Dog Star / A Creative Arts Guide






Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.

In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.


DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Watch New Katy Perry Video with Kanye West in His Usual Role as Cornball and Albino Model Shaun Ross (Did we mention the alien creatures, copulating animals and apocalyptic landscape?)

DOG STAR thinks the planning meeting for this video went something like this:
Katy:...And then I'll change into a satyr the mythological creature...
Floria (director):  And you will save the future of the earth!
Kanye:  And I will float around like they do in any video that's supposed to be in space.  That shit'll look real!
Katy: and have aliens and-
Floria: old National Geographic-type video clips
Kanye: and I get to float around, right?  'Cuz that's my thing. Thats' what I want to do in this video!

More laughable is this description posted by Katy Perry's team to "explain" the video on the Vevo site:
At the beginning of the video we can see the post-apocalyptic Earth. Katy is an alien traveling trought the galaxies looking for life and love. When she’s near to Earth, she starts to store all the history of our world, all the animals and plants that lived in here. Suddenly, Katy arrives on Earth and see a little light coming from somewhere. And at the end, you can see that Katy is a satyr, a mythological animal that was “created” to save the nature.

Really?  All that happens in this video?  How would we know that? So much money, so little meaning IN THE ACTUAL VIDEO!  And, finally, Dog Star finds it a bit strange and unsettling to have Shaun Ross (here) as the alien form to emerge from the robotic whatever. We think it perpetuates stereotypes that albino people are "alien freaks" who are otherworldly. Albinos are routinely murdered in Burundi (here) so in a sense we're glad to see a positive portrayal of albinos. Happily, the "alien creature" is kissed and embraced by Perry who walks off into the sunset (Really?  Did we just type that? So corny!  It's in the video, though!)

FREE! THIS SATURDAY! First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum for Giant DJ Dance Party and Free Admission to All Exhibits & Events

DOG STAR readers enjoy a free party and this monthly event never disappoints. Brooklyn Museum is free after 5pm and all kinds of activities are planned for early evening folks with families (small children) to late evening dance party with a DJ on the upper floor.  The photo is a scene of the dance floor - it is packed with teenagers and twenty-somethings!  This Saturday's theme is "celebrating the Artist's Process" with live bands including Kenny Muhammad (beatboxer) and others.  Easy to reach: 2/3 train to Eastern Parkway - museum is right upstairs when you exit the station.
Saturday, April 2 from 5pm-11pm - FREE

FREE! THIS SATURDAY! New York City Pillow Fight 2010 in Union Square park (Flash mobs get creative with a charity benefit new this year!) Seriously, bring lots of your friends!

Saturday, April 3rd 2010 in Union Square at 3:00 PM

DOG STAR says if the weather's nice it's gonna be a great day for a pillow fight! A massive pillow fight in New York City! Pillows fly and teddies soar as we converge on Union Square for a massive urban pillow fight! Swing and whack as you evade pillow-wielding assailants. Bring a non-feather pillow to Union Square and wait for the signal. This year's pillow fight is timed to coincide with pillow fights in cities all over the world.  Leftover pillows to be donated to two no-kill animal shelters in a charity drive called PILLOWS FOR PUPPIES!   Find out more here!  (Thanks to devoted Dog Star reader Claudio for the reminder!)

You know you love it! (Except Elaine who finds it too hard to hear!)


A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

College Student Asks Obama to Autograph His iPad (Secret Service Not Keen on the Idea)

DOG STAR says this is pretty cool!  Sylvester Cann offers President Obama his iPad for an autograph. Here's Cann's account of the events:  "At a rally in Seattle, WA at the University of Washington, the President used the touchscreen on my iPad to give me his autograph. Secret service was leery about the idea, but they warmed up to the idea and the President thought it was cool.  
He looked slightly surprised, but proceeded to use his finger to scribble on the iPad using the Adobe Ideas app.  
This HAS to be the first time an iPad has received a Presidential autograph."  
Visit  Sylvester Cann's website (here) to learn more and see a video of the signing.

Comic-of-the-Day (Click for better view!) - Our fave is the "Copying Machine"!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting for Warmer Weather (Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City)

ANOTHER MOVIE? Take a date to Brooklyn Museum - Open until 10pm every Thursday & Friday (Pay just $1 for admission and enjoy great art!)

