02 PM | 06 Oct

Saul Williams – Burundi feat. Emily Kokal of Warpaint #video [#geekgirl]

Dubbed the “poet laureate of hip hop,” Saul Williams, 43, has written four books of poetry: S/HE (1999), said the shotgun to the head (2003), The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop (2006), and US(a.) (2015)— all published under MTV Books/Pocketbooks. He has also recorded five albums: Amethyst Rock Star (2001), Not in My Name (2003), Saul Williams (2004), The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust (2007), and Volcanic Sunlight (2011). As an actor, Williams has starred in the critically acclaimed film Slam— which in 1998 took home the Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Film Festival Caméra d’Or— and in the Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, which featured the music of Tupac Shakur. Here, Williams talks about US(a.) and his observations about the state of America after living in Paris for four years, about art and politics, and his forthcoming graphic novel and album Martyr Loser King due out in early 2016 on the FADER Label.

Great exclusive interview by Joann Natalia Aquino for AfroPunk with Saul Williams, on his work, life as a loser and new graphic novel.


02 PM | 06 Oct

Beautiful #Ethiopian #headwear made from #Trash [#geekgirl] #recycling

Trash is treasure

In southern Ethiopia, deep within the Omo Valley you’ll find the semi-nomadic tribe known as ‘The Daasanach’, a group made up of some 50,000 individuals.

Over the past 50 years they have become increasing dependent on agriculture to help sustain a living, a side effect of their original land being taken and sold from underneath them.

Today different members of the tribe can be found in pockets near and around the Omo River, the ideal place to grow crops and help support their family.

Eric Lafforgue is a French travel photographer who has spent several years documenting and photographing The Daasanach.

During his experiences, he’s seen an interesting trend develop amongst the community itself, their fascinating and reappropriation of discard modern manufactured goods.

Using bottle caps, hair clips and even old wristwatches the women turn these items into fashionable head wear and jewelry, designed to be worn by young and old.

Source: So Bad, So Good.