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.
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)
REMI OCHLIK / POLARIS
In the Streets
Haitians protest in the city of Cap-Haitien, accusing Nepalese of bringing cholera to Haiti. Protesters gathered, yelling anti-U.N. slogans and hurling stones at U.N. peacekeepers, while setting up burning barricades and torching a police station.
- Cholera response criticized as Haiti protests ease (sfgate.com)
- Cholera protesters in Haiti capital stone UN patrol – Reuters (news.google.com)
- Haitians attack U.N. troops, blame them for cholera (reuters.com)
YOSEXI and in Sports News (video): Zenyatta loses 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic by a head to Blame #cnn #msnbc #foxnews #hollywood #racing #teleton
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Associated Press)– Perfection eluded Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday night when horse racing’s superstar lost for the first time after 19 consecutive wins.
Blame won by a head in a thrilling finish with the 6-year-old mare, who threaded her way through traffic from last place while the crowd of 72,739 urged her on down the stretch under the lights at Churchill Downs.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith blamed himself for the loss. He walked off the track with his head down, dirt stuck to his face. Associated Press.
YOSEXI Check The Trailer (video): New Call of Duty Black Ops Ad – Kobe Bryant – Jimmy Kimmel – There’s a Soldier in All of Us #games #ps3 #wii #xbox #gamer #entertainment #commercial
YOSEXI Quote This: You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. -Arthur Ashe
You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. -Arthur Ashe
YOSEXI Quote This: It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. Hank Aaron #sports #mlb
It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. -Hank Aaron
Photograph by Jeremy Lock
French soldiers chase down papers picked up by a small dust tornado that went right through their camp during a ten-day French Tactical Desert Survival Training Course on May 8, 2008, in Djibouti, Africa.
YOSEXI Entertainment News: Keri Russell strips to promote ‘ Running Wilde ‘ (pic) #news #photography #celebrity #fox
Kim Kardashian was looking extra-curvy with a little sexy on the top when she hit up Nobu restaurant in West Hollywood Friday night with best friend LaLa Vazquez. They were both rockin’ skin tight fitted dresses much to our delight. She IS wearing that dress!
Mahout and Elephant
Photograph by Cesare Naldi
Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim at Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
Thunder Lake, Minnesota
Photograph by Jack Dykinga, National Geographic
Sunset flares over Thunder Lake, one of 14 small lakes on the Red Lake Reservation managed by the tribal fisheries department. It feeds Red Lake, sacred to the Chippewa and once again thick with walleyes—fish with a glassy stare revered for their sweet, snowy flesh. By 1996 decades of overfishing had decimated the Red Lake fishery. Tribal, state, and federal agencies, along with the University of Minnesota, cooperated to set up a management plan. Fishing was suspended. Walleye fry were stocked. In less than ten years the fish population exploded from 200,000 to eight million, and tribal members were allowed to resume commercial fishing.