DOG STAR likes these new late hours at the Brooklyn Museum (mostly because all the little kids are home in bed and they're not running through the galleries!) so you will be able to take a date here, too! Pay $1.00 (it's suggested contribution, so Dog Star "suggests" you pay $1 and do not hesitate to do it!)

Dog Star Selects: The New York Transit Museum (Sunday Arts on PBS)

Carissa Amash, curator at the New York Transit Museum, guides us through the only city museum dedicated to the history of public transportation.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Criminal Mind: French Street Artist Zevs Takes on Corporate Logos and Other Maladies in Solo Debut at Gallery De Buck in Chelsea (Bring your friends!)

DOG STAR IS a big fan and we know our devoted readers will like this show, too!  Influenced by the global export of graffiti and hip-hop in the early '80s, French youth have made Paris one of the hotbeds of contemporary street art. Invader and other gratuitously hyped figures like Mr. Brainwash (see: "Exit throught Gift Shop" documentary) have even become famous, but this month the smartest and most subversive of the lot, ZEVS, will be hitting New York with a solo show at De Buck Gallery until April 7.

T. 212-255-5735 / INFO@GALLERYDEBUCK.COM / HOURS: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-6

DOG STAR PICKS CHEAP THEATER TICKETS! Just $5 to See WINKIE on East 59th Street! (Bring your friends!)

DOG STAR knows some devoted readers are looking for theater and we like the sound of this upcoming show at 59E50 Theaters (address is the name of the theater)!  Ish and Evalise and Alberto will jump on these tickets - maybe even Steven and his new girl!  Check out High 5 for more ticket offers!

When a mild-mannered teddy bear finds himself on the wrong side of America's War on Terror, he becomes trapped inside the jaws of a society rabid with fear and paranoia. Is Winkie the evil mastermind behind dozens of terrorist attacks? Or is he an innocent scapegoat for zealots on both sides of the terror wars? 

Clifford Chase's scathingly funny novel Winkie is brought to life by the Drama Desk Award-winning Godlight Theatre Company (who brought you the High 5 hit last season, In the Heat of the Night ). This world-premiere adaptation is an emotionally gripping and intellectually compelling exploration of the absurdities of our post-9/11 age.   


Dog Star Selects NYC's Subway: 25 Years Ago in Newly-Released Film Footage (Great fun to see how much the city has changed!)

DOG STAR says take a trip back to the time of turnstile tokens, rampant graffiti, and really big hair via this just-posted clip of the Times Square station in 1986. We don't remember some of these trains!  The CC and the K (you'll see them on the station signs) became just the C train (more here).  Go to the YouTube link and read the story behind the footage - the video maker says he was making a cross-country trip and had sound and video equipment with him and used them in the subway.

Bronx Zoo Snake Still Missing! Alligator Spotted Coming Out of NYC Sewer! (Really just a TV promo and nobody stopped to look at it!)

DOG STAR noticed something peculiar outside a CVS a few minutes ago - and stopped to snap a picture.
To market season 2 of the series Swamp People, [The] History [Channel] is putting alligators in New York City sewers. Playing off the urban legend, the network’s marketing team is placing very realistic looking model alligators crawling out of the city’s manholes in various locations.

New movie coming soon! CAPTAIN AMERICA to Fight World War II Demons (Worse than Nazis!)

Kinda Funny Random Picture (Reminds us of that Super Bowl ad!)

Transworld: Best of 2010 Street Skating

DOG STAR is pleased to present this new video on skateboarding!  Transworld offers up this 6-minute video documenting the finest of street skating for 2010. Featured content includes the best of the Day In the Life and Neighborhood segments, road trips, Lance shredding the Ridiculous Pool and other street features. Appearances by Chad Tim Tim, Levi Brown, Eli Reed, Tyler Surrey, Jimmy Cao, Theotis Beasley, Julian Davidson, Boo Johnson, Dan Murphy, Elijah Berle, Kelly Hart and Walker Ryan are shown amongst others. Enjoy!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dog Star Selects Robert Beck's Incredible Basketball Photo for Sport Illustrated (Courtesy of James Danziger!)

