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Jesus Can You Help Me Now

Thursday, 22 March 2012

At least one good thing I keep getting out of Mob Wives is the songs. Once again, I discover yet another great singer yeay! Jesus can you help me now is a great song from Singer-songwriter, guitarist.... Amos Lee

Listen Below and be touched by this sultry, bluesy, folksy voice.
Amos Lee - Jesus (Can You Help Me Now!)

Also Big ups to our Naija Soul singers Bez and Nneka, they recently showcased at the SXSW 2012 at Austin Texas.

Nneka 'My Home'

Bez 'That Stupid song'

Also to MI and the Chocolate City Boyz who also showcased at Beso Cantina in Austin Texas, Lots of Love.


Hip Hop Culture and Stuff....

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Ass ass ass ass ass Ass ass ass ass assAss ass ass ass ass....STOP…..now make that motherf*cker hammer time like… that is the beginning of the song Dance (Ass) by Big Sean featuring Nicki Minaj. What do you think about the video below?

Last week I attended a Hip Hop seminar by a Hip Hop scholar, James Peterson. I went on the last day of the seminar where they showed a short movie called Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. It  is a 2006 documentary film written, produced, and directed by Byron Hurt. The documentary explores the issues of masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip hop music and culture, through interviews with artists, academics and fans.

Hip hop itself is a form of musical expression and artistic subculture that originated in African-American and Hispanic-American communities during the 1970s in New York City, specifically the Bronx. The movie touched on a lot of subjects which are regularly discussed by the hip hop community. I will talk about two of the topics that stood out to me.

First of all, there was a long segment which talked about hip hop disrespecting women. There was a lot of emphasis on the video, Tip Drill by rapper Nelly. There were a lot of scantily dressed women in the video and a lot of guys who were purportedly having fun with these women. The main part that stood out was when Nelly swiped an ATM card in between one of the video vixen's butt crack. That move put a lot of ideas in to peoples heads. To some, it signified that women were cheap and he could pay to have access to whatever he wanted. Basically, the whole of the video seemed very disrespectful to women as a whole. 

Check out the video below.

The  second thing I picked up from the video, and from the seminar as a whole was the influence, hip hop music has on young people. James Peterson discussed the fact that the very evident disrespect for women in these music videos, and in hip hop songs was actually affecting young men. There is a high percentage of rape in the United States and every 40 seconds, a woman is sexually harassed. Again it pointed out that hip hop artists like 50 Cent whose music encourages a lot of violence actually influence the young crowd to be violent. 
There is also a high percentage of homicide among the young black population. Also 50 Cent and some other rappers are allowed to sell albums with pictures of them carrying guns and other violent stuff, but Nas is not allowed to have a picture of his back with the large letter N because it makes references to slavery. 

50's Album Cover 

Nas's Album Cover

There was an interview with rapper Busta Rhymes in which he walked out when confronted with questions involving homophobia in the rap community. HE was quoted as saying; "I can't partake in that conversation," followed by, "With all due respect, I ain't trying to offend nobody. ... What I represent culturally doesn't condone [homosexuality] whatsoever." When he was asked if the hip-hop culture would ever accept a homosexual rapper, he exited the interview.

Also, activist and rapper, Chuck D of rap group Public Enemy was quoted as stating: "BET is the cancer of black manhood in the world, because they have one-dimensionalized and commodified us into being a one-trick image. We're [shown] throwing money at the camera and flashing jewelry at the camera that could give a town in Africa water for a year." The rapper also stated a link existed between the sales of hip-hop music to young white Americans, and the amount of pressure on black artists to create more of that content: sex and violence.

One thing James Peterson said that really stuck to me was the fact that the rapes that happen very often in the United States should hardly be blamed on the women, as people usually say, but on the men. His reason for making this comment was that women are free to wear whatever they want. Obviously there is a limit, but there are men who let certain messages in hip hop music and videos get them, to the point where they sexually abuse women regardless of what they are wearing. 

The seminar as a whole got me thinking about the kind of music I listen to. It also opened my eyes to a lot of the evident, and not so evident messages that most hip hop artists convey in their music. I will not mention any more names apart from the ONE I said before, but there is a very high number of hip hop artists who make music that have very negative effects on the youths. James Peterson not only made us aware of this but encouraged us to listen to more music that would have good impact on our lives. He suggested a few artists like Nas, Dead Prez and a few upcoming artists. He also gave us the chance to take all (60 GB) of his music. 

