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DJ Spotlight: Charles Browne NYC

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NYC deejay, Charles Browne is set to spin at DJ For A Cure X PUMA’s second event this Thursday, June 26 at No.8. Check out the Q&A below to get to know him!

 

  • How/ Why did you get involved with DJ4C?

(CB) My friend DJ Quiana Parks told me about the event DJ4C and about the cause and I told her I wanted to get involved anyway that I could help.

  • How has the organization impacted you personally? 

(CB) Personally, it brings me joy to be able to use my talents to help such an amazing cause.

  • How did you start DJing?

(CB) I started DJing when I was 12 years old with my parents old record player and a cassette deck doing little mixes for my friends and family

  • How would you describe your mixing style?

(CB) Top 40s meets world. I like to blend hits with records you may not hear normally in the clubs or on the radio

  • What is some of the music you are loving as of late? 

(CB) I’m starting to fall back in love with RnB. I really like John Legends new project. There is also an RnB singer from Harlem named Jarred Scott who has some summer-time heat

  • What are some of your favorite music artists? 

(CB) Thats a tough one because I love all styles of music, but Marvin Gaye Miles Davis and Tupac all have a song for any mood that I may be in. So those 3 guys.

  • What are some of the projects you have been working on as of late? 

(CB) Working on runway music for SS15 fashion week. I’m also opening a pop-up mens boutique  in upstate NY that is launching in Fall of 2014.

Click the link below to listen to some of Charles’ latest work, it’s dope!

https://soundcloud.com/charles-browne-nyc/fashion-killer

 

 

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Upcoming DJ 4 A Cure Event

This Thursday it’s going down at No. 8 in NYC. DJ For a Cure and PUMA are teaming up again for their second DJ4C event in the city.

An old-fashioned game night will be taking place, so if you’re competitive come out and you’ll get the chance to win some amazing prizes some of which are from KRINKnyc!

 Austin Millz will be spinning along with Charles Browne. Chef Roble and the lovely DJ KISS will be the hosting for the night so you won’t want to miss that. DJ Quiana Parks plans on auctioning off one of her oil painting as a donation for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So come out and support the DJ4C movement this Thursday, see you there!    Image


CREATIVE: The Art Of Patience (Lekien)

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These are the two images I saw on Tumblr that stopped me in my tracks. When I discovered the other works executed by Patience Lekien, I knew I had to find out what made him tick. (His background stories about his pieces alone made me want to know more!) He’s become one of my favorite artists that I’ve (happily) stumbled upon, and hopefully he’ll become one of yours, too!

THE JUNQUI: Can you remember when you first started sketching/drawing? How/when did you figure out it was something you wanted to develop?
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“Interracial Identities”
PATIENCE LEKIEN: I started drawing around 4. I remember I didn’t have many toys growing up, only a few that were dear to me. But it seemed I had an endless supply of paper and so I would just draw what I saw or what came to mind. My parents fueled my creativity by giving me supplies growing up. I didn’t make a conscious decision to develop my drawing skills. They kind of just manifested as I grew up because it was something I loved to do and it helped me escape from reality and create a world of my own, with characters, stories, and so on. I didn’t start taking art seriously until about two and a half years ago.
THE JUNQUI: I got so excited when I saw your “Grown Up Proud Family” work. Please tell me that you are involved in a future project! 
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PATIENCE LEKIEN: Yeah, I plan on creating more Proud Family pieces in the future. I’ve been working on part 2 of the graduation scene as well as other character scnes but it’s all been halted due to my internship and the time it takes. I’ll hopefully be back at it in a month or so. I don’t know where the project will take me, but I’m just glad people have taken a liking to it.
 
TJ: What pieces would you say get the most comments/questions/inquiries from other people?
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PL: Definitely the Proud Family pieces. Mainly because the Proud Family itself is very known and is dear to many people’s hearts. We grew up with it, you know? One of the few black cartoons I had growing up.
(BACKGROUND: After Penny and friends graduated from high school, they celebrated by getting piercings together. Penny, Dijonay, and LaCienega all got stud nose rings. Zoey decided to finally break out of her shell and make a bold statement by getting a septum nose ring. Sticky wasn’t about that life, so he just got his ears pierced. Four years after graduation we catch up with Penny and friends once again.

Zoey graduated from a four year college and received a double major in Psychology and Women Studies. She now travels around the world working for a large nonprofit organization helping underprivileged children and women around the world. She is extremely free spirited and loves what she does.

Penny graduated from a four year college studying Communications with a minor in Race Studies, and graduated Magna Cum Laude of her class. She is now working towards her Masters in Education at Columbia. She also stopped relaxing her hair and went all natural, embracing her naps.

