torsdag 17 juli 2014
måndag 7 juli 2014
What does the future hold?
I want to be a mogul; I want to have multiple businesses where I can employ hungry people,
people who are eager to learn. I want to have foundations where I can put people through college;
I want my Barbs to be smart, not to be crazy and foolish and not to depend on boys. I want to do something
to inspire people all around the world. I’d like to be remembered as one of the great rappers
and a mogul, an actress, a mother and a wife.
“Unless the relationship between the living and the dead is in balance, chaos ensues,” he says.
“The Dagara believe that, if such an imbalance exists, it is the duty of the living to heal their ancestors.
If these ancestors are not healed, their sick energy will haunt the souls and psyches
of those who are responsible for helping them.” The rituals focus on healing the relationship with our ancestors,
both specific issues of an individual ancestor and the larger cultural issues contained in our past.
Dr. Somé has seen extraordinary healing occur at these rituals.
torsdag 19 juni 2014
onsdag 18 juni 2014
"In JJ’s video, conversely,
the mental patients’ humanity is nullified by injections and their chilly surroundings.
The most surprising and disturbing moment come when, midway through the video,
two of Kastlander’s eerie, red-and-black figurative doodles (the only non-white objects in the video) come to life.
Through a computer-distorted squeak, they take over Kastlander’s vocals, and despite their two-dimensionality
and blobbiness, these little guys are presented as the two most human characters in the video.
There’s something desperately sad about their imitation of human functions such as language and song,
and how they trump the human characters’ — nay, props’ — personhood.
In the ’90s, the mental hospital was used as a place
where artists could most promiscuously flaunt their emotional spectrum;
“All White Everything” depicts the same setting in total opposition to this idea.
JJ’s video emulates the anesthetized, dehumanized, turn music has taken
— especially earlier this decade, it reflected a general cultural leaning toward aloofness
(see also: the vocal fry pandemic). It presents its psych ward as a place where all feeling has been subjugated
by the trappings of contemporary existence. It’s essentialized, perhaps — and goofily aestheticized at times
— but at least it’s not venerated as a vessel for catharsis."