As Women’s History Month wraps, it’s only right that I feature 5 women slaying in their art discipline. Ranging from graphic design to acting, these women are incredibly talented and ones to watch. Continue reading
I’m finally back with a new post! I know I know, long time no see. Being consistent with 9-5 is difficult but I’m making it work.
In January, I introduced the Audible Pleasure Mixtape and even though I said it would be a monthly feature, I wasn’t completely sure if it’s something that you the readers would like. Well y’all were really feeling it so we’re continuing it for March. I even created a Spotify account to house the playlists.
I’ll have to admit that this month I’ve really been listening to four songs on repeat. It’s weird I go song binges where I only listen to one or few songs on repeat for weeks at a time. So when you look at the list, don’t be confused.
Because I wanted to keep an archive of all the playlist, I created a Cultured Mosaic Spotify account. You can listen to January Mixtape there as well. You know who I do it for.
Continuing with the song lyrics as titles, I guess you can assume what today feature will be. I always admire people’s ability to express themselves through visual art mediums such as watercolor painting, sculpture or acrylic painting. Even combining mediums to create a masterpiece. Today we’ll be looking at 5 painters that create visual treasures by the stroke of their hand.
I’ll have to admit Boogie Wonderland is one of my favorite Earth, Wind and Fire songs. Also one of the soul best collabs of all time. I mean, you can’t help but dance when you hear it. (See: video) Speaking of dance, it’s only fitting that we kick off the #BHMonCM series with dance. For new readers, I’m a former dancer, technically trained. Yes, like ballet and shit. Word to Drake. Let’s get into this list.
I’ll be remiss if I didn’t include one of my favorite dancers in this list. I became a fan of Misty Copeland while I was dancing because she was one of the only black dancers in the Discount Dance Supply catalog. Every month I would look in there to see what leotard she was wearing and ask my mom to purchase it. Fast forward years later, she made history last year by becoming American Ballet Theatre’s first black woman principal dancer. It seemed like an overnight success to some but not realizing that she has been pursuing this dream for a number of years. With endorsements from Under Armour and most recently Seiko, Misty has changed the face of ballet and inspiring the next generation of ballet dancers. Continue reading
Happy February! Happy Black History Month! As we all know Black History is American History and even further, it’s world history. Tomorrow I will be kicking off our Black History Month series, #BMHonCM. In weekly posts, I will share black leaders in arts. From painters to dancers to thespians, I’ll cover both young and old artists you need to know about. Journey with me as we explore black artistry.
In honor of Sundance Festival, I decided to put together the movies I’m excited to see this year. Both on the small and big screen. I’m really excited with the range of movies coming out – Biopics, comedies, documentaries, dramas. I’m here for it all. Let’s get into this list.
- All Eyez on Me // Scheduled Release Date: November 2016 – If you are a hip hop head, you already know who this movie is about. They have been talking about a Tupac movie for a VERY LONG time so I’m that it finally got the green light! Benny Boom is the director which is interesting because he has most notably directed music videos. The movie was originally supposed to be directed by Anthony Fuqua and I honestly would’ve loved his directorial execution. Also, this is the first leading role for Demetrius Shipp, Jr., the guy that is cast as Tupac.
- Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall // Airing Date: February 5, 2016 – This documentary explores the period the legend Michael Jackson went from the Jackson 5 to releasing one of the greatest albums ever made, Off the Wall. One of the producers of this project is Spike Lee so I have hope that he will do it justice. It airs February 5, 2016 at 9 pm on Showtime.
One of my favorite features on the blog is Audible Pleasures. If you are new to the blog, Audible Pleasures is just what it sounds. Music, podcasts or anything else that sounds pleasing to the ear. For the first time on the blog, I’m introducing the Audible Pleasures Mixtape. A monthly compilation of songs that I’m loving. This month is a nice mix of oldies and newbies. I’d like to say something for everybody. What do you think?
