Thursday, December 29, 2011

Greg Palast - Vulture's Picnic Lecture Pt. 1

Part 1: Wall Street is an address; Why we occupy

Greg Palast speaking at a KPFK book event for his latest book, VULTURES' PICNIC (

Recorded on 16 November 2011 in Los Angeles

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Mumia Off Death Row

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday abandoned their 30-year pursuit of the execution of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther whose claim that he was the victim of a racist legal system made him an international cause celebre.

Abu-Jamal, 58, will instead spend the rest of his life in prison. His writings and radio broadcasts from death row had put him at the center of an international debate over capital punishment.

Flanked by Officer Daniel Faulkner's widow, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced his decision two days short of the 30th anniversary of the white policeman's killing...
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Courtesy Associated Press

Or watch Democracy Now for more

Friday, November 11, 2011

Simply Netfah Sacred Adornment Workshops

Business Opportunity with Simply Netfah

For more information, to set up a free consultation, book a home show or workshop presentation, or simply visit our boutique, please contact Simply Netfah at:
studio: 267.918.6079 - email:

Tyeakia Designs Hits Philly

Tyeakia Designs 2012 Fashion Runway Art Exhibition
 Friday Nov 11 2011 8-12pm@ (PhilaMoca)Philadelphia Mausoleum of Comtemparary Art
531 North 12th st (12th & Spring Garden) Philadelphia Pa 19125 (

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Fantastic Blackness Art Exhibition

If you plan to be in So. Cal next February check out this unique art exhibition, entitled "Fantastic Blackness," curated by Dr. Adilifu Nama. Dr. Nama is the author of Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes, definately worth adding to the collection. "Cover art imagery was executed by John Jennings, mixing classic Kirbyesque superhero archetypes with powerful negritude and pride."

A big nod to Reginald Hudlin over at HEF and Komplicated for sharing this.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

"Occupy Philadelphia" Meets "Stop the Wars Rally"

On November 5, black social justice activists will be joined by peace groups, environmentalists, artists and students in a national “Occupy Philadelphia” march entitled “Stop the Wars and Build the Resistance.”

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Dubber's European Tour

The Dubber, ever soulful and ecclectic, performs songs from his latest album in London and Paris Oct 17-29. Not to be missed.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yeji Jun Exhibition October 1 thru 31

Don't miss Yeji Jun's exhibition at Artist Haven Gallery
October 1 through October 31, 2011

Visit Yeji's website to see more of her work
or see her in the sping issue of Aesthetics 6250 A.U.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October Gallery's 26th Annual Philly Art Expo

Three - Day Weekend of Art, Music & Great Food

in Downtown Mt Airy, Philadelphia, PA 19119 Admission FREE

26th Annual Philadelphia International Art Expo is a three day indoor / outdoor art event along the 7000 - 7200 blocks of historic Germantown Avenue in the Mt Airy section of Philadelphia, PA 19119. Artist and sponsor booths are placed up and down historic Germantown Avenue from Sedgwick Avenue to Allens Lane.

This is an Expo of popular world art and the art of living well, combining unique visual art with an opportunity to meet and network with a diverse group of visual and craft artists in a setting that is exciting and multifaceted. This event features over 150 art and craft exhibitors / vendors from 45 states and 6 countries including the many shops and businesses along the avenue.

Expo is presented by October Gallery. October Gallery is Celebrating 26 Years in the Art Industry and has operated a physical art gallery in Philadelphia, PA since 1985. Its current location is 6353 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

October Gallery has been Connecting People with Art for 26 years. They deliver magic and romance to the art experience. Call 215-629-3939 or visit the website.

info taken from expo website

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Jamie Martinez Exhibition 9/30-10/12

September 30 - October 12th "I'm having trouble cutting this ballerina" Orchard Windows Gallery NY, NY

To view more of Jamie's artwork visit his site @
and check him out in our Sping issue of Aesthetics 6250 A.U.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New from Sarafine...

Browse Sarafine's latest collection of floating jewelry made of amethyst, rose quarts and other healing crystals. Artisan Sarah Stavou's unique creations can also be seen in our spring issue of Aesthetics 6250 A.U.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Invest in WURD 900 AM

Become a 900AM Club Member!

