would set and the potential instability it would create. It’s one issue about which the United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, and China—despite their profound differences over Syria—all agree.”

Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty

newyorker:

Robin Wright on the Kurds’ bid for nationhood: http://nyr.kr/1jD8ZUS

“Most of the outside world opposes Kurdish independence, because of the precedent it would set and the potential instability it would create. It’s one issue about which the United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, and China—despite their profound differences over Syria—all agree.”

Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty

(Source: newyorker.com)

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Pt. II

Fam.

Fam.

vicemag:

Dustin Yellin: From Hijacking Golf Carts to Building Brooklyn’s Art Utopia

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." —F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up)
 
Artist Dustin Yellin once cracked up.
 
One evening in 1999, he used a camcorder to document himself committing three acts of trespassing: First he wandered onto the Forbes family yacht claiming he owned it (“I think this is my boat”), then he hijacked the golf-ball-collecting cart at the Chelsea Piers driving range (“We’re going to have fun tonight.”), and then things came to an end when he got arrested for breaking into Belvedere Castle in Central Park (“I climbed up the wall because I’m going to talk to someone in the tower that I’m in love with.”).
 
Yellin pretty casually refers to the whole thing as a “psychotic breakdown,” but his behavior during the episode isn’t really all that bad, and maybe not even all that psychotic. Sure, he says some stuff that sounds fueled by a potent brew, equal parts confusion and clarity, that has you wonder if this whole adventure began with a tab of acid or two. But, pretty soon into the video, the mystery of what Yellin might be “on,” a mystery we sort of perfunctorily find ourselves trying to solve, feels unimportant.
 
Instead, what becomes engrossing are the characters who are forced to deal with Yellin. And what becomes fascinating are the reconciliation processes that take place when a guy who has cracked up encounters security guards, managers, and other minions of capital-OOrder—you know, nice folks really just trying to do their jobs. If this video clip is, in fact, a piece of art, then its artistry lies in that it reveals the incredible anatomical complexity of situations where two opposed ideas—Yellin’s seemingly ruleless reality vs. the reality where you can’t just fucking steal a golf cart—are forced to reconcile.
 
See, it’s reconciliation and the tiny miracle inherent in the very meaning of that word that Fitzgerald is talking about in the The Crack-Up, the 1936 essay that Yellin asks the guy on the driving range if he’s ever read, mid-hijacking. It’s reconciliation and the liminal space between two totally contradictory notions that characterizes Dustin Yellin, both his art andPioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, the wildly ambitious project that has become his Magnum Opus and pretty much consumed his entire life.

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"Now these foreign countries I had heard about in our geography class were more than empty spaces on the map. I wanted to know more about them. Who were these people? What did they do when they were not playing in the World Cup?"

Uwem Akpan remembers watching his first World Cup, in 1982: http://nyr.kr/1jm5Por (via newyorker)

(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)

electroniyat:

PRAYING FOR GAZA

electroniyat:

these are the names of the 23 people who died in Gaza today (6/8/2014) during Israeli air raids. read each name and realize that they are to be joined by many more. now tell me who’s the terrorist.
(source: https://www.facebook.com/palfest)

electroniyat:

these are the names of the 23 people who died in Gaza today (6/8/2014) during Israeli air raids. read each name and realize that they are to be joined by many more. now tell me who’s the terrorist.

(source: https://www.facebook.com/palfest)