After picking up a camera at the age of 15, Jamel Shabazz has been unknowingly become the first “visual documentarian” of hip hop. For over 30 years he’s captured the world around him. Every frameÂ of that world is a time portalÂ thatÂ sparks emotion stemming from the scenes they represent. And if there is ever a glimpse into the foundations of street wear and its surrounding culture, it can be found in the pages of his first book. [Read more...]
Previously featured installation artist Jakob Dwight dropped us a line regarding a new addition to the world international of publishing. Based in New York City,Â POP’AFRICANA bi-annual fashion and art publication dedicated to delivering proper view of contemporary Africa and quelling all misconceptions. Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, the magsÂ Nigerian-born communications director, explains “it is our opportunity to share the inclusive vision we have for Africa and Africans wherever they may be,” adding “a vision that we hope will continue to engage and inspire.”
We’re waiting on our copy, so a full rundown of the magazine isn’t possible. But from what we’ve seen of the covers and interior specimens POP’AFRICANA is ultimate win status. Large up our good friend Jakob Dwight. You can catch him in the first installment of a 2 part interview here, with part 2 to be continued in the next issue of POP’AFRICANA. [popafricana.com / @popafricana] More images of the magazine’s visual aesthetic after the jump.
If the beginning of 2011 is supposed to set the tone for the rest year, we’re in for a ride of epic proportions. That said, in an effort to expand and slowly reach every corner of the globe, we began dropping lines regarding a search for additional content contributors. We did get some response here and there in the states. Ultimately we decidedÂ to continue our A.D.D. approach to information with coverage from Brazil. Within the next few daysÂ expect to see posts popping up from the favelas in Rio de Janiero. We really don’t know what to expect but when we found out the story behind the video after the jump, we said “We gotta f@#k with this guy.” [Read more...]
One of the last trains standing. Classic subway shot marking the end of NY subway graffiti. Photo by Cole T. Only circa 1987. For the definitive story of NYC Subway graffiti hop the lines to STEELâ€¢WHEELS.