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Top Three Shadow Spotlights for 2017

Top Three Shadow Spotlights for 2017

December 11 / 17

This week I’m pulling out some favorite posts for 2017. Let’s start with Shadow Spotlight. I’ve looked at the spotlights for the past eleven months and here are the top three spotlights that are my favorites.

 

COCO CHANEL

 

 

CHANCE THE RAPPER

 

 

PAT MCGRATH

 

There is more Best of 2017 all this week. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!

 

 

Image source: Clipart Library
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Shadow Spotlight: Cardi B.

Shadow Spotlight: Cardi B.

November 13 / 17

A new wave of hip-hop artists has come and put their collective stamp in the music industry. Some have managed to swim, while others have drowned. Belcalis Almanzar or Cardi B. is one of those who is swimming right along the sharp waves with aplomb. According to Billboard, she is now the first female rapper to chart her very first three entries in the top 10 positions of the list, simultaneously, on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. You may remember her from the sixth season of  VH1 reality tv series, Love & Hip-Hop: New York.

Raised in the Highbridge neighborhood in the South Bronx section of New York City, Cardi B. became an exotic dancer at the age of 19. By 2013, her videos became viral on social media through Vine and Instaram. Cut to 2015, when Cardi B. made her musical debut on Shaggy‘s remix to his single ‘Boom Boom‘, with Popcaan. That same year, she made her music video debut, ‘Cheap Ass Weave’, her rendition of Lady