Friday, July 31, 2020

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – ALREADY (Official Video)

From Rolling Stone: "Beyoncé has dropped the vibrant video for her song “Already” featuring Major Lazer and Shatta Wale, which is also a part of her Black Is King visual album. Black Is King is based on tracks from The Lion King: the Gift, the soundtrack from the 2019 film remake of The Lion King."

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Heraclitus Weeps!

Americas Greatest Mistake

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Auntie-fa in Portland

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Cocktails with a Curator: Vermeer's 'Officer and Laughing Girl'

Officer and Laughing Girl

Date:ca. 1657
Medium:Oil on canvas (lined)
19 7/8 x 18 1/8 in. (50.5 x 46 cm)
Credit Line:Henry Clay Frick Bequest

From the Frick Collection: 
In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” get up close to one of the Frick’s three beloved Vermeer paintings, “Officer and Laughing Girl,” with Curator Aimee Ng (pictured above). While enjoying your Kopstootje—a shot of jenever (a traditional Dutch liquor) paired with a pint of beer—join Aimee in examining the artist’s masterful skill at portraying light and exploring the complex histories behind a seemingly simple hat.

Further thoughts on this painting in Vermeer's Hat: 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Keep Our Eyes On the Prize

Do not get lost in a sea of despair.

The Power of John Lewis

Friday, July 10, 2020

The Airborne Toxic Event - Come On Out (RAC Mix Official Audio)

Cocktails with a Curator: Holbein's 'Sir Thomas More'

From the Frick Collection:

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” Xavier F. Salomon, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, examines one of the Frick’s most beloved paintings, Hans Holbein’s “Sir Thomas More.” Xavier considers More's relationship to humanist circles and the role of "friendship portraits" in making the absent present. In the words of More's devoted friend, Desiderius Erasmus, “life without a friend is no life." As a nod to the turbulent times of Tudor England, Xavier pairs this episode with a Bloody Mary cocktail.

Sir Thomas More

Medium:Oil on oak panel
29 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. (74.9 x 60.3 cm)
Credit Line:Henry Clay Frick Bequest

To see this painting in detail, please visit:

Michael McDermott - Contender (Official Video)

Saturday, July 04, 2020

This 4th of July...

‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’: Descendants of Frederick Douglass Read his Famous Speech

The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid nationwide protests and calls for systemic reforms. In this short film, five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" which asks all of us to consider America's long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans.

FEATURING (alphabetically)
Douglass Washington Morris II, 20 (he/him)
Isidore Dharma Douglass Skinner, 15 (they/their)
Zoë Douglass Skinner, 12 (she/her)
Alexa Anne Watson, 19 (she/her)
Haley Rose Watson, 17 (she/her)

You can read the full text of “What To The Slave Is The Fourth of July?” here:

This video was inspired by Jennifer Crandall's documentary project "Whitman, Alabama". Visit

Thursday, July 02, 2020

David Byrne's American Utopia - Burning Down the House


Stand Up (Official Lyrics) – Tom Morello x Shea Diamond x Dan Reynolds x...

Play this one loud! Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello fights the power in a blistering  track that condemns police brutality, racism and transphobia.
“Stand Up” is a collaboration with producer the Bloody Beetroots, singer and transgender rights activist Shea Diamond, and Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds. Proceeds from the song will go to the NAACP, the Know Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

“When I call the police, will they just kill me? / Will they just kill you?” Reynolds screams on the track. “When I call the police, will they just protect me ‘cause I’m white-skinned too?”