Fast Forward

What are we checking out? Who are we listening to?  Where are we going?  Where have we been?  Who's here, who's next and who has consistently set the pace? Fast Forward answers questions, asks questions, reports on what we've got poppin' and takes a look at how blue, black and brown people are getting down artistically, creatively and culturally.  

Luke Cage On Netflix

The promise of Luke Cage, the first Black comic book hero in the Marvel Universe to roll out with a dedicated show, had us super excited.  Then the series hit Netflix and we binge watched 13 episodes of amazingness. Luke Cage shut down Netflix on the Saturday of its release. I would venture to say the show is a hit!  It was beautifully shot, delivered great performances and nicely written. (Hat tip to showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker).

Luke Cage tells the story of a superhero but also tells a story of Black life in Harlem. Harlem, NY and all of its majesty, history and notoriousness is masterfully woven into the Luke Cage script. Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, The Cotton Club, The Apollo Theater, uptown politics and many Harlem icons, past and present, have a place in Luke Cage's Harlem. Harlem is not just a backdrop, it's a part of the show.  

And then there's the musical score.  Composed by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Luke Cage gave it to us ... 70's soul, 90's hip hop, live performances and strings. The music is so amazing that they have held a concert performance of the music since the release of the series. They just might want to figure out how to perform the score around the country. At least in the top 10 markets. I'm sending that idea to them telepathically as I type. 

Check out Luke Cage on Netflix! You can thank us later. - LE

Omar Victor Diop

 Beautiful Shades of Black Series. Omar Victor Diop, 2014.

Beautiful Shades of Black Series. Omar Victor Diop, 2014.

We have been following Omar Victor Diop on Instagram for the past couple of years and are dazzled by his eye for color, bold compositions and presentation of African subject matter and people in his work.  Omar Victor Diop was born in Dakar in 1980. Since his early days, he's developed an interest for Photography and Design, essentially as a means to capture the diversity of modern african societies and lifestyles.

The quick success of his first conceptual project Fashion 2112, le Futur du Beau which was featured at the Pan African Exhibition of the African Biennale of Photography of 2011 in Bamako (Rencontres de Bamako) encouraged him to end his career in Corporate Communications to dedicate to photography in 2012.

 Project Diaspora Series.  Omar Victor Diop, 2014.

Project Diaspora Series.  Omar Victor Diop, 2014.

Omar Victor Diop Lives in Dakar, his body of work includes Fine Arts and Fashion Photography as well as Advertising Photography. He enjoys mixing his photography with other forms of art, such as costume design, styling and creative writing.  His work is interrogative and intriguing, prospective, yet a tad vintage and draws inspiration from Diop's international uplifting, as well as his african visual heritage.

Check out his stunning visual portfolio and learn more at www.omarviktor.com .  - LE