Month: September 2011
Major snaps to this poem. Kia does a great job at articulating an experience that many young educated black youth experience throughout their academic career. Her experience is pretty similar to what I experienced as a young black female growing up in inner city Queens, NY. I can’t tell you how many times I was called an Oreo or being told that I was trying to be White. I guess if trying to be anything other than ignorant is White, I’m rich vanilla. When did it be come a fad to be sound uneducated? Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that there is a certain dialect that excludes certain audiences because not everyone has exposure to such language, but that doesn’t mean that one should take pride in decreasing your ability to communicate? My ancestors risked too much to give me the opportunity to sit in a classroom and learn, I dare not disrespect what they gave me by engaging back to uneducated dialogue.
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As a graffiti nerd I tend to do research on graffiti. I’m sure I have lots to learn and there are plenty of resources I have yet to explore. I finally stumbled on to Exit Through the Gift Shop A Banksy Film. You’ve seen Banksy before…
Banksy is a well known talented artist that has been tagging and bombing for years. This film covers him, a classic graffiti artist, and others such as Shepard Fairey through the different varieties of street art.
What I like about this documentary is that you can’t really understand the significance of the title until you get through the entire film. Exit it Through the Shop highlights how a revolutionary movement can be turned into a commercialized joke. However, it also depicts the genius of an absurd man who thought he understood the premise of graffiti. Thierry Guetta made a joke of graffiti and art culture itself but also showed the share power of revolutionary art. One day it’s underground political statement of free speech and the next day it’s the popular commercialized fad. Such is the power of art.
See it Peeps!
The presence of graffiti in the Tripoli revolution is absolutely beautiful. Here’s a pretty interesting radio broadcast produced by Morning Edition that goes into more detail about what graffiti means to a revolution. What I admire about the news report is it that the producers refer to graffiti as a significant attribute of the definition of a new-found freedom in an oppressed country. Graffiti is an integral aspect of the revolution! The fact that graffiti is censored so much supports my idea that when a key representation of a revolution is an immense violation of the right to free speech!
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Side Note: If you’ve been following my blog, you know how much I support bombing. If you don’t you will NEED to hover your mouse over to the right and click on the link that says “graffiti.” You can’t miss it, it’s one of the most frequent topics I’ve posted about.