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Toofly: “Brave Souls Illuminate”

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Toofly: “Brave Souls Illuminate”


Toofly - Upper Playground - Brave Souls Illuminate

Toofly - Upper Playground - Brave Souls Illuminate

Maria “Toofly” Castillo is a painter and illustrator from New York.  Growing up Queens, Toofly immersed herself in graffiti culture and developed her own knack for handstyles and unique “around the way girl” characters.

“Brave Souls Illuminate” is a re-mix of new, and existing works that showcase Toofly’s growth as young woman drawing and writing on the walls to a mature well respected fine artist, designer, and visual arts producer.

Her existing works takes you on a journey of a self proclaimed, “around the way girl” using hard and fluid lines, handstyles, and self confidence to declare a spot in NYC’s graffiti subculture dominated by men, and fierce attitude.

Her new works re-introduce the shades of grey that originally helped her pull in the raw emotions she grew up with, and surfaces new and improved. As she travels to reconnect time and space, the new pieces not only feel and look more mature, yet bring you back to the core of her spirit:  ”A brave being who looks to shine bright unapologetic from the inside out!”

”Brave Souls Illuminate” features new works and an installation on display at FIFTY24LA GalleryNovember 11 – January 4, 2009.

Show Opens: Wednesday, 11.11.09

Downtown LA Art Walk, 11.12.09


FIFTY24LA Gallery

125 East 6 St.
Los Angeles, Ca 90014
415.252.9144
www.upperplayground.com

Toofly is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts where she applied her artistic skills to illustration and graphic design coursework.  Her signature “around the way girl” character is instantly recognizable from print to public street art projects.  She and her partner Alice Mizrachi founded Younity, a female urban arts collective, in which they produce art exhibitions, books and mentorship art programs for young women in the arts.  Toofly’s art and design work have appeared in books, video and magazines including Graffiti Women, Burning New York, Current TV, MTV Tr3, Trace, Mass Appeal, Juxtapoz, URB and Honey. Not to mention, Toofly is also apart of M.I.S.S., if you’ve missed her Women Making History, you can read it here.

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NIKE Sportswear at The Montalbán Presents CINEMA TUESDAYS: NOTORIOUS

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NIKE Sportswear at The Montalbán Presents CINEMA TUESDAYS: NOTORIOUS


The Nike Sportswear Cinema Tuesday Series started 2009 in a big way this Tuesday by showing a special advanced screening of the much anticipated film NOTORIOUS directed by George Tillman Jr., about the legendary hip hop artist Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. This screening was definitely the place to be on Tuesday night ( Flo Rida, Macy Gray, and even Sharon Stone were there!), and thanks to the good people at Nike Sportswear M.I.S.S. Crew was in attendance :)

NIKE Sportswear at The Montalbán Presents CINEMA TUESDAYS: NOTORIOUS

NIKE Sportswear at The Montalbán Presents CINEMA TUESDAYS: NOTORIOUS

Presented in conjunction with URB Magazine, the evening started off with DJ sets by MC Lyte and DJ Smiles Davis playing hip hop classics setting the mood and getting the crowd ready to watch the film. NOTORIOUS tells the story about the remarkable rise and all-too-short career of “The Notorious B.I.G.” Jamal Woolard’s portrayal of Biggie shows his journey from Brooklyn street hustler to one of hip hops most talented and successful rappers.

Set against a backdrop of some of the Notorious B.I.G.’s greatest hits and including characters such as Puffy, Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, and Tupac, this film is a definite must see! NOTORIOUS will be released in theaters this Friday January 16th.

Cinema Tuesdays will be monthly in 2009. For more info on the upcoming schedule check out Nikesportwear.com or film curators Flux.net. Remember tickets are FREE, but an RSVP is a must!

Also, don’t forget to check out the retail store at The Montalbán for all your Nike Sportswear shopping needs. The Spring 09 Nike Sportswear line debuts this weekend. And if you’re in the mood for some customized kicks and want some one-on-one help, check out the NIKEiD Studio upstairs in the theatre’s balcony.

Store hours are:
Wednesday & Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday 12pm-8pm

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Vote For Santogold!


The best cd I got this year was hands down Santogold’s self-titled album. I listened to it on repeat all day, all night.  It was one of the few albums I could listen to all the way through.  I don’t have a favorite song because I love them all equally.   I finally had a chance to do something about how much I love Santogold.   Urb Magazine is conducting its annual poll and Santogold is nominated in 5 categories: Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Indie Artist of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Video.  Go vote for Santogold! I know I did!

If you want more Santogold check out the new track by Jay-Z feat. Santogold song “Brooklyn (Go Hard)” on her myspace and if you need a referesher on why L.E.S. Artiste should win for best video watch below.

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Video In My Backyard


Seems like making short films or videos is the new blogging. The newest video-based website we’ve come across is VIMBY – Video In My Backyard – “a video content company devoted to capturing young lifestyle and culture all over the nation.” They have videos covering music, fashion, cars, travel, action sports and night life. We checked it out and there’s definitely some good content – check out some of our favorites below.

Estelle performing at the Puma store in Soho and discussing her new PUMA line with Christian Soriano of Project Runway fame.

Kid Sister and Janelle Monae after the jump!
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We Got The Beat: Hopie Spitshard Presents “The Diamond Dame”


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Today marks the release of Hopie Spitshard’s solo debut album The Diamond Dame. The Diamond Dame is 13 original tracks written by Hopie and produced by 6Fingers and features Del the Funky Homosapien, Bambu (Native Guns), Topkat, EyeASage, Kid Static and Smigg Dirtee! The album is great and the ladies and I have been listening to it on repeat at M.I.S.S. Crew HQ. Last week we had the chance to sit down with Hopie to talk about her influences, how she got her start and what it’s like to be a woman rapping in a male-dominated industry.

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When did you start rapping and how did you realize you were an MC?
Well I first started rapping at age 11. I wrote my first rap, but it was really bad. Haha. But it all started at Great America – they used to have a karaoke booth where they would record you and give you a tape. So it was three of my friends, we go to Great America, and of course we do TLC “Waterfall” where I’m Left-eye. The rest of it sounded like crap, but when I came on I sounded exactly like her. So I was all, “Oh Shit, maybe I could be a rapper.” Ever since then, I’ve just been writing.

Read the rest of the interview and get an exclusive free download after the jump . . .

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