The fabulous Jennifer Hudson was interviewed by Oprah this past week - she also gave a knock out performance on the show. Hot. I just got tickets to see Ms. Thang perform when she comes to New York with Robin Thicke. Thanks, DG! It's gonna be YUMMY. xxo.
On a recent trip to Boston to celebrate RJH's birthday, I read an article about Shepard Fairey who created the iconic HOPE poster that was seen so prevalently during Obama's presidential campaign. The story was about how Associated Press Photographer Mannie Garcia was seeking legal action against Fairey because the HOPE poster was based on his copyrighted photograph taken in April 2006 while on assignment. Garcia is currently asking for credit and compensation for the use of his photograph. As I'm reading all about this story, I certainly didn't know that I'd be seeing a huge collection of Fairey's work just days later. Fairey's exhibit, Supply and Demand, was being shown just blocks from the hotel we stayed along Boston's waterfront. We learned of the show through a friend in Boston and made our way to The Institute of Contemporary Art on our final day in Boston. The show was incredible. I haven't loved an exhibit this much in a very long time.
Fairey's work is so unique and so striking. His minimal color palette paints such a serious tone. His work celebrates, dissects and explores Pop Culture, Politics, Money, Death, Music, War, Greed - it just doesn't stop. His art is reminiscent of old propaganda-style posters. The way that each of his pieces look like layers and layers of paper and newsprint and paint give it a home-made aesthetic but it's so much more polished than that. His work speaks such strong statements. He digs deep in to the belly of the culture and slaps it up on a wall. Fairey's art began on the streets in the cities where he lived. As a skateboarding youth, he began tagging structures and creating art on building walls. He first became known for his OBEY sticker campaign which featured a stencil of wrestler André the Giant. You likely have seen it before but just had no clue who or what it was all about. His work has obviously been put on the forefront due to the HOPE campaign. Where he sits now is right where he belongs. Fairey is a true trail blazer in modern art. I'm such a huge fan of his work now. A few of my favorite from the exhibit are below. xx.
The following is a video shot in 2008 that features an interview with the artist.
These two guys won big. They also took a moment to speak their minds, to tackle hate, and to deliver a message that I hope was heard loud and clear. WE ALL DESERVE EQUAL RIGHTS. I'm grateful there are people like that in such visable places. Watch.
Justin was named one of the ten most stylish men in America by GQ Magazine. I do like their choice of Justin to lead the pack but I'm not fully impressed with the rest of the bunchGQ chose to fill the remaining 9 spots. I've compiled the shots of JT from the magazine and I'm really loving it. Justin looks so fresh and healthy and well, hot. I generally think of Justin recently either playing the fool or playing the scowling celeb. I totally get annoyed by Justin when he is "acting" in any capacity and I abhor the "victimized celebrity" bit. That is so tired and ridiculous. Don't get me wrong - I dig Justin's music, his moves, and his killer voice but if it's not a musical note coming out of his mouth then I'm more of a seen but not heard type. You liking the shots below?? Yum.
I've never been of a fan of when a person says they gave 150% on a given project. WTF?! How can you do more than what is even possible? You can say you did the job 100% and you did it quickly or efficiently or hell even CORRECTLY but you can't do a job more than 100% - you just can't no matter how nice you think it sounds. I ran across the following and it all rang sooooo true. Thank you everythingrandom.net!
What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?
Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
But , A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
And, look how far kissing ass will take you. A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, its the Bullshit and Kissing A$$ that will put you over the top!
I've seen some of Poster Boy's work around a few Manhattan stations but didn't know much about the artist. I actually still don't except for the video below and the fact that I think he is amazing and innovative. A vandal you say? Well, maybe. Art is not black vs. white, legal vs. illegal, wrong vs. right. Art is all of those things at the same time. See more of his work @ his Flickr Page.
In March's Bazaar magazine the always fabulous Sarah Jessica Parker appears in an amazing spread. SJP pays homage to Diana Vreeland who was an iconic fashion editor at Bazaar many many years ago. Meryl Streep's inspiration for her role in The Devil Wears Prada was said to be after Diana - most thought it was after Anna Wintour but that is not completely true. The shots are striking and lovely. The cover of March's issue is absolutely beautiful as well (above) featuring a sleek SJP running across the Brooklyn Bridge. Icon meets Icon. Flawless. Unfortunately, this version of the cover is only available to subscribers of the magazine (which I'm glad I am - come on it's $12 bucks a year! I couldn't resist!). The cover on the newsstand still looks hot - just not so well, AMAZING. Check out a few fab snaps below. Grab your own copy of the mag now. xxoxx.