Her fingers traced the pattern of his inked back.
My name is Asia and no I ain't played ya. I like my truth like I like my flava. [That was my attempt at rappin'.] More about me: I like to write and I like helping people. My ultimate goal is to live my life to the fullest, with purpose and plenty of love.
Her fingers traced the pattern of his inked back.
"Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital. The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of many children playing at the site instead of attending school.
When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared. Consequently, his open-air class room was born - between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.
Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds. There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble. Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard.
Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them. One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day - another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.”
Thank you, frenchchairs.
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Album Review: Pharrell, ‘G I R L’MARCH 7, 2014
Written by Asia Martin
It has been EIGHT years since Pharrell debuted his first solo album, In My Mind. With all his accolades as a songwriter, record producer, and featured rapper and singer on multiple songs, it’s hard to believe that this music mogul is only on a second album. Most artists take time off to just be alive, but Pharrell kept busy like a little Diddy. He’s received seven awards, continuously changes the hip-hop industry with his sound and style, started iamOTHER to initiate a cultural shift towards individualism, had a son named Rocket Man, got married to model and fashion designer Helen Lasichanh, and then makes occasional headlines for his fashion choices (i.e. cropped suit pants and the park ranger hat he wore to the Grammy’s supposedly in honor of Malcolm McLaren).
Pharrell has been around this Universe more times than we know and his latest album G I R L is a compilation of all of his treasured experiences.
1. Marilyn Monroe: The track featuring an orchestration by composer Hans Zimmer (12 Years A Slave and The Lion King) introduces the album as a romantic club playlist “to all the lovers” and praises his love interest (which I would think is his “bestie”/wife) for being what he has always envisioned. The track is playful and dance worthy.
2. Brand New: A love ballad featuring Justin Timberlake who successfully helps Pharrell channel the late Michael Jackson. The beginning is slightly reminiscent of young Michael on his Off The Wall album. I’m surprised Pharrell didn’t go in-house to Robin Thicke, but JT delivers an effortless high pitched MJ sound so it is all good. The track is sweet and sunny like the first sign of spring or more so when one falls in love and starts “feelin’ brand new.”
3. Hunter: Pharrell carries his revival of the 70’s disco and funk from working with Daft Punk on their last album to this track about a woman in hot pursuit for a skateboarder with dope-ass beats. The main sound is guitar riffs that sex up the prowl.
4. Gush: At this point you and your lover should be in the bedroom ready to “light that ass on fire.” The track quickly reminds us of Pharrell’s hit with Busta Rhymes in the early 2000’s, “Light Your Ass On Fire,” except he’s in the forefront now. This track is a slower paced and yet still carrying upbeat guitar riffs.
5. Happy: Somehow, this sexy love-dove playlist has been broken up by a kid-friendly track from Despicable Me 2 that has yet to wear out its welcome in the public.
6. Come Get It Bae: This song is a cross between Missy Elliot’s “Pass That Dutch” and the extended remixed “Blurred LInes.” Miley Cyrus is featured in the hook and her presence actually makes the song better because the melody switches up to accompany her pace.
7. Gust of Wind: One of my favorite tracks that has a nice collaboration with Daft Punk and introduces a young Canadian prodigy by the name of Francesco Yates on the guitar. The beat smooths out to lower the mood but the guitar riffs are continuous and it keeps the tempo club-friendly.
8. Lost Queen: Another woman praising track that is fun and upbeat. It keeps you in a good mood even though it slips in a verse on Pharrell being from a war-prone world.
9. FREQ: The song opens with almost a minute of calming ocean waves and then it segues into the slow jam “FREQ” featuring JoJo. The tempo is slow as if the crooner is going to preach more love making but instead Pharrell channels what feels like Don Blackman and repeats his mantra “You got to go inward to experience the outer space that was built for you.”
10. Know Who You Are: Features the pro-women powerhouse vocalist Alicia Keys asking women to take a pledge towards a better world. The rhythm is light and the lyrics are not as deep as they should be for a serious message. But Pharrell is trying to keep his listeners happy.
11. It Girl: Finally, a cookout turned house party joint for the summer crew, at least that’s how I imagine this track playing into my life. Its down to Earth (yes, Pharrell has landed his spaceship) and a very chill melody.
It’s clear that Pharrell enjoys the King of Pop because his influence is almost on every other track of G I R L and the disco era has coated the album like it did for Bruno Mars’ Treasure and Daft Punk’s sound. G I R L will make you feel good and stay in those good spirits. And no matter how much Pharrell travels through the 70’s and 80’s, his music stays true to his unique futuristic sound that embodies galaxies, lasers, and alien love.
Chillin with Stylist @dorisnewyork and her son MaxMilli, the muse @lionessmuse and @gregbanksmusic .
Seriously?! By @patcameronmakeup for @avbrown_photography
#FlashbackFriday to me and @SirMike from The Cool Kids. I was sooooooo in love with their music. #BlackMags #IRock #Pennies2K
For people who don’t know how to ride the train. Lol @ the man holding the door open.
Pharrell: What planet are you from girl? And are there others like you there?
Me: Currently Earth & N O P E
My supervisor handed my coworkers and I a different page from “20 Ways To Happy Habits” a n d this was mine. Its a good suggestion. I’ve been slowly adjusting my life because of it. Im always open to progress.
You know what’s funny? I think a lot of people view these images as interesting because they’re “unrealistic” or specifically because they feature men of color, anachronistic. I do like them, but I just wanted to add something….
For each of these implied anachronisms, there is a real painting of a real Man of Color from European Art History. (The text for each image is a link to learn more!)
P.S. my favorite from the OP is will.i.am!!!
After work #music!
Applauding Pharrell for sporting that hat regardless of the bad press it gets. He wanted to represent for one of his heroes and he stuck to his decision. Good man. #gq worthy.
80’s a film night anyone? #breakfastclub #anthonymichaelhall #80baby #90skid
#Celebrities using their fame and fortune for humanity! Yes! #akon #music #charity #solarpower #fame #fortune #africa