Though times have been tough and the path the movement walks along is dark with the tragedies that sparked the angered need for change, the Black Lives Matter movement has been a driving creative force in America. Since the first first time the chant “hands up don’t shoot” was broadcasted, that simple plea has turned into a complex message. Art is always our first response to complex messages. Artists and creators react in the way they know best, which is to share their thoughts, experiences, and dreams. Luckily in our new age art is easily accessible and widely exposed.
The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked a large wave of viral art. One of the most popular artist responses to the new civil rights wave for black Americans is Kendrick Lamar’s latest album “To Pimp A Butterfly”. The artist received the most Grammy nominations for this album than any other artists. The tracks are full of lyrics painting the picture of the struggles African Americans deal with daily (“We hate po-po / They wanna kill us dead in the streets for sure”) as well as focus on the pride many people of color still keep in their hearts despite all the discouragement (“The sky can fall down, the wind can cry now /The strong in me, I still smile / I love myself”). The album is rife with political statements and hopes for peace. But mostly it’s a stage for other black youths to stand on and sing along with Kendrick the powerful statements of pride amid troubling times.
The Black Lives Matter movement has also sparked the “Art Hoe Collective” movement; A collection of young black artists of all mediums, given a platform to showcase that which makes them more than just twerkers, or rappers, or taggers, but dancers, musicians, and artists. It focuses on inclusion and identity, two things that black artists often must neglect to be considered “successful” in the art world. It allows for young black artists who are LGBTA to feel free to express themselves openly and not feel the need to hide from the world at this dangerous time for both blacks and non-straight or non-gender-conforming. Amid those in the collective are Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) and Willow Smith, both who have famously expressed what it’s like to face racism in the art industry and what it’s like having to deal with constricting gender expectations.
Beyonce made waves when she donned Black Panther regalia and performed during the super bowl halftime show. People were angry that she referenced a political message during the Superbowl. But even more black people have been angry that they’ve faced oppression for over 200 years in America. So it’s even. Kind of. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Panther movement and much of their work still has to be done. Beyonce addresses this in her latest single “Formation” which references the Black Lives Matter movement, “hands up don’t shoot”, and the events of Hurricane Katrina. Police brutality and social injustice was a radical theme in her music video that debuted with the new song. It’s safe to say that like Kendrick, and those in the Art Hoe movement, Beyonce was feeling that her art had to reflect life, dark as it may be for many.
And finally, Thursday was the long awaited Yeezy Season 3 live stream by Kanye West. He has never been shy to express himself creatively, and excessively. The rapper is known for always making his opinion clear, and he’ll go as far as to interrupt a young new country singer’s acceptance speech to say it. His recent fashion line was displayed with his new album “The Life of Pablo”. The album of course has references to Black Lives Matter and the concept of black excellence in its lyrics. In the middle of the show Kanye’s models were seen holding up the black power fist.
American’s recent struggles being reflected in mainstream art is powerful and moving because it requires more thought and reflection than does conversations via debate, or on the news when these issues are referred to as “politics”. When it’s not just politics. It’s human rights. And art is human nature, that when used properly as it has been by these artistic civil rights movements can prompt real change of heart.
Chanel Parks Never Expected to Fit into the Fashion World
Fashion features ample things and ideals. It challenges and incites ontological and philosophical questions. It encourages insightful thinking and inquisitive pondering…
Fashion features ample things and ideals. It challenges and incites ontological and philosophical questions. It encourages insightful thinking and inquisitive pondering. It is easily a very cyclical phenomenon and so enigmatic, as it is composed of binary elements, such as inclusive versus exclusive, skinny or slender versus plus-sized, subtle or simple versus extravagant and showy, minimal versus baroque, and mainstreams versus hipster.
Fashion is not only an expansive, multidimensional field of aesthetics and artistic beauty blended with social and cultural and philosophical elements, but it serves social, psychological, and cultural functions, like iconisation through models, photography, and themes and consumerism through branding and commodification. It establishes and reinforces codes and stylistic conventions.
According to Mauss and Bordieu, “how we clothe the body” is an active process or a technical means to create or represent a bodily self. The body is naturally trained to inhibit and internalize postures, movement, and gestures. Bodies are worn through technologies of movement, gesture, projection, and restraint.
You can have personified fashion. You can find yourself through it, no matter what you image is. Chanel Park, who never expected to fit into her fashion world’s realms, reflects she did not fit the image. She, however, is in the fashion world and she finds depth and diversity in it.
