Loved watching this interview with the beautiful songstress Mishal Moore. I’ve been following her for many years now…even got an unexpected opportunity to see her LIVE! I love how she speaks on her creative journey in this interview, watching it also inspired me as an artist, we all encounter tough situations it’s all about how you handle them. I’m excited to see what else Baker, her new music duo, will bring to my awaiting eyes and ears. I’m definitely liking what I see so far! Check them out at www.wearebaker.com

 

PS. I Love love love how this video was done, super dope :)

Over 2 million Americans are currently incarcerated in the country’s prison system: 70% of them are illiterate, 40% are black and almost all of them are poor. Earlier this month, Nas met with legendary civil rights activist Angela Davis at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania to discuss the current state of the prison system, how people end up behind bars and the inequality that drives them there.

Skip to 33:30 for the discussion:

In July, Wu-Tang Clan will release a new album, A Better Tomorrow, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the group’s debut. But Forbes reports that they’re also set to release another LP, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which seems to be one of those pieces that only come along every few years or so but once it is here, it will change the way artists release art.

The album, which features the group’s original members, will be housed inside an engraved silver-and-nickel box created by British-Moroccan artist Yahya. According to RZA and producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, the plan is to tour it through museums, galleries and festivals, where visitors will be charged a price to listen to the 128-minute, 31 song album on headphones provided by the venue.

“We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music,” RZA said in an interview with Forbes. “We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” After the tour is over, the group will make the album available for purchase for a price “in the millions.”

The project dates back to 1997, when Cilvaringz hopped on stage during a Wu-Tang show in Amsterdam. From there, he maintained a correspondence with RZA and eventually broached the idea of producing a new album in the late 2000s. “It took a long time,” Cilvaringz said to Forbes. “After five years, I’m sitting here and I’m like, ‘Am I really going to release this record and see it die after a week?’”

 

Lupita’s speech is something that every little girl/woman needs to hear. Words that sadly, so many can relate to. So many dark skinned girls grow up thinking they are not beautiful because dark skin is  not the standard of beauty they are subjected to every day. In the media, in the “history” that we learn in school, in our very own culture, it is everywhere. No matter how much the people that love us tell us we are beautiful we still don’t accept it. In worse cases, the loved ones are the ones that do the most damage to the  self esteem of a dark skinned girl.

Personally, I am of a “lighter” complexion and I always am trying to get darker, haha. I think dark skin is beautiful and I wish so many more would embrace it. Especially those that have it! Be You. Be Beautfiful. Feel Worthy. Embrace Diversity. Love The Skin You’re In.

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