Archive for February, 2012

The Berenstain Bears

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2012 by thebibliophile

Co-founder of the Berenstain Bear children’s book series, Jan Berenstain, died this past Friday. The book series was created by Jan and Stan Berenstain and stand as an example of great children’s literature.

 

Just a little stroll down memory lane:

 

 

I feel like this “lesson” was on constant repeat in my house when I was a kid!

Oscar Background Buzz Noise?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2012 by thebibliophile

What is that annoying background noise on the Oscar show? Is it just me or can others hear it? It sounds like someone’s cell phone….or feedback from an electronic gadget….It’s like an electronic buzz or echo.

Favorite Oscar dresses so far:

A stunning Esperanza Spalding

Sheila E.

Octavia E. Spencer

M.I.A. “Bad Girls” Video

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2012 by thebibliophile

 

The New York Times on Drag Racing in Saudi Arabia

This weekend I’m writing a piece on M.I.A. “Bad Girls” video. The video was directed by Roman Gavras and was filmed in Morocco. The imagery of the video, quite obviously, plays on car culture in Saudi Arabia. But by placing herself as the leader of the video, and the car display, M.I.A. also seems to be making a commentary about Saudi laws that bar womyn from driving. In M.I.A.’s world, not only are womyn driving, they are participating in every aspect of car culture.

The responses to M.I.A.’s video are telling – there are those who are confused by the imagery, those who believe it is a Lady Gaga schtick (M.I.A. hit the scene well before Gaga, for the record), and those who are simply confused. What could it mean? M.I.A. is an astute, thoughtful artist. Even when engaged in what appear to be “antics,” there is a message to her work.

I’d like to write about M.I.A. commentary on womyn’s rights, her creation of a diaspora of womyn of color through her connections of class, culture, access, and music, and I’d like to consider M.I.A. as a transnational subject who consciously plays with and disrupts her image.

Count It Down

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2012 by thebibliophile

Comments about Beyonce creativity and where her inspiration comes from often focuses on avant garde artists from Europe, however, this video also reminds me of the great Diahann Carroll – the first Black womyn to appear on television in her own sitcom,  the  classic and incomparable Julia.  It gives me pause to realize that in 2012 there is no prime time equivalent to Julia, even though Shonda Rimes is one of the hotest writers and producers in television right now.

At any rate, Ms. Carroll has always had great style, which I feel Beyonce is paying homage to in Countdown: the hair, the fresh make-up, the pink glossy lips, the winged eye liner, and the tailored mid-Century clothing – from the lovely Hepburn-esque chic black pants and sweater to the lovely sequined dress. Take a look:

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The Writing Life

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2012 by thebibliophile

Part of writing, is having an idea of some of the things you’d like to address. At least for me, it makes the anxiety of having a topic to write about, a little less stressful. Here is a list of a few things I’d like to write about over the next month:

1. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood, discourses on reproductive rights, abortion, and women as public property

2. What’s up with all these vampires? Taking the teen meme to another level: exploring superhuman teens.

3. Hoarding as material culture

 

Peace and Blessings: Whitney Houston

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2012 by thebibliophile

 

 

 

 

Let the School Memes Begin!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2012 by thebibliophile

I loved Racialicious’ look at the Sh*t ____ Say memes, titled “Exploring the Problematic and Subversive Sh*t People Say Meme-ology”.