Saturday
Aug012015

ARTE: SAMUEL LEVI JONES X MARK BRADFORD

Samuel Levi Jones interviewed by Mark Bradford in Studio Magazine's 2015 Winter/Spring Edition. View the article HERE.

Tuesday
Jul282015

ARTE: FANTASY

Happy to finally debut this after such an amazing time last week at the premiere party.  Tiffany Gouché releases the short film Fantasy, the title track off her recent EP.  This short film serves as an ode to the city of Los Angeles and specifically the Leimert Park district with its rich cultural history and often misrepresented beauty within.

The free form 'Fantasy' depicted in this non-fiction piece leaves much to the imagination as Tiffany envisions a world where generosity, gratitude, deep connection and selflessness, all elements of unconditional Love, reigns supreme.
    
 
DIRECTED BY CALMATIC
Produced by SQAADHAUS & EARTHTONES MUSIC GROUP, LLC
Written & Performed by Tiffany Gouché 
Executive Producer Vatana Shaw
Creative Direction by Frederick Arnold 
Choreography: Christopher Bordenave & No)one Art House
Wardrobe Design by Whitney Alix
Shot & Edited by CALMATIC
Track Produced by MDNSGN
    
"Fantasy" is also available on iTunes:
Monday
Jul272015

ARTE: SAY HER NAME

Happy to speak to writer Chaedria Labouvier and share my perspective with Elle Magazine about the #SayHerName movement and Black women who are preyed upon by the police.

 

To say that it's mentally draining would be an understatement. It's a combination of that and being mad as hell. These things are happening so quickly and so frequently there's not enough time to process feelings, thoughts, and emotions. The other day I had a conversation with an artist whose work deals with value and it dawned on me recently after having the police drive behind me for a few blocks this week that the body that I inhabit has no value in this country. They aren't seeing that I am a business owner who employs people who live locally, that we all pay taxes, that I have been referred to as a pillar in the community etc., To see value in me would mean you would have to acknowledge my story first but on first sight these things are not present and what they do acknowledge (my body, my skin) has no value. 

What makes this idea even more frustrating is that once you're murdered they erase your life in the media (history): Who you are, the things that made you a respectable citizen in society, the things that make you human. I hate that when we see these hash tags that we can not mourn the loss of someone that didn't deserve what happened. Instead we have to defend the life, morale, and character of these women and men. So yeah, I'm mad but not defeated and not giving up. The best way I know how to honor the lives of those slain to police terrorism is to continue to live, continue to thrive, continue to be active in the spaces we exist in, and to come up with ways where we are the authors of our own history. 

To read the full article click the screenshot above.


Friday
Jul242015

ARTE: LAUREN HALSEY

 

Lauren Halsey is in the "Coney Art Walls" project this summer.

 

 

Thursday
Jul232015

ARTE: Where are you POTUS

I need for the president to speak out and up on national police reform and police terrorism.

Wednesday
Jul222015

ARTE: POOR DOG GROUP

One of our favorite LA based performance art groups is seeking help in producing their next big performace.

Group Therapy looks at the inner workings of Poor Dog Group's members as they commit to receiving a year of real therapy with a licensed professional. Together they will listen, receive, and acknowledge each other as they work through almost 10 years of collaboration, friendship, marriages, divorces, physical fights, booze, rehab, falling outs, relocation and so much more.

Help Poor Dog Group raise funding for their new show HERE

PDG Fund Raise 45 from Poor Dog Group on Vimeo.

This video is about PDG Fund Raise 45

 

Tuesday
Jul142015

ARTE: LETS TALK: EJ HILL

We had a magical night with EJ HILL last Saturday.  The open conversation between Hill and everyone else in the room was engaging to say the least, in the case of this emerging performance artist the best way to describe the night was "he was present"

Recorded live via U-stream the night of the conversation.

Above images courtesy Treyvon X

Friday
Jul102015

ARTE: Andre D. Wagner x Business Insider

Read Andre's interview in Business Insider Austraila


Thursday
Jul092015

ARTE: F#CK THAT

a million times yasssssssss

Wednesday
Jul082015

ARTE: HAILE GERIMA X YETUT LIJ

Filmmaker Haile Gerima is raising funds for his next film, watch the indigogo campaign now and donate!