DOG STAR is re-posting this brief write-up from James Danziger's photo blog (here):

Photograph by Robert Beck/SI
The above photograph of Brigham Young University's Jimmer Fredette graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated and is justly being hailed an instant classic. Taken by SI's Robert Beck during BYU's third-round win over Gonzaga, it captures the 6' 2" leading collegiate scorer as he soars to make a three-pointer.  It has it all! The impossible height Fredette seems to achieve, the domination of the Gonzaga defender, the dramatic light that echoes the ball as it prepares to make its way to the hoop. The greatest sports photographs are always works of art.

More Recent Comments: RE: Wacky Flow's SNAKES IN THE GRASS (Evalise responds to Dog Star!)

Evalise wrote: "NOOOOOOOOO! I actually think WACKA FLOCKA thinks he's an artist.  There is no stupid government involvement because the things he says in his songs are things people who run our government have ever been around or even have been capable of seeing 'dramatic re-enactments' of HOOD scenarios. The only thing the government is apart of is allowing him to get any air time! Government has never been apart of music bullshit, just look at old musical figures like Jim Morrison! Government never told him he couldnt perform cause he drank on stage or whipped out his cock from time to time.. they don't care because they know that we the ignorant people WANT THAT SHIT! Anyways about Wacka Flocka.. his mom is Gucci Mane's producers.. so of course seeing how easily Gucci managed to do it Wacka decided to use mommy's help to 'express himself' thus if you listen to the both of them rap they sound exactly the same, nonsense hood shit, getting money, getting bitches, and yelling their name 50 times like we dont already know their names" 

"Wacka Flocka is the epitome of a hood nigga, and he is trying to express it through music, but due to the lack of education this man has gotten he is INCAPABLE of putting it into decent words, sentences, metaphors... he has the mental capacity and lyrical genius of a high school student... and he's making money cause we listen to the garbage and we talk about him!! Our youth is pretty stupid... but i think our youth is smart enough to know Wacka FLOCKA fucking Flame is someone they want to look up to and BE in the future... and if they do.. then all hopes is lost.. matter a fact, all hope has been lost once they came out with MTV's TEEN MOMS.

DOG STAR responds:  Whew!  Wacky Flow is NOT the only one who LIES because he's stupid.  Teen Moms IS more lies from Viacom Corp (parent of MTV) that condones and spreads the good word that teen pregnancy is real cool because it might mean you get a reality TV show!

What a relief that you don't ACTUALLY support this crap!  Of course, the government DOES NOT care that he's doing these things because PEOPLE DO WANT IT.  At the very core of this issue:  When people are offered the lowest form of cultural expression and encouraged to create a similar form of expression then it never rises, ever, to a level that lifts people up.  ALL great art is a form of uplift - for humanity, for a personal connection, for the culture that creates it.  When Wacky Flow participates in this cultural production he collaborates in a larger way to pernicious lies about the way young people are expected to live their lives (let's not forget his "middle finger to a college"!)

Dog Star Selects New Doc WOMEN ARE HEROES by French Street Artist JR

DOG STAR thinks this documentary should be seen by all! Women Are Heroes is a new film from multifaceted French creative JR – hands down one of the most prominent street artists of the past decade. Following his usual social undertones, the film takes us into the harshest of conditions abroad to learn about the power of women.

Books of Art by Isaac Salazar

DOG STAR thinks Isaac's book art is really incredible and he has many more on his Flickr page (here).  He lives in Texas and New Mexico and sells his book creations online.

Coming in April! ¡Sí Cuba! Festival of Cuban Art & Culture at Multiple Sites in NYC! Many events and exhibits are FREE!

DOG STAR is excited about this first-ever festival of Cuban art and culture. Sí Cuba! A New York celebration of Cuban arts and culture. March–June 2011
From March to June, fourteen New York institutions convene to celebrate the rich artistic vitality of Cuba, presenting ¡Sí Cuba!, a festival showcasing the diversity of Cuban culture from the traditional to the modern. Join us for screenings of award-winning films; lively concerts of son, rumba, hip-hop, and more by musical legends and rising stars; intimate discussions with Cuban writers, musicians, and thinkers; dance performances, from the classical to contemporary; compelling visual art exhibitions; and more as we discover the creative spirit of Cuba in forms both old and new.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tyler the Creator Performs YONKERS

OPEN NOW! Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field at Brooklyn Historical Society

Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field is an exhibition curated by local high school students in BHS' Exhibition Laboratory program. Through archives, photos and oral histories, the exhibition explores the connection between Ebbets Field, the Dodgers and the Brooklyn community. The exhibit features the history of the team and its fans by digging into BHS’ rich Dodgers collection that includes baseball cards, photographs of the field, ticket stubs, uniforms, seats from Ebbets Field, autographed baseballs, scorebooks from the 19th century, team photos and the famous Dodger Banner from their 1955 World Series win. The exhibition will include humorous and emotional stories from fans and employees of Ebbets Field, recorded by students and BHS staff during the semester. Home Base recalls the thrill and excitement of attending games at Ebbets Field at the height of the Dodgers era.

Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field is curated by high school students from Brooklyn Technical High School, Cobble Hill School of American Studies, The Packer Collegiate Institute and Saint Ann’s School as part of the Brooklyn Historical Society's Exhibition Laboratory (Ex Lab) after-school museum studies program. Ex Lab introduces high school students to the art of exhibition development: conducting research, selecting artifacts, writing text and working with scholars and curators to understand how to communicate ideas through an exhibition.  HERE FORE MORE

SAVE THE DATE! PEN World Voices Sponsors a Program for Teens (Just send Stacy an email to let her know you're coming!)

Getting Everything Right: The REAL Literacies that Young Adults Need

When: Friday, April 29

Where: Instituto Cervantes, Gallery, 211 East 49th St., New York City

What time: 4–5:30 p.m.

Free but reservations required. For information on bringing your class to this event, please contact Stacy Leigh at (212) 334-1660 ext.109.

Does literacy just extend to the world of letters? Aren’t real-life literacies like those involving interpersonal skills, financial smarts, cultural sensitivity and media savvy just as important? Those adept at easing between multiple literacies fair best at navigating through our complex world. Learn how to become one of them by listening to an accomplished group of writers and artists discuss the literacies behind their spectacular success.

FUTURA Talks About His Early Graffiti Days, Also Pitches T-Shirts

DOG STAR says FUTURA is top dog. He’s by far one of the most talented artists/designers to take aspects of his graffiti career and tastefully turn them into a commercial success. However, as much as we appreciate hearing him discuss his early beginnings, it’s hard to watch this video and not rhetorically ask: Did we really just watch a 12 minute commercial for a t-shirt?

Futura x 12ozProphet Feature from ALSO KNOWN AS on Vimeo.

Dog Star Selects: Art made out of staples by Baptiste Debombourg

Dog Star Time Machine (This isn't even funny because Dog Star was the remote, too!)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Eight Million Stories In The Naked City (Census Data Says Some Interesting Things About New York City!)

DOG STAR finds this stuff pretty interesting!  New York City officials are apoplectic about just-released 2010 census data which turned up a quarter-million fewer residents than expected. The new figures will mean many millions less in federal funding for everything from schools to social programs to anti-terrorism measures. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg immediately challenged the bureau’s finding, saying it shortchanged the city by as many as 225,000 people. He said it was “inconceivable” that Queens grew by only 1,343 people since 2000 and suggested that the profusion of apartments listed as vacant in places like Flushing and in a swath of southwest Brooklyn meant the census missed many hard-to-count immigrants. City demographers offered a number of explanations for the low figure, ranging from the possibility that the 2000 census had overestimated the population to the likelihood that many tenants, especially immigrants, living in overcrowded and illegally divided apartments and basement cubicles were overlooked even after aggressive efforts by census takers, civic groups and city officials to find them.
Immigration activists point out that many of the undocumented didn't want to be counted and may have purposely evaded census workers. Some other interesting NYC demographic tidbits revealed by the census:
- The Asian population now exceeds one million, a 34% increase over ten years to 13% of the population. The biggest increase was seen in Brooklyn, which in 2010 had 41% more Asians than in 2000.
- For the first time since the Civil War, the city's black population declined during the census period. Non-Hispanic blacks presently make up 23% of the city.
- Hispanics now comprise 29% of the city's population.
- Since 2000 the Bronx lost 22% of its white residents, who now make up just over 10% of the borough.
- 42% of all state residents live within the five boroughs.
- If the boroughs' populations were ranked nationally as stand-alone cities, Brooklyn and Queens would be the third and fourth largest behind Los Angeles and Chicago. Manhattan would be sixth largest, behind Houston. The Bronx would be ninth, after Phoenix.

