david bowie challenge

The Let’s Draw Sherlock challenge that was one of my favorites from a year ago: The Musical Art Challenge.

This was inspired by David Bowie’s incredible song, “Heroes”, and always reminds me of Mary, John, and Sherlock and the fantastic series. Although I’m saddened that Let’s Draw has ended, and regret not being able to participate with the challenges as much as I’d like to, I’m so incredibly thankful for the gift that all the mods have given to all of us, and for the dedication they’ve collectively shown to this fandom since the challenges began time and time again.



30-day song challenge

Day 7: a song to drive to

I’m deranged, by David Bowie

11th+12th January

Bit behind with the ‘drawing a day keeps the ills at bay’ but there are the little drawings from that fateful day - the roses my Mother and I laid at the Brixton mural (there were probably only around a dozen) - but oh how it grew!

~ Sun machine is coming down and we’re gonna have a party ~

There seem to be a lot of black artists making very good videos that I’m surprised aren’t being used on MTV.

David Bowie

David Bowie challenged MTV for its discrimination against black musicians in the 80s

Even though it could threaten his reputation with a network that could make or break careers, Bowie wasn’t afraid to stand up for racial justice.

Read the full exchange with MTV VJ Mark Goodman from 1980.

David Bowie: “Why are there practically no blacks on the network?”

Mark Goodman: “We seem to be doing music that fits into what we want to play on MTV. The company is thinking in terms of narrowcasting.”

David Bowie: “There seem to be a lot of black artists making very good videos that I’m surprised aren’t being used on MTV.”

Mark Goodman: “We have to try and do what we think not only New York and Los Angeles will appreciate, but also Poughkeepsie or the Midwest. Pick some town in the Midwest which would be scared to death by… a string of other black faces, or black music. We have to play music we think an entire country is going to like, and certainly we’re a rock and roll station.”

David Bowie: “Don’t you think it’s a frightening predicament to be in?”

Mark Goodman:“Yeah, but no less so here than in radio.”

David Bowie: “Don’t say, ‘Well, it’s not me, it’s them.’ Is it not possible it should be a conviction of the station and of the radio stations to be fair… to make the media more integrated?”
—  David Bowie in 1982, challenging MTV host Mark Goodman on their refusal to play black musicians on their channel