Quote That: ‘Many a man fail as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.’ -Nietzsche #blackhistorymonth
Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.
At the age of 25, Parks was struck by photographs of migrant workers in a magazine and bought his first camera, a Voigtländer Brilliant, for $12.50 at a pawnshop. The photo clerks who developed Parks’ first roll of film, applauded his work and prompted him to get a fashion assignment at Frank Murphy’s women’s clothing store in St. Paul.
Parks began working as a self-taught freelance photographer, focusing on everything from fashion to the effects the depression in Chicago’s slums.
Parks was a close friend of Muhammad Ali, and godfather for Malcolm X’s daughter Quibilah Shabazz. He was a co-founder of Essence magazine, and wrote a ballet called Martin, in honor of King.
His art was about social issues such as poverty, race, segregation and crime. It also enhanced our understanding of beauty, nature, childhood, music, fashion and memory.
By 1944, he was the only black photographer working for Vogue, and in 1948 he became the first black photographer at Life, the most prestigious magazine of its day for photography. Eventually Life sent him to France, Italy, and Spain, and stateside he became known for his photos documenting the civil rights movement.
He attended and took photos at the Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963.
- Taco Supreme: Just Dance, Part I (weddingbee.com)
- Could Nietzsche forsee the circumstances we live in? [Fatimea Tedora] (ecademy.com)
- Eric Logan “Team Frank”: Why the philosopher is misunderstood by angry young men. – Slate Magazine (slate.com)
- Nietzsche and Lou Salomé (espliego.wordpress.com)
Quote This: ‘Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.’ -Chinese Proverb #Egypt
Eminem – ‘Not Afraid’
- Quote This: ‘We will die for our Freedom!’ -Egyptian Protester #Egypt (yosexi.com)
- The march for freedom is slowly replacing tyranny in the Middle East (leftfootforward.org)
Robert Townsend Partners in Crime – ‘The Bold,The Black,The Beautiful’
- What songs (musically) quote other songs? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Mike Tyson & Wife Welcome Baby Boy (hellobeautiful.com)
- Mike Tyson Gives Details On His New Reality Show … About Pigeons (VIDEO) (tvsquad.com)
How can you see it? Well, Nike has made that VERY easy. The film, in it’s entirety, will be streamed LIVE from Nike Basketball’s Facebook page.
Ah, January Jones and Versace: the greatest love affair of all time this season. Style.com got an exclusive look at the fashion house‘s Spring 2011 accessories shoot, starring the “Mad Men” bombshell. Watch as January rolls around with high heels in her mouth and poses behind purses, and as Donatella Versace sings her praises.
- Have You Met Miss Jones? (style.com)
Stacey Reile (StayLo)