Stumbled upon this amazing new website via Bonnie Tsang’s blog called Life + Times. From frist glance, I’m ascertaining that it is a collaborative project of Jay-Z’s, collecting, interviewing, and showcasing the people and things that interest him. Below is an excerpt from an interview with comedian Donald Glover on defining what it means nowadays growing up “Black in America.”
[As much as I wish I had, I did not take this photo]
L+T: It’s interesting because you bring up the fact that you were bullied, that you were ridiculed and picked on for being different, and it seems like you kind of changed that and made that the fuel and the motivation to just be yourself. Is there any particular put down or label that kept on coming up in your life that really influenced how you turned out and how you are today?
DG: Um, I guess [the label] “faggot?” That got to me for a lot of reasons. Growing up as a black male is fucking hard. It’s hard. I think being a black woman is a little harder, but being a black man is hard especially if you grew up with something. I had a dad, and my dad was a perfect role model. My dad was always like it’s okay to cry, talk about your shit, follow what you want to do. He was really supportive. So going to school, I had all these experiences and stuff like that it was hard thing where like black kids would totally disown you and so would white kids because “you’re not the black culture.” But what’s black culture? That’s the thing, a black kid in Atlanta has nothing in common with a black kid from a black kid in Alaska. Nothing. Latinos are very different in different spaces too, but they have a unifying force: Spanish. There’s a connection and stuff. The only thing that really connects black people in America is the experience of being black in America. Other than that, there’s not a lot. So it was weird, I was growing up with my dad and he showed me a bunch of stuff; I was listening to Kraftwerk, I was listening to Funkadelic, Prince, The Beatles. I was listening to all of this shit and experiencing all this crazy stuff and because it wasn’t part of the black experience, they label you gay – not even gay, but just “faggot.”
Even though today is really Wednesday (my bad), these two movies welcome the cinematic return of Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, and that cute kid Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland, August Rush, etc). First up is Larry Crowne, starring Hanks and Roberts, which is about a man suddenly finding himself at an impasse in life. He finds himself going back to school and discovering life back in the classroom. It kind of reminds me of a feature-length, dramedy version of Community…Troy and Abed would be proud. The second trailer is The Art of Getting By. Nominated at this year's Sundance Festival, this little indie piece follows a boy with tremendous talent in search of his own voice. Also starring Emma Roberts, Blair Underwood, and Rita Wilson.
The Art of Getting By
"Keefe won 'for his widely ranging cartoons that employ a loose, expressive style to send strong, witty messages,' the Pulitzer jurors said.
Keefe has been the Post’s political cartoonist since 1975, after — according to his bio — 'in an unguarded moment during Watergate, he found himself drawn to Richard Nixon’s nose.'
'I am gobsmacked,' Keefe told the Denver Post. 'In recent years, the Pulitzer has gone to much younger folks, who are newer in the business. I thought my day had passed.'"
Read the full Washington Post article by Michael Cavna and to see Keefe's full award winning portfolio.
Both Hesher and Crazy Stupid Love are drastically different movies. One resembles a well written romantic comedy while the other…well, I don't know what Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman are up to. Both boast all star casts and how can you not love a little juxtaposition? Enjoy!
Crazy Stupid Love