Posts tagged Through the Lens

Creative producer Brandon Littlejohn and photographer, Rod Gailes have collaborated to develop a four part photo-essay that presents a “commentary on Black American life and patriotism.”

The first installment, a beautiful full color pictorial, Island in the Sun, depicts gorgeous images of Black Americana circa 1950.

With wardrobe design by Jamari Walker and make-up by Dominique Jenelle, models Tope Alabi, Desmond Amofah, Ngozi Assata, Tradell Hawkins, Stephanie Kyereme, Titilayo Mutushi and Robert Vance take us to a period of Black American life not often remembered.

The layout’s creative producer, Littlejohn, explains the significance of the beach setting, “Beaches are visually associated with affluence in urban areas because of Black people’s limited access. I wanted to capture Black young women and men in these spaces, because after all, this was a reality for Black people during this time.

According to Taylor N. Lewis, “The ‘Black Americana’ series encourages African Americans to challenge societal messages about Blackness, while aspiring to higher levels of art and education on their own terms. Creating opportunities in the creative industry via a collective effort and artistically challenging the way African Americans have been conditioned to see themselves are two main goals of the “Black Americana” series.”

For more about Black Americana: The Photo-Essay, visit Tumblr.


Through the Lens :: @RealWizKhalifa and @BigSean #WizKhalifaJuly8

Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean are set to take over Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium tonight! There are still a few tickets on sale, go here, if you’re in or near Music City.

The photos above were taken in Reliant, Texas, where concertgoers were surprised with performances Bun B, Kirko Bangz and Trae the Truth. 

Since Nashville is “Music City,” there’s no telling who will hit the stage tonight…


Through the Lens :: “Surprise @Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular”

Last night, anyone who is anyone in the land of entertainment, was in Chicago at the United Center for a party like non-other, Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular. Many celebrities hit the stage to celebrate the media diva’s 25 years of daytime TV reign.

Oprah is preparing to air her final daytime talk show on May 25, and she wowed a crowd of more than 13,000 last night as she taped two programs that will air on May 23 and May 24. Guests included Aretha Franklin, Michael Jordan, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou, Dakota Fanning, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Will and Jada Smith, and even Maria Shriver!

I lived vicariously through tweets of some that were in the building last night, but am looking forward to this show airing. I can’t believe Oprah’s talk show is almost off the air, but please believe God bless the child that’s got her OWN! :)

Through the Lens :: Erykah Badu @FatBellyBella “DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown”

I was introduced to “DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown” last year at the Cincinnati Music Festival.

E. Badu’s alter ego that relentlessly spins the one’s and two’s appeared at the end of the Wu Tang Clan’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival set to rock the crowd into the wee hours of the morning.

According to her Twitter, she’s rocking jewelry created by Officially Crowned Melody Ehsani, Thundercat and Twigga.

Through the Lens :: @Questlove & @DGoodz “On a Monday Night”

It is what it is. I came, I saw, I captured… 

…while recovering from the SEA Awards weekend, I ventured out on a Monday night to see the one-and-only Grammy Award winning, Questlove, of “The Legendary Roots Crew” DJ at Mai Nashville. 

By all accounts the evening was epic, one of the best reviews I read was delivered by Gotti of the The Smoking Section, an event co-sponsor along with LoveNoise! #LoveShown

You can see more photos from the event, here.

Through the Lens :: @ChrisetteM “Music City Melody”

When Chrisette Michele Let Freedom Reign in Nashville’s “Music City” this past February, The Queen’s Castle was in the building. Based on the size of the crowd that LoveNoise and 92Q brought out that evening, half of the city must have joined me. Watch the clip above in full screen for optimal viewing. :)

Chrisette’s voice is unlike any other. Classically trained, her Soul, Gospel, R&B influenced sound is creatively unique. On the evening these photos were captured, Kenny Lattimore was also on the ticket (check for his interview with The Queen’s Castle, soon)!

Michele’s Aston Martin remix with Drake, and her single, I’m A Star, provide the soundtrack for this photo compilation. Her newest album, Let Freedom Reign, is brilliant. She’s definitely coming into her own as a person, and an artist. Change is constant, and you can tell from her body of work that she’s growing. 

There’s additional coverage of Chrisette Michele on The Queen’s Castle, here.

Special shout-outs to LoveNoise, 92Q and MEPR Agency! “You’ve Been Officially Crowned!”

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