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Go Skateistan! Skate Day Kabul

Posted in culture, feminism, film with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by Sunshine Superboy

Kabul Skate Day

From Kabul:

Take 180 kids, give them skateboards and take to the city streets. Here in Kabul it might seem like a foolhardy prospect, fraught with potential dangers. However, for the third time running on June 21, the simplicity of the idea became the beauty of it. Go Skateboarding Day is an international holiday dedicated to celebration of the sport, from Afghanistan to China to the Americas.

As Skateistan students first trickled, then poured through the park gates on to the road, bursting through the attendant ranks of photographers, officials and police, nothing could have stopped them.

Some skated, some sat and were pushed by a friend and others ran, awaiting their turn. Regardless of how they negotiated the 1.6km route, over potholes in the fiery sunshine, they smiled and laughed all the way. It was difficult to tell what surprised onlookers more, the magical wheeled boards or simply the speeding clusters of boys and girls dressed in flowing, coloured rainbows of Afghan clothing. Gentle nods sent the happy spectacle on its way, as life returned to normal in its wake.

Finally, dusty and triumphant, the skaters stormed back into their park for a celebratory contest to the beat of Afghan dul drums. The boys’ contest was won by Mohammad Bilal Mir Bat Zai, 15, who is disabled and skates by sitting on his board with crossed legs. The girls’ contest winner, Hanifa, 14, works on the street along with her younger sister. It was clear to see the high spirits of all who participated in Go Skate Day Kabul, who, without exception, could feel proud of who they are and what they represent.

Cool. And then there’s that Sundance Documentary from earlier this year, all about Skateistan.


California Represent! Geo-cinematic representations in Hollywood circa 1927

Posted in anthropology, film, maps, maps & mapping with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by Sunshine Superboy

This 1927 map by Paramount Pictures was apparently used for financial backers; it indicates shooting locations in California that could stand in for more exotic locales.

First of all, what the hell were they making movies about in 1927 that all you really need is Spain, New England, some rocky West and “Africa”?

anyways, I thought it was an incredibly interesting artifact of americana, industry, and representation.

The source is The American Film Industry by Tino Balio. According to the book, the variety of available geography in southern California is “one of the reasons” Hollywood became the center of the film industry.

I can think of a few others…

Up up and Away,
Sunshine Superboy

Alicia Keys to Take Down the Kingdom, the State, Capitalism etc

Posted in celebrities, film, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2010 by Sunshine Superboy

Life was getting kinda rough for a week or two there, and then I found out that Alicia Keys is an anarchist.

(photo from the movie Smokin’ Aces)

It seems that Alicia Keys is not just an expert on “wreckless love,” teenage affairs and fallin’ for a special someone – she’s also got the inside scoop on the conspiracy at the heart of American hip-hop.

Gangsta rap was a “ploy to convince black people to kill each other,” the singer has claimed in an interview with Blender magazine. While most people see Ice T and Dr Dre merely as musicians prone to bragging about their sexual conquests, Keys insists they were instruments of mysterious puppetmasters who exist to perpetuate the rap community’s strife.

Keys also asserts in the interview that the late-90s feud between east and west coast hip-hop was created by shadowy figures in government. The deaths of Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur were part and parcel of this plan, an attempt “to stop another great black leader from existing,” she told Blender.

Keys isn’t afraid of entering politics herself, presumably to put a stop to all this sort of thing. “Some of the greatest artists did their best work when they got political,” she told Blender. “If Malcolm [X] or Huey [P. Newton] had the outlets our musicians have today, it’d be global. I have to figure out a way to do it myself.”

The singer considers herself an anarchist, and indeed the New York police department revealed last year that they had Keys under observation in the lead-up to the 2004 Republican National Convention, fearing “anarchist actions”.

(update: check this video about throwing Alicia Keys under the bus for her gangsta rap comments)

Though there’s no sign that Keys has joined a revolutionary commune or taken to donning a black balaclava, she has, er, donated a whole $500 to the US Democratic party. And what could be more anarchist than that?

Nevertheless, nobody should doubt the strength of Alicia Keys’ convictions. Her fervour is symbolised in the pendant she wears around her neck. It’s not a pretty star or a broken heart, a unicorn or a rainbow. It’s instead an AK-47 machine gun. Made of solid gold. And, um, what does it symbolise? “Strength, power and killing ’em dead.” Hurrah for speaking truth to power.

this made my day.

Sunshine Superboy

ps- Someone should tell Alicia Keys that Jay-Z is totally a capitalist. Like Big Time.

yo, is anyone else tickled pink by the way Keys sings the word “in-SPOY-ah yoooo”?!

Spider: “Its All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye…”

Posted in art & music, comics, film, humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2009 by Sunshine Superboy

While I was in Milwaukee a fortnight ago, I had the opportunity to check out some of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s best short films. The last one to screen was Spider, which is written by Nash Edgerton & David Michôd and is also directed by Edgerton.spider-710693

It was jarring. The sheer look-now-look-again style escapes my ability to categorize the genre succinctly. And when it comes right down to it, I don’t want to ruin the surprise…

Jack and Jill are always hurting each other’s feelings. But like Mum said, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”

Behold: “Spider” (2007)

I know… W.T.Fuck?!
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