What happens when you gather artists together to display what black means to them using their medium? A MASTERPIECE. (pun all the way intended.)
Black: Color, Material, Concept, one of the current exhibits at the Studio Museum, showcases work from modern and contemporary artists as they explore BLACK through their personal lens. Work from artists Sam Gilliam, Nari Ward, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Noah Davis should be the one reason to catch this exhibit before it ends.
But I give two more reasons why I’m stanning for this exhibit:
A) black is beautiful. Black artists creating pieces using black as their inspiration. It doesn’t get better than that.
B) Thelma Golden is the Chief Curator of the Studio Museum which means she’s responsible for championing and bringing amazing work to Harlem. Epitome of #blackgirlmagic.
The exhibit runs through March 6. Meaning you have less than two months to see. If you do go, tag us #CulturedMosaic. I would love to see pictures!
The Golden Globes were Sunday night and #blackexcellence showed up and out that night. Starting off with the fashion, capes were the common theme. Taraji looked amazing in her white Stella McCarthy dress while Jada looked stunning in her emerald Versace number. Can we just talk about how flawless and ageless Angela Bassett looks? I just want 8 oz from the fountain of youth she’s drinking from. Just EIGHT OUNCES. Lol. Michael Bae Jordan looked so handsome as did, Will and Uncle Denzel.
I had THREE favorite moments of the night. Because they were too many to choose from. Of course Twitter makes any live shows 10 times better. Anyway on to my faves:
- Jamie Foxx pulling a Steve Harvey by announcing Straight Outta Compton as the winner of Best Original Score. HILARIOUS! I love how comfortable he is with being his self. Even how woke he was to mention ‘ghetto’ after Quentin Tarantino used it in his acceptance speech. The most heartwarming part of it all was Jamie introducing his daughter as Miss Golden Globe. She looked gorgeous!
- Denzel Washington accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award. First of all, this man’s body of work is PHENOMENAL and LEGENDARY. The montage created in honor of him made me want to binge watch all the movies he’s acted in. He brings his entire family on stage. Halfway through his speech, he couldn’t read what he had written down and Auntie Pauletta was like you need your glasses. He was like nah I’m good. Still struggling, Auntie Pauletta leans to try to help him out. Then he asks her to help him read and she was like I don’t have my glasses either. LOL! It was such a cute moment because it not only reminded me of my parents trying to read something together but it made them seem so down-to-earth.
- Taraji Henson winning for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama. Taraji is just #blackgirlmagic. Like you can’t help but to love her. After her name is called, she immediately grabs cookies off the table and starts handing them out like Oprah, you get a cookie, you get a cookie, you get a cookie. Gets to the stage and starts her speech by being so #woke. Saying how she thought she would’ve won this award with a role like Queenie from Benjamin Button. Eluding to the fact that these awards shows only give awards to black people when they are playing subservient role. See Lupita for 12 Years a Slave. See Octavia Spencer for The Help. We are still mad about Will Smith and Denzel Washington for being snubbed for their roles in Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X respectfully. I digress. The person working the teleprompter had the AUDACITY to wrap? Her clapback was just perfect. #yougonwait. Simple as that. Taraji you have officially become a #CMmuse.
That’s my recap! Did you watch the Golden Globes? What were your favorite moments?
I always feel anticipation in December for the announcement of the following year’s color of the year. Being the design nerd I am, I couldn’t let this year roll by without talking about the 2016 Color of the Year. Last year Marsala was named as the official color of the year. And I have to say that it was one of my favorites. This year, eh. I don’t feel as strong about the shade selection but I have to admit the colors are growing on me. And I say colors because for the first time PANTONE selected two shades. Rose Quartz and Serenity. These colors remind me of a baby nursery. Very soft and tranquil.
Pantone specifically explains Rose Quartz “is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure”. While Serenity “is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”
Regardless of my feeling of the color selection, I did find some dope items to include in this year’s Color of the Year moodboard.
How are you looking to incorporate this color this year?