Sticky decided not to go to college and instead pursued his love of music. He is now a full-time producer and DJ and couldn’t be happier. He finally had his growth spurt and can finally fit into his pants. He now prefers to wear clothes that fit him. He has a newborn son whom he loves more than anything: Sticky Jr.

Dijonay went to a two year college to study nursing only to find out she hated it. She decided to drop out of the program. She took her side job of doing hair and made a career out of it, opening up her own salon. She is well known at what she does and it has brought her much fame. Upon dropping out, she also gave birth to her son, Sticky Jr. Her dream finally came true.

LaCienega attended a four year college for two years as undeclared, just because she had the money and the means. During the beginning of her junior year, she was told she had to choose a major. Indecisive, she decided to drop out and do something worth her time. She went into the modeling business and was extremely successful. She is currently working on dropping her first single.)

TJ: What are YOUR favorite pieces and why?
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“One Blood”
 
PL: My number one favorite piece is probably “One Blood”. It’s just very powerful, both visually and emotionally. It focuses on unity within the black race. Every aspect of it was very personal to me while making it.
(BACKGROUND: This piece stemmed from a moment when I was on twitter and saw “#teamlightskin” and “#teamredbone” and for some reasons thoughts just came into my head and it all lead into this.
In this illustration there is a slave mother, holding her dead child. The child was born half white, half black, but because he had black features and very few white features, the father wanted nothing to do with him. The father often took out his anger on the child, and one day, he went too far. The mother is holding the child tight in her arms praying her son can be brought back to life. The blood symbolizes the unity between the two. They share the same blood.

The meaning behind this is to stop all the bullshit with blacks taking sides with skin color. We’re the same people, having gone, and going through the same struggle and we have to hold each other close and keep each other alive.)

 
TJ: I saw multiple pieces on LEVIATHAN, & I fell in love…I want to read that story! Is that a comic/Manga that you are developing and turning into a physical book?
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PL: Yeah, I’ve been working on the first graphic novel here and there for the past two years. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be out anytime soon. But there will be a website launch that will have a basic overview of the story and the characters. It’s probably the project I’m most excited about because it focuses on many different types of struggles people face and these struggles are told through the many diverse characters in the story.
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…also, LEVIATHAN becomes part of a larger universe (something like Marvel Universe or DC, but less tights and body suits, lol) with many different characters by different artists, and the joint project is called NOIR. But in the meantime, I’ll still be creating art to accompany the story!
 
TJ: What’s the story behind Hop Hop League Of Heroes, because I thought that was too dope!
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(BACKGROUND: From L to R: 2CHAINZ: weapon of choice, his two large gold chains, are used to grab far away opponents or objects. The chains are coated with an aura that can turn into intense fire, burning and disintegrating anything it touches in seconds; NICKI MINAJ: able to take the form of other human beings by shapeshifting, by simply touching them. She is also a master of disguise; J COLE: can freeze anything he touches and he can manipulate ice and lower surrounding temperatures at will; WIZ KHALIFA: Holds the ability to set little things on fire. He can also make his opponents hallucinate by affecting their psychological being.)
PL: That started as a fun piece. At first, I didn’t plan on going far with it, but it’s been liked a lot, so that’s changed. I actually restarted the whole project and restructured it, so I can have more freedom in the designs of the music artists I choose. As for the story behind it, you’ll have to wait and see. I’m releasing the new and improved designs pretty soon… 🙂
TJ: Do you need to get into a certain element before you start a piece? (Certain kind of music, environment, food, tons of coffee? Lol) 
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“Hey! Arnold: What If?”
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PL: Nah. All I need is pencil, paper, and an idea, and I’m good to go. Most of my ideas begin on paper, until I execute it in Photoshop, Illustrator, or what have you. The hardest part is getting the idea, or motivation. Once I have that, the wheels just start turning.
TJ: What do you ultimately want others to feel when they view your work? 
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“Black In America”
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“Mukar Athfu”
PL: It honestly depends on the piece. One of the strongest and most reoccurring themes in my art is empowerment. As a black male, I recognize my oppression based on my race, but I also recognize my privilege based on my gender. These often come into play in my art. I like to focus on themes such as black empowerment, female empowerment, social inequalities, and so on. I guess ultimately, I want people to be able to see that through my work. 
Check out more work from PATIENCE LEKIEN and follow him for new updates:
INSTAGRAM: PLekien
DEVIANT ART: PayLe

FASHION JUNQUI: Kate Moss And Rihanna In SM Themed Editorial For V Magazine

 Kate Moss And Rihanna In SM Themed Editorial For V Magazine
For the current issue of V Magazine, Mario Testino shootet two of the hottest ladies in the showbiz right now. Rihanna and Kate Moss are posing provocatively in the SM inspired spread. Check out the gallery on the next page before saving the print issue in December

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MUSIC JUNQUI: Kendrick Lamar featuring Lady Gaga – B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe

While the world is still vibing along to Kendrick Lamar‘s full-length debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, a rather surprising treat has reached the digital sphere. Lady Gaga took to Twitter to share a visual which contains the audio version of an early version of the good kid, m.A.A.d city cut “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” featuring vocal contribution from Gaga herself. It has been previously reported that the release of their collaboration “Partynausous” was not postponed since Gaga was “not willing to compromise musically to the changes his team was making to my music.” On that note, have a listen above.


