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CONTENT 48 Jane’s Party 52 Celno&Gypsies 54 Risk, Power, and his cheating heart 56 Isa Silva Editorial 18 ShezAr 24 Endless Art 28 Skin Deep 32 Tanning 34 Summer Look Book 38 Marie Bärsch Editorial


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66 Giusy de Ceglia 72 Jahson the Scientist 74 Arab Spring, European Winter 76 Rockstone Sessions 78 Liselotte Fleur Editorial 84 Tidy Whities 88 Shawn Peters 90 Hip Hop 98 CinCity’s Yazz 100 Rin Allen 104 Movement Look Book


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EDITOR Meghan MacKinnon




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FEATURES EDITOR Charli Bedet FASHION INTERN Marloes de Ruiter INTERN Nicolai Gay STRATEGIC ADVISOR Alexander Schroeder GRAPHIC DESIGN Francesca Schueler CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE Marie B채rsch Mark Boulas Sam Barrett Miquel Angel Madalone Yolanda Visser Peter Loy Branko Popovic Erica Lavens Isa Silva Jalane Aparicio Anthony Gay Liselotte Fleur Emily Ekong Sylvia Avontuur Tony Roko Jessica Edwards Rene Bos Gideon Schory Press Only

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EDITOR’S NOTE 99 Problems Bi*ch ain’t 1



Issue number eight is done. A short lived feeling of accomplishment and then on to the next one. It is like that. Never a dull moment. Honest work, a committed team, all without that one incentive that turns this world apparently. We turn it, regardless, because we can, because we want to. One thing I am extremely proud of, we all are. It comes down to time management and one shared goal. But it cannot be all pink clouds and sunshine. Many days it runs through me like “99 Problems, and a Bi*ch ain’t one”, thanks Jay Z for summing that up so precisely. Is that life? Always some sh*t to deal with? Here a hater, there a crook, here a law, there a bad decision that catches up with one? Realists and critics echoing in your ear: “Get a steady job, aspire to the average lifestyle, pay your bills, save some money, buy a house, go on vacation…play it safe.” It seems like the perfect disguise. To be realistic seems like

boxing oneself. I would suffocate. Instead let’s try this method: Have a goal, know what you need to do to get there, step-by-step, day-byday, week-by-week, be flexible, and do just that. Learn on the way, improve your method, don’t make the same mistakes, and you get closer and closer. If you need to cheat, know how the system you are dealing with works and cheat well. The intention is the soul of every deed after all. I won’t do things I will regret later. The foolishness and naivety is dwindling. Grandma was right when she said: the one, who doesn’t do, makes no mistakes. So instead of feeling bad about the mistakes I made, I cherish them, I deal with them, because I know they were not my intention. Some are harder to deal with than others, but they will be solved. Unless your heart stops beating, or the pain in your body is unbearable, or your brain stops working, there is always a solution. Some take longer to find than others, but they are there! And just like that, there is

always a way to reach your goals. It is time and those stones in the way that make people quit. That together with the critics in your ear. Listen: You are the one calling the shots in your life. It is always you in the end. Now…on a softer note: We got some amazing people in this issue that are calling the shots that got them our attention! From UK artist ShezAr, Canadian band Jane’s Party, US Director of Photography Shawn Peters, German collective Celno&Gypsies, Tattoo wizard Andy from Endless Art and countless more talents. We had the pleasure to visit Fashionclash 2012 and the Amsterdam Tattoo Convention and feature works of German photographer Marie Bärsch (cover pic) as well as Portuguese fine arts major Isa Silva. 110 pages full of jaw dropping, mind blowing inspirations! It is all worth it! Keep the hustle alive! Volle Kraft voraus! Francesca


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Stephanie Sinclair Activism is very pertinent in our world today. We witness many problems with so few solutions. This being said, activism can take many forms, one of which can be seen through artistic expression. Stephanie Sinclair, a world renowned photographer and an established human rights advocate, has captured numerous resonating moments on camera, and held many exhibitions, that have changed people’s lives and spread awareness regarding humanitarian unjust around the world. Stephanie Sinclair, born in 1973, graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Journalism, and an outside concentration in Fine Art Photography. She then went on to work for the Chicago Tribune, which sent her to cover the start of the war

Picture by Stephanie Sinclair. Anya 22 years old. Along the railroad In Carrboro, North Carolina.

in Iraq. After covering the war in Iraq, Stephanie quit her job and moved to Beirut to work freelance and follow her passion. Her regular clients include The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Stern, German Geo and Marie Claire among others. Over the years Sinclair has received many awards including the CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award, a Pulitzer Prize, two Visa D’Ors, and three World Press Photo awards. Having already been so influential in her short career thus far, Stephanie Sinclair continues to make a difference in the world through the use of her passion, photography.


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Affluenza Looking for a fresh perspective on the mad world of consumerism? Then check out Affluenza, released in 2005, its content might be more valid now then ever. Author Oliver James plays with the metaphor of disease to explore the western epidemic of over consumption, and the damage done by the growing obsession with material gain. A contagious

socially transmitted condition with symptoms of debt, anxiety, and waste caused by unfulfilling motivations. A great read with many small chapters containing riveting info, interesting perspectives, and even some strategies to restore the damage.

Bad Lands Interested in the current state of affairs in some of the least likely travel destinations? Written by Lonely Planet founder, Bad Lands follows Tony Wheeler’s journey to some of the most inhibited and risky areas of the planet. His humorous

first hand accounts of these less than likely top holiday destinations; include history, human rights, foreign policies and popular myths. Take a journey and a lesson with Wheeler through Bad Lands as we look at “how bad is really bad?”

Celestine Prophecy Looking for new age candy for the soul? Here is highly acclaimed and fiercely criticized 1993 novel by James Redfield, Celestine Prophecy. Read this adventure with an open mind and a grain of salt and you will enjoy the psychological and spiritual ideas explored. Take it as a guidebook

to energy and optimism or very simply follow the story of discovery and take in the lessons of loving your neighbor; eating more vegetables; reducing consumption; meditating; preserving nature; reaching out to people; refusing to respond to anger or apathy. Book Reviews by Meghan Mac Kinnon


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Master Peace 2014

Madden Brothers In 2002 Good Charlotte took to the top of the charts with their album The Young and the Hopeless, selling 4.9 million albums worldwide, boosting them into the spotlight. Their most notable hit, Life Styles of the Rich and the Famous, sought to provoke and poke fun at the way in which the celebs of that era coped with their fame. Although now rich and famous, the Madden Brothers have seemingly changed their lifestyle along with a noteworthy revamp of their originally pop punk sound. After announcing to Rolling Stone Magazine that Good Charlotte will be going on a hiatus, Benji and Joel Madden decided to start their own side project aptly named The Madden Brothers. They released a free mix tape in October 2011 entitled “Before the Fame: The Madden Brothers”. Also don’t forget to check out their fresh sound on their new single “Ohmygod OMGMGK’ ft.MGK”.

Masterpeace is the product of one man’s vision to advocate change in a world where innovation of peace and unity is becoming ever more paramount. This man, Ilco van der Linde, begun promoting change and awareness at age 16, when he organized the Liberation Pop event, an event to celebrate the end of the Second World War. The event spread across the nation culminating with 14 festivals in 14 cities, becoming the largest yearly thematic youth project of Europe, with more than a million attendees. After many years being involved with such successful projects as Dance4Life, for which he was global CEO, Ilco still strived to promote further change and unity across the world. Enter Masterpeace 2014. Masterpeace is a global peace and co-operation initiative that strives to put MUSIC above FIGHTING, DIALOGUE above JUDGMENT, BREAD above BOMBS and CREATION above DESTRUCTION. In hopes of inspiring millions of people to join this movement 2014 will be the first milestone, at which point a monumental concert with an abundance of media coverage will take place. With this added exposure and awareness, Masterpeace hopes to make a difference in the world that is nothing short of quintessential if we wish to be socially sustainable. Please lend your support by joining the movement at Masterpeace. Everybody has something to offer, so let us join forces and achieve what we can for the betterment of our planet, and our future.


Dead Bugs We are Young Lets take a minute to enjoy a fine sample of Detroit City’s young talent and bright future. Meet the Dead Bugs, brothers Bako (7) & Ethan (Ro) Bug (10). These two young men have some matured talents when it comes to music as they both enjoy playing guitar, ukulele, mandolin, piano, didley bows, and drums! The Dead Bugs can currently be heard performing for their class or in local venues around town. Artists such as The White Stripes, Black Keys, and The Beatles inspire Bako and Ethan. They also enjoy old blues legends including Sunhouse, Howling Wolf, and Robert Johnson. The boys met their hero Jack White last month and evidently they are his heroes as well ;) Check out their Interview here!

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This Was FashionClash 2012 By: Francesca Schueler It was a rainy evening, but oh so worth the almost 4 hour drive down South to Maastricht. I have to admit that I almost prefer the visit to FashionClash to the commercial and media overrun Fashion Weeks. FashionClash is what it’s called; a clash of all art forms with fashion in the core. The opening night was an array of smart, multi lingual, entertaining theater, paired with

breath taking and stunning garment compositions. Spoken words that made you think and jaw dropping visual appeal. Flawless organization throughout the entire opening night. The exposition viewing during the runway break, together with a glass of fine liquor transfers one to a place of refreshing wonder. You meet the artists occasionally, hanging out close to their expositions. They are happy to chat about their craftsmanship,

and we are delighted to hear about it! How many times do you visit an exposition and get to talk to the person behind the pieces? We felt welcome, we had fun, we met amazing people, and we cannot wait to go again next year! It is a “Let’s put your hands together” moment. Do yourself a favor and check it out. I mean it!


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ShezAr is an ambitious talent currently plying her trade in London. She grew up with music, singing in church and with her family. She was on tour with Wretch 32, a renowned rapper in the UK, and participated in Top of the Pops just to mention a few of her endevours. ShezAr loves to experiment with different music genres, styles and sounds.

