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“There’s this story, actually, that Quincy told me years ago. And what said is that Michael had the ability to come in, he could lay down the lead vocal of a track. And then he could sit there, listen, just put the time in and figure out where all the harmonies should go. And then do that, not leave until he had the harmonies right.”~Nelson George


Custom Storm Trooper Helmets, (Click images for artist info).

Part of the Star Wars Legion Art Exhibit, open until Sunday, May 4th 2014, at the Robert Varges Gallery.

All proceeds benefit the Willing Hearts charity


A Ballerina’s Tale,” a documentary about Misty Copeland - the first Black woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre - will be released in theaters and video on demand October 14, 2015.   The documentary was directed and produced by award-winning Black filmmaker/author Nelson George. (I love stories by, about and for “us.”) 

I first saw Misty back in 2010 when she was touring with Prince.  As she danced to “The Beautiful Ones,” I was mesmerized by her movements, body, strength, grace and beauty.  I thought she was divinity in motion!  

When I got home from the concert that night, I became slightly obsessed with finding and following news about her. Since then, she’s been profiled on CBS’ “60 Minutes” and PBS’ NewsHour, named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” and written her autobiography and a children’s book.  Her ad for “Under Armour” apparel company has received over 9 million views (and counting), and she’s become a sought-after motivational speaker

I’m ecstatic to see this talented, trailblazing, gorgeous woman - who has defied odds and overcome adversity - continue to inspire, influence and soar! 



George Nelson’s How to Kill People: A Problem of Design raises questions about design intent in this week’s Design and Violence blog post. 

[George Nelson (American, 1908-1986). Medieval illustration used in the CBS/Camera Three short film How to Kill People: A Problem of Design. 1960. Image courtesy of the George Nelson Foundation/Vitra Design Museum Archives]


Redbull Music Academy: D'Angelo Lecture

R&B icon D’Angelo is an elusive man, and purposefully so. This much we learned earlier this week, during his lengthy interview with Nelson George as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. There were plenty of other takeaways as well: D’s first experience at the Apollo nearly ended in disaster. He likes going “deep into the onion” when recording. And Mtume gave him a much needed confidence boost at a critical moment. In the nearly 90 minute lecture, D’Angelo opened up in a way that few have ever seen him before. 


“We tried not to do poverty porn. The Kipling brothers have a mother and father - together, in the show, they have their own business. The mother does hair, the father has a barbershop, they live upstairs from the place. And in the episodes you can see that their home… we call it the place of warmth. There is a creativity there and a sense of community and one of the things that I really wanted to have in the show that I think that Baz and all the writers were really strong on is the idea of: yes, we have the street culture but… I grew up in New York in 1977, we had dinner at home! Our parents had day jobs! It wasn’t all bananas, there was a sense of structure. In your home you tried to protect the kids from the stuff that was going on outside.” -Nelson George (x)