Recent Comments RE: Wacky Flow's SNAKES IN THE GRASS

Steven C. wrote:  These things are exactly what the media want to portray. It's been going on for years and it's only going to get worst. You think this is his work? No haha, it's the big guys behind; he's an instrument he's used to carry out a certain task like any other artist, worthless. The media is bullshit just like politics that's why I don't pay mind to it, people choose to follow those footsteps because, they lack common sense. Serves this youth right for being complete idiots. Hence the analogy of snakes in the video.

Dog Star responds:  Wow.  You and Evalise seem to believe that Wacky Flow (his new name) is merely a tool for the corporate powers that control the earth.  Seriously?  Yes, of course, part of it is calculated machinery intended to reinforce stereotypes and to strive for the lowest common denominator - that keeps black and brown kids dumb consumers of poison and less likely to strive to be more.  And Wacky Flow says YES I WILL BE A PART OF THAT so I can be NIGGA RICH!  So let's not let him off the hook and act like he is just a puppet.  And don't offend real artists by referring to Wacky Flow as an "artist." 

FREE! Upcoming Events at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo (Just off Houston near the F train stop!) Bring your friends!

DOG STAR likes to think of this place as a little oasis in the crazy-crowded SoHo area.  If you haven't visited this bookstore cafe, you are missing the chance to sit and read quietly, get out of the cold and browse for used books and records.  They also sell drinks and snacks.  All sales support the services of Housing Works - a private, non-profit group that provides housing and support services for people with HIV/AIDS.  In addition to this bookstore, Housing Works also operate several thrift stores.  In these tight times, it makes sense to check out what they have in clothing, furniture, jewelry and gifts! Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is EASY TO REACH 126 Crosby Street (212-334-3324) One block east of Broadway, just south of Lafayette Street Here for Housing Works website 

McSweeney’s Voice of Witness: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime

Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00pm at Bookstore Cafe
Join Voice of Witness editors Maggie Lemere and Zoë West and Nowhere to Be Home narrator U Agga for a reading and talk to launch Voice of Witness’ newest title. Decades of military oppression in Burma have led to the systematic destruction of thousands of ethnic minority villages, a standing army with one of the world’s highest number of child soldiers, and the displacement of millions of people. The sixth book in the Voice of Witness series, Nowhere to be Home is an eye-opening collection of oral histories exposing the realities of life under military rule. In their own words, men and women from Burma describe their lives in the country that Human Rights Watch has called “the textbook example of a police state.”

Madras Press presents Rick Moody, Ken Kalfus, and Rebecca Lee

Friday, April 1 at 7:00pm at Bookstore Cafe
Madras Press publishes individually bound short stories and novella-length booklets and distributes the proceeds to a growing list of charitable organizations chosen by our authors. Sumanth Prabhaker hosts Rick Moody, Ken Kalfus, and Rebecca Lee in readings from their Madras books and an audience Q&A.

The Vilcek Awards: Dinaw Mengestu, Ilya Kaminsky, Téa Obreht, Vu Tran, and Simon Van Booy

Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00pm at Bookstore Cafe
In the New Yorker’s 2010 “20 Under 40” list, a compilation of emerging writers to watch, nearly half of the authors named are foreign-born. The list illuminates a trend the Vilcek Foundation has long championed: the important role immigrants play in shaping the American voice, in literature as well as other aspects of the arts. Join us in celebrating and exploring this role at a reading and Q&A panel with the winner and finalists of the 2011 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature. Dinaw Mengestu, Ilya Kaminsky, Téa Obreht, Vu Tran, and Simon Van Booy will be reading. Liesl Schillinger, a member of the jury for the Prize and a literary critic for The New York Times, will moderate the panel.

Thursday, April 7 at 7:00pm at Bookstore Cafe

Jeremy Schmall is the founding editor of the Agriculture Reader, a limited-edition arts annual published out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Justin Taylor’s debut novel, “The Gospel of Anarchy,” is set in Florida in the summer of 1999 and involves a hedonistic cult attempting to unite the rival utopian traditions of Anarchism and Christianity. Eileen Myles came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Inferno (a poet’s novel) chronicles the adventures of a female writer in hell very much like Eileen Myles. The writers will read both poetry and prose, say nice things about each other, and take questions from the audience.