Is there something on your mind right now that you would like to share with our readers? I just want to do the best that I can, with all I am doing. That’s what is on my mind at the moment, being the best I can be. I’m not one for competition, I’m more about achieving for myself, and knowing that I can do everything 100%. Where are you from? Where do you currently reside? And where would you like to go? I’m from a gospel background. I was brought up in church with a big family; there are nine of us all together. We were around music all the time. Both from my mom and my dad’s side, there was always musical influences around us, and that’s what we used to go back home and reenact. Pots and pans would be taken, spoons, cutlery, all of it, anything that could be used to make a sound would literally come together and create music. I brought that background with me when I used to go to school and perform. I would sing solo’s in choir, and continued with choir even in secondary school. One of my music teachers had interest in students that were really into music and he would take them to do gigs outside of school, where we would



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I JUST LAY MY CARDS DOWN ON THE TABLE... TAKE ME AS I AM earn our pocket money for the week. That was on more of a jazz vibe, I wasn’t singing as much gospel then. When I left school, I started doing backing vocal work. My first ever job was singing a song from Natasha Bedingfield. That was pretty much like getting chucked into the deep end, because I literally had to learn three of her hit singles in a day, and then went on to Top of the Pops the day after. Jules Holland performed right after me as well. It was the first time being on TV, and I knew from that point on that this is what I wanted to do. I did backing vocals for different artists, some established some underground. It just really made me realize what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be, and that was a musical artist. Where I’m at now is actually fulfilling and discovering where I am and how far I can go. I was also a teacher for 4 or 5 years. Working with young people and helping them enhance their musical talents, both vocally and musically. That kind of interjected back into me what I really want to do. I love giving, but I also love taking something from what I give. And now I’m going to be the artist ShezAr.

How would you describe your sound right now? I would describe it as big, loud, soft, smooth, crazy, exciting and lots of fun. Just uplifting and breathtaking, haha. Just all the positives I guess. What drives you to make music? Just the drive of being able to entertain, I really love that. I remember when I was younger I always wanted to perform in front of a crowed, but I used to get so nervous I would start crying when it was time for me to come in with the verse or chorus. I really had to get over that and that was something that I had to deal with myself. Once I broke that barrier, I was getting as used to performing on stage as I would at home or in my bathroom or bedroom. I still get the nerves before I go on stage, but once I get up there it’s like I’m in my bedroom again. I just lay my cards down on the table and think take me as I am. My thirst is that feedback and the reflection of the audience that I’m performing to.

first professional gig. Another major milestone was actually performing with my entire family on my mom’s side. We invited friends, family, press, the whole works. It was such a success. Sometimes it’s hard working with family, and there are quite a few strong characters within my family, but it worked out really well. I’m sure my dad’s side would like to get involved if we do it again. I’ve been touring with Wretch 32; beginning of this year and last year. He’s one of the most well-known UK rappers. I’ve been singing with him, not just as a backup vocalist singing oohs and aahs, but actually front stage with him, singing to the crowd and hyping up the crowd. So it’s like I’m being introduced as ShezAr and not just a backing vocalist, which is definitely a positive. It’s helping to push my career forward. I’ve done so many performances, big and small, and all have something important, because at the end of the day it’s building me and making me more of who I am today.

What are some major milestones in your musical progress up until now? I guess the first one would have to be doing the backing vocals for Natasha Bedingfield. That was my

Do you have any tattoos? Out of all my sisters you would think that I’m the one with the most tattoos and body piercings, because I dress a bit weird, do crazy things with my hair, I don’t mind embarrasing myself


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or maybe doing something silly and crazy. However, all I have are my ears pierced! Imagine, most of my sisters have piercings and tattoos and I’m the only one who doesn’t really have anything. So I think I might have to jump on the bandwagon and try and keep up my status of being the outrageous sister. I do like tattoos, so I do wonder why it’s taken me so long to get one myself. I think I just need to figure out what I really want, because obviously those images that you have on your body, are something you need to be sure about.

What do you think about leadership? Whenever you’re leading just be confident. Even if you are nervous about what is to come, because when you are a leader everyone looks to you for instructions. Some things you just need to play by ear, so just be confident, enjoy it, and learn from it.

What makes a perfect collaboration in your eyes? I would say a perfect collaboration would be chemistry between the person or the people that you’re collaborating with, because when you have a great connection with whoever you’re working with, it becomes an unforgettable moment. Even if it’s just for the time that you’re working on a project or touring as a group effort, the chemistry is just major, you can’t forget that. So I just put it down to chemistry within a group.

Shoutout? I would love to shout out to my Mom, my family. They’re definitely one of the main reasons why I am who I am today. My friends, some of my good friends that have been there supporting me from the beginning. Treble Seven Management. And the whole world! And a shoutout to Looking Forward and thank you for taking me on.

What is your life philosophy? Being positive in everything that you do, even if you’re really upset or when you’re depressed, just being able to smile. Smiling even when you’re really upset can be hard, but if you can do it then you know it’s going to be alright. Smiling and having positive energy will help get you through the good times and the bad. Is there someone that you would absolutely want to work with musically? Yes! André 3000. I think he’s absolutely grand. His character, his charisma, his musical knowledge, the way he goes about creating things, I just think it’s great. I would love to have him involved in some of my projects or me involved in some of his projects in some way. So André 3000, if you’re out there, holla at ya girl!

Do you prefer to be alone or together? In the middle, there are times when I love being alone and times when I love being with someone. Check ShezAr in action here!



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André 3000. I think he’s absolutely grand. His character, his charisma, his musical knowledge.. So André 3000, if you’re out there, holla at ya girl! Looking Forward


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ENDLESS ART Interview by Meghan Mac Kinnon

You were an artist before tattooing, what did you do to get into tattoos? Well Mercedesz, my wife, just kicked me one day and said, “You can do that, just go and try.” So I tried it out. I always used to draw. When I was younger I used to do airbrushing on friend’s cars and motorcycles just for fun. I always got very relaxed when I was drawing. People say I’m usually very impatient with things, except for when I’m drawing; I can do that the whole day no problem.

People tend to think it’s the same, but I try to make it different each time. It doesn’t really feel like a job, so even when I’m sick, I’m working.

What is the meaning behind the name of your shop, “Endless Art”? In Holland you find a lot of people who want their names on the shop, which could be an ego trip. I didn’t want my name on the shop; I wanted a name that stands for what we do. We came up with endless art because I can’t choose just one style, I like all of them, and I like to combine a lot. Especially when people say that it isn’t possible, I think everything is possible, you just have to figure out a way to combine them.

Does that have any influence on why you’ve chosen this path? The strange thing is I started tattooing and developing for the traditional pieces and the meaning. I used to think my parents were just Indonesian. They taught me about the language and the traditions. Then when I started developing an interest in the Polynesian stuff, and Arabic signs, an uncle of mine explained to me my full heritage. So actually I was interested even before I knew my heritage.

What is it that makes you get up every morning? I still continue to enjoy doing tattoos because every day it’s different.

Do you think that the traditional technique of tattooing is a trade that is fading out? The strange thing is, I think in all

What is your heritage? I’m actually a bit of a mixture. I’m part Indonesian, Chinese, Arabic and a small part Maori. My mother is a mixture between Indonesian and Chinese, born in Indonesia. My dad is born in Indonesia, but is a mixture of Arabic and Maori.

those countries where it comes from its fading, whereas here in Holland, we are developing more interest for it. It’s totally the other way round. In Indonesia they like our kind of pictures with color and not realistic. Then when you tell them you want a traditional tattoo they wonder why you’d even want that. Although if you’re really into tattoos and read into it, you will always find important things about the traditional stuff, because it stays and we develop an interest. But for people over in Indonesia always seeing the same kind of tattoos, they go crazy over all the color and everything we use over here. You also attend exhibitions. For a tattoo artist, what is the goal when taking part in such an event? At an exhibition you can reach more people that normally won’t travel that far for an artist. Especially conventions from different countries where you usually have to show them 10 photos of your latest work, and they will judge whether or not it qualifies within the range of the other artists that they have invited. So if they still have space open and it is within their standards you are



When it comes to Tattoo Studio Endless Art, it’s a family affair. Beautiful couple, Andy and Mercedesz are the owners, artists, and parents of the lovely Samyah (14), a young upcoming artist known as Baby-Q, and the handsome little KhanÊ (2). They get their good name from their amazing skill, solid craft, and welcoming atmosphere. Together with tattoo artist Bent they combine traditional and modern forms of tattoo everything is possible.

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allowed to attend, which is really nice especially if there are some big names attending the conventions. It is an honor when you get invited to these sorts of exhibitions because you know that they regard your work in the range with the big names. Some of the big events in different countries also offer seminars. I like to go to all these seminars because if someone tells me something I don’t know yet it will take my work to another level. Do you travel to these exhibitions alone? No usually we go together, although I’ve been to some exhibitions alone because they were far away and a bit expensive. It’s still good for my work and I can take pictures, but it feels different when I’m alone. Alone or together? I’d rather be together because then you have someone who shares the same interests and that can relate to how you feel at that moment, it’s much more fun. Could you, off the top of your head, come up with your life philosophy? For me the most important is “do and let do”, because I really don’t care about what anyone says about my clothes or my work as long as I like it. I really love people who do their own thing and don’t care if it’s trendy or not. Just do your own thing. Is there anything you would like to say to our readers or a shout out? Remember that without artistic expression, there can be no civilization. So I hope that everybody stays free to try and draw or paint. Even if they think they can’t, just keep trying, because I think that everybody has something to offer in art. Photography: Yolanda Visser



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SKIN DEEP By: Meghan Mac Kinnon

Looking for the freshest ink from around the globe? Welcome to the 2012 Amsterdam Tattoo Convention! The 8th edition of Benelux’s largest tattoo convention was held again this year at the Amsterdam RAI. The event included well renowned artists and the newest talents hailing from Europe, U.S.A., Japan, and New Zealand. This year also featured a selection of works from the Graffiti Stijl crew and a photography exhibition from Yolanda Visser, who captured personalities in the crowd. I saw some beautiful work from Lyz Diephuis, who will be opening her shop in August in Delft. Local talent, Endless Art had Mercedesz working with a fun group. Andy Crystalz and Mark Gray from Modern Body Art in the UK had some amazing pieces featuring geometric shapes and finely detailed dotwork.

