Sugar and Spice Does not Always Make Everything Nice!

This past month, ending July 6th, was the exhibition called A Subtlety: The Marvelous Sugar Baby. Created by the contemporary artist, Kara Walker, best known for her cut paper silhouette mural, named, Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as it Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of one Young Negress and her Heart, which showcases how slavery and the Civil War affected the sexuality and livelihood of a Black female. Continuing with her inspiration of the antebellum south, Walker creates, in what I like to call “The American Sphinx,” with the silhouette of the sugar statue igniting every sexual thought that comes into mind when thinking of the body form of a Black female. Her artistic interpretation of the antebellum South’s erotic indignation of the Black female results in the modern gratification that the Black female body form should be considered as the eighth wonder of the world. This thirty-five foot tall sugar coated statue was displayed in the ancient Domino Sugar Plant in Brooklyn, New York to represent the everlasting sweet nature of the African-American female.

To know more about Kara Walker and her work, please click here







A Belle in Brooklyn: The Remix


Like any other person who watches reality television, I was introduced to Demetria Lucas’ book, A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-To Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life, on the show Blood, Sweat, and Heels. I got to say…Demetria Lucas instantly became my #WCW, girl crush, role model, inspiration, and etc. (I am so obsessed her so much that I even began to follow her on Instagram). I grew to love her because I can relate to her story of having the desire to become an accomplished writer and doing whatever it takes, without losing integrity, to become successful. Lucas’ dream of living in New York City caused her to find any job that would allow her to move to the Concrete Jungle; she later caught grip of what her real goal was and did what she had to do to become a successful writer by creating her own opportunities. Similar to myself, I have done and am trying to do the exact same thing. So as the show ended, I had no other choice but to read her book for myself. Plus, I needed to know if she was as good as a writer as she claimed to be because if she was not, my crush would instantly turn into mere disgust.

My conclusion of Demetria Lucas after reading her book is…

I still love this girl. Her book is witty yet informative, which are all the things one looks for when reading a “self-help” book. The setting is Brooklyn (and the other boroughs) circa 2009, with a little bit of some college flashbacks. The book begins with a sexual assault that causes Demteria to form mistrust when meeting new men, but causes her to form a tighter bond with the men that are already in her life. As the tale progresses, the audience learns how Demteria discovers real love by learning how to let go of the past and to enjoy the freedom of being a single woman. Her dating life is centered around clubbing, partying, and mingling in some of the most infamous party cities in the United States. She mentions many artist and songs that were made by SWV, Jay-Z, and Kanye West (her favorite). Although I believe that all the artists that were mentioned prior to this statement make great music that goes well with the ambiance of A Belle in Brooklyn, I discovered that the best way to enjoy Ms. Lucas’ book is by listening to ESTA.



ESTA is a California DJ, and he creates some of the dopest beats on SoundCloud. He has remixed songs by Ciara, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, and many more. His manipulation of old school R&B, new school Hip-Hop, House, and Electronic music causes the inner dancehall queen to burst out of any woman! ESTA was one of the first DJ’s and beat creators to be asked by Miss KL by Karmaloop to create a personalized dance mix for their Mix Series. This mix is a pure example of ESTA’s talent, and listening to it while reading A Belle in Brooklyn would cause the reader to capture and gain full access into Lucas’ reality through the imagination.  

 

Being an entrepreneur is hard but it has it’s perk. My company @creativenuova sat down with the intelligent /beautiful @chenoia for our Beneath the Veil series. On Sunday, BTV returns with the release of her interview. Thank you for your wise words Ms. Chenoia. I’m truly grateful. #BTVreturns #CN #MadeinATL (photo by : @sheshilarius )

Being an entrepreneur is hard but it has it’s perk. My company @creativenuova sat down with the intelligent /beautiful @chenoia for our Beneath the Veil series. On Sunday, BTV returns with the release of her interview. Thank you for your wise words Ms. Chenoia. I’m truly grateful. #BTVreturns #CN #MadeinATL (photo by : @sheshilarius )

Living Walls Makes New York Magazine

We love our friends over at Living Walls and we’re proud that they made New York Magazine. This huge national online magazine gives insight on Atlanta and how she is slowly changing from post- segregational south to an artistic souther capital.  Check out the rest of New York Magazine article to find out how Atlanta is constantly thriving. 



Living Walls Make New York Magazine

We love our friends over at Living Walls and we’re proud that they made New York Magazine. This huge national online magazine gives insight on Atlanta and how she is slowly changing from post- segregational south to an artistic souther capital.  Check out the rest of New York Magazine article to find out how Atlanta is constantly thriving. 



