This is the first in Low Culture’s new interview series, Lumière, featuring Bronx emcee and producer, Sky James. Shot at the Brooklyn Museum. Check out Sky’s new project, #JustCause, at http://dreamable.bandcamp.com/.
If this message reaches You, I hold You in the highest esteem for posting things regarding Blackness that are either awe-inspiring, thought provoking, positive, uplifting, honest and/or all of the above as a full representation of Our experience is highly necessary and needed. You are very much appreciated and I write that with the utmost sincerity. Thank You. -Dizzle Morrison
I know, I’m late as all hell, but THANK YOU. I’m extremely grateful for your appreciation of what Low Culture strives to do. I’m truly moved and humbled that someone would even take the time out to message us with such kind words, so thank you so much. I can promise that we will continue to do our best in representing Our culture is the most true and beautiful way possible. If this response reaches YOU, I want you to know that reading your message has inspired me to keep pushing forward down this path of cultural and artistic progression that I’ve dedicated my life to. Your words are so appreciated, I can’t even fully express it.
My name is Ajay. Lifelong fan, supporter, and at many times, defender of you and your work. Over the past couple of months, I’ve watched a number of your recent interviews and on-stage speeches (I feel it’s quite disrespectful to call them rants), and while, as a fellow creative, I feel your pain and passion whenever you speak, there’s one thing that’s irking me to an almost unbearable point, and I feel that I must tell you before it goes any further. Mr. West, PLEASE stop begging for acceptance and funding from Fortune 500 corporations and Silicon Valley industries. I know it hurts for me to tell you, but they don’t care! Not only about you, but about any other person of color with a gift and a vision. Instead of pleading your case (and resume) to them, use the wealth and incredible influence you do posses to fund and empower young creatives around the world. Young creatives, who just like you, have the potential to change the world with their beautiful visions, and also like you, are deeply frustrated that they lack the resources to share their gifts with the masses. Mr. West, you’ve inspired a generation of gifted kids, me included, with your honest and groundbreaking art. Now you’re in the position to truly change the planet. A position that you’ve worked hard for, and one that I’d kill to be in. I beg of you, please use your time, energy, and passion on this planet wisely.
"If you hit a Talib, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty…You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education. I would tell him how important education is and that I would even want education for your children as well. That’s what I want to tell you… now do what you want.”
It’s beautiful that someone so young would put her life on the line for the simple right to have an education, something we in this country take for granted every single day.
Low Culture is a community imagination alliance, dedicated to cultivating artistic progression, through the vehicles of the arts and science. A living and breathing embodiment of social and creative growth within our culture, and beyond. Formed in 2012 and founded by three young, creative artists from New York, LC has grown into an ever-increasing team of musicians, filmmakers, teachers, bloggers, designers, and innovators. Our values and purpose have remained the same: to grow and connect, always, and to spread creativity everywhere we may go.