I also had the pleasure of sitting down with U.S. tattooist Heather Maranda, winner of Fridays “best of day” tattoo with her deliciously saturated and richly colored vamp chick. Check the pics! Aside from being hilarious Heather Miranda is a wife, a mother of three, and an incredibly talented self-taught artist. At the age of 29 she made a major career change, bought herself a tattoo kit, and began to what she had always wanted to. Since then she has relocated with her family to Wyoming and it working for Sparkxworx Tattoo. Heather’s work continues to win “best of day” awards for her work at the numerous conventions she attends. She lets her machine do the work, focuses on the end result, and takes her time - the result is worth the patience! Heather did an awesome portrait for friend and fellow tattoo

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THE FASHION OF SKIN DISEASE By: Meghan Mac Kinnon So it’s finally summer, time to get some sun on those chicken legs! It’s been a long winter in my case, and a trip straight to the beach with this florescent glow isn’t something I am looking forward to. But how I can find a smoother transition to a summer glow? You know, just for that first outing before nature kicks in and does its part. Visiting a tanning bed could be a possibility… I think about trying to convince a friend to rub my tanning lotion in so I don’t have orange ankles. What about a spray tan? I haven’t tried one but it sounds effective, albeit rather cold. Everything I look at in the western media (aka anywhere I look) from the first day of spring shows rock hard bods with summer glows. It’s a seemingly overnight phenomenon, and apparently not everyone gets the memo. Suddenly the tram is teeming with those of us, myself included, sporting our winter grays, and trying not to bare skin … soon followed by a sudden but slowly increasing rush of bare legs, tanning streaks, and orange teens. One girl reminds me of my prom in 2003. I must also mention here that I personally, have not seen a major change in outside temperature and thus may very well still be donning my pair of leggings… shh… So I wonder, is this desire to be tan linked to physical change, or is a tan simply in fashion right now? If you were to look up the words “tanning” and “fashion” in Google, you would soon realize that these two words have become particularly intimate.

Hundreds of “fashion tanning salons”, spas offering “fashion tanning facilities” and a series of “high fashion tanning lotions” pop up all over the screen. Apparently the connection is bigger than I thought. A lot of trends will relate to lifestyle, appearance, health, diet, but when I think fashion, I think design; clothes, colors, shoes, accessories. A tan has never crossed my mind as a fashion accessory. Skin tone and fashion has had its phases throughout history, as well as in other cultures, where pale skin is a preference, even a sign of status. For example, in Asia, especially Thailand, having pale skin is considered an indication of wealth. This goes by the assumption that the lower class, working on the farms and such, are forced to endure manual labor in the sun, whereas the upper class may sit comfortably in their air-conditioned offices hedge funding the day away. Although this is a rather simplistic and dated assumption, the cosmetics markets in Asia are still brimming with skin whitening products. And here we are, going through countless expensive and time-consuming measures in order to achieve just the opposite. Wouldn’t things be so much easier if we could just trade climate? Nonetheless, we are now soaking up the UV rays at unhealthy and unnatural rates to keep in style; bring on the skin disease! Living in Holland, I admittedly fake and bake

on the odd occasion, but I am usually not trying to match my boots or my belt. However, a nice healthy glow doesn’t seem to be what people are striving for. Researching, I came across a say story of a 16- year old addicted to tanning. Rotating between three salons a day! It’s spine chilling, no pun intended. A total of 28 million people visit tanning salons every year--and 10 percent of them are teenagers. According to the American Academy of Dermatology over one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, making this the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Around 90 percent of all these skin cancers can be traced to ultraviolet light exposure--the same type of light found in tanning beds. What’s really scary? A recent study from Boston University shows that 16 percent of girls are using tanning beds by the age of 15, and that this percentages doubles by 17. Even in Australia with a history of holes in the ozone – there are tanning beds everywhere? Erica Lavens, a student Nurse at KSU, saw the vast amount of sun related skin disease with her previous work as a medical assistant in dermatologist’s office. Their facility had seen a large increase in sun related skin damage in younger and younger ages. And the dermatologist shared some frightening statistics about the rise in the number of younger adults affected by skin cancer. It just doesn’t seem worth it. I am not



saying I am going to be walking about with an umbrella, but try and soak up some natural rays and wear the damn sunscreen, it’s not like we don’t know by now. There are also plenty of alternatives to look into if you NEED TO GET THE LOOK, but check out spray tanning or get some friend over to help you spread that lotion on… There are now brands out there that don’t stink, honest. For those who enjoy the sun or those who have or need to fake bake: keep an eye out, learn the symptoms, and check it out. Don’t just be fashionable; be smart, you’ll live longer. If you are a regular tanner, wear sunscreen, at least 15 SPF or higher, 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 3 hours as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) and get an annual skin exam. So your lesson for today thanks to Student Nurse Lavens: The First Sign: call them beauty marks if you want but we all need to know the ABC’s of moles, the sooner you treat it the better! A.) Assymmetry - it’s supposed to be a nice round circle, symmetrical on both sides in color and shape B.) Border - check for variances like irregular or uneven borders, should be circular with clean borders C.) Color – should be a single shade of brown or black and should resemble the color of the rest of the moles on your body D.) Diameter – is it larger than 6mm diameter E.) Evolutions – are you noticing changes, major growth, changes in sensation, bleeding etc. If you are experiencing any of the above, please consider checking with your local GP. Also, don’t forget to have fun, show some skin, and be safe. Happy summer!

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Jane’s Party Jane’s Party is a refreshingly melodious four-piece ensemble currently based in Toronto. The band, consisting of Jeff, Tom, Zach and Devon, synthesize their eclectic musical talents into a genre coined “honestpop”. They incorporate a wide array of musical instruments and flavors to bring us an abundance of memorable performances and compositions. Is there something on your mind right now you would like to share with our readers? Definitely happy news, recently we have been getting lots of it! We just settled on a studio and a producer for our full-length follow-up to the EP we put out last October. We had to choose five songs out of seven for the EP, and together with so many more we have written since, we’ve been antsy to get them all out there. We managed to get into the studio of a Toronto band that we’re big fans of, Zeus. We love their sound and hopefully we’ll be able to capture some of that in our recordings too. The producer is Taylor Knox, who is a great drummer who plays with The

Golden Dogs, who are another great Toronto band. So all in all it’s really exciting to be working in a space and with people that we are big fans of already. We can’t wait to hear it when it’s all done! Where are you from, and where do you reside now, where would you like to go? We all live in Toronto, all about a 5 to 7 minute walk from one another. We all met here when we started going to University together and have since moved Downtown. Where would we like to go? Everywhere, ideally. Probably the States to begin. We’ve only had a chance to go to Boston once, so there’s lots left to be

explored. And of course the UK and Europe would be a dream! Devon went to high school in Holland, so we have lots of friends and some fans there we’d love to play for. Otherwise, Toronto is a great home for all of us right now. There’s a great music scene here and lots of great bands coming out of Toronto. How did you meet, and how did you know it would work? We met at York University in Toronto in the music program. Tom and Jeff were in the same year and they had been playing in some cover bands at the student pub and Zach and Devon came the following year and they had been playing in various bands around



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campus as well. It was only a matter of time until we all ended up playing in each other’s bands. We knew it would work when we decided to just focus on original songs. Both Jeff and Devon started bringing in song ideas to start, and we all started to record them in our garage at the time. The result was our first record, The Garage Sessions. When we realized we could actually record our own songs and people liked them, we figured this could be something we could actually do. How would you describe your sound? Devon and Jeff keep calling it “honest pop” and so far that’s probably been the best description. Just quality pop music played honestly. Obviously there are hints at The Beatles, The Band, and new bands as well, like Girls, Tokyo Police Club, Spoon, but in this day and age there is so much music to draw on, and so many bands crafting their own unique mix of influences that it becomes very difficult to describe a genre or a sound. I guess it’s indie rock with a vintage flavour… done honestly. Honest pop, haha. What drives your thirst for making music? It’s really the only option we ever left ourselves beginning as soon as we entered University for music. It has constantly been the only collective focus for all of us. The other thing is all the great bands we’ve had a chance to play with and see perform in Toronto. It is very inspiring to see or play with a really great band. It sort of rubs off on you; you immediately want to try to be that good. So then you go home and practice and write some more songs and get better, until you see another band that is even BETTER! Then you go home again and write some more songs and get better. It really keeps on going.

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What were some major milestones in your bands progress up till now? Probably recording and putting out our last EP was a milestone. We had been touring those songs and playing them a lot and it was great to finally be able to share them recorded with our fans and friends. And we got a great response from it which made us very happy. Another has been just seeing more and more new faces at our shows. It’s a really flattering experience getting to play to a room full of people. We’ve been playing for almost five years now, so it all happens so gradually that it doesn’t hit you until you step on stage and realize there are a lot of people out to see you. It really makes you smile from ear to ear! And finally I think getting to tour. Each tour is another milestone: in making new fans, getting better at playing the songs, and getting to see so much of Canada which is such a large country that few people actually get a chance to see the whole thing. It’s a very beautiful and inspiring experience. What makes a perfect collaboration in your eyes? Band wise, we probably collaborate best when one person brings in a song idea and then everybody else is given a chance to apply their own ideas to the song. That is pretty much the way all the songs have come together. They begin as a Devon song, or a Jeff song, or a Tom song, and then by the end of the process they are Jane’s Party songs. Otherwise, generally speaking about collaborating, it’s really important to keep an open mind and be willing to participate. Often it takes time until an idea or a full song settles, so it takes an open mind and patience to let that process carry itself out and get to see the finished end product. And that goes for playing with other musicians or other bands in general.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Tom: Probably play a round of scrabble on my phone to get me thinking and awake, then check emails, then make breakfast, grab a coffee and get to work. Jeff: Play Chess. Zach: Stretch, eat, practice a bit on my doumbek or my riqq, and then do a bit of exercise. Devon: Let my dog out, then feed him. Then I’ll have breakfast while I read over my favourite online music mags. Then I’ll practice. Check the full interview and video material here!



