Archive for the ‘Profile: People Places & Things of Peace’ Category

Top 3 Reasons I Heart the FADER (in no particular order of affection)

In from peacepaceselam, Miscellaneous, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on June 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm

1. how can you not love a magazine blog that posts this picture every time they mention Outkast?

or inexplicably creates collages like this

(miriams favorite)

2. they regularly, rather exclusively, post greatness like this:

The Rub’s History of Hip Hop: The Year 2000

complete with a link for the download

3. they always know bout all that new new, be it style, music, art, events, all that. they’re on it, the best of it, and uasually before it even officially happens.

and 4 (yeah i know i said 3 reasons). in the 4+ years ive been a reader, i’ve learned a lot from the FADER. mucho gusto suckaaaassss.


ESPN 30 for 30: Straight Outta LA

In History, Movies, Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, Throwback Thursdays on May 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

sometimes, ESPN is reeealllyy coo.

check parts 2-6 after the jump.


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A Guided Tour Through Roger Steffens’ Reggae Archives courtesy of the Fader

In History, Music, Music Monday, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on May 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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Roger Steffens had a substantial hand in popularizing reggae in the United States as an early fan and Los Angeles radio DJ, and he’s got the goods to prove it—his six-room library is jammed with live cassettes, 42 years’ worth of Rolling Stone (he bought the first-ever issue en route to Vietnam), rare vinyl and literally 3000 buttons of Bob Marley’s face. As an archivist and a friend, Steffens traveled to Africa with Marley as well, and peppers this deeply awesome guided tour with several choice anecdotes about the experience—echoes of his hailed “Life of Bob Marley” shows across the country.
Click here to read more about Steffen’s archive.

Check out the Fader Magazine online.

Woodstock: A Moment of Muddy Grace [NY Times]

In Americas (North), History, Music, Music Monday, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on May 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

BABY boomers won’t let go of the Woodstock Festival. Why should we? It’s one of the few defining events of the late 1960s that had a clear happy ending.

On Aug. 15 to 17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people, me among them, gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), N.Y. We listened to some of the best rock musicians of the era, enjoyed other legal and illegal pleasures, endured rain and mud and exhaustion and hunger pangs, felt like a giant community and dispersed, all without catastrophe.

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Music Monday: Portishead – All Mine

In Europa, Music, Music Monday, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on April 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm

a couple of years ago an old friend of mine convinced me to listen to a funky sounding musical duo with a weird name…they quickly became a sort of cult favorite for me and for anyone else with enough sense to give them a listen. arguably a genre all their own, their sound and style is unique and differs with every album they put out. i could try to describe them, try to box them into some sort of classification but i assure it would not work. get past what you may think is uncomfortably  strange about them and you can sense a strong hip-hop influence. in a word: sick. that part of your brain hardwired for good music will thank you.




video quality sucks =/ sorry.


In Americas (North), History, Movies, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on April 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

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An awesome documentary that traces the history of LA gangs back to their inception after the breakup of the Black Panther party, through their struggles of temporary peace and lasting, senseless violence. Definitely a must watch.

you can also catch the full film at



Puma Presents: Of the Same Earth

In Africa, Artsy Fartsy, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on April 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Recently, PUMA created one unity uniform for African national teams and invited artist Kehinde Wiley to paint a portrait of African togetherness. This is a story of Africa, football, and unity through a painting.

B is for Books: Disposable People (New Slavery in the Global Economy) by Kevin Bales

In B is for Books, History, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on April 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I could attempt to explain the phenomenon of modern slavery explored in Disposable People but i could never do so as well as the author himself, Kevin Bales. so be sure to watch his TED talk and find a copy of the book ASAP.

heres a link to the Disposable People google books page so you can grab a sneak peak.



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In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research — and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.

Our Lady of The Bronx [Fader]

In Americas (North), Miscellaneous, Movies, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on April 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

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Every year, the Bronx-based lowrider bike club the Firme Rydaz make a pilgrimage devoted to La Virgen de Guadalupe on December 12, her Feast Day. They walk their bikes and a heavy, huge, handmade effigy of the Virgin from their neighborhood in the Bronx, hundreds of blocks to 14th street at the cusp of midtown Manhattan. Filmmaker/photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero documented their somber journey in his moving short documentary Our Lady of the Bronx tracking them through the New York frigid air and showing the beauty of two Mexican traditions—one five centuries old, the other mere decades new—where street culture intersects with religious devotion. As they make their way to offer flowers and sing happy birthday to La Virgen in a cathedral, the film depicts an act of deep love for an icon who not only symbolizes Catholicism, but represents Mexico, while illuminating the divides and diversity throughout New York City.

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TED Talks: Chris Abani on Telling Stories of Our Shared Humanity

In Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on April 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

first saw this video last year when my creative writing TA showed it to the class. Chris Abani was, i believe, a visiting professor at UCR at the time. A renowned speaker, writer and poet  he now tours all over the world giving lectures and taking temporary residence at universities.



Click here to learn more about Chris Abani.

Profile: Keb’ Mo’

In Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on April 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

A country blues singer from…COMPTON???? not much of a profile but I couldn’t not share this + i like the song. thanks for the heads up Hannah M.!



Click here to learn more about Keb’ Mo’

Pretty Cool People Interviews: Street Artist Tom14 [Wooster Collective]

In Americas (South & Central), Artsy Fartsy, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on April 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

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Great Performances:Nina Simone- Out now on iTunes only!

In Movies, Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on April 4, 2010 at 9:37 pm

gotta get my hands on this, it looks awesome.



Beauty Icon: Iman []

In Africa, Artsy Fartsy, Fashion, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on April 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

every month takes a “look at the faces that have made history.” this month’s “beauty” is none other than the exquisite Iman…

more photos after the jump…



“My dream woman is Iman.” So said no less an arbiter than Yves Saint Laurent. And those words still ring true today: The CFDA will honor the Somalian-born beauty as its Fashion Icon later this spring.

The supermodel—one of the first, long before the reign of the Trinity, the rise of the waifs, or the Eastern European boom—has well earned her one-name status. She was Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid when the American photographer Peter Beard discovered her as a young student at the University of Nairobi. Her elegant, sculptural beauty—the impossibly long neck, the regal features, those cheekbones—was a revelation when she hit the international scene in the late seventies and eighties. At a time when the glossy pages were dominated by athletic, all-American girls, she was an instant favorite among editors and nearly a religion among designers, many of whom called her their muse.

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Profile: Dignidade Rebelde

In Artsy Fartsy, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on March 24, 2010 at 1:04 am

I was blessed with the opportunity to see some of their work on display at UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Community Center. Phenomenal, versatile, beautiful. to say the least. do yourself a favor and check them out.



“Dignidad Rebelde is a graphic arts collaboration between Oakland-based artist-activists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes.  We believe that art can be an empowering reflection of community struggles, dreams and visions.  Following principles of Xicanisma and Zapatismo, we create work that translates people’s stories into art that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it.

We recognize that the history of the majority of people worldwide is a history of colonialism, genocide, and exploitation.  Our art is grounded in Third World and indigenous movements that build people’s power to transform the conditions of fragmentation, displacement and loss of culture that result from this history.  Representing these movements through visual art means connecting struggles through our work and seeking to inspire solidarity among communities of struggle worldwide.”

See more from Dignidad Rebelde at