Eartha Kitt photographed by Gordon Parks, 1952
Only the trio that’s “Cool Like ‘Dat” drops references to jazz drummer Max Roach and the French philosopher Sartre in the same flowing rhyme that they give props to “the crews on Sugarhill.” It’s the rebirth of slick: where retro-jazz and deep thought meet classic hip-hop. Like this scene that went down one day way back in the future:
The Ashanti Home Touch Hotel
I was invited to photograph the opening night of this mesmerising hotel. It was full of intriguing characters. One of which, Ama Virgin, is the subject of an article and photo series I recently did for Accent magazine.
Flora Gomes: Post-Colonial Cinema in Guinea-Bissau
‘Whenever Africa is spoken about or depicted, it is always in terms of the aid we receive, war, people dying of starvation, sick people… I want people to see our Africa, the Africa of my dreams, the Africa that I love’ - Flora Gomes
The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.
RIP Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 - June 11, 2014)