Modern Griots: Cauleen Smith


Several months ago, I saw a few ofĀ Cauleen Smith‘s short films, including “The Changing Same” and “Green Dress,” at the Studio Museum of Harlem. Smith is an experimental film director with an Afrofuturistic focus, dealing with issues about identity and black women. Her alter ego’s name is Kelly Gabron, a character that allows her to […]

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Rewind: “Bridging the Gap”


Nas feat. Olu Dara- Bridging the Gap I remember seeing this video a few years ago and I remember liking it, but it did not fully connect with me until recently when I started my research on jazz, blues and hip-hop for my senior projects. My appreciation of Nas increased knowing that his father is […]

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Starlite,Star bright, Support This with All Your Might…


“The Starlite ProjectĀ is a feature-length documentary film titledĀ StarliteĀ and an interactive website based on the making and the taking of the historic Starlite Lounge- the oldest black-owned gay bar in Brooklyn. The goals of the Project are to preserve the historic memory of the Starlite and to counteract the forces which contributed to its closing. See […]

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Aqua Incognita


ā€œCould it be possible for humans to breath underwater? A fetus in its motherā€™s womb is certainly alive in an aquatic environmentā€¦ During the greatest holocaust the world has ever known, pregnant America-bound African slaves were thrown overboard by the thousands during labour for being sick and disruptive cargo. Is it possible that they could […]

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Modern Griots: Coltrane Curtis


“Coltrane Curtis, most recently known as the managing partner of New York-based media company Epiphany, is the latest to be chronicled in R+I Creativeā€™s The Pursuit of (Cool) series. This latest video focuses on Coltraneā€™s fashion influences from the world of jazz. He speaks about why people like Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis and Mos Def […]

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