When I was growing up an issue of Ebony magazine was always on the living room table. Always. Mymom must have had a subscription to that thing for 30+ years. She still has that subscription as a matter of fact. I’d venture to guess that many black families have a similar relationship with that great magazine. So, you could imagine how truly humbling it was to be asked to shoot the cover of Ebony magazine. I’ve shot for GQ, Interview, Rolling Stone and all the rest but I knew that in my moms eyes, this was probably the job that made my college tuition worth it ( actually I got a scholarship but you understand what I mean ). Anyway, I was assigned to shoot Chadwick Boseman and the cast of “Get On Up” the James Brown biopic at the legendary Apollo theater. Lots if history there. Lots of opportunity.I love the images that were made that day and It was a great honor to do that job. Here are some of the images.
I’ve featured the amazing work of Kehinde Wiley for Contemporary Art Week here previously. PBS has created a documentary about some of his works and creative process, and although it premiered on Sept. 5th, I’m sure you can check your local listings to see if it will be re-aired.
Known for his vibrant, larger-than-life reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring young African American men, New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head—and in the process, has taken the art world by storm.
Wiley recently embarked on an exciting new project: a series of classical portraits of African-American women—something he’s never done before. The film, KEHINDE WILEY: AN ECONOMY OF GRACE, documents the project as it unfolds, tracking Wiley’s process from concept to canvas, and coming to know the women whom he selects to paint.
This is the “Juicy” Standardized Test. This is not the Fill in the Blank “Juicy” quiz, or the True/False “Juicy” quiz, or the Word Bank Matching “Juicy” Quiz. You won’t be able to weasel your way through it by simply connecting words in the questions that rhyme with words in the responses. This is an adaptation of several statewide exams (New York and Texas, mostly), designed to replicate the rigor of those tests by asserting tiered, higher-order questioning.
It’s 10 questions long. And every question is rooted in “Juicy”-dom. If you’re not very familiar with the song, don’t even bother. Because this is the nerdiest rap thing.
Scroll to the end to see the answer key.
And don’t sit there trying to answer the questions with a browser window opened to a “Juicy” lyrics page. Don’t be a dolt.
Good luck. I hope that you do not die here today.
"That’s the Grandmaster in the back. He doesn’t speak much English. He was number one in China back in 1980, so I knew of his name long before I met him. He’s very humble. A true gentleman fighter. He’s 68, but I’ve seen him put a spear against his neck, and use it to push a car."
"So at what point can you call yourself a Grandmaster?"
"A Grandmaster doesn’t say he’s a Grandmaster. Other people say it for him."
Joe Jackson - “Another World”