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Marcus Tanner Q&A

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

 

 Marcus Tanner,  local street photographer and part-time  DJ is the half-white, angry black guy taking pictures of epic proportions.

A former professional runner with old teammates in the last Olympics, Tanner says he can still see success despite the mound of student loans on his coffee table.

You stay true to the laid back, street photography style that is represented in your new book. What does this term mean for those who don’t know?

Well street photography is about approaching photography as minimal and low maintenance as possible. I use a basic point and shoot and really, just recently switched to digital. I’m not the guy prowling with the huge SLR with a mega zoom lens and fanny pack. If I am at an event taking pictures nobody would even know I was a photographer until I pulled my camera out my back pocket to grab a shot. And even then they wouldn’t think nothing of it. Usually, I am focused on my job. Whether it’s to shoot a band or capture a beautiful girl lighting a cigarette; I don’t lose my focus.

Does your craft come easy for you?

No way. Back in college I remember, one of my coaches once said that Marcus Tanner is his own worst enemy, and he was absolutely right. I fight my battles everyday, mostly on the constant desire to take pictures that convey my message.

I’ve been photographer for 7 years now but there’s been times were I haven’t taken a photo for a year at time. I didn’t even pick up a camera and those are the times that I’m uncertain. I tend to  think to much and over analyze everything. Sometimes I get destroyed by my own thoughts.

Bottles & Blunts / Sweet Lu of The Low Life , A FLORIDA GATOR. “HEY GUYS!”  / LEVY Co. FL

You seem to capture this in your book quite well. Your choice of subject matter is always something or someone seemingly everyday, normal and definitely not made up. But each image has something beautiful to say.

I find beauty in the most obscure things. People need to realize this more. That art is everywhere.

Any final thoughts?

Buy my book.

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Whim #22: Why We Won’t be Discussing the Aesthetic Components of my Vagina

December 28, 2012 1 comment

Serious side-eye at this very topic

Recently, Jane published two articles written by women who opened the floor to discussion on the many looks of the labia and whether or not guys care. All I could think was, “Why ruin the fantasy, ladies?” One writer even went so far as to question what may be on every guy’s mind: “In or out?”

Make. It. Stop. This is the one thing that men definetly dgaf about. It can be fat, round, streamlined, bald or furry, and he will still start sweating like a Mark Zuckerberg interview, from merely being in the same room as it.

Let’s just shut up and keep the dream alive. ((((hugs))))

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NRA’s gun violence solution: More Guards, Less Video Games

December 26, 2012 Leave a comment

V.P of NRA, Wayne LaPierre looking perturbed as protestor holds up a sign at a press conference Friday that addressed gun violence.

As the last of the funerals were held last week for the 23 victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre, Vice-President of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, finally broke the group’s silence as he spoke in Washington on Friday,  “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said. LaPierre believes the solution is to have armed security guards in schools. Ironically, a move schools in poor, black neighborhoods in areas of Chicago and New York have been doing for years.

LaPierre also points the blame on violent movies, television and video games such as Grand Theft Auto, Slaughterhouse and one he said his staff was able to find online called “Kindergarten Killer.” LaPierre added, ‘This game has been on the market for 10 years. My staff could find that out. Why couldn’t you?”

It seems the NRA is convinced that increased restrictions on media violence and imposing armed guards in schools, are the solution to protecting Americans from senseless gun violence. It doesn’t matter that there exists a handful of Adam Lanzas throughout the nation and the he could be anywhere.

It’s not where the violence is occurring that is the real problem. It is by whom.  And stricter gun regulation is the #1 solution. Or we can just put an armed U.S guard on every corner.

Jaden Smith’s “The Cool Cafe,” Mixtape

December 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Jaden Smith plays the cool kid in his new mixtape, “The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape Vol. 1.” Its pretty good considering the youngest son of actor/rapper Will Smith is only 14-years-old. I couldn’t stop jamming to the “The Coolest,” which gives off a summer, summertime vibe 2.0.

About

December 26, 2012 Leave a comment

The step-brain child of Urban Whim.

Urban Whim is your hood spot for the newness in music, art, and politics. The writer is a former Microbiology student who was and I quote: “The worst lab partner ever.” She now enjoys blogging, Kraftwerk, and debating too much. None of which requires a lab coat.

She urges you to look out for the new-new and drop her a line. These can be in the form of music, art, photography or something else totally MJ bad. Email your whims at urbanwhim@gmail.com

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Shirley Chisholm

December 25, 2012 5 comments
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Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to Congress and in 1972, became the first black person to run for President.

An original 1972 Unbought and Unbossed campaign poster featuring presidential contender Shirley Chisholm is available onEbay this week. Being the first black woman in Congress and in 1972, the first African-American to run for Presdient, Chisholm serves as inspiration.

Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 campaign poster for her presidential bid. I want it framed!

Backed by the Black Panther Party, journalist and feminist, Gloria Steinman and even Southern segregationist George Wallace, Chisholm was the staunch, straightforward, boss lady whose booming voice and undefined tenacity made people listen to what she had to say.

Salon.com’s Andrew O. Hehir put it best: Before Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson, there was this tall, radical figure of sorts who  “coolly reasoned…to kick down the door that Barack Obama would stroll through, looking cool about it, 30-odd years later.”

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Zoe Kravitz Screams in Yelling to the Sky

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Jason Clarke playing the father of Zoe Kravitz in Yelling to the Sky

Yelling to Sky, opens up seemingly lucid, calming, and on easy street, as writer/ director Victoria Mahoney zooms in on Sweetness O’Hara, a soft-spoken, biracial teenager who attempts to live in a world where you are only allowed to be either/or.  Kravitz plays a 17 going on 30, bullied teen well, with hefty doses of tear-jerker moments as she maneuvers within a colorist community where her lighter complexion makes her nothing more than a target.  Best believe, within the first 5 minutes of the opening, (as she is being beaten up on the side of the road by a male classmate), you already start to cringe.

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Notorious’ Antonique Smith as the troubled and biracial Olah

It is her older sister Olah (Anotonique Smith) who comes to save the day. Only she’s pregnant. Very pregnant- which made the visual of her fist-pounding a young boy till he was bloody, bruised even more intense.

But that was the feeling throughout Mahoney’s film, which was an Official Selection at the South by Southwest Film Festival last year. Set in a suburban town in upstate New York, where color lines just don’t cross- Yelling to the Sky is an excellent, thought-provoking, coming-of-age tale that explores the racial, social and emotional tensions that exist in the lives of biracial people.

Indie film Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe and Jason Clarke was a Berlin Film Festival nominee.

But if that isn’t enough, the cast includes the dynamic Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Australian actor Jason Clarke ( O’Hara’s abusive Irish father). and his African-American wife, Shareeka Epps, who suffers from mental illness.

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