Would you be upset if your best friend slept with your ex? #HurtBro was.
But there’s two sides to every story. And #HurtBro now sees the error of his ways.
Watch two problematic best friends confront each other about lying and mistrust. Inspired by #HurtBae
Comment below on whether or not you would date your best friend’s ex.
Breaking up with my barber because of politics seems silly to most.
But politics is everything. It’s how people treat us and view us according to sociopolitical structures. Especially when it comes to racism, you have a choice in who you offer business too in your neighborhood. In East Harlem, there are dozens of Black-owned barbers I could be a patronage of. So if I’m going to be a patron of a non-Black barber operating in a majority-Black neighborhood, it better be one that at least respects my existence.
Watch Almonte explain how he decided breaking up with his barber was the right thing to do when he featured in the Harlem-based “I aint talkin” Podcast.
Watch Chio Dancing to Black Panther “Waterfall Fight” while she waits for the bus in New York City.
If you thought you couldn’t take Black people anywhere, wait until you see how we act after we leave the Black Panther Premiere.
You can take the Queen out of Wakanda. You can’t take the Wakanda out the Queen.
Watch Ghetto Jeffro as a Voice Actor for Coolman Coffeedan’s Ghetto Dog Animation!
Ghetto Jeffro is a character for sure. So when Coolman Coffeedan asked me to feature as a voice actor for one of his animated shorts, I had to forward the job to Jeffro himself.
We all wonder what our dogs are thinking. Especially when we ask them to do frivolous tricks. The Williamsburg-residing Coolman Coffeedan never expected his new dog to be from Harlem with the thickest east-side accent ever. This ghetto dog animation is a first-time experience for Jeffro. But not for Coffeedan.
Coolman Coffeedan has a series of animated shorts that go viral on Facebook and Youtube for their quirky, minimalist style. Art that tells the story but doesn’t distract you from the content. And not just comedy. In this short he explores the concept of love and self-motivation. This introspective piece seems like an idea Coffeedan thought to himself but decided to share with the world. And what better way than to curate that message through the cute little noseless animated guy that resembles Blu from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.
Follow @Coolman_Coffeedan on Instagram for more!
Watch Jinzo’s scaffold video dancing to this Great Dane track.
After shooting for another larger project in East Harlem’s CitiFresh supermarket, Jinzo and I passed by a beautiful scaffold. I always found the geometric patters and symmetry within them to be mesmerizing. A man-made, trypophobia-free spiral that provides you warmth from the winter winds. Inter-dimensional tunnels of beautiful overhead lighting and flashing headlights zooming by. Many find scaffold’s creepy and gritty. And I’m usually speed walking through the city to get to my destination. But I like to take my time when I’m walking under scaffold’s.
The leading lines created in these tunnels are always one of my favorite wide angles to get on camera. So I told Jinzo to throw on the hardest dark trap song he could think of.
Jinzo heard this song during JABBAWOCKEEZ NBA 2017 Finals performance and couldn’t resist killing it himself with this scaffold video.
Get to know the girl in the pink bodysuit that killed the Milly Rock and gained traction for her online dance videos.
– A Chio Interview.
Chio joins Cashmere in the Nexus to talk about her multi-talented childhood and life after going viral. Similar to Almonte, Chio is a young renaissance woman. She describes herself as a ‘whirlwind of art’ being an alto saxophonist that studied dance and acting in college. Chio even went to the same African dance program as Cashmere in Brooklyn’s Restoration ART Youth Academy with legendary Baba Chuck Davis as her primary dance choreographer. New York really is a small world when it comes to artistry.
Chio’s transition to becoming a music artist
Chio recently teamed up with the producer of hip hop’s iconic hits “Ether” and “Pop Champagne” Ron Browz. “Candy” is Chio’s break from her serious tonality in previous tracks. She talks about embracing a more fun, vibrant aura. Something her fans “can dance to.” It’s great to see Hip Hop’s icons empowering the next generation of music as she describes Browz to be “in tune with social media–” a primary platform for most young indie artists.
Pressures to stay relevant and being an ‘inspiration’
As Instagram’s new algorithm ghosts accounts from the explore page that don’t have 10% engagement rate, the pressures to keep your clout pushes on. And Chio describes the pressures to pump out daily content being ‘odey.’
“I wanna give you content, but… I got a life.”
The idea of giving up your real social life to unlock the full potential of your online social media presence is pretty haunting. Especially when the internet holds you to a higher moral standard just because you’re popular.
Chio humbly rejects the idea of being an inspiration. While she finds herself “not perfect,” it is that very fact that makes her relatable to the fans that look up to her. Fans don’t look to idolize a saint but to find guidance in someone they can relate to. Someone that is flawed yet still pushes themselves to grow.
It’s hard for artists to get a grasp on the fact that they are leaders. People literally follow their every move. And even people just minding their own business like Target Bae (Alex from Target) develop online followings they’ve never even asked for.
You already won the argument.
But how would you know?
Many of us continue going down the rabbit hole after we’ve already won the argument. Maybe to feel good about ourselves. Maybe because we’re being manipulated into thinking our point hasn’t been made clear. Nonetheless, here’s 3 ways to know if someone is bluffing to cover up their loss:
- “It’s just my opinion.”
- “Ad Hominems”
- “You just want to be right.”