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Celno & Gypsies A group of players, smokers, drinkers, drummers, studied musicians, non-studied musicians, class clowns and dreamers that want to achieve the leap towards a down to earth average life style. What are you guys working on at the moment? We just released our first single, together with a music video on YouTube. Over the next months we will release more videos. Where are you located? We live in a garden shed in Aachen, Germany at the moment together with three dogs, and a crow. We want to live in a bigger shed with bigger dogs and a bigger crow... What does music mean to you? What gives it the thrill? The interesting thing about music is that it is a form of communication, free of any conformed content, based entirely on emotions. Regardless of being sent or received, every tone, every interval creates a feeling, hinting an idea to its origin. When you then introduce spoken word, the

music becomes a new experience. When the words are inspired by the music, as in freestyle rap, the music revives itself all over again by the words being filled with images, which in turn arouse feelings that make the music. What is left in the end is a feeling that is aspired toward, because it already made one while it was created. What makes a perfect collaboration? First and foremost you have to have a common belief in the project. Humor is crucial. Causes of friction are always there, but those can be cleared in the local boxing ring! Check out some of their videos here! Picture by: Christina Sobiraj



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By: Charli Bedet

Recently, American movie star John Travolta has been hit with a civil complaint by an unnamed male masseur, who accused him of sexual assault which allegedly happened during a massage session. Soon after, a second masseur filed a $2 million sexual-assault suit against the Pulp Fiction star. Travolta, for his part, continues to insist despite the allegations made, that he is not a gay man, and that he has not been involved in any of the sexual escapades he is accused of. In the eyes of the world, Travolta is a family man, a father of two, who’s twenty years of marriage to his wife Kelly Preston, has escaped the “curse” of Tinseltown so far. Why would he risk losing it all for a few minutes of sexual pleasure with complete strangers? Skeptics talk about a smear campaign, that the lawsuit is being used as a catalyst by powerful people to bring John Travolta down. However, if any of these allegations turn out to be true- there will be nothing unique about it. For, in the last two decades, a trend has emerged of famous and powerful men succumbing to the siren call of risky sexual escapades, risking it all, simply because they can. And the list of these men in the public eye whose careers have been derailed by adultery is growing longer. Not long ago, actress Demi Moore divorced former husband Ashton Kutcher over his infidelity, spurned by allegations involving him and a 23 year old woman he met in a nightclub. And, this was on the same

weekend the couple celebrated their six year wedding anniversary. If all this is true, why take such a risk? It looks like even being married to the most beautiful, dynamic women cannot stop these men to risk everything with careless behavior. Who can forget former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger fathering a child with a member of his own family’s staff. Or, former New York Governor Elliot Spritzer forced to resign from a powerful career because of a night with a prostitute, and, Tiger Woods’ infidelities that led to the collapse of his marriage. Add former US Senator John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant and many others and a pattern emerges. It is well known fact, that rich and famous men are a magnet for certain women who are attracted to money and power. And, there seems to be a sense among these men that they deserve whatever they want. They are mostly surrounded by yes-people and are accustomed to getting whatever they wish for. They don’t ask themselves why. They ask, ‘Why not? If these men are constantly persuaded, perhaps, then, it should come as no surprise that they regard their infidelities as one of the many things that they are entitled to. The recklessness and risk-taking are beyond the imagination, yet they do it repeatedly, thinking they are above everything and everyone else. Breaking the rules may be an immediate thrill, but they end up destroying what they have worked so hard for and hurting those they claim to love the most.

One study published in Psychological Science claims the likelihood of infidelity increases the more powerful someone is. The study looked at 1,561 readers of a Dutch business magazine and found that the higher someone was in the hierarchy, the greater the chance that they had cheated on their partner or intended to do so in the future. The authors believe it is linked to confidence- the more power both men and women had, the more confident they were and the more likely they were to cheat. Now, with all things being equal, a recent British research revealed that, one woman in five now earns more than her husband or boyfriend. If it is indeed the dark side of power that blindsides these men to risk everything for that moment of sexual pleasure, are we to see powerful women following suit then? Should we, perhaps, start bracing ourselves for a titillating scandal soon to emerge about Managing Director of IMF, Christine Largarde forcing herself on a male hotel cleaner à la Dominique Strauss Khan allegations? So far, the headlines do not feature high-status women having affairs. Nevertheless, there are others who believe that influential women exercise bad judgment too. And, according to experts, that day might come sooner than anticipated. Because it is not about gender, they insist, but about the assumption: I can do whatever I want.



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About the Photographer Isa Silva Isa Silva is a fashion photographer based in Lisabon, Portugal. She studied Art and Media at the Fine Arts School of Lisabon. She is dedicated to fashion and fine art photography, as well as illustrations. Soaking in the cinimatic origins and its atmosphere, with the intent of capturing a vison of the adrogyne and fragile world in a druidal quest. Capturing the essesnce of the dream that reveals and radiates a state, of musical expression, subtle and serence, that captures the shadows and inlights simultaneously.



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Giusy De Ceglia Photographer Is there something on your mind right now that you would like to share with our readers? I am working on several interesting and innovative projects right now, including a few Editorials for international magazines. I’m also getting ready for the upcoming Fashion Weeks and exploring new artistic horizons … I have exciting times ahead of me. Where are you from, where do you currently reside, and where would you like to go? I come from Molfetta, a beautiful town by the sea in Southern Italy. I left there when I was 18 to start working as a professional photographer. I have lived in Los Angeles, Milan and Bocholt (a city close to Düsseldorf) and right now I live in Amsterdam. I definitely see myself staying in this city for a long time still, but one day I’ll get back to L.A, a city I adore and carry in my heart. Someday really far

in the future I might get back where it all started, in Molfetta. What drives your thirst to continue going out there everyday as a photographer? Photography is everything I am and everything I will ever be. It’s pure magic. Every time I take a photo, I express myself through the eyes of the person standing in front of me. That is why I call my photos “snapshots of the soul.” I could never get enough of it and I feel that my best work is yet to be shot. About your style of photography , it has been described as containing fresh, unique and soul digging perspectives. What makes your pictures that way? It’s fresh because I have never wanted to imitate anyone and developed my own style from experience. I realize many people may disagree, but I don’t believe in photography schools.

You can learn the technique, but no one can teach you to be a great photographer. It’s in you, in your eyes, it comes from inside. Either you have what it takes or you do not. It’s unique for the same reasons. I am not afraid to express what I really feel, though it may be at times controversial or “different.” You don’t need bells and whistles to make a photo look great. Too often people think that the more make-up and the more stuff they use for a photo, the more artistic and smashing it will be. I look at it exactly the other way around. Soul digging? Well I guess it’s because of everything I have mentioned answering the last two questions. Who in the industry would you absolutely want to work with that you have not yet, and who were some amazing people you had the pleasure of working with already? Eve Salvail, one of the Top Models of the ‘90’s, the girl with a real dragon



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tattoo on the top of her head, the muse of Jean-Paul Gaultier and Versace for one of his most famous Versus collections. She is absolutely sublime and still is today - flawless, amazing, fierce and one of a kind. There will never be another Eve and I’ve been literally dreaming of shooting with her ever since I was 18, and you can bet I will not rest until I do. I have loved working with Sara Longoria, an ex-contestant of America’s Next Top Model (cycle 16), who greatly inspired me for the “Androgyny” project I worked on last year. Sara is unique, powerful and has a beautiful face that changes in every image. It has taken me 20 years to find a model like her. There are many other people I have had the pleasure and honor to work with. This time I would like to mention two very special ones - the Dutch designer Bas Kosters and the Italian designer Biancamaria Gervasio (head designer of the Maison Mila Schön). They are both amazing talents and wonderful people who have deeply inspired and touched me. Do you believe in true love? I absolutely do - it’s the kind of love that hits you really hard and fast, the one you feel sometimes in a second, when your eyes meet and it shakes you all over. It’s never true love if you have to think about it. The only problem is - it hardly ever happens, and when it does it often doesn’t last. True love is felt too and hurts too much to last … but we never really let them go.

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What are you looking forward to right now? Looking at a clear blue sky and losing myself in it, taking the next best photo of my life, helping people as much as I can, and taking the next step, knowing there is always a reason for everything.


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Jahson The Scientist Musician & Scientist

Where are you from, where do you reside now, and where would you like to go? Stardust made my body. It was ejected from my mother’s womb in London. It has travelled between the Caribbean and London in its former years. Since then, I’ve found my way through Taiwan to Vienna, which is where I’m based now. Is there a place that you would rather be? For me music is my greatest passion, so a lot of people tell me I should be here or there for music. But as far as I’m concerned music walks with me. Right now Vienna is the perfect place. Music will spread from there onwards, and I’ll travel with it. Who is Jashon the Scientist? I am a being who just wants to create music. Along my path, I’ve respected the other side of me who enjoys what

they call physical sciences. I teach physics, chemistry and biology in a high school. So I seem to have these two sides of me. I’m into the method of science. I’m doing my best to be a real person, a living human being, and to represent that through everything I do. How would you describe your sound? Do you just write and rap or also play an instrument? Well I wouldn’t walk on stage with an instrument and play. But yesterday I performed a song called “ancestral trance” that we did at a festival, and I wrote the guitar lines for that. Some might say I’m an MC, some a spoken word artist, it just depends on where and when. I was brought up in Hip Hop. That developed me as an artist. From that I just moved forward speaking and using words in all different forms. Especially in live music which can take you anywhere.

What is it that drives your thirst for creating music? I think it’s the ability to have my voice expressed with no interruption. So it’s not like a conversation, it’s what I want to say, and it’s as simple as that. If I feel the need to say something than I will, and if I feel that the listener doesn’t want to hear what I’m saying, I don’t have to say it. However in my music, I do. That’s why I write, to express myself. I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest extrovert in general, but my music is where I get to express myself the most. I think that’s the fuel. What makes a perfect collaboration in your eyes? When we have the same roots, the same seed, and the same direction. That’s what we have with L4. We connected in Vienna, and we just got on because we understood each other both from a musical stand point and also off music. It’s not just


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RUTH AND SCIENCE, HOSE ARE THE TWO HINGS I HOLD ON O about somebody saying come and make some music with me, but not being really in line with everything that they’re on. L4 are living and expressing themselves for who they are, and you can’t ask for anything more than that. Do you have a life philosophy? Truth is like a bedrock. Basically, as people I feel that we compromise ourselves a lot in so many ways. For example, to earn money you want to keep a job, so you might not speak when your boss is being a little disrespectful. And that makes the most amount of sense ever, so I understand why we do that. Having said that, I would love have a life where I could express myself undoubtedly anytime I feel like it, and have no fears. This kind of thing, whether it helps me hold a job, or lose a job, I want to hold on to that truth. I try to be honest to myself and honest to you. Somewhat like science, having a method, having a path in life and a way of doing it. Truth and science, those are the two things I hold on to. I like to have a purpose, and for me I think music is healing. I do it first and foremost because I think as people it’s good for us to express ourselves. What is the first thing you do in the morning? It varies, but one thing I do before I set out is to set my mind on my day or

on how I feel. A little example of what I mean is sometimes when we enter awkward situations, we can be a little haphazard about how to respond. And when we get the uncomfortable feeling and allow ourselves to be totally relaxed, that feeling can be dealt with a lot better. Sometimes I might just balance myself and make my body feel good. Think about the day and send it good vibrations. Shout out? 100 percent big up to all those who are watching this on looking forward. Thanks to looking forward and their wonderful interviewer. Thanks to L4 for bringing me here because their looking forward. Thanks for all the people who are making music with passion, real, honest, doing your thing, handling your business without all this back biting, we all rising above it. Stay alive, stay large, stay above it. Big up to everyone I’m working with, who’s supported me. Big up to everyone who’s hated me and told me some BS, big up to yourselves too, because it feeds me. Check Jahson’s Video Interview here!


