“There’s no mythology for women. If you’re reading On Poetics or whatever, the archetypal, primal stories are all about men. With women you’re either Persephone, the innocent that’s captured in the underground, or you’re Aphrodite, the unapproachable goddess. There are no gradations,” explains Brit Marling, always the charming intellectual, speaking from the Los Angeles home where she’s working on her next script. “It’s fascinating to watch women writers and directors wrestling in real time with what it means to invent the feminine narrative from scratch. Does it not look at all like the traditional, linear hero’s journey? That very classic, traditional line that we think of as storytelling. Or does the female version look different? Is it elliptical?”

 … “There are all these things around us all the time that we can sense but can’t explain,” Marling says. “Film becomes one of the beautiful tools for attempting to get at the unseen, to talk about it and to revel in it.”

Brit Marling: Inventing The Female Narrative

For Delcy and a small defined group of black men in New York, specifically in Brooklyn, dressing like a gentlemen or a dandy is a way of life. They are defiantly veering from the saturated images of urban black man in the globally recognizable uniform of oversized silhouettes and casual attire. Delcy would never be caught dead swimming in his clothes; “I think the most unattractive thing is a man in ill-fitting clothes,” he says. These polished black gentlemen, which also include not only Americans, but also Africans and Caribbean immigrants, approach wearing bow ties, tailored suits, cuff links, and pockets squares, with an equal amount of zest, meticulousness and self-pride. They possess an enthusiasm and commitment to style that rivals Congo’s dandies, Les Sapeurs.

Dawn of the Dandy: The New Black Gentlemen [BBook]

Who said that time heals all wounds? It would be better to say that time heals everything - except wounds. With time, the hurt of separation loses its real limits. With time, the desired body will soon disappear, and if the desiring body has already ceased to exist for the other, then what remains is a wound, disembodied.
—  Chris Marker
The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes Goes Solo With ‘More Than You’ll Ever Know’

Boy bands come and go, but there is always one member that stands out and manages to stick around after everyone has gone their own way. With Nsync it was Justin Timberlake and with 98 Degrees it was Nick Lachey. Now that British all-male singing quintet The Wanted is on hiatus, it’s time for the guys to all find their sound and attempt solo careers. Nathan Sykes is the first to put something out under his own name, and it’s actually rather good.

Read the entire review on Black Book Magazine’s site

It’s been a long time coming, but here we are, just a month shy of J. Cole’s Roc Nation debut, Cole World: A Sideline Story. Jay-Z’s 25-year-old protégé kicked off Heineken and Roc Nation’s Red Star Access Tour at the Bowery Ballroom last night, and though he’s yet to release an official album (Cole World hits September 27), he still had enough popular tracks to run through onstage, screaming out, Hov-style, I’ve got a million of these! If he wanted to, that is.

Highlights From Last Night’s J. Cole Show at Bowery Ballroom