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Your annual membership subscription of $125 comes with a host of benefits including:

• Access to exclusive 900AM Club Member-Only Events

• Custom designed 900AM Club Member Tee Shirt

• Discounted tickets to WURD events

• Discounts at partner museums and retail stores

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Presenting Aesthetics 6250 A.U. Summer 2011 Special Edition

With the recent passing of three very talented and influential men in the fields of music, art and healing, Aesthetics 6250 A.U. is honored to dedicate an issue to them. This issue acknowledes the life achievements of the urban troubadour and modern day griot, Gil Scott Heron and the ecclectic Afrakan style of artist Twins Seven Seven. We also celebrate the life of Dr. Frank E. Wyatt whose untimely passing leaves a vacuum in the world of Afrakan holistic health.

We met Gil Scott Heron after a concert, Twins Seven Seven at a dinner affair and Dr. Wyatt was a regular source of health advice for years. In this issue we get to share our personal anecdotes. Join us in celebration and appreciation.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In Memory and Appreciation of...

This summer we said goodbye to two outstanding visionaries in the fields of visual art and music. May 27th we lost Gil Scott Heron followed by Prince Twins Seven-Seven on June 16th. Both of these artists touched on the cornerstone of Afrakan life. In addition, we lost a master practitioner of holistic health, Dr. Frank Wyatt, on June 21, 2011. Their contributions were unique and impactful, certain to leave a void that will not soon be filled.

Gil Scott Heron

Twins Seven Seven

Dr. Frank E. Wyatt

Look for them to be featured in our summer edition of Aesthetics 6250 A.U. online magazine.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What People are Saying about Aesthetics 6250 A.U.

"This is a wonderful experience. Aesthetics Magazine staff is very professional and nice. I feel very great to be featured in the magazine and also work with them. Thank you to Aesthetics Magazine for the hard and great work!"
- Yeji Jun

"I really enjoyed working with you guys. The magazine looks amazing and hopefully we can continue to work in the future. Keep up the good work!"
- Jamie Martinez

"Just wanted to take a moment out to personally thank you for the opportunity of launching my artwork to the world. Once again, thank you for your consideration!"
- Joseph C. Randall

"This is a wonderful, informative virtual magazine that introduces artists to the world. I love their support to the art world and their point of view. They did a story on me as a Designer for Sarafiné, Inc. and introduced me to people I would have never reached. Great job."
- Sarah Stavrou

"Wow, well done. Thanks for the love."
- Reginald Hudlin

"My artist is so pleased to have you portray his work so beautifully. Thank you so much."
- Rosette Stavrou

"Excellent work on the mag. Totally feeling the layout and central theme. Bro, I would so buy this book with a quickness. You totally knocked it out the park."
- Mr Majestik

"I very much enjoyed the Aesthetics 6250 A.U. featuring the Black Panther. Congratulations on compiling a great collection of Black Panther artwork. Thank you for sharing this with us."
- Damon Owens

"Beautiful, beautiful drawings...Makes me wanna pick up a pencil again."
- Battle

- Kimoyo

- Hero X

"Very Cool & Great Work!!!!"
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"Beautifully done. I wish it were in print..I would definitely buy a copy."
- Roland JP

"Ture, that's awesome man."
- Umbra

"This is really great artwork!"
- Marvell2100

"Yo, this is beyond awesome! Great job!"
- Geg Anderson

Thanks for the love. The new issue drops soon... stay tuned.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yeji Jun Portal to Enigma Exhibition - Jun 4 2011

The work of artist Yeji Jun will be featured at Agora Gallery in NY june 4-25th. If you're in the area, we highly reccommend seeing Ms. Jun's work in person. Her art, recently featured in our Aesthetics 6250 A.U., is unique to say the least and quite thought provoking. See details below.

Portal to Enigma

Portal to Enigma focuses on the work of artists who embrace the challenge of self-expression with an enthusiasm that shines through their chosen medium, enlivening and intensifying their creations. The works seek to bring a sense of beauty to touch the emotions of their viewers, leaving a lasting impression and introducing us to the delicate, vibrant wonder of the world.

