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LIFE: Sampled & referenced

Monday, April 29, 2013

You know that moment when you say "Oh, I know where that's from!" - I love that sudden connection.

It happened this weekend when I was watching Roman Holiday with my girlfriend. I was watching the scene where the police recognize Audrey Hepburn as the missing princess and the fight scene ensues - and then there she is, Audrey slamming down the guitar over the policeman's head - then suddenly *click* there's a flashback to a scene in Satoshi Kon's animated film Paprika

I know that Satoshi Kon was definitely speaking to an older audience, but I wonder if the audience he was intending this for was much older than I thought. Or are these films just that popular? Is there a crossover interest between these two genres of film - Japanese anime and 1950's classics?

Either way, I find myself excited to have made the connection and I look forward to sharing more of these in the future :)

LIFE: "Be Your Own Best Friend"

Friday, April 26, 2013

It's been awhile since my last update - mia culpa, mia culpa.

Life's been a bit hectic and my move back to Brooklyn is coming up next weekend ( Victory is mine >:} !! ) so needless to say I've needed the rest and relaxation, even at the expense of a little digital silence.

Currently trying to wrap things up at work and escape, but before I do, I wanted to share with ya'll this video. As some of you may or may not know, I am subscribed to and loyally watch quite a few YouTube channels - one of which belongs to the lovely Miss Jessica Harlow.

She started off as a YouTube makeup guru, but has since then branched out and filmed more personal videos as well. This one in particular was very motivational and earlier this week when I heard it, it really spoke to me and the place I'm at in my life. So, I hope that if you find yourself in a tough place right now in your life that this video's messages somehow help you take that first step out from under the rain clouds.

With that said,
Happy Friday everyone!

EVENT: NYC International Auto Show

Saturday, April 6, 2013

It Saturday! Beautiful sunny skies here in NYC! ¡Levantate mi gente! Time to get up and get out!

This post is a photo dump of my visit to the International Auto Show - going on now though April 7th at the Javitz Center. The shiny car browsing and people watching are definitely worth the $15 dollars.

Yes, people watching - I can't tell you how many people I saw all dressed up de gala just to come out to this and take pictures on the motorcycles and inside/outside the cars. People are changing facebook profile pictures this week mi gente, so beware. Jeje.

Enjoy the fotos!

A taxi?! Jaja, I guess. I mean, this is the yellow cab city.

Nissan, I didn't know you went hard like this... lemme find out ;}

I fell IN LOVE with the purple challenger, thoughts of him still make my heart beat faster (le sigh), but I haven't broken up with my love for Mustangs just yet. That blue boy's got the cutest fog lights :}

(Yes I use "cute" when talking about cars. 
Despite my tomboy demeanor I'm still a pretty in pink kinda gal.)

This Rolls Royce costs something like $518,000 - the older gentleman next to me says "You can buy a house with that..." and I think "Why do you need a house? You could probably live IN it."

Yellow two seater porsche? Sure, why not ;}

"Lift the suicide doors up... "

Isn't he beautiful? I swoon! 

I found myself putting mental check marks next to every convertible two seater - 
the brighter the color, the better >:}

This Lamburghini looks like a damn batmobile! 

FILM: Gimme The Loot Movie

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

I love "conversational duets" in rap songs, so it's no surprise that "Gimme The Loot" is one of my favorite tracks on Biggie's Ready To Die LP  (although that album mothers several of Biggie's best).

On Saturday I was chillin' on Amsterdam and 107th when I caught the movie poster at the bus stop - I was so excited! At first I figured it might be something similar to The Wackness, but whereas in The Wackness 90's rap was highlighted as an important part of the backdrop for this teenage love story, Gimme The Loot's focus seems to lie more on hip hop culture itself - primarily graffiiti - using the story of these two teenagers as the medium. That's probably what I'm most excited about, because for as long as I can remember I've been fascinated with graffiti.

The film just hit theaters about a week and half ago and is playing at the IFC. 
Anyone else plan on seeing the film? 

I'd also love to hear what others thought about The Wackness
(I will say this though, that OST's got some bangin' joints, courtesy of 1993.)

As a side note, I was gassed when I understood what they meant when they said "writers" in the trailer - a term I've encountered a few times in Raquel Cepeda's book Bird In Paradise: How I Became Latina. (A very good book so far, haven't been able to put it down since Saturday!) She talks a lot about 80's hip hop culture and how it influenced her childhood/adolescence in NYC - definitely worth the read.

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