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This is not a piece about one thing, it is about many interconnected things, a partial synthesis of both Middle Eastern and European turmoil, democracy, and contextual references to youth unemployment and sustainability, but maybe freedom is the central theme. Noam Chomsky would maintain that freedom is our essential attribute and we were born to enquire and create. To what extent is our current behavior dictated by such a belief? Unanswered questions permeate my confusion, and so long as we keep asking the right kind of questions, deep questions, questions that reflect critical thought, and a desire to understand how we can best live with each other, our journey will be ennobled. Democracy is always a work in progress, and one could argue it is a governmental system not ideally suited to every society as they experience different levels of economic maturation. Indeed, had Ho Chi Minh been in a position

to redistribute land to fulfill his nationalist imperative in 1945, Vietnam might have escaped the prism of arthritic imperialism, ideological mistrust and suspicion, and geo-political maneuverings. Inherent in democracy is the message that crises, challenges, and disunity can all be addressed by peaceful protest or at the ballot box. However, tyranny, repression, economic inequality, recession, and austerity are provocative forces that can erode both traditional democracies, and fledgling attempts to work towards the “common good”. History recalls all too vividly flawed paths taken. When I think about the Arab Spring or the European economic and political malaise, I feel disturbed by how little I really know, even though I follow current events avidly. The inundation of information has not enhanced my own understanding of unfolding events.

As weapons were drawn in the desert lands, and we witnessed sacrifice in the shifting sands, we recognized that decades of tyranny were being extinguished, but were these the seeds of democracy? The rise of political Islam and social networking, and the role of deeply disenchanted youth have imbued the political spectrum with both suffused and vibrant colors. When Tunisia erupted against two decades of authoritarian rule at the beginning of 2011, and then Egypt ignited and burned, I still have little idea whether democracy will spread its wings, Phoenix style, and arise from Mubarak’s ashes. Yemen, with its Al Qaeda murmurings is perennially turbulent, and Bahrain’s protest was suppressed, for the time being, even though the Formula One drivers recently had their day, with little opposition. The Libyans raised a new flag in Benghazi, and followed through, with a little help from their friends, and Assad continues to unleash the full force of state-sponsored terrorism against the



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We must create prosperous, sustainable, compassionate communities wherever we live on the planet – Simple! “terrorists”. As I mentioned earlier, democracy, in its diverse forms, may not be a universal panacea. Certainly, it cannot be imposed on cultures with no democratic traditions, as we saw in the failure of the Weimar Republic in inter-war Germany. Afghanistan and Iraq are more recent examples of democratic dissonance. Syria, on another level, further illustrates the primacy of national sovereignty, as the world community gravitates towards impotence, an impotence that allowed President al Bashir to perpetrate genocide in Darfur. So where do we go from here – if compromise is a broken spear? After the fury and the rage, will the new players on the Middle Eastern stage embrace a harmonious future? Lisa Anderson, in her article “Demystifying the Arab Spring” wrote “Although the revolutionaries shared a common call for personal dignity and responsive government, they reflected divergent economic grievances and social dynamics – legacies of their diverse encounters with modern Europe and decades under unique regimes”. When the peacemakers of 1919 gave the Middle Eastern mandates to Britain and France, neither of the two jaded imperialistic powers welcomed nascent Arab nationalism. Later, in the depths of the Cold War, Nasser’s championing of such nationalism, and his relationship with the Soviet Union, provoked similar hostility in the West. The paradigm has shifted, and European support for toppling tyrannical regimes is now more positive, albeit cautious, but our geographical regions are interconnected.

Gwyn Morgan, in the Canadian newspaper “The Globe and Mail” asked what were the most dangerous forces facing the world in 2011. The response was not Al Qaeda, Iran, or North Korea, but youth unemployment in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. Those young idealists who believed freedom and democracy would be the harbinger of economic opportunity remain disaffected. Unemployed, educated, youth with guns and a grinding lack of hope are serious socio-political problems across the Arab world. Fifty four million Egyptians, out of a population of eighty two million, are under the age of thirty, and they constitute 90% of the country’s unemployed. It could be argued that, at a time of recession and retrenchment in Europe, if the West wants to see democracy in North Africa and the Middle East, it must find ways of providing stimulus and investment, even as it struggles to create jobs for its own young people, but is this likely to happen? As the Greeks reject carefully crafted austerity packages, how can European economic growth be procured? I am a firm believer in Keynesian economics, but I do understand the need for austerity, especially after years of profligacy and corruption in some countries. I do not comprehend however, how European economies can be resurrected without an increase in public spending, or a comprehensive encouragement of private investment. Do capitalism and democracy both germinate the seeds of their own destruction?

And we’ve stopped talking about climate change, which in some areas results in drought, high food prices, and famine. In May 2011, the journal “Science” estimated that climate change was responsible for a 3% drop in global wheat and corn output, enough to drive commodity prices up by 20%, and Libya, just to choose one example, imports 80% of its food – not a good sign. Our fossil-fuel dependence continues to increase global temperatures, and food prices. How long will the world’s poorest victims of climate change remain quiescent? At some point, starving people must oppose governments and leaders who are killing them. So many interconnected problems, and many questions, but few meaningful answers, although, on a positive note, Arnulf Jaeger-Walden of the European Commission’s Institute for Energy has stated that “ a mere 0.3% of the light falling on the Sahara and Middle Eastern deserts could provide clean energy for the whole of Europe”. Let there be light! One of my colleagues, Frans Brand, and I wrote a song entitled “The Seeds of Democracy” to try to make sense of what initially exploded across our TV screens in 2011. Alexander Ohlsson, one of our students, created the video. You may access the link by clicking here! We must create prosperous, sustainable, compassionate communities wherever we live on the planet – Simple!


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ROCKSTONE SESSIONS Stepping Stone for Up and Coming Music! By Nicolai Gay

We often see bands or artists performing on selective stages, but to see them in their element, acoustic, off stage, is something far more personal and revealing. What Rockstone Sessions is doing is something bigger, something more intimate if you will. It allows the viewer the opportunity to discover driven artists, plying their trade in the most organic way possible. This platform allows bands to showcase their raw and individual talent to the masses, while still keeping it real. Rockstone Sessions is an online video platform where you can go to discover new music. Artists are invited to perform acoustically in front of the cameras in any setting they chose. The challenge is to strip down the music to its bare basics - take away everything that is not needed; microphone, stage and audience...if artists can confidently perform as such, then Rockstone wants to hear from you. Since this initial concept took

flight, the platform has grown more elaborate and comprehensive. It all began in the Netherlands with two brothers, Mark and Michael Boulas, sharing a common interest in finding new and upcoming artists online. They realized that too often we are bombarded with the same songs, while so many artists are begging to be heard and not given a chance. This is where Rockstone Sessions comes in: if you believe you are driven, talented and need to be heard then get in touch. They aim to be the stepping-stone for musical talent. The Sessions are free of charge and hosted on their website and YouTube channel with all the other videos! From local Dutch talents such as Gery Mendes (GMB), Raspy Stone, Kris Berry and Chagall to internationals artists including Dry The River, James Vincent McMorrow and Trixie Whitley. All the artists who have taken part have signed the trademark Rockstone Sessions ‘Hello My Name Is‌’ stickers, which

now live on the Wall of Fame at the Rockstone Office. Whether it is a solo artist or a band, signed or just beginning, playing classical or hiphop, they want to hear from them. By subscribing to Rockstonesessions. com and their YouTube Channel you are opening yourself up to discovering new and exciting music that you would not necessarily hear on TV or the radio. Rockstone Sessions wants you to feel as if you are there, present as the performance unwinds. Watch their videos, like them, share them and support the artists.



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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss


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It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.Lucille Ball


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We have this urge to establish a sense of permanence in our lives

TIDY WHITIES By: Miquel Angel Madalone Blah blah blah “slave of money” blah blah blah condemned to be so for the rest of my existence. Blah blah blah I can complain all I want but besides the “give free money” rant I can’t come up with any better alternative. I probably should do some reading about alternative trading and monetary systems but those audiobooks are so boring! I’ll just rant ignorantly and disregard any blah blah blah. I can’t help but wonder how it would be if money was abolished. Bam! Gone. A thing of the past. Unnecessary, fuel for a bonfire. Yes. I love bonfires. And marshmallows too! You think people would sit around the money bonfire and tell scary stories about back when banks and corporations convinced the world the economic and food crises would be solved by globalization? How the hell would

we then pay for food or rent? In natura? Paying the bills would always be a hilariously bad porn movie! Awesome! Or how’s about cooperatives? Offer services in exchange for goods and vice versa? Not that kind of services and goods you pervert! Seriously, I mean (in a very simplistic manner) I fix your computer and you fix my faucet sort of deal. Housing cooperatives where tenants help with the buildings’ upkeep? Food cooperatives where farm work is shared among the community? And if so, how would fairness be determined? You think the human race is able to put envy and greediness aside for the common good? Could it be that we long for a Utopian idealization of how society should work? Like romantic relationships as described by sappy songs on the radio? I’m not talking

about perception. I’m talking about the grosser lines of convivence and trade. I believe the attempt to save the current economy is futile. Barter systems don’t really work on a big scale either. Maybe if we supported local small landholders more they’d meet the local needs and trade would complement local production instead of run it to the ground and take a dump on it. I firmly believe fair trade capitalism can save us. We’ve been conditioned to want more, to accumulate, to gather. See, it’s sad but it’s damn true. We have this urge to establish a sense of permanence in our lives. Most are forced to survive, others live and others simply sloth. While many unnecessarily die. One way or another we all are stressing about money for the better part of our lives. Sounds like I’m fixing the world over some beers right? As a matter of fact,



that’s exactly what I’m doing. The weather in The Netherlands has been real nice lately. Cheers to that. Remember Argentina? No? Me neither. A friend of mine pointed this out recently--like, 5 hours before I finished this piece...and now I’d like to give a shout out to my homie Paloma...thanks Paloma, I’m stealing your idea-- Well if you do remember what happened to Argentina’s economy in 2001 congratulations because now you have one thing in common with the Greeks! The price is...nothing! Another thing you now have in common with the Greeks! This keeps getting better right? No need to panic just yet! But you might want to. Not really, I’ve always wanted to write an ominous break like that. No, no need to panic. For those who don’t know or remember it, ask my good old friend Google. I’m not going to explain it. Just think about this: What would happen if Greece pesificates? Euro out, Drachma in? Would this create a precedent and cause an uncontrolled crisis that might spread to Italy and Spain? And on the longer term, could it be that the corporate behemoth can be defeated by us common folk? Is there a peaceful way of doing so? Loads of questions and few answers right? Well, keep your shirt on. On second thought, take it off. Yes. That’s nice. Now take off your pants too. Yeah, that’s good. And now strike a sexy pose...oh yeah... What was I saying? Oh yes, defeating the proverbial Goliath like David and such. That and the picture of you in just your soiled underpants... posing sexy...oh soiled underpants... Ah soiled underpants. I remember

