A lot of things (museums, movie theatres, transportations, bars, you name it) are for free or way less expensive for students, so don’t forget to pack your student card if you have one when you travel in France!
i’ve been thinking recently about how a lot of current media uses black music to describe white people
like nina simone’s “feelin good” is so fucking iconic but how sick am i of hearing that brass line play while someone opens the door to a ferrari and a bare white leg in a high-heeled shoe steps onto the pavement, you know? that song is so sexy and emphatic and it’s BLACK it’s SUCH A BLACK SONG, it is a sexy black emphatic hot weather song, you know
idk i saw a preview for the new transporter movie the other day and it starts with all these shots of like expensive watches and fast cars and designer clothes and like sexy shiny untouchable what-have-you and it’s all to a soundtrack of rap music and it turns out it’s about this british white guy??? it’s so fucking incongruous??? again it’s music that describes BLACK wealth, BLACK crowds, black sexiness, black car drivers, black voices and faces and bodies, that is what makes you sit up and take interest, and then it’s actually a bait-and-switch to be about a white guy
just another example of all of us valuing black culture but not black people, you know? we’re evoking everything that is compelling about blackness without actually portraying blackness at all
Filmed over a three-year period on China’s railway system, the evocative documentary The Iron Ministry draws expansive social and political implications from a narrow physical setting. See it August 21–27 at MoMA.
[The Iron Ministry. 2014. USA/China. Directed by J.P. Sniadecki. Courtesy Icarus Films]