Artist a Day Challenge (21): Kahlil Joseph, Shabazz Palaces and Kelsey Lu present, “Music is My Mistress”

The Kenzo team snuck around and dropped off this video, tip toeing away like it was a secret gift.  It’s a visual stunner which comes as no surprise with Khalil Joseph as director.  Music is My Mistress is a short film featuring Jesse Williams as an Easy Rawlins style private eye who’s tracking down a man and his mistress for Tracee Ellis Ross; Kelsey Lu and … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (21): Kahlil Joseph, Shabazz Palaces and Kelsey Lu present, “Music is My Mistress”

In Memoriam: The Legacy of David Mancuso

In San Francisco in the 1990’s, the club scene fell into one of two camps:  the heavily promoted, large scale parties at Club Townsend and the Sound Factory or the smaller word-of-mouth underground parties like Informal Nation, the Beer Cellar and Sophies, (Raves rested somewhere between the two). My world revolved around the underground.  You wouldn’t hear about … Continue reading In Memoriam: The Legacy of David Mancuso

Common Reveals Hip Hop’s Lost Soul

The beautifully close cropped faces staring into the camera for Common’s latest video for Black America Again dare the viewer to look each subject directly in the eye.  Their gaze is strong,  inquisitive and evocative;  you quickly get the sense that their gaze is knowingly somehow directed at you, challenging you to see them as complex individuals with unique stories, … Continue reading Common Reveals Hip Hop’s Lost Soul

The Let Down: Netflix’s Ambitious Take on the Birth of Hip Hop Falls Flat

The 2015 Netflix trailer for the Get Down gave us glimpse of 1970’s New York and the birth of hip hop with the fire and drama you would expect from a Baz Luhrmann production.  When the show launched August 12, they managed to deliver on lush cinematography, stunning style and familiar hip hop samples, but well after an hour into … Continue reading The Let Down: Netflix’s Ambitious Take on the Birth of Hip Hop Falls Flat

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-12: Lakwena

  The Friday before a long weekend holds so much promise.  I’m counting down the minutes until 5:00, so until then I am living for the work of Lakwena Maciver.  Her work combines the bold, geometric lines found in Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings with the colorful graphics of 8 bit video games. Lakwena’s energetic paintings are punctuated with woodblock … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-12: Lakwena

New Site! TONDI

My new site is officially up!  I’m excited about trying something new and I invite you all to continue to follow my journey into contemporary art on TONDI.  I truly value all of my followers on WordPress and have learned so much from this first blog.  Cheers to a new beginning! Continue reading New Site! TONDI