Classic, addictive, real, transcending, non-conforming, bold, brave and unapologetic, fierce and persistent, “Turn the Lights Out” reminds me of what pure love feels like. Like: the feeling of when you see your parents dance together for the first time, barefoot and young minded in the carpeted living room, curtains tied back and windows cracked to let the fresh summer evening breeze swim inside your home to wash over the surface of hot and sticky skin perspiring from Memorial Day heatwave, record player spinning a 12″ original pressed “Outstanding” vinyl, your father getting carried away from his signature 2-step your mother would tell you in stories in childhood that made her knees weak, and forget to lower the heat on the BBQ grill, leading everyone to gut-rippling laughter, knowing good and well nothing so small could impact the connection shared anywhere prior to this moment. Not convinced yet? Take a listen for yourself.
Friday was one of the most eventful days of the entire year. From being ditched by a client in SoHo at 9am in the morning, to running into Lil Durk on Canal Street, to preparing myself to do exclusive live coverage for an event by LIM College’s most visionary creatives, I was heavily taxed with task and responsibility. However, what I looked forward to the most that day was attending Fake Socialite NYC’s photo shoot for their latest spring collection that dropped Friday morning.
This past week, I was invited to attend the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s opening ceremony for their multimedia exhibition that featured an array of artists, collectives and organizations based out of New York and all throughout the the world. Curated by Debra Willis and her son, Hank Willis Thomas, each project manifested shared themes ranging from community building to social activism, all based within the essence of collaboration to achieve their impact. The exhibition, “Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration,” embodies the spirit of new age expressionism that allows for individuals to utilize the medium of art as a vehicle for dialogue between societal institutions and local communities in conversing on topics they otherwise would not be accessible by political discourse or plain rhetoric. From DPI faculty and alumni, the exhibition was a wonderful showcase that displayed all sorts of perspectives, especially of those we typically do not assign much agency and autonomy to in the conventional scheme of things.
On the behalf of XXL Magazine, I had the opportunity to attend Hot97’s Lox / French Montana / Bodega Bamz / Action Bronson show at the Best Buy Thearter in Time Square. Recap inclosed.
Ear Drumma’s Rae Sremmurd drop their newest track, “No Flex Zone,” blazing the Interwebs and setting the bar pretty high for counterparts to adhere to.
Last night, The J. Dilla Foundation hosted its first annual tribute concerts to the late J. Dilla at Webster Hall. Featuring hip-hop’s highly respected and endearing pioneers like Jarobi from A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Pharaoh Monch, 88 Keys to young and promising artists like YC the Cynic and eclectic soul-hop band, Phone Ppl.
Missed Thread UNDRGRND’s banger? Peep the total visual recap + video included.
Check out my exclusive interview with the mastermind of Slackgaze, a DIY-zine dedicated to youth culture and community building through music and the arts. EARFLOAT TV exclusive clips from Slackgaze’s grand opening show last week included.
Winston Scarlett of Williamsburg, NY is the owner of Slackgaze, a zine covering the organic, unfolding developments of our generation’s whereabouts, lives, experiences, hopes and desires that document the effort of those creating and building for subsequent generations thereafter.
EARFLOAT TV PRESENTS: EXCLUSIVE VISUAL RECAP OF RAE SREMMURD @ SXSW 2014
LIVE EXCLUSIVE | Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie + Zadie Smith @ Schomburg Center (Link to LiveStream included)
#FRESHOWT|New Drop by Billlzegypt, “OO-WEE” | Upcoming performances in Newark + New Brunswick hosted by Thread UNDRGRND (@Thread_NJ) + S.U.I.T.S. (@suitslifestyle) | Stream the new drop via Blackcongolese.com