June 4 - 25, 2011
Reception: Thursday, June 09, 2011
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm

Visit Yeji Jun's Website

See Yeji's work in Aesthetics 6250 A.U. - Spring 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rooftop Party to Support WITNESS & Project: FOCUS

This Monday, join WITNESS staff, board members and volunteers to watch the sunset from one of the city's most beautiful rooftops and learn about our work. Approaching its 20th year anniversary, WITNESS is an international human rights organization based in Brooklyn that empowers people to use video to expose human rights abuses and create change.

Please RSVP and invite your friends - a $20 donation at the door will not only support WITNESS, it will also be matched thanks to a generous donor! Additionally, it will also give you access to an open bar, live music and a room of people that you will want to meet...we look forward to seeing you on Monday.


Monday, May 02, 2011

Aesthetics Magazine Goes International

In less than one month after release, The 5th Anniversary Spring Edition of Aesthetics 6250 A.U. Magazine has been viewed in over 20 countries internationally - not to mention across the entire United States, including Hawaii.

We are very proud to say that the artists and designers featured in Aesthetics have been exposed both nationally and internationally. It is the aim of the Arts and Aesthetics Collective to promote creatively innovative and culturally relevant artists and designers around the world. And with this issue, we've done just that.

We'd like to thank all the artists & designers who contributed to the success of this issue. And to our international viewers...


Muchas Gracias!




Merci Beaucoup!






vielen herzlichen Dank!




ευχαριστώ πολύ!


के कारण!





United Kingdom

Thank you!



United Arab Emirates


Trinidad & Tobago

Thank you!


Terima Kasih!






Ви благодарам!


And last but not least
thank you to the US!

Haven't seen it yet?

Check out the issue here

Thursday, April 28, 2011

3rd Annual Sister's Keeper Conference

Free woman, culture conscious and fashion forward Netfah Amina Afia of Simply Netfah Wholistic Boutique continues in her ongoing committment to the nurturing and advancement of Afrakan women.

The conference will be held May 8 - 14, register today!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Michigan law threatens Afrakan community

Courtesy April 25's episode of the Rachel Maddow Show...Michigan's emergency financial manager law grants its "overseer" the unilateral power to deconstruct the Afrakan (African American) community of Benton Harbor. This small community off the shores of Lake Michigan is the first town in Michigan to have its elected government effectively nullified. See this clip below for more details:

View Rachel Maddow Clip

Another argument for the development of autonomous communities.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Aesthetics 6250 A.U. Available in Print

Aesthetics 6250 A.U. is now available for purchase in paperback and as limited release hardcover. 5 years in the making, Aesthetics features 4 amazing artists and 2 incredible designers in over 100 outstanding pages. Available exclusively here from the Arts and Aesthetics Collective.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Soundtrack of Aesthetics 6250 A.U.

There's something to be said when the visual arts are complimented by acoustic artistry. During the design process, we must have listened to the Sin and the Fear by Mangataot hourly for days, and every CD by Last Soul Descendents is a must for those into ambient moods and introspection. Aesthetics 6250 A.U. Spring 2011 edition was a labor of love, the intensity of which can be felt through the soundtrack that accompanied its creation. We hope you enjoy.

Browse through the soundtrack of Aesthetics here:

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Aesthetics 6250 A.U. 5th Anniversary Spring Edition

A Pattern Master a Griot and a Phenom coalesce with Inner Visions. A Couturiere and One conversant in the banter of butterflies reach an accord. They all shall meet in the spring, on the last day of the third month, in the 11th year of the second millenium. It is then, that their acts of creation will manifest for the world to see.

The wait is over.

Aesthetics 6250 A.U. 5th Anniversary Spring Edition is here

View it now

Over 100 pages. Featuring the art of:

Yeji Jun

Larry "Poncho" Brown

Joseph C. Randall

Jamie Martinez

Vintage stylings and interior designs by
Sarah Stavrou of Sarafine

Handcrafted jewelry by
Bluforks' own Kim Lake

All this plus a book review by Chenjerai Kumanyika
and an in depth look at Sabir Bey

View Aesthetics 6250 A.U. Spring 2011