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Flying Lotus_ Until The Quiet Comes (Short Film: Kahlil Joseph)

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Hunted & Hated_ NYPD

via Christine El-Kholy

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YESTERDAYS VISUALS_ (ONE DAY SOON)

The song ‘Yesterdays’ was released Oct 7, 2011 on the album One Day Soon. It features sign language performance by Muna Jimale (UK based Cultural Curator) and I. Shot by Nabil Shash and assisted by Aden Abebe & Daniel Balay in Esplanade, Toronto. The piece is shot in front of a mural painted as part of The Brighten The Corners Project (coordinated by Well and Good in 2010) – artists: Patrick Thompson & Alexa Hatanaka

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Illume Creative Studio_ Rwanda

My friends from Illume Creative Studio in Rwanda just release visuals in celebration of their company and their new space in Kigali. These folks were a great support to me on my trip to Kigali and Capetown that sparked a South and East African tour that took me through South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda. They are great and creative people who are going to introduce me to Sonia Rolland so that we can get married and live happily ever after.

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Remembering_ Eliot Rausch

remember from Eliot Rausch on Vimeo.

Eliot Rausch is my hero. He makes what I would make if I could. Brilliant every time.

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One Day Soon / Because We Were Born Release Gathering (11/11/11)

Sometimes we don’t know what we have when we have it.

After the release of my album, One Day Soon, I experienced one of the longest and lowest periods of depression in my life thus far. I suffered it mostly alone in my apartment during a cold, grey winter in Toronto. Most people I know where completely unaware save a few who cared, and cared to know. I am lucky to have a handful of close friends who supported me though it. The album was not doing what I wanted, a relationship I was in ended between when the album was released on Oct 7 and the album release celebration on Nov 11, I found myself arguing with friends and avoiding them as I only wanted peace, I felt drained, I was left with a great sense of isolation and loneliness.

I wanted my music to be ‘successful,’ I thought the energy that I put in would come back in a form that would help me pay my rent, for longer than two months and not drive me into debt. I felt immobilized; many days I didn’t leave my apartment, often I didn’t leave my bed.

The truth is, I don’t know what I’m doing. I am an artist, that is the only thing I ever wanted to be, the only thing I ever wanted to do, I have other interests of course, but they always lead me back to something creative, something about communication and purpose. I have failed a lot, made a lot of mistakes, but how is it possible when you know so clearly what you should be doing that it never really works? Read More »

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Haute Caribe_ T & T Fashion

Haute Caribe: The World of Trinidad & Tobago Fashion from Wedge15 on Vimeo.

Trinidad is always in my mind. My parents and my entire family are all from that small island just north of Venezuela. Yesterday I was walking around Toronto doing errands and ended up walking next to a father and daughter who were speaking calmly through dancing Trini accents, I almost hugged them both, but thought that might be inappropriate. That silent encounter with two strangers reminded me of this video I saw posted a few days ago. Well done (warning: the first 30sec is a little distracting, you’ll get through it eventually, took me about three minutes).

More information CLICK HERE

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ERIMAJ_ Social Life

Social Life-ERIMAJ from Tiombe Lockhart on Vimeo.

I like ERIMAJ’s music, and I haven’t heard much. I saw this on Tigist Selam’s Instagram and had to wait until I got home to be able to see it. Peeped it, posting it.

ERIMAJ – Social Life from LIVE AT THE LOFT on Vimeo.

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Last Ride From London_ Dirty Money

I have to admit it feels weird posting something with Diddy in it, I’m not mad at the guy, it’s just weird. I saw this and appreciated the perspective. “She loved it as much as I did.”

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Hilman Curtis_ Rest In Peace

HILLMAN from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo.

I’m watching this in that strange state when you realize how much someone has affected you only after they are gone. This happened to me recently with the death of Maurice Sendak (creator of Where The Wild Things Are) a little while ago and when Miriam Makeba passed away. When you know someone is special, you benefit from their work, but you don’t really value it until you realize there will be no more of it. I never met Hilman Curtis, but I was introduced to his work by some friends of mine when we were all students at York/Sheridan studying design. Hilman Curtis passed away in April and I didn’t know until five minutes ago. In the last five or six years since I found out about him I have constantly gone back to his site to watch his artist series, short web-based documentaries about contemporary artists and designers, many of whom I studied when I was in school and most of whom I continue to follow.

Hilman died at the age of only 51 after a long battle with colon Cancer, he had an appreciation of light and space and music and art that is rare in a fast world and pointed his lens at some of the most talented and in some cases unknown and under-appreciated but amazing artists and designers of our time. I’m sad that I won’t get a chance to experience more of his work. Rest in Peace Hilman Curtis.

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