Ousmane Sembene’s 1966 tragedy Black Girl is a startling take on colonialism and its effects on Africa. Featuring Mbissine Thérèse Diop as Diouana a Senegalese woman who accompanies her french employers back to France. While in Senegal Diouana worked strictly as a governess watching after the couple’s child. In France however, things have changed and she is expected to not only watch the child but to cook and clean as well. Overworked and unappreciated Diouana begins to see her situation not as the opportunity she thought it would be. Expressing many ideas about colonialism and it’s effect on not just the continent but the indivuals within both European and African, Black Girl brought new attention to African film and turned Sembene into the continent’s premier filmmaker. Black Girl is available on DVD and instant streaming on Netflix.
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Devin Troy Strother a mixed media artist from California has made shock waves all over. His vibrant paintings and sculptures with titles that are as entertaining if not more than the art itself have made him a burgeoning fixture in the art world. His latest show entitled “Look at All My Shit” opened to rave reviews at Richard Heller Gallery in September and was accompanied with profiles in Bullett Magazine and other publications.
Originally published in 1993 and re-released in 2005 King of the Cats by award winning journalist Wil Haygood has proven to be the seminal biography of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Powell. The son of Adam Powell Sr. minister of the iconic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, Powell Jr. would soon become a force to reckon with in New York politics. Never a stranger to controversy, often stemming from his arrogance and flamboyant manner, Powell made headlines often. Haygood provides an easy to read chronicle of the ups and downs Harlem’s King. King of the Cats is available on Amazon.com and booksellers everywhere.
A new take on their famous Tiger Sweatshirt Kenzo is back on the scene with the Flying Tiger Sweater. The sweater, made from 100% lambs wool and bearing the brightly colored side profile of a snarling tiger, is available from Kenzo.com
In 1971 under the influence of artists like Alice Cooper three brothers from Detroit, David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney formed a band. In 1974 Death, as the band was now known, recorded songs meant for their debut album when the process was halted because of the band’s refusal to pick a marketable name. Years later their music was rediscovered and an audience was found. The movie directed by Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and is now available on instant video services like Netflix, Amazon and iTunes.
Starting off as a drummer at Motown Marvin Gaye soon became one of the label’s top performers. From his early days of duets in tailored suits to his later years raising consciousness in knit hats and denim shirts Gaye’s style evolved with a rapidly changing country. Check out some of his influential looks below
Starting in the late ‘6o’s, the boost of confidence in the black community led by Stokely Carmichael’s affirmations of Black Power would spread to all facets of life, including portraiture. Barkley L. Hendricks, born in Philadelphia and educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Yale University, would be on front lines in expressing this confidence through art. A predecessor to artists like Kehinde Wiley, Hendricks portraits are infused with a sense of pride never quite seen before in black art. Full length portraits with a blank or neutral background, Hendricks gives full attention to his subject. Using mostly African-American North easterners as his subject Hednricks changed the perception of who could be captured and immortalized on canvas.
Blood (Donald Formey), 1975
Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas
72 x 50 ½ inches
Most things in life are unplanned. When I started this site almost two years ago I envisioned everything that went along with it, except the work. As a college student who was holding down two jobs and an internship at the time I figured this would be a part time gig to help me strengthen my writing skills and to talk about the things that interest me. Somewhere along the way, while trying to keep my school/work life intact and maintain a social life, I lost track of this project. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I had a gold mine. No one is really discussing the things that I was and gearing it toward an audience of my peers.
The number of art and culture blogs dedicated to MOC’s are few and far between. But soon came the doubts. It’s been almost a year since I last posted, do I still have an audience? Will people take me seriously this time or are they expecting me to fade away like the last time? I let these questions and many others rule my psyche for a while until I put on some Biggie, built up my courage and here we are.
With this new envisioning of The Last Knight you can expect the same posts on style, art, film and literature and a few surprises along the way. I hope this time you can rock with me for the foreseeable future, or at least until I get busy again :-/. Until that time comes stay tuned and keep the follows coming.
All the best,
Today is the official dedication of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.. After taking in the special event on networks like BET AND Centric check out this clip of the man himself on NBC’S Meet the Press.