Models like Marquita Ping, Sabina Karlsson, and Georgia Pratt, walked on the runway that featured a notable amount of plus-size models, according to Parks. She reflected that gender identity has been played with but that racial and cultural identity and diversity was more prominent and dealt with this year at New York Fashion Week.
Seeing fashion is everywhere; it is unavoidable. Relating to it is made easier by diversity, depth, and breadth and meaning becomes more evident.
Tributes Paid to Late Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week
Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who died earlier this year, was paid tribute to at New York Fashion Week (NYFW.) Photographers dressed reminiscent to Cunningham, donning a blue overshirt that he was known for wearing, according to Erica Schewigerhausen at NYMag.com…
Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who died earlier this year, was paid tribute to at New York Fashion Week (NYFW.) Photographers dressed reminiscent to Cunningham, donning a blue overshirt that he was known for wearing, according to Erica Schewigerhausen at NYMag.com.
His absence was prominently felt at NYFW this time, since he was not there to do his job. The touching tribute to the late and legendary photographer was enacted by 75 photographers. On the morning of Friday, Sept 9, 2016, the blue smocks were distributed and the tribute took place.
According to Rosemary Fietelberg at WWD, a memorial for the photographer has also been set up at Bryant Park. Upon the late shutterbug’s death, he can also be recognized for his use of the bicycle and for his incredible and profuse contribution to New York’s fashion scene and documentation.
The visionary lensman’s work will also be on display, running from Sept 21 to Sept 25, according to Feitelberg’s article at WWD. It will take place at the fifth yearly Photoville event, at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza.
It is important to appreciate Cunningham’s work, especially in the fashion world and how he conducted his photography. His strive to highlight the main issues in fashion in commendable. He illuminated that individuality and self-expression are both immensely important in fashion.
Of course, being a journalist in ways as a photographer, Cunningham proved that photography is indeed vital to the documentation of fashion—the field it thrives in and its life-cycle. Timeless fashion, past and present was a theme evident is his work, creating a timeline in his 40 years in the field!
Halloween Horror Night 2016 May Seem Far, but Rest Assured, It is Lurking!
Halloween is exactly two month from today, and that means it is lurking. It is not something some people look forward to, but it is for me. I am easily frightened and I have been to Halloween Horror Nights back in 2011—it was not a pleasant experience…
Halloween is exactly two month from today, and that means it is lurking. It is not something some people look forward to, but it is for me. I am easily frightened and I have been to Halloween Horror Nights back in 2011—it was not a pleasant experience.
I like Halloween, but no, I do not like scary movies, zombies, vampire, what have you! Why, then, am I drawn to Halloween? It is a mystery to me too, but one thing is for sure, it evokes a fun spirit, and I do like that. Halloween Horror Nights takes place, other than at Universal Studios Orlando, at Universal Studios, Hollywood.
The notorious Terror Tram will feature the filmmaker Eli Roth’s deranged mind and characters—like Hollywood Harry- a demented, murderous killer clown. Park patrons will be introduced and informed of his history and background; it will entail how the clown turned into a killer from a jolly, celebrated clown. It also features another clown and his transformation into a vicious killer. That would be “Koodles” the clown, who turned into uncovered his killer instincts, literally, after catering to children jovially, and after being a circus performer.
Like all years, this year will still feature the Jurassic Park ride in “Jurassic Park in the Dark” and other rides like “Transformers 3D” and “Revenge of the Mummy.” The scare zone featured this year will be based on The Purge trilogy. Each of the three will be incorporated from the trilogy, undoubtedly spreading mayhem and frightfulness among park-goers.
Mazes this year include: “American Horror Story”, which excites me (since I love the show), but I would expect will be brought up in a fearsome manner. All seasons will be dealt with, like “Murder House” and “Asylum” and others. Other mazes include “Freddy versus Jason”, “Halloween”, “Krampus” a newer and horrific twist on Christmas, “The Exorcist”, and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
Other attractions include a “The Walking Dead” attraction, where an ominous world is brought to life from the popular television series. You will witness commotion as you navigate through the bloodthirsty undead.
Lastly, having replaced the “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures” show, which was ultimately ruled as homophobic, (I do remember the “I’m Ryan Reynolds, not Ryan Seacrest.” joke), the Jabbawockeez will perform.
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