I recently came wise to the following piece from HBO and it guts me every time I view it. The strength of will and the perceived humility of the protagonist, the boxer, whom many may view this piece is about. I see that, but what hits me just as hard, is this man's trainer. His belief in what and in this case, whom others may view as obsolete, a waste of time and effort. The trainer could have taken the other man's money, patronized him, led him to believe he had his back when he didn't, but he chose not to. Check the neighbourhood the gym is in. He could have assumed the would be boxer to be a junkie, a hustler and chased him out of … [Read more...]
Random goodness from Milk.Blitz.Street.Bomb.
There's a shot you'll find a mix of art, street-art, punk, dirty rock-n-roll and whatever else we feel like that day.
We have no idea what to expect, so good luck trying to.
“It takes so many elements to reach the top of such a competitive sport as tennis––strength of character, incredible discipline and will power. For me, Strong is Beautiful was able to capture the inner strength of players in a beautiful way.” - Caroline Wozniacki, presently topped ranked athlete on the WTA Tour Photographer and filmmaker Dewey Nicks' exquisite homage to the tennis female athlete, commissioned by the Women’s Tennis Association, for their Strong is Beautiful campaign. Dewey Nicks: Strong is Beautiful on Nowness.com. (Sources: www.nowness.com, www.wtatennis.com) … [Read more...]
In the spirit of All Hallow's Eve...... Here's two classic Halloween movies for your viewing pleasure. I can only recall a couple of instances where I saw or heard anything remotely associated with Halloween in Thailand: 1. Conversations with two friends in Buriram who learned of it via the internet. 2. Seeing a tiny child tearing down a dirt road on a bitty bike wearing a huge black witches hat nowhere near October 31. My guess is, no one associated with them knew what it was. But who knows. A part of me is currently questioning if the memory, so vivid and incredible was anything but a dream. (Note, you're reading an updated … [Read more...]
I didn't realize until I began writing this piece, that October 30, aka Devil's Night, was a Detroit thing. Being born across the American border, in Windsor, Canada I grew up thinking it was an unsaid holiday. When I moved to Toronto, I assumed it was an American thing. This was the direct result of the pattern I picked up in Torontonian's eyes after I'd ask, "So. What are you doing for Devil's Night?" As a kid, Windsor was on a curfew and Detroit was on major lockdown. Devil's Night was a night of mischief, Halloween's foreboding sister. One year a neighbourhood could be hit by an artillery of raw eggs and toilet paper and another year, it could be burned … [Read more...]
Hey MBSB People, This is a photo of my faithful but lagging Lenovo 3000 C100. I bought it in 2006. No DVD burner, a fan that sounds like it's chewing the hard drive and a backspace button that revolted and died following an ant infiltration. I believe they were trying to colonize the keyboard. MBSB was built on this baby, but the time has come to move on to a computer that allows Photoshop and YouTube to be open simultaneously. Introducing my Lenovo Y470. Not only can I start editing short video and audio pieces without losing a half day, I can clearly see what I'm editing. It was weird to watch the posted Chuwattana fights to realize, the … [Read more...]
"I'm not looking for sympathy, just to be looked as a man on the mission; a man who never gave up, and because of that, his dream is now coming true." -Dewey Bozella Dewey Bozella served twenty-six years in Sing Sing for a murder he didn't commit. As the years faded in prison, knowing he could appeal for a lesser sentence by lying and admitting to the crime, Dewey refused to submit. Confessing to the murder of a ninety-two year old woman wasn't an option. His intergrity was of too much value. It was in Sing Sing that Dewey found boxing. On October 15, after living two years as a free man, Dewey will step into the ring to meet thirty … [Read more...]
"It was like slaves whipping the asses of masters." - from the film. Stevan Riley’s documentary Fire in Babylon opened in the U.K. on May 20, 2011 and in the U.S. on July 22. For those of you who are inclined to root for the underdog... Bat Men: Fire in Babylon on Nowness.com. (Note: The sport of cricket was imported into the West Indies via its colonists.) .....and just because it fits with the theme and I couldn't resist.... … [Read more...]
The following, including the text, sourced from Vimeo. Let The Arts Roam from I Am Los Angeles on Vimeo. Wherever they go, they try to make something that makes sense for the neighborhood, and the community. And they always make something positive, something the artists hope people can enjoy -- regardless of whether life has greeted them with great fortune. Armed with a vision and their cans of spray paint, El Mac and Retna will transform a forgotten wall into a piece of art. El Mac and Retna are street artists, born in LA. They use building walls as blank canvases for their imagery, and the duo has collaborated to create murals all over … [Read more...]
Filmmaker Brennan Stasiewicz captures moments of beauty. The thoughts of Daphne Guinness.... Daphne Guinness: Undressed on Nowness.com. (Thank-you Ms. Jennifer A. Lopez for bringing this to my attention.) … [Read more...]
A beautiful piece on perseverance, integrity and soul. In addition, intuition. Big up to Arthur Regula for listening to his. (Thanks to Simon Marcus for sharing the link.) Dewey's acceptance speech of the 2011 Arthur Ashe Award. … [Read more...]
“He’s the only person I’ve ever met who I’d hero worshiped, that was exactly how I’d expected him to be. He was everything that I’d hoped him to be. Which was incredible. Inhumanly intelligent. I was interested in him primarily as a character, the way he lived, he was a ‘more than real’ real life character. A phenomena. I was already into the idea that the most important work is the way you live and you should live it as a work and try to make each aspect of it as interesting as you can.” –William S. Burroughs on Genesis P-Orridge I was recently wondering what happened to COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV 's Genesis P-Orridge. The following is … [Read more...]