FASHION JUNQUI: POYZ & PIRLZ F/W 2012 Collection

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Fresh as always, Paris brand POYZ & PIRLZ drops their brand new F/W 2012 collection. The collection consists of sleek unisex wear, everything from coach jackets, snap backs, hoodies, and a couple of 80′s pop culture inspired shirts. POYZ & PIRLZ never disappoints when it comes to new drops, purchase some P&P here .


FASHION JUNQUI: The Burgundy Binge

FASHION JUNQUI: The Burgundy Binge
Perhaps you’ve heard of a little thing called Burgundy. We are big fans of burgundy when it comes to wine for decades years, so it’s only natural that the hue should make the jump to our wardrobes. The dark, sultry shade has been taking the streets (and the racks!) by storm, and we are so on board.This season brings burgundy pieces in all shapes and sizes — from a cozy sweaters to crushed velvet pants. And, we’ve gone ahead and picked the best of the best, so you can update your closet with nothing more than a few clicks. Note: This post is best enjoyed with an actual glass of Burgundy.



ART JUNQUI: Rey & José Parlá U.T.O.P.I.A. Exhibition @ colette

Last night, brothers Rey and Jose Parlá opened an art show entitled U.T.O.P.I.A at colette Paris. The new body of work from the two siblings features Jose Parla‘s well-known calligraphic painting style mixed with his brother Jose Parla’s unique photographic work. The show runs until September 22, so if you’re lucky enough to be passing through, it’s certainly an exhibition worth falling through. If not, check out our photo recap of the work and opening event.

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ART JUNQUI: STREET ARTIST – DAIN

Dain is a street artist from Brooklyn, NY. His medium is collage and if I say so myself….his creations are amazingly COOL.  His style is immediately recognizable, with neon highlights and circled eyes. When I started researching articles for this post I found very little information on him…and then I found the youtube video below by Blue collar pictures.  It says it ALL! And from now on I will no longer be biased in thinking that all street artists are between 20 and 40 years old! I’m looking forward to discovering his work in NY and I promise to take lots of photos and share them with you!


MUSIC JUNQUI: Video: Odd Future Freestyle at Terry Richardson’s Studio…

Odd Future and photographer Terry Richardson seem like they have the most fun at their shoots. The two have worked together numerous times already. On the most recent visit of the Odd Future crew, including Tyler The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, they started free styling. The entire crew was in place, including Tyler The Creator, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain, Mike G, Jasper, Taco, Frank Ocean, Lucas and Syd The Kyd.

Now (ugh em *clears throat*)…I can do better than this. I am no rapper, emcee and no I don’t spit. But this was super wack. I was hoping for better from this awesomely talented group. Although here and there Tyler the Creator did say some funny stuff like “TALKIN TO YO B*TCH, I’M DOCTOR DOLITTLE”.

Watch the video now for yourself below and comment with your thoughts.


MUSIC JUNQUI: News: JMSN To Perform Free Shows at Los Angeles Residency

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area in July, then I have good news for you: JMSN will headline a free show every Monday night at The Bootleg Theatre (2220 Beverly Boulevard). Check out the dates below and make sure to hit up a show or two; I wish I could be there.

• July 09 | The Bootleg Theatre | 21+
• July 16 | The Bootleg Theatre | 21+
• July 23 | The Bootleg Theatre | 21+
• July 30 | The Bootleg Theatre | 21+

 


FASHION JUNQUI: FUBU JUNE 1997 COMMERCIAL

FUBU is a clothing company. It includes casual wear, sports wear, a suit collection, eyewear, belts, and shoes for the African-American community in the sense of economic investment but not to be exclusively worn by African Americans. The name is sometimes considered an acronym for “For Us By Us”, implying the product line was produced for a primarily African-American market. The original meaning of FUBU was “Five Urban Brothers United,” but the “For U, by U” line later took root as the clothing line expanded.
The company was founded in 1992 by Daymond John with a line of hats made in his house in Hollis, Queens, New York. According to the company website, John mortgaged his own home for $100,000 and with that seed money he and his three friends Carl Brown, J. Alexander Martin, and Keith Perrin, turned half of his house into a factory and the other half into living space.

In my opinion the men of FUBU are geniuses! Love them!