This post is a part of the “Freedom Teaches” series, where I post my reflections on teaching video production in the alternative schools of Chicago.
“The Corner” is a recently restored documentary about the early days of Chicago’s Vice Lords street gang. Filmed in 1963, it is astonishing in both what has changed since that time for many young black men that get involved in gang life, and what has not.
The last few weeks of 2013 have been a serious time of reflection for me, and I’ve had plenty of material to reflect on. First, Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone December 2013 forecast for Scorpio says that from December 7 2013 to July 25 2014, I will benefit from working on a semi-secret project (which I do have in progress :)) . Then, Shelley Prevost wrote an amazing article on Inc.com about how to distinguish your calling from your ego.
Then, on Friday, December 13th, Beyoncé releases an album with no marketing and almost no warning. The sheer genius of having no marketing be your marketing is compelling, but Beyoncé has taken various steps in her career to get to the very top of not just pop music, but global pop culture. I’ve been thinking about these steps all week, and I’m happy to report that they are steps we can all take. read more…
Song: Pusher Love Girl
Artist: Justin Timberlake
Album: The 20/20 Experience, Vol. One
Oh Justin. When I played “Pusher Love Girl” in the car for my friend a few months ago, she said, “Oh, yeah, I forgot JT put out an album this year.” A lot of people were thrown off by “Suit and Tie,” JT’s 2013 collaboration with Jay-Z, and then “Blurred Lines” hit the radio waves this spring and, well, we know the rest. How does that happen, with a national tour and a track record like Timberlake’s?
Artist: The Internet
Album: Feel Good
I’ve discussed my fandom of Odd Future as a collective in previous posts (here, here and here), and with 2013′s Feel Good, Odd Future’s resident DJ, producer and sometimes vocalist Syd the Kyd and partner Matt Martians show that their skills are quickly catching up with their good taste. Their 2011 release Purple Naked Ladies had some solid tracks, but FG is a way more cohesive album. “Dontcha” is a seriously groovy, percussion-heavy romp that would make Jamiroquai proud. read more…