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A Look At The Real Bob Marley

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 23, 2012

Photo: Monosnaps

Photo: Monosnaps

As many of you know, the long awaited documentary on the life of Bob Marley, Marley, premiered last Friday. It’s the first in-depth look into Bob’s life from his early days to his rise to international stardom, with actual interviews and stories from his family and others who were closest to him. Thanks to director Kevin MacDonald, Bob Marley’s fans get to encounter him in a way other than through speakers and headphones, for an insight to his life that no other filmmaker has done before.

What’s most admiring about this innovative man’s music was its ability to transcend every racial and economic barrier so that no matter your age, background, or lifestyle there’s some way you can relate to his lyrics and groove to them. Not only did he infuse his songs with messages of love, peace, and happiness but those messages were apparent to all who encountered him, meaning he truly lived by them as well.

What’s even most interesting about Bob Marley was his effortless style. Read More

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

By admin | April 17, 2012

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The word mixtape, is one of those that has a loose translation, but essentially stands for a collection of songs or clips that reflect the tastes of the compiler and, most often than not, have a common theme. Occasionally, mixtapes are made not of just music, but of film as well. While mixtapes are becoming more and more popular since they first started appearing in the 80′s, there are still some mixtapes that have yet to surface. Last year, Swedish filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson produced one of the most compelling mixtapes using footage that had been long forgotten for more than 30 years. Most importantly he revealed the untold story of one of the most misconstrued movements that took place in American history- the Black Power Movement.

Olsson’s film, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, is an award-winning compilation documentary, displaying facets of the Black Power Movement and the African-American community during those critical years of 1967-1975. The motion picture  told with rare footage, which had been lost in Swedish archives for over 30 years, features some of the Civil Rights Movement’s most influential leaders (that we don’t often hear about) like Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, and Stokely Carmichael. Read More

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Vintage Vignettes: Dogtown and Z-Boys

By Jeannette | April 16, 2012

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One of my favorite movies of all time is the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. Some people think it’s just a movie about skateboarding, but it’s really a look at the art and culture that arose out of Dogtown in the 1970s. The Z-boys were a ragtag group of punk kids from the Westside of L.A. who didn’t have much to do besides surf and skate, which they did when the waves weren’t any good. As a drought hit California in 1976 and ’77, people would drain their pools to conserve water and thus the art of pool skating was born.

What I love most about this movie is the subculture that was born from these guys who thought out-of-the-box to pursue a passion. They saw an opportunity to change the game and they would drive up and down streets looking for empty pools, knowing they could get in trouble if the owners came home. Eventually they had people actually draining their pools so the Z-boys could skate freely without fear of getting caught. Read More

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