back when I was a kid my grandma washed my underpants at 30 degrees instead of 70 in order to save money in the electricity bill. Because of the low temperature, the skid-marks on my tidy whities turned into a ghost skid-mark, like it had died and stayed here to haunt me. If those underpants weren’t washed at a proper 70 or 80 degrees within 4 washes that ghost skid-mark would remain stuck in limbo and haunt my tidy whities for eternity. I never found out if it actually made any difference with the electricity bill though. Nowadays, I wash my own underpants and I can’t see the ghost skid-marks because my underpants are a very dark shade of gray. While governments make huge cuts in education, health and culture, they still invest the same amount or more in homeland security. Have the powers that be realized that it’s going sour and they need all the ammo their greasy hands can get a hold of? I don’t know. That last sentence just sounded awesome in my head. I don’t know about yours but my paycheck is already slim before taxes. After taxes it feels like I’m handed back my tidy whities from when I was a kid and two questions inevitably arise: Is the government washing my tidy whities with cheap detergent and at very low temperature to save money in their energy bill? And, what happens to my taxes? Why doesn’t anybody ask me if I want to buy weapons? I know I do cause I like stuff that explodes in a controlled environment but I don’t think they’d let me drive one of those sweet tanks. Or one of those awesome choppers. Not to mention it would be nice if somebody just asked. I tried to figure out where my taxes exactly go last year but I got distracted by cartoons on TV. Globalization’s effort to feed the world has failed miserably. Millions of people have lost their jobs, farmers lost to import trade and citizens are in discontent and vulnerable to the

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market’s pricing whim. All this while we’re told to buy buy buy! But how how how?! I can barely afford the place I live in, the food I eat and the drugs I take! Food is treated like a commodity by the trading market. Commodity? Food? Seriously? A pack of smokes, now there’s a commodity! That dead six-pack of tall boys on the floor in my living room? That’s a commodity! Those 15 grams of hashish on my desk and last weekend’s blow? Those are luxuries! Food is a necessity. Ok, sorry, beer is a necessity too. I believe everyone will agree on that one. So. We’ve established food is a necessity. Everyone should have it. Why is it then so scarce in the countries that produce it the most? If you are expecting a huge revelation at the end of this piece. Expect no more. I have no answers. What would happen if we could turn back globalization? Nations and regions micromanaging their affairs. Responsibilities falling back on the community, citizens taking the initiative and making a difference in their surroundings without breaking global legislation. I solemnly believe the people would feel responsible for their contribution to society and their individual involvement well put in to action due to mutual appreciation felt by everyone. But then again, I’ve been watching Star Trek The Next Generation lately. Imagine a world driven by common interest. A place where human enrichment triumphs over materialistic accumulation. Every single mouth on the face of the earth fed and a roof over every head. A dignifying way of life for every single one of us without the unnecessary hypocrisy that our current state of affairs brings along. And that, kids, is how I met your mother.


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Where are you originally from? I am originally from New York, specifically outside of the Bronx, New Rochelle. I’ve been living in Brooklyn for the last 15 years. Roots and culture wise, my mom is black American and my dad is Jamaican by way of Cuba.

Can you tell us something about your current projects? There are a lot of projects, mostly music videos. I just finished a music video with Pharoahe Monch and Jill Scott. Before that I did a video for Red Bull with Jim Jones, called “My Wings”. I had a film with Terrance Nance that recently appeared at Sun Dance, called “The Over Simplification of Our Beauty”. I shoot quite a lot so it’s hard to keep up. Is there a certain level of artistic inspiration that you require while doing this or is it all very technical? For me it is very much based on inspiration. I like to be motivated by paintings and other films. Especially when I’m working with a director, we’ll often reference the lighting and mood in other films. We will also sometimes flip through books of still photography in hopes of finding a mood for the picture. Do you have frustrations about the industry in which you work?

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The only frustration that I have is that I move primarily via word of mouth, so I get a lot of referral business. It would be great to move toward an agency and get work that way. I’d also like to do more commercials. I did one commercial recently for Range Rover, and that was nice. I’d also like to do less music videos and more features, that’s one of my only frustrations, that I’m not doing more feature films. What is standing in the way of reaching an agency? I guess it is the lack of features. They do pay attention to music videos as well, but I came across being a director of photography the “long way”. I was in to music before this. I had a record label and I used to manage artists. Even though I went to film school a long time ago I abandoned it for a while. So I’m somewhat starting at an older age, and I have to just grow, and my reel needs to be bigger. In all honesty I haven’t even contacted an agency, so it could be my fault, you know. But I would eventually like to have an agency come after me. Who are some amazing people that you’ve already had the pleasure of working with? There have been so many amazing people, some which aren’t very well known and some which are. I love

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working with Terrance Nance. I’ve worked with Jill Scott and Pharoahe. Those are well known people that are great to work with. Jim Jones is actually really super great to work with. You might not think that given the media coverage of him but he’s actually a gentleman and very professional. I also worked both on the video and musical side with Anonymous from Postmen, and they’re coming back together now. In fact my introduction to Dutch culture, especially Urban Dutch culture, comes from him. He was the first person to really bring me here to do business in Holland, so big up to him. Who is your favorite actor or actress? I’m actually quite bad with names with actors. I think I know more directors of photography than actors, but I love Chiwetel Ejiofor, I think he’s really intense and I’d love to work with him. One of Terrance and my favorite directors, Steve McQueen, is using him in his new film “Twelve Years of Slavery”. If I ever really blow up, then I would also love to work with Johnny Depp, I really like him.

Where do you think we can expect you ten years from now? Oh ten years from now? If I’m still here on the planet (laughs). Ten years from now, hopefully, I’ll be living in


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between Europe and the States and I expect I’ll be doing major feature films. That’s what I’m working towards. It may take ten years, but I’m fine with that. Do you think that the United States is a good place for you professionally? Yes I do. The one thing that the United States has over other a lot of other western countries is the scale. When you’re dealing with one country that has the same population as all of Europe, you’re dealing with a different level of competition, and a bigger industry to provide for. The more people you have to provide for the more products you have to make, so you have more work.


Are you interested in politics? I am and I am not. By this I mean I’m only interested in the extent that it affects people. In terms of the mechanisms of politics and how things work in the political system, that doesn’t really interest me. I’m more interested in philosophies, and how people approach the service of people. So you like what you do? I love it, I wish I could do more. I do other things too though, unfortunately being a director of photography is not the only thing I do. I still work in the music industry as well. Shout out? Shout out to Brooklyn! Other than that shout out to my man Stam and DNA from L4. Shout out to the Hague, to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, to the Dutch massive. Shout out to Berlin, Cologne, Germany. Shout out to my man Patrice, Bart Williams, Codey Chestnut, Martin Luther. Shout out to everybody, all the homies back in Brooklyn. Check his video interview here!



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FROM A PARTY TO A LIFESTYLE By: Julien Vidal WHETHER YOU THINK THAT WHAT HIP HOP HAS BECOME IS GOOD OR NOT, IT IS UNDENIABLE THAT IT HAS CHANGED, GROWN FROM A BRONX PASTIME TO TODAY’S GLOBAL SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PHENOMENON (“HIP HOP IS SOMETHING YOU LIVE,” KRS ONE). The obvious question here is: how did it get there? It has been asked many times and you will find a lot of answers out there… So I do not have the ambition of coming up with a whole new theory; I will however take a slightly different approach: instead of listing “the milestones of Hip Hop” –way too objective and a tad peremptory in my view–, I will try to show that transformation through some moments and people I think matter in how I witnessed Hip Hop’s evolution over the last three decades. 11TH AUGUST 1973 I know I said no milestones but without this one, there would be no other and no article either. Indeed it is on 11th August 1973 that Hip Hop is said to have been born. Clive Campbell, better known today as DJ Kool Herc, DJed for his sister’s back-to-school party in the recreation

center at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue (in the Morris Heights neighborhood in The Bronx borough of New York City, New York, USA). Many early Hip Hop figures claim to have been there, among which Afrika Bambaataa, KRS ONE, Red Alert, Grandmaster Flash or the Cold Crush Brothers (Tony Tone). Can it get more precise than that? THE BREAK Well actually it can. Kool Herc is also known as the one who invented a style of DJing and the blueprint for what would become a foundation of Hip Hop music: the break, or the short, percussive part of a record (i.e. hard funk song James Brown’s Sex Machine); Herc would isolate this part and repeat it, thus creating a loop which dancers could dance longer to. That is how break dancing started by the way… What he calls the “Merry-Go-Round” would also make it easy for him to punctuate the music with rhyming catchphrases via his microphone: “This is the joint! Herc beat on the point”. Later on, this would evolve into what we know today as rapping. ORIGINS OF THE NAME Several stories are told about the actual origins of the name Hip Hop. I picked three: a funny one, a serious one and one that is also plausible

given the people involved. Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins, a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been credited with coining the term in 1978 when he made fun of a friend who had just joined the US Army, by singing the words “hip/hop/hip/hop” in a way that sounded like the cadence of marching soldiers. Hip hop is the combination of two separate slang terms: “hip”, used in African American Vernacular English as early as 1898, meaning current and “hop”, for the hopping movement. Afrika Bambaataa credits Lovebug Starski, a Bronx DJ, as the first to use the term “Hip Hop”. Bambaataa being one Hip Hop‘s founding fathers, he was most probably around the first time the term was used. Why is that important to me? Well because, Hip Hop is a rather cool name with a ring to it. Hip Hop might not be what it is today had it had a lame name or no name at all… until a sport clothing company branded it; boy would I hate to say I am a Adidas music fan (although I still really like Run DMC’s My Adidas). Hip Hop, you want to say it, scream it even: “Hip Hop hurray!” would later sing Naughty by Nature. GRAFFITI So far, we have DJing, rapping and break dancing as elements of that



