BLACK VENUS, Vol. 1 by Maxim Vakhovskiy.
My good friend, Maxim, has finally released the first volume of his Black Venusportrait photography series. He’s been working on this project for many years now and it swells my heart with pride that he’s gotten to publish some of these amazing captures and share his beautiful works with all of us. Cannot wait to get my copy in the mail. Congrats, Maxim!
It’s like we’re under a blanket that knows the secret of the other side of the pillow.
It was a good day.
The new Latino gospels that escaped from the walls of that building were as unique as the whispers that a cold winter wind makes as it swirls inside an empty, burned-out building. A sound you can only hear in a ghetto.
That’s why I believe in Papelito. To him all religions are streams, rivers, bodies of water that lead to the same ocean. It matters little to Papelito if his religion is considered a great lake, a pond, or a puddle; as long he keeps his water clean, he believes his life is enriched by his faith. No matter how foreign that faith might sound to others. So maybe I should take Papelito”s advice to heart. Maybe I should trade in my Christian Jesus for another Culture’s Christ.
Ozwald Boateng’s “I Love Soweto” Shoot
‘From the beginning I have always wanted to shoot this collection in Africa, and The ‘I Love Soweto’ shoot captured what I was trying to do so beautifully. Spring/Summer 2012 essentially represents a European take on an African aesthetic, and my African heritage coupled with the setting of Soweto really gave the concept it’s authenticity’ – Ozwald Boateng
Anders Rising’s portrait of dancer, singer, and founding member of the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, Zenaida Armenteros (b. 1931), ca. 2006
…Her red dress with rainbow coloured handkerchiefs decorating her waist, is flying around the legs of Zenaida Armentero[s] when she dances forth the powerful orisha, Oyá, the feared guardian of the cemeteries, with a temperament that makes the other saints of the Yoruba religion tremble, the only one who knows how to conquer the warrior god Changó – with her sweetness. Which she reveals only when it suits her, but not until no other escape remains…
“Oyá is an armed warrior, but with the rainbow in her eyes…She makes me release something else, my own fire. How could I ever get tired of dancing her?”
Check out the trailer to the short film ‘Paulina’ featuring the multi-talented DJ Amy Phamous!
Do da damn thang gul!
Live solo show at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC. April 3, 2012.
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