* The US of A has been in a jubilant mood following the #LoveWins Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage across the country. So the news of Misty Copeland becoming the first black principle dancer for American Ballet Theatre is another step forward. Many more steps to go, but if they’re half as graceful and as strong as Misty is, it’ll be alright.
* Staying on things being alright, the video for Kendrick Lamar‘s single Alright, which he also performed at the BETs this past weekend, is one that deserves to be watched over and over. Director Colin Tilley has created some striking B&W imagery – witness the car Kendrick and his crew, Schoolboy Q, AB-Soul and Jay Rock are “riding” in, him floating on a street light and the final few frames. The visuals give us just as much to think about the vocals in the song.
Pharrell dropped his new single, Freedom on Apple Music – and Prince took away his music from Spotify. That makes me very sad. What makes me happy is seeing JANET’S BACK! And looking just like she did in ’93. Janet Jackson received the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual award at the BET Awards this past Sunday . If you missed the tribute done in her honour, you need to see Tinashe, Jason Derulo and the impeccable Ciara dance some of Ms Jackson’s most iconic choreography.
Make sure you see Amy – it’s one of the best films you’ll see this year, even as it’s brings both joy and sadness to watch.
The Temper Tot piece by Ron English is at the Bowery Mural site – cnr Bowery and Houston St,while the Faith47 mural is Broome and Chrystie St next to the Bang Bang Tattoo place.