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Music, Money and Hip Hop Honeys was a look into the world of the infamous 'video chick' so common across the UK and US hip hop scenes. Overall, I found it well presented with Hedayat's informal method of interviewing played to it's strength. She managed to ask probing questions in a way the interviewee wouldn't find too rude whilst still challenging their ideas and allowing hers to be challenged at the same time. Her silences, though, were just as golden as her interviews, and I can't wait until she presents another documentary. Considering the dearth of intelligent young women on TV these days, I found her to be a breath of fresh air.

Music, Money and Hip-Hop Honeys )

I think it was just hearing the way the young men spoke about the women they exploit that makes me (still) feel rather sad. Both sexes were depicted as playing some game with each other, but the playing field seems pretty well skewed to me.

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Random A/N: on a very superficial positive side, I finally found out the name of this amazing tune I am hooked on:
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As usual over the holidays, I found myself watching more television than I normally do. Due to the weird sleeping patterns of the eternally cramming student, I found myself watching a lot more television than I normally do and now I am free fromt he shackles of revision and examination stress, I am going to write about them in the usual manner of the opinionated, self important blogger.

One of the nice things was that I got to watch full series' on BBC iplayer (a gift from the gods if ever there was one). It was a bit of a pity, therefore, that it was the brand new and updated 'Upstairs Downstairs'.
Upstairs, Downstairs 2: Bigger and Badder than ever! )

Oh well. At least they tried.

What else was there? Dr Who was the usual disappointment; Edwardian Farm was the usual awesomeness (it basically involves historians and archaeologists living out the life of Edwardian farmers along the Taymor valley which might seem ridiculous but they put so much effort and work into understanding, working with local volunteers and explaining every little niche detail that it's not at all patronising but genuinely fascinating to watch). There were also some pretty good documentaries on the BBC3&4: Moseley doing his thing on Medical History (History of the Mind or Brain I think it was. The sort of thing that reminds us scienc-y types that we are as beholden to the judgement of future generations as those in the past are of us) and the up and coming Nel Hadayat presenting Music Money and  Hip Hop Honeys.

The latter was certainly food for thought...
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One thing I am fascinated by is the intersection of gender, class, race and religion and how social advocates who specialise in or expertly deal with one area can often downplay of other areas or completely ignore the more complex interplay and thus assign certain trends or features of society incorrectly. A Century of Fatherhood: The Good Father )Rude Britannia is still available as well which I urge everyone who can to watch. Rude Britannia )
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First, the dinosaurs... )

Anyway. I really shouldn't be judging such awesome creatures by our standards. I mean, we're stupid.

Dorian Gray; Spoilers ahead )

Ah, I don't know. It was just generally disappointing. I don't know if it's because I ate a snicker's bar before watching it, or drank sparkling water or whatever. It all seemed a bit pointless...

...with absolutely nothing to say about today's celebrity culture, actually. Sorry Mr Director, but maybe you should try for another film studies thesis because you were talking out of your arse. Grrr.


I have been absolutely pathetic this week. I did go out to the British library with [ profile] athenethequeen , but that's been about it. So, I missed several comedy shows, several trips to various London markets and two plays at the NT. I really don't know what's wrong with me - I'd like to think I'm missing Nigeria (or at least, Chinyenye) but I think I'm just being truly slothful. I have done practically none of the outside reading or general work that I was meant to, and have been out of bed by noon on two days out of five. I'm not even mildly melancholic so I suspect it's the whole 'one week to Uni' kicking in. Wonderful.

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I mentioned a few posts ago that I'd been glutting on documentaries from BBC4,Read more... )

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Just finished watching Hayao Miyazaki's 'Howl's Moving Castle' and as ever, it's the soundtrack that gets me first (beautiful as ever...). However, I can't say it's the best, or even near that, of his work. In fact, I suspect that if he really wanted to do an adaption of a DWJ novel, he should have chosen a Chrestomanci book. For one thing, they have tighter, more cinematic plots and for another... dressing gowns. Need I say more?

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I have nine comics in total! Three inked, one half inked, one final sketch, three planned out and one detail sketched.

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Mood:: 'creative' creative


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