   

Saturday
Jul042015

ARTE: KENDRICK LAMAR

Friday
Jul032015

ARTE: MIGUEL X WILDHEART CHAPTER I

Thursday
Jul022015

ARTE: Muchiri Njenga

 

 Mũchiri Njenga in Future Lab Africa's, Past African Future Exhibition exploring the multiple cultures of African technology through mediums of scultpture, installation, video, and sound. Find more on Mũchiri Njenga HERE.


Thursday
Jun252015

ARTE: CALMATIC X OVERDOZ.

 

Sunday
Jun212015

ARTE: DOUG AITKEN BLACK MIRROR

Thursday
Jun182015

ARTE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUPAC

Happy Belated King

Little somethin for my godson Elijah and a little girl named Corinne

[Verse 1:]
Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots I give a holler to my sisters on welfare Tupac cares, if don't nobody else care And uhh, I know they like to beat ya down a lot When you come around the block brothas clown a lot But please don't cry, dry your eyes, never let up Forgive but don't forget, girl keep your head up And when he tells you you ain't nothin' don't believe him
And if he can't learn to love you you should leave him Cause sista you don't need him And I ain't tryin to gas up, I just call em how I see em You know it makes me unhappy When brothas make babies, and leave a young mother to be a pappy And since we all came from a woman Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it's time to kill for our women Time to heal our women, be real to our women And if we don't we'll have a race of babies That will hate the ladies, that make the babies And since a man can't make one He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one So will the real men get up I know you're fed up ladies, but you gotta keep your head up

[Chorus:]
Keep ya head up, oooo child things are gonna get easier Ooooo child things are gonna get brighter [2x]

[Verse 2:]
Aiyyo, I remember Marvin Gaye, used to sing ta me He had me feelin like black was tha thing to be And suddenly tha ghetto didn't seem so tough And though we had it rough, we always had enough I huffed and puffed about my curfew and broke the rules Ran with the local crew, and had a smoke or two And I realize momma really paid the price She nearly gave her life, to raise me right And all I had ta give her was my pipe dream Of how I'd rock the mic, and make it to tha bright screen I'm tryin to make a dollar out of fifteen cents It's hard to be legit and still pay tha rent And in the end it seems I'm headin for tha pen I try and find my friends, but they're blowin in the wind Last night my buddy lost his whole family It's gonna take the man in me to conquer this insanity It seems tha rain'll never let up I try to keep my head up, and still keep from gettin wet up You know it's funny when it rains it pours They got money for wars, but can't feed the poor Say there ain't no hope for the youth and the truth is It ain't no hope for tha future And then they wonder why we crazy
I blame my mother, for turning my brother into a crack baby We ain't meant to survive, cause it's a setup And even if you're fed up Huh, ya got to keep your head up

[Chorus]

[Verse 3:]
And uhh To all the ladies havin babies on they own I know it's kinda rough and you're feelin all alone Daddy's long gone and he left you by ya lonesome Thank the Lord for my kids, even if nobody else want em Cause I think we can make it, in fact, I'm sure And if you fall, stand tall and comeback for more Cause ain't nuttin worse than when your son Wants to kno why his daddy don't love him no mo' You can't complain you was dealt this Hell of a hand without a man, feelin helpless Because there's too many things for you to deal with Dying inside, but outside you're looking fearless
While tears, is rollin down your cheeks Ya steady hopin things don't all down this week Cause if it did, you couldn't take it, and don't blame me I was given this world I didn't make it And now my son's getten older and older and cold From havin the world on his shoulders While the rich kids is drivin Benz I'm still tryin to hold on to survivin friends And it's crazy, it seems it'll never let up, but Please... you got to keep your head up

Sunday
Jun142015

ARTE: Sunday Vibes = Noah Purifoy = Leon Thomas = Papillion Art

Still tripping out over one of the best exhibitions in the history of art, the Noah Purifoy show at LACMA will change your life.

 

Saturday
Jun132015

ARTE: CRYSTAL VALENTINE 'BLACK PRIVILEGE'

 

Thursday
Jun112015

ARTE: Black Lives Matter

Henry Taylor gaves us some pins that were given to him by David Hammons at the recent Noah Purifoy opening at LACMA.  We were instructed to give these away...stop by the gallery to get yours.

 

Monday
Jun082015

ARTE: Lex Brown x American Flag

Lex Brown performing American Flag at Redcat