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I especially like the notion of self-empowerment and social ascent through Hip Hop, without forgetting your roots new movement that is Hip Hop. Although visually impressive, break dancing is viewed as the physical expression of Hip Hop and was only to be seen at house parties or gatherings on playgrounds anyway. Graffiti has been around for quite a while (its earliest forms dating back ca 30 000 BC). For everyone’s sake though, let us skip to the 1970s in the US, when writers started to paint their nicknames (often followed by their street number) on the walls and trains of the city. The link with Hip Hop comes from the fact that some of the early graffiti artists were also break dancing or DJing and that one could see their creations in the same areas as other elements of Hip Hop would take place. Today Graffiti is pretty much synonymous of Hip Hop; so much in fact that when you see pieces like Graffiti, Stencils, Sticker art, Wheatpasting, Poster art, you most probably do not have an Elvis Presley song in your head… It contributed to spreading the Hip Hop culture. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that Graffiti artist Futura 2000 painted the backdrop on the stage as British Punk Rock band The Clash performing, during European tour in 1981. ROLAND DRUM MACHINES Over time, DJs developed their talent and skills by using programmable drum machines. They allowed input of samples and had a wide range of pre-recorded drum sounds. The Roland TR-808 and its little sister, the TR-909, are probably the most famous models. If you make beats in

the present day, you know them for their legacy: they were affordable compared to other brands and, despite being less sophisticated than other machines, the Roland models’ analogue sound offered more creativity. If you just listen to the beats, you heard what the TR-808 and 909 can do in Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing and Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock (both 1982). BEATBOXING Those drum machines were also called beat boxes and the term beatboxing comes from the mimicry of the sounds they made. Human beatboxing quickly became a genre of its own within Hip Hop. Several techniques (inhale technique, human turntable technique) arose and strongly contributed to the proliferation of Hip Hop: while it was still nice to have an actual beatbox, it was not mandatory anymore to create a rhythm for an improvised dance and rap session. All of a sudden, more people not only had access to Hip Hop but could make some themselves. An interesting fact is that beatboxing went past the boundaries of Hip Hop (in purely street culture sense of the term). For instance, Michael Jackson recorded himself beatboxing and scratch-recording (turntable technique) to compose a bunch of songs, among which Billie Jean, Who Is It, They Don’t Care About Us. He even took beatboxing a step further by making breathing, stomping, clapping sounds while dancing. Although it is not unanimous, beatboxing is viewed as the fifth element of Hip Hop.

THE MESSAGE & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS “Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head”. The Message is a song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released in 1982. It was among the very first rap songs to receive critical acclaim. The slower beat –more that of slow Funk song actually– left more room for melody and more importantly the lyrics. The message is indeed considered as the first socially conscious Hip Hop song, commenting on the challenges of living in the US inner-city. This type of narrative would soon fuel a whole new genre within Hip Hop and inspire artists such as Public Enemy, N.W.A. or Rage Against The Machine; not too shabby. From the fun and kind of airiness of house parties to the social awareness and concern of a new breed of lyricists (Rakim); from DJs being the stars to emcees reaching the forefront Hip Hop culture; a shift had occurred (even though both co-existed form that point on). The idea of consciousness would henceforth be a topic in any discussion about rap. Earlier in this article, I mentioned beatboxing as being the fifth element of Hip Hop in some people’s view. Those who disagree with that, think that consciousness is in fact the fifth core element (although it seems as if it never was an element of mainstream Hip Hop; but that is neither here nor there). Just out of curiosity, I checked the definition for Hip Hop culture on out of seven definitions, four mention knowledge or consciousness as the fifth elements. Those articles get also


the more positive votes. Rapper KRS ONE’s name actually stands for Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone. In his song 9 Elements, He lists what constitutes Hip Hop and, surprisingly enough, places beatboxing at number five… yet he gives even more importance to consciousness; KRS’ eighth and ninth elements are “Street knowledge, common sense / The wisdom of the elders from way back whence” and “street entrepreneurialism / No job, just get up call’em and get’em”. I especially like the notion of selfempowerment and social ascent through Hip Hop, without forgetting your roots (whatever they might be). We will come back to him later on. THE RISE OF VIDEO The 80’s are almost synonymous of video clips. The appearance of music videos changed the music industry and entertainment in general. MTV is one of the many manifestations of that change. Hip Hop hopped on that hype and a video was made for both Planet Rock and The Message for instance. More generally, music videos helped Hip Hop cross borders, national borders, media borders. HIP HOP ON SCREEN An uprising culture, Hip Hop started to attract the attention of other media, TV and cinema in particular. In 1983, Wild Style would show prominent figures of the early years of Hip Hop doing their thing, from turntablism to spraycan art. Halfway between documentary and fiction, Wild Style was the first Hip Hoprelated movie released in theaters. Perhaps less known is Style Wars also from 1983, which puts the emphasis on Graffiti. In this documentary, both artists and the mayor of New York are asked about their views that new art form. Released in 1984, Beat Street just did not make the cut to compete at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. An interesting fact about this movie is

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its German release: despite closed borders, East Germany saw Beat Street distributed at the same as in West Germany. The movie focuses on the visual, colorful aspect of Hip Hop, Graffiti and break dancing; and those two elements were where Hip Hop culture emerged from in both East and West Germany alike. Put this way, it sounds like it is Hip Hop that first reunited Germany… 1984 also saw the first weekly TV program dedicated to Hip Hop. Simply called H.I.P. H.O.P., it ran in France for a year. Among notable guests were Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow (the first rapper to be signed by a major), Afrika Bambaataa and Joey Starr (of French group NTM). The coolest thing about this program was the break dancing lessons! The host, a Bboy himself, would decompose the moves and perform them in slow motion. Brilliant. MAINSTREAM Before long, capitalism deployed its tentacles over Hip Hop. If not all of Hip Hop heeded the siren’s call, the whole culture sure took a turn there. For marketing purposes, records labels and media emphasized only certain aspects of Hip Hop and exaggerated them to the point that they are just a caricature of originally very real concerns: young and poor with a thirst for power, money and women, overturning social codes and street violence. Whether it is real or not does not matter as long as it sells by the ton. A good twenty years of that shallow, hollow cocktail and we get a bad Hip Hop hangover; a shame given how substantial Hip Hop is. I can think of two rappers that sum up this situation in a lyrical fashion. Masta Ace: I’m sick of rappers claiming they hot, when they really not I’m sick of rappers braggin’ about shit they ain’t really got. These cats stay rapping about cars they don’t own I’m sick of rappers braggin’ about models they don’t bone.

I’m sick of rappers flappin’ their gums, about how they stackin’ their funds And how they on the block packin’ they guns. And I’m sick of all these cats with no talent That never lived in the hood but yet their lyrics be so violent. […] I’m sick of radio playing the same 23 songs By artists with careers shorter than Mini Me’s arms! French rapper Doc Gynéco: The gangsta rapper kills in front of the camera And then drives back to his villa In his Porsche Carrera. Mark Anthony Neal, associate professor of black popular culture at Duke University (USA), refers to mainstream Hip Hop as “corporate versions of Hip Hop that I don’t like to actually refer to as hip-hop anymore”. Enough said. On the other, the mainstream arguably served the ones who decided to stay real in that they had to become even more creative and competitive to have their voice heard. For instance, the Temple of Hip Hop (founded by KRS ONE) encourages rappers and radio stations to focus on socially-conscious songs. HIP HOP AND ACTIVISM Hip Hop did and does allow people to express themselves and to be heard. Its other mission is to provide a certain sense of structure and shield the youth from the pitfalls and temptations of life in the city. Formed by old gang members during the 1970s (Afrika Bambaataa), the Universal Zulu Nation aimed at keeping youngsters off the streets by hosting house parties. Kids could release their energy on break dancing and emceeing contests instead of discharging guns in gang-related shootings. The Stop the Violence Movement was formed by KRS ONE (yet again) in the late 80s in response



to the ever-increasing violence in African American communities. The money generated by the single Self Destruction went to the National Urban League, a civil rights organization founded in 1910. The Temple of Hip Hop’s objective is to maintain a culture and political movement. Together with the Zulu Nation, they published the Hip Hop Declaration of Peace, which is to Hip Hop culture what the constitution is to a country. More recently, the Arab Spring is said to have been a Hip Hop-inspired revolution. While I do not always like that parallel (in France, there tends to be an amalgam between nonwhite immigrants, Hip Hop, Islam and terrorism in the past decade), Libya offers us a rather compelling example: Ibn Thabit is an anonymous Hip Hop artist who is “speaking the thoughts of many Libyan youth”. Through social media and webcasting, he has been expressing a rebel sentiment against the Gaddafi’s dictatorial regime as early as 2008. Ibn Thabit caught the attention of foreign media and activists, received support and thus a broader audience to spread his message. Although NATO (and France especially…) takes credit for the fall of Gaddafi, it all started from the people. Hip Hop gave them a voice. Next year, Hip Hop will turn forty… It has been since recognized by the UN as a culture and the State of New York recognizes the month of November as Hip Hop Culture History Month. From a Bronx Pastime to a global juggernaut indeed.

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The most crucial aspect of helping the less fortunate is to leave them with their pride and dignity intact. By: Charli Bedet “Take the word AFRICA-without thinking, what images immediately come to mind? War? AIDS? Genocide? Or maybe the vision of a small child with a swollen belly, surrounded by flies? Too many nonprofits ask for your pity by depicting poor, helpless Africans. But like any stereotype, this portrayal has more exceptions than truth.” This is an opening paragraph extracted from Mama Hope website. A non-profit organization that recently caught my attention is changing how African developmental aid is delivered. The American “angel network” has gotten 13 projects up and running, benefiting the lives of over 76,000 people in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Uganda. Unlike many high-powered, wellfunded NGOs, or individuals who only see “helping Africa” as a surefire way to raise their international profiles, the organization has no agenda of their own. They simply ask the villagers what they need most and give it to them. Ever since Sir Bob Geldof organized

the Live Aid concert in the mideighties to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine, “saving Africa” became a trend. Onetime campaigns are organized by celebrities or rather their publicists, with cameras in tow, in an attempt to salvage fading careers and regaining popularity- and kitching! Saving Africa has become a business. And, like any other thriving business, you don’t change your business model while profiting. It has been over twenty five years since the Live-Aid concert, and in that time, albeit there have been ongoing struggles, African positive stories are arising all over the continent, however, the images and message remains the same: Africa is a bottomless pit of famine, disease, war and incompetence and needs to be saved. There is, unquestionably, a condescending element in this type of approach that leaves most Africans of late, feeling demeaned, pitied and are ready to fight back. And, as an African, this is a fact borne out by my own experiences. Case in point: the Kony 2012 video produced by a non-profit

organization, the Invisible Children, and its aftermath. Wanted by the International Criminal Court, Joseph Kony is the founder of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and is accused of terrorizing the country and abducting Ugandan children to use as fighters and sex slaves. The campaign achieved global awareness and became one of the fastest growing viral videos in history, reaching 70 million views within a week. All good, right? Not quite. Because of all its good intentions, the campaign failed to represent the current situation in Uganda and left out two crucial points: Joseph Kony left the East African nation in 2006 and that the country is not in conflict. In fact, most Ugandans were left flabbergasted by the video message and took to the internet to tell their side of the story. Even, the Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi released his own 9 minute video posted on YouTube stating: “Uganda is a modern, developing country which enjoys peace, stability and security.” Yes, this is in Africa. The point being that, if the Kony


2012 campaign had not become such a huge success and created such controversy, to the eyes of the world, Uganda would have been left with the stigma of just another hopeless African country, where nothing ever improves. Mama Hope is different. Their volunteers spend time getting to know people in communities where they have been invited to help. They hold open discussions with the villagers to determine what projects would most benefit their communities. Although the organization raises the micro-development funds for the projects, they however involve the locals at every phase, from planning, sourcing materials and even up to the crucial long-term management. This leaves a profound impact on a community, mostly because the locals are left dignified and their most valued asset, their pride, is left intact too. A fact, very crucial, that most well-meaning Western Aid providers tend to overlook. And, in an attempt to show the world how connected we all are in the battle to end poverty, the organization recently launched a video campaign titled “Stop the Pity, Unlock the Potential” campaign, which in their own words, aims to “tell the story of connection instead of contrast and potential instead of poverty.” Thanks to Mama Hope for understanding that changing the world is not about a sound bite, but that the key to sustainability is ownership. That the most crucial aspect of helping the less fortunate is to leave them with their pride and dignity intact, and not sensationalize their pain for your own gain. And that in my book, is admirable.

