the things i discovered last week that are worth sharing.

Reunited After 49 Years
just watch.

Hillary Clinton’s Announcement Video is Surprisingly Bold, Fascinating Filmmaking
interesting critique of her first campaign ad (and most likely her overall campaign strategy).

Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, Mara Brock Akil + Issa Rae Cover Essence‘s May Issue
instant happiness = any time my faves congregate. bonus points when it’s because they’re being celebrated.

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Broadway Rocker
i was lucky enough to see her in her passing strange broadway debut, but have unfortunately missed her in all subsequent shows (forever brokenhearted over missing american idiot). but that doesn’t stop me from being so happy for her! i’m calling a tony nom right now for this hedwig gig. so, so talented.

Aaron Draplin Takes on a Logo Design Challenge
love this guy.

From LCC to Hollywood
a fellow alum was in charge of the stunning visuals during the performance of ‘glory’ at this year’s oscars, along with all the title sequences during the category presentations, plus many of the graphics from the past 7 years of the awards show. thank you for all the beautiful eye candy and being so good at your dreamy job. (the other 2 articles linked at the bottom from slate and artofthetitle are also worth a read.)

Esperanza Spalding Presents Emily’s D+Evolution Tour
not sure yet how i feel about this new direction, but i’m going along for the ride. i’m always in support of concept albums and musicians completely changing things up, so i’m interested to see where this goes. to be honest, her last album was a bit of a strong departure from her previous stuff and it got her a best new artist grammy, so there’s that. plus, the photos and emily’s styling are stunning (#thoseglasses).

Dope Official Movie Trailer
dope trailer is dope.

Afro-Iran | The Unknown Minority by Mahdi Ehsaei
good portraiture never gets old.


the things i discovered last week that are worth sharing.

Faith Evans’ Cover of ‘Be Free’ at Black Girls Rock
all 3 performances in this segment during the awards show were amazing, but there was something extra amazing and beautiful about faith’s performance. this song in and of itself is so gut-wrenching and raw and real, and faith’s voice on it just adds to all those emotions. i wish she would record a studio version. and like the soultrack’s blogger suggested, that her and j. cole would record something together.

#weeklywordswithnuri on FiftyThree
my ig weekly quote series landed a feature by the makers of the ipad app and drawing tool i use to create them. excitement! feels good to have the series be seen by a wider audience.