Rihanna Revolution: Black Nationalism and Resistance in American Oxygen

Probably the most interesting and provocative music video of the last decade has provoked perhaps predictable tepid moralizing from certain quarters. If you haven’t seen it, do. Interspersed with footage of Rihanna singing (and at times crawling on the ground with an inflated parachute providing resistance) is moving collage of some of the defining and […]

In Praise of Shadows: A Short Review of the Work of Azsacra Zarathustra

Part Brahman (Hindu priest) and part Kshatriya (warrior) — in terms of “warfare, aggression, and valour” — is how Dr. Santosh Kumar describes Russian author Azsacra Zarathistra. Zarathustra is the author of several works, including TDAS: The Theory of the Destruction of All Systems and Anti-4, Or: AGAINST 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ETC. He […]

Are Muscles Useless?

Author Yukio Mishima, photographed by Eikoh Hosoe.

The “Meterosexual” has been replaced by the “Spornosexual”. You’ve seen him. He is the male that inhabits gyms, pumps his body up, and tans and grooms himself purely for show. A cynic might describe his physical body as essentially “useless.” And “useless” is not the way we want to be described. “The protestant work ethic” — so […]

LZZR Launches New Sustainable Jewelry Collection

Sustainable jewelry by LZZR

Beauty meets sustainability in the work of LA-based jewelry design label LZZR. Worn by musician’s American Authors, fashion bloggers Viviere Bella, Stylists Emily + Merritt, Actress Grace Helbig and others, LZZR jewelry is crafted in repurposed bronze and copper scrap material found in a local metals factory in the Los Angeles area. The LZZR line includes sculptural […]

Casual Elegance: DRESSADDICT launches new menswear and womenswear lines

“It’s about being unique and enigmatic,” says Artem Gryshchenko about the new men’s and womenswear collections by DRESSADDICT by Artem & Victor. The Kiev-based fashion design label has continued to develop its signature look, with the emphasis, for the women’s line in particular, on looser, flowing fabric. The look is “casual elegance,” says Artem, with DRESSADDICT introducing silk […]

Power is Inside: Derrick Coleman’s Moving Ad for Duracell

Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks.

If you’re like me, you loathe those ads that appear before almost every video now on YouTube, and fixate on the five second countdown until the click “Skip Ad” button appears to get rid of whatever some brand is selling. Ads, for the most part, are utterly, though mercifully forgettable. Duracell’s latest ad featuring Derrick […]

Corporate Karma: Better Values Means Bigger Rewards

corporate karma, an article on capitalism and ethics

There’s a tendency to believe that values are an obstacle to “making money.” And certainly we can all think of companies that have no problem with behaving unethically for an extra dime or two, whether it’s ripping off their consumers, taking serious advantage of their staff, or simply having no concern for society or the environment. […]