Friday, February 7, 2014


My five fave finds of the week culled from the worlds of music, design, art, photography, video, and cute guys.

1) Beyoncé's Black History Lessons

I love the Black History facts that B has been posting on her website. She's choosing cool people like gay Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin and the woman who designed Jackie O's wedding dress Ann Lowe. Added bonus: Yoncé renders their names in her flawless font.

2) The hip-hop art of 7-year-old Yung Lenox

I've already ordered a print of the O.D.B. cover. I guess Ol' Dirty was prophetic when he stormed the Grammy stage in '98 and said "Wu-Tang is for the children."

3) "American Hustle" in Interview magazine

For all the obvious reasons, I have a thing for fashion spreads featuring male models pretending to be rent boys. The February issue of Interview really delivers with "American Hustle" shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and featuring such hot models as Chad White (above; Chad has famously done the hustler theme before), Jamie Wise, Jordan Elias, and Viet Couturier (see below). 

(Don't get too excited. It was for a shoot.).

4) Jamie xx & Four Tet - "Seesaw"

This is just a low quality version that was played during the amazing Young Turks' FBI Radio Takeover last weekend. Still, I'm pretty sure this dreamy, dance-y number is going to be one of my fave songs of the year.  

5) The photography of Derek Ridgers

Ridgers is a photographer who took photos in London nightclubs in the late 70s and 80s. He chronicled a range of youth movements from punks to the New Romantics to the Blitz Kids and so on and so on. Sometimes he captured some stars-on-the-rise such as Boy George (above). Below are just of few of my fave shots, including some of his later celebrity portraits.

(Kylie Minogue)

(Annie Lennox)

See ya next week!

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