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Cincity’s Yazz is a crazy female DJ duo made up of Cindy Kiota and Yasmin Gobel that loves to produce music and play music for a lot of people at a lot of different places! It’s all about making people smile, dance and enjoy!! Cincity’s Yazz is a vibe.

Is there something on your mind right now that you would like to share with our readers? We have a new song coming out this summer and it’s called Yaya, it will make everybody dance and smile during the Latin Village Festival on July 1st, where we will be playing. We will perform the song live with our guitarist /vocalist Landy Soares Neves. Where are you from, where do you currently reside, and where would you like to go? Cindy: I’m Congolese, Dutch / Russian . Yasmin: I’m Turkish, Dutch /Italian. Cindy: I was born in Maastricht, where I escaped from when I was 17 years old to discover the crazy world and myself. These days I live in Rotterdam. Yasmin: I grew up in Arnhem and live in Amsterdam now. Where do we

want to go? We want go to so many places; this is our dream, to spread our music, play at as many places as possible all over the world. Africa, Brazil, Asia, America, Europe! We see ourselves worldwide, we don’t belong here.

we produced. The track “Tudo Bem” was released on DJ Gregor Salto’s label, these days all the big DJ’s from Holland are playing our song and we see people singing along with to song in the clubs! So we can say our very first production is a success.

How would you describe your sound? Our sound is a combination of TechHouse with Afro and Latin House… it is uplifting and funky.

I think the fact that the two of us do everything, every step, and every promotion together without any help of an agency or manager is a milestone on its own! ☺

What gets you movin’ to make music? Music makes us move to a lot of things in life, music makes us smile, music makes us dance, music makes us stop talking, music inspires us to make our own music! And of course our creativity and dreams also move us to make music!

What other artists inspire you? Singers: Bob Marley, Drake, Amy Winehouse, Otis Reding and Bon Iver. Of course there are too many, but if we look at DJ/producers we have to say Benny Rodrigues Rancido, and Leroy styles because they work so hard and are great people with masterminds! Afro jack, Sunnery and Ryan because they became so big internationally!

What were some major milestones in your musical progress up untill now? We are very proud of the first track

What makes a perfect collaboration in your eyes?


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Both of us do what we are good at. We don’t try to do everything together. One is good in this and the other is good in that. So we complement each other and express it like we are one! Because in the end we are one! Life Philosophy? Yasmin: Believe in yourself and you can make everything happen. Cindy: My passion is to enjoy what I create, that is all I can do. Is there someone you would absolutely want to work with musically? Yasmin : Bon Iver, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. Cindy: There a lot of great artists I would love to work with that have passed away! There are a few, I would like to work with: James Blake, Vikter Duplaix and Quadron! It would be great to work with some African musicians too, they are really up and coming in the Afro House scene and they share my roots. New talents are refreshing, exciting and very creative, so we love to work with them! Alone or together? Together is better! It’s boring behind the decks, in the plane, at the after party and in the studio alone. We laugh a lot and like we said we complete each other… ahh this sounds too sweet.

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think the fact that the two of us do everything, every step, and every promotion together without any help of an agency or manager is a milestone on its own!


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Rin Allen

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Rin Allen is a young, fierce and fabulous actress and stuntwoman currently based in New York. Her work can be admired on and off screen, both strong and soft performances equally moving. Nominated for a SALT award for her performance last summer playing Velma Kelly in Cortland Repertory Theater’s (CRT) “Chicago”, she is currently working on numerous screen developments and returns to CRT to play Betty Rizzo in “Grease” this summer. Interview by Meghan Mac Kinnon Is there something on your mind right now you would like to share with our readers? I just booked my first union contract! I’ll be joining Actors’ Equity Association (the stage actors’ union) in August to play a major role in ‘The Three Musketeers’ at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. I’m looking forward very much to acting and sword fighting on an Equity stage. In addition, becoming a member of the union ensures certain safety precautions, pay scales, break times, etc, and opens up opportunities to audition for even higher-quality productions. Very good news! Where are you from, where do you reside now, and where would you like to go? I was born in America, but I don’t really have a “from.” My family moved around a lot while I was growing up, and we were lucky to

live a very expatriate lifestyle. I think it prepared me well for moving to the overwhelming diversity of New York City where I reside now. As far as the future goes? Well, I plan to move to L.A. since that’s where the film and stunt industries are centered, though it’s unclear if that will be temporary or a permanent transfer. And of course, I’m always excited to travel for work, performing on stage in a new city, or shooting on location. How did you become involved in stunt work? I think it developed out of my dance background. (I’ve always loved movement of any kind and fight work and stunt work is similar to dance in some ways.) I was hired as a dancer for a show that had sword fights in it, and I stuck around after my own rehearsals to watch the fight rehearsals. I thought the fights were so cool, and decided I wanted to

learn. I started training regularly in stage combat at first, but graduated to stunt work soon after. I think violence is one of the truest and most honest forms of storytelling. Not everyone can relate to falling madly in love, or risking his or her entire fortune, or losing a loved one. But everyone can relate to physical pain, even if it’s only ‘that time you slammed your hand in the car door.’ Audiences react very instinctively and honestly to violence, even in the imaginary world of a film or play. Stage or screen? I do both, though I do more stunt work for screen than I do stage combat for stage. Stunt work is a very different art form from stage combat and each discipline requires different skills. I enjoy doing stunt work more. It’s faster, higher impact, more acrobatic, and (I find) more detailed and realistic.



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Is your professional life your dream come true? I’m not sure I would say that, if only because I never dreamt of being a stuntwoman as a kid! I don’t think I realized that occupation even existed until I graduated college and entered the industry. I would say, though, that my dream was always to perform, and I now have even more ways to do that in more avenues, so my current dream is progressing quite well! What inspires you? Really, anyone who is truly good at what they do. I have an immense amount of respect for the person that commits to their passion in life, both-feet-in, and constantly strives to improve their knowledge, their skills, and their work. You have to have drive to stick with the entertainment industry. It’s very fickle and frustrating at times, so having friends, coworkers and mentors who are as driven as you are goes a long way to keeping you sane and in control of your own career. Also, Shakespeare - some of the most beautiful and human writings in the English language. Who would you absolutely want to work with? Oh man, that’s a tough question! How many can I have? Can I work with all of them on the same project? Okay, um... Director: Doug Hughes or Martin Scorsese. Actor: Ralph Fiennes or Brad Pitt (and not because of his looks). Actress: Meryl Streep or Jessica Chastain. Stunt Coordinator: Tom Struthers or David Leitch. Composer/Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim.

Photography: Kurt Merrill “As Velma Kelly in ‘Chicago’ at Cortland Repertory Theater. Director: Bill Kincaid”

Who are some people you worked with that changed your perception, mentored you, or were just fabulous in any other way? The first person that comes to mind is a fellow stunt professional, Turner Smith. He’s been a little of everything at one point or another: a coworker,


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Photography: Patrick Morgan German Longsword fight with Turner Smith.

a mentor, a teacher, an assistant, and a very supportive friend. His work ethic is unbelievable and it shows in his performance and choreography. I strive to be equally as disciplined as he is, and he’s just damned fun to work with. www.turnersmithstunts. com Check him out, he’s awesome. Tell us about the upcoming Indie film, how do you feel about the leading role? I had to pass it up to accept my summer contracts, unfortunately. It’s very gratifying (and validating!) as an artist to be in demand, but it’s also sad when you have to make choices and turn things down. If only there were more hours in a day and more weeks in a year! What makes a perfect collaboration in your eyes? Honesty and good communication. You can’t collaborate well without trust or understanding, and you can’t

trust someone without honesty or understand his or her ideas without good communication. You don’t have to share the same opinions or styles to create great art together, but you do have to be able to meet on an even playing field. Tell us about your upcoming projects At the moment, I’m on set shooting some fight and stunt demos with the aforementioned Turner Smith: a period small sword duel, and a German long sword fight. (They’ll pop up on my website by fall.) Then I’m taking a short break from the film scene over the summer to do regional theater. In June I’m playing Rizzo in ‘Grease’ and in July I’m playing Bombalurina in ‘CATS’, both at Cortland Repertory Theater. August and September will find me working on ‘The Three Musketeers’ at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. While I’m gone, two short films I

acted in will be coming out: ‘Parallel’ (dir. Matthew Charof), and ‘The Defector’ (dir. LitKilpatrick). What is your general opinion about leadership, small scale and large scale? In both cases it’s something that requires great knowledge, strength of will, a heightened understanding of other people, and a well-tempered ability to compromise when necessary. It’s a skill that can be improved upon, but some people are just born being good at it. I prefer to collaborate with people from a less authoritative position!! If I’m in charge of other people, I feel less able to focus on being creative myself. Check a video performance of Rin Allen here!



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Grease’ at Cortland Repertory Theater. Photography: Press Photo

Photography: Peter Grasafi “On set to shoot a smallsword duel. DP: Peter Grasafi.”

Photography: Dante Skartoni “Stunt-doubling an actress for a suffocation stunt on the set of ‘Hell Grace’. Writer/Director: Van Nguyen.”


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