December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
Writing pieces of my project description for my community art project, realized the hip hop i listen to when i run, write, walk, read and sleep…is an extension of my spiritual work. Listening to hip hop forces me to live life awake…with all the things that may help or hurt. Pray that I continue to have the strength to face each day with all eyes open…
good kid m.A.A.D city
K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Black on Both Sides
The Journey Aflame
Life is Good
The Mixtape about Nothing
December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
Our children died on Friday, December 14. Our sisters, brothers, friends lost their lives to a senseless shooting. My heart breaks for the victims and family of the Newtown Elementary School shootings. We pray that their beautiful souls find peace.
‘Rock Me, Mercy‘
The river stones are listening because we have something to say.
The trees lean closer today.
The singing in the electrical woods has gone down.
It looks like rain, because it is too warm to snow.
Wherever you’re hiding, we know you can’t be everywhere at once.
Have you corralled all the pretty wild horses?
The memory of ants asleep and day lilies, roses, holly and larkspur?
The magpies gaze at us, still waiting.
River stones are listening.
But all we can say now is mercy, please rock me.
– Written in Mourning by Yusef Komunyakaa
Barbara x Pearls and Revolution
November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
I grabbed my family and marched them all towards our county clerk office to participate in early voting. Let me tell you, it was great! Waiting in line for almost four hours was worth it. I read somewhere that about 90 million Americans would not vote in tomorrow’s election. I don’t know why anyone would refuse to exercise their right to vote. Its our way of participating in the democratic process so don’t waste this opportunity. No matter what your political beliefs are… just do it! Vote. It’s probably the single, most important thing you’ll do this year.
xo Barbara x Pearls and Revolution xo
September 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
Delphine Fawundu’s Lagos Photo Project provided a three day intensive workshop to Nigerian women photographers that allowed them to explore themselves through self portraiture. In their images we see human experiences; battling fear, overcoming self doubt, and accepting the complexities and contradictions of oneself. This project is one of the few I’ve seen that equip African women with the creative tools to represent their realities.Against imagery that often excludes our voices, Fawundu’s project provides a burst of fresh photographic and creative energy. It challenges us to remember who we are creating for and where do the stories we are telling fit into their stories of themselves.
View the entire project at: http://www.delphinefawundu.com/album/lagosphotoselfportraitworkshop#1
August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Burnt Orange, Pale Blue, Steel,and Emerald Green are all on my color wishlist for the new year.Earthy and regenerative these images connect me most vividly to the season and help welcome the fashion new year.
Noted are stills from Andrew Dosonmu’s Restless City and New York based Ivorian designer Loza Maleohmbo.
Wishing you a steady transition through the seasons 🙂
x Rockyatu x for Pearls and Revolution
August 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
August is an unusual month for me because all of the summer activities I didn’t do in June or July I manage to squeeze into the proceeding 30 days. This includes beach trips, roof tops, pool visits and last minute travel deals. I find myself hopping on buses,trains, and trolleys to go wherever my budget will allow just to pass my city limits. This desire for adventure and travel came back to me as I revisited images from Ozwald Boateng’s SS12 shoot in Soweto, South Africa. Inspired by a safari he took in Kenya earlier this year, his collection creates a dialectical conversation between European aesthetics and Boateng’s visualization of his African heritage.
His omission of a traditional safari color palette stays true to his creative signature while offering us something unique. Green, orange and terracotta hues paint a vibrant picture of the African landscape through his eyes.
Observing the interaction between color, fit, and the surrealistic artwork provide visual cues that welcome us into Boateng’s vision. This imagery incites in me curiosity and taste for adventure. Hopefully August brings the travels I yearn for !
Happy physical and spiritual travels 🙂
Rockyatu x Pearls and Revolution x
August 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is given to the less talented as a consolation prize – Robert Hughes
I’m flying my Gabby flag!
xo Barbara x Pearls and Revolution xo