Sunday, February 24, 2013
I remember hearing about the first time when Kevin Sheppard was hired to play basketball for Iran's Iranian Super League. Having spent most of my college years studying Arabic & Persian, I was really curious about the effect of having an American player on their team. Most people who know their news about Iran through Western media, all they get to see is a war looming on the horizon... the constant threat of nuclear warfare & bombing of Iran (it was the same story even during the first term of Bush) make it look like the Iranian people must perceive Americans as the enemy. In actuality, on the ground Iran is the most progressive and educated Islamic country despite severe government oppression. There are more women in cinema & the sciences (it might even supersede the US's percentage) than any other Islamic countries, and the Iranian people have been paying a high price for their attempts to rise against the oppressive regime. And they love American culture. I'm really looking forward to see this film, it seems like a great testament to how a single individual can change the reality of a whole people (just like MJ did it for the world). Def recommend it!
THE IRAN JOB follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
BILAL's new album, A Love Surreal is dropping on the 26th, but you can listen to the full album online at NPR's First Listen. Photo by Marc Baptiste
Thursday, February 14, 2013
still have a few left..."The Jaguar Princess' Dream' print available on http://lichiban.bigcartel.com
LIMITED EDITION silkscreen prints on archival paper. Available at my online shop. A new print release is coming up soon!
left me breathless for a minute lol. music video for "RatShit" off Quelle Chris (Issue #7) the latest edition of the 7"series from Mello Music Group. directed by Eric Coleman. produced by Quelle Chris | featuring DJ GroWeyez.
Quelle is headlining at “$5 Fridays” at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this Friday night.
My sketches have been featured as the art accompanying OLD MONEY's newly released track, “I Have Been Through Death But Have Returned Because I Could Not Bear The Solitude”. The dope cover art & art direction are by Mega Max | model Vanessa Williams. This project has been a collabo in the true spirit of KONOGOMIX, our art house/kollective we've founded in 2010. The track and the artwork was an exclusive release that debuted on okayafrica.
Om’Mas Keith (of Sa-Ra) who recently won a Grammy for his work on Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange finally released his solo album, City Pulse. You're The Only One For Me is my fav, but the whole album is full of greatness, definitely worth the wait. FREE DOWNLOAD
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
My girl, Eagle Nebula on the mic for this awesomely cosmic collabo with Captain Ras G. Download the song for free at www.iameaglenebula.com