The Uplifting Sorrow of Zola Jesus


Zola Jesus soars with her new single, “Dangerous Days,” from the upcoming LP Taiga. The song is built around a pounding drum beat with propulsive vocals that echo into infinitum. In her previous releases, she has had plenty of gloom and doom, but Jesus is ready to breakthrough with a goth pop sound that combines the attitude of Sia with a hint of Siouxsie & the Banshees.


Jesus recently told Billboard, “I want to be Number 1,” with this statement revealing an intent to make her atmospheric music a little more mainstream, in which she has she succeeded. In the song she proclaims, “It’s a dark, dark day/ And it’s dangerous to listen [to] what they say.” Along with a repetitive chorus that makes her statement one of deep self-awareness. The one thing Zola Jesus possesses that makes her musical style fresh to the genera pop is her booming voice because she is vocally trained in opera.

The song captures Jesus at her fullest potential that once her voice is fully accelerated it becomes a force of its own. “Dangerous Days” is a declaration from a new Zola Jesus, one that comes for her pop crown— calling all the loners to the dance floor. In a recent press release for the new album Jesus states, “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.”

To read the entire Billboard interview with Zola Jesus, click here

Check out Zola Jesus on Soundcloud and YouTube!


By: Joey Molina

Joey Molina is a Film/Video graduate from Georgia State University. His interests include multiple art forms, horror, and innovative electronic music. To view his work visit vimeo ( https://vimeo.com/m/user8526872) or liquidblackness.com.

 

The Uplifting Sorrow of Zola Jesus


Zola Jesus soars with her new single, “Dangerous Days,” from the upcoming LP Taiga. The song is built around a pounding drum beat with propulsive vocals that echo into infinitum. In her previous releases, she has had plenty of gloom and doom, but Jesus is ready to breakthrough with a goth pop sound that combines the attitude of Sia with a hint of Siouxsie & the Banshees.


Jesus recently told Billboard, “I want to be Number 1,” with this statement revealing an intent to make her atmospheric music a little more mainstream, in which she has she succeeded. In the song she proclaims, “It’s a dark, dark day/ And it’s dangerous to listen [to] what they say.” Along with a repetitive chorus that makes her statement one of deep self-awareness. The one thing Zola Jesus possesses that makes her musical style fresh to the genera pop is her booming voice because she is vocally trained in opera.

The song captures Jesus at her fullest potential that once her voice is fully accelerated it becomes a force of its own. “Dangerous Days” is a declaration from a new Zola Jesus, one that comes for her pop crown— calling all the loners to the dance floor. In a recent press release for the new album Jesus states, “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.”

To read the entire Billboard interview with Zola Jesus, click here

Check out Zola Jesus on Soundcloud and YouTube!


By: Joey Molina

Joey Molina is a Film/Video graduate from Georgia State University. His interests include multiple art forms, horror, and innovative electronic music. To view his work visit vimeo ( https://vimeo.com/m/user8526872) or liquidblackness.com.

 

A new writer will premier on Creative Nuova today. Joey Molina is a Film/Video graduate from Georgia State University. His interests include multiple art forms, horror, and innovative electronic music. To view his work visit vimeo ( https://vimeo.com/m/user8526872). Welcome to the team @meanart !!

A new writer will premier on Creative Nuova today. Joey Molina is a Film/Video graduate from Georgia State University. His interests include multiple art forms, horror, and innovative electronic music. To view his work visit vimeo ( https://vimeo.com/m/user8526872). Welcome to the team @meanart !!

What a weekend! I had the honor of working with these two genius at Essence Fest for @yeswecode !! Victoria and Michael created an app that will increase awareness and report sex trafficking activity.  These four days with these two changed my life. They are our future and they will lead us soon. We made it team!!! #essencefest #yeswecode #goodiehack #codeforgood #stopapp

What a weekend! I had the honor of working with these two genius at Essence Fest for @yeswecode !! Victoria and Michael created an app that will increase awareness and report sex trafficking activity. These four days with these two changed my life. They are our future and they will lead us soon. We made it team!!! #essencefest #yeswecode #goodiehack #codeforgood #stopapp

Could London Be #AntiHomeless?


The city of London has taken a not-so-friendly approach to decrease their homeless problem by placing metal spikes in popular places where the homeless like to commune to deter away to other areas. This attempt to find a solution to homelessness caused a viral reaction when photos of the one inch spikes in the corner of an apartment complex entrance appeared on Twitter. Twitter and other social media sites have brought awareness to this heinous act with the hash tag #AntiHomelessSpikes.



According to Sky News, an apartment resident stated, “I feel really uncomfortable having thesespikes in front of my home. It’s really treating these homeless people like animals, nothing less.”