As for Nigerian music....(no comment)...I can only come up with three off the top of my head (M.I, Mode9, Sound Sultan)..If you know any other hip hop artists that fit into the category, please let me know. BTW Nas is back with a new song The Don....(look for it yourself...).
So next time you hear, Ass Ass Ass Ass Ass Ass Ass Ass Ass....Stop... and think if the song is worth you listening to....or not...

xx A.

Arise Magazine Fashion Week.. 2012

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 was held In Lagos Nigeria.
These are the Designers/Designs we like...

LaQuan Smith- He went futuristic with his designs, we Heart!

Fashion and textile designer Kezia Frederick- Use of bold colours and a different twist to his collection.


*Overall there wasn't a lot of African Print, which I thought I would see a lot of, so other pieces we liked were:

House of Farrah- Abuja based Fashion Designer, love the flowy Grecian look.

Loza Maléombho- Used African Prints and a Turban, Alheri used Turbans as part of her school Fashion show too, a few weeks back, pictures coming soon.

Ejiro Amos-Tafiri- We like the hat.

Odio Mimonet: Again! Use of African Print, so we like.

Today In Fashion: Ozwald Boateng Film

Friday, 9 March 2012

A Man's Story is a documentary by Varon Bonicos, covering 12 years of Boateng's Life. 
Ozwald Boateng  (born 1967)  is a British fashion designer of Ghanaian descent, known for his trademark twist on classic British tailoring style. Inspired by his father's suits, Boateng opened his first shop on Savile Row at the age of 23.

Preview of  the Documentary Below:
A Man's Story

*The film will be on Limited theatrical release today, and Available to pre-order on DVD from Amazon.co.uk 

Today In Fashion: Marni For H&M

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Marni for H&M's Collection went on sale this Morning.

See Video below:
Commercial For the Marni at H&M Collection directed by Sofia Copolla

Some of the collections below:
Print Dresses priced at £69.99 and 100% Silk
H&M: Marni

H&M: Marni

H&M: Marni

Its World Book Day

Thursday, 1 March 2012

About World Book Day

About World Book day 

World Book Day 2012 is a celebration – of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, of reading. It’s the biggest event of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in more than 100 countries. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own, through a special £1 World Book Day Book Token. 

My Son got a £1 pound token in school, and we are looking to see what book to get. He already has classics like The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle and the famous Where's spot? by Eric Hill

Please be encouraged to pick up a book and read today, and if you are not sure what to read, you can try the following. I have a metal book mark that lists these books.

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  11. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  12. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  13. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  15. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  16. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  17. Bible by Various
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  19. Ulysses by James Joyce
  20. The Quite American by Graham Greene
  21. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  22. Money by Martin Amis
  23. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  24. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  25. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  26. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  27. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  28. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  29. Rebecca by Daphine du Maurier
  30. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  31. On the Road by Jack Keruac
  32. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  33. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  34. The Outsider by Albert Camus
  35. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  36. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  38. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  39. Man Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  40. Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
  41. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  42. Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  43. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  44. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  45. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  47. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  48. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
  49. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
OK! you can also try my favourites, some not in the list above: My ultimate favourite- Black girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood- it reads like a poem, Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley, Piercing the Darkness/This Present Darkness by Frank E Perretti, Jagua/Jagua Nana's Daughter by Cyprian Ekwensi. I also like some of Francine Rivers books, as well as John Grisham, and in the past Sidney Sheldon. I have also mentioned my childhood love for Pacesetters by various West African authors. 

Presently I dabble in a mixture, and I have bought and thoroughly enjoyed: A thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin- very, very funny, Say You Are One Of Them by Uwem Akpan, The Other Hand by Chris Cleave, The Help by Kathryn Stockett- haven't seen the movie yet, its always so hard to watch a movie after you've read the book. I have also been a huge fan of the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella- tried so hard to see the movie afterwards. 

Favourable mentions are also Maya Angelou, Nigerian and African authors like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie and Russian authors- I love the tone and writing style of Russian Literature.



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