Dog Star says this piece is great!  It's by Ellis Gallagher who is an artist suing the city for the right to draw on the sidewalks with chalk and not be arrested.

Explore ART THROUGH TIME - Free on-demand video exploring thirteen themes in art from many cultures

DOG STAR has been watching several videos lately on this great website (it began last Fall in a televised series on public television) - ART THROUGH TIME.  Art Through Time: A Global View examines themes connecting works of art created around the world in different eras. The thirteen-part series explores diverse cultural perspectives on shared human experiences.  Unlike typical art series, such as Italian Renaissance or French Impressionists, this one presents art from across time and cultures in a unified theme such as portraits, history and memory and the urban experience.  In each episode we get to learn more about how many different artists at various points on the human history timeline created artwork relating to the theme.  It doesn't matter where you begin your "journey" in the series - randomly choose the episode that sounds interesting to you and have fun!

Street artist BANKSY in new doc called "B Movie" (A mock documentary?)

Friday, March 25, 2011

SUBWAY CRAZIES! Bloody Loco Says RECOGNIZE THAT! Guy in Blue Sweater Bumps Loco's Leg and He Goes Off for Train Ride and Can't Let it Go!

Drake Imitator Big Sean Enlists Chrisquo for Happy-Go-Lucky Single MY LAST (Silly rap game nonsense from Detroit-native Big Sean - And, when will rappers come on the scene with names that don't have BIG or LIL in front of their names?)

Need any good reasons to stay in school? Waka Flocka Responds to Questions about Education & Voting (Hope he's smart enough to hire an accountant!)

DOG STAR laughs and then cries at how dumb Waka Flocka THINKS and SOUNDS when he is asked simple questions about education and voting.  He acknowledges he dropped out of high school and can barely explain why voting is a good thing.  Then he gets mad that they put him on the spot with trick questions.  Best part?  When asked if he will ever go back to school he says, "Yes...I wanna study Geometry."  Poor guy.  But he's cool, right?

Hip Hop Reaches New Low with Director's Cut of Waka Flocka Video for SNAKES IN THE GRASS (Not a major contribution to African-American culture!)

DOG STAR often shows filmmaker Byron Hurt's (here) documentary Hip: Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes to have a conversation about hyper-masculinity and misogyny in hip hop culture (among other issues).  We think it's important to keep an eye on any popular cultural production that degrades any group of people.  Evalise posted this video on her Facebook page and we knew it was trouble.  Now, some will say, "It's only video and he's having fun."  Not true on both counts.  It is never "only a video" since young males mimic Waka and learn to believe what he says.  What Waka Flocka portrays in the uncreative, tired and entirely out-dated performance and production is never fun only anger, violence and misogyny masquerading as "what boys do."

Five things wrong with this video:

1.  Glorified gun violence including a bullet belt on the female "rapper" and simulated shootings.  Black-on-black crime in New York City is at an all-time high right now and gun violence plays a major role.  Music videos like this one endorse this negative conduct.

2.  Complete and total disdain for education, again, from an African-American male who says STAY WITH THE STREETS OR YOU AIN'T SHIT:  I got nigga knowledge yo girlfriend pussy got hella mileage / I’m a street nigga so middle finger to a college.

3.  Women are contemptible and shown, first, as thieves who steal from Waka Flocka while he's sleeping and, second, as untrustworthy.  Women are nothing at all except gold diggers:  They say snakes in the grass so I’ma cut this shit / All these girls want is cash so I can't trust the bitch.

4.  Contempt for African-American history with incoherent nonsense passing as rap lyrics: Forty nights forty days no Noah's ark / If we was living in water I'd be a shark / Im in the front, you in the back, like Rosa Parks / Got hoes like Rosa Parks, aye, where the fuck to start

5.  Endorses and encourages violence against women (Waka Flocka smashes the thief's head through the car window as punishment for being a "snake in the grass.") with alarming misogyny that targets women as sexually promiscuous, dishonest and deserving of disrespect.

German ad campaign "Life's too short for the wrong job" (Go to link for better pics in the campaign!)

DOG STAR knows we all have dream jobs.  This German ad campaign reminds us to consider how our choices may end up being "dead end" jobs we hate.  The pic below isn't the best one (go to the site for those) but we couldn't "grab" them for some reason.  Notice the woman INSIDE the vending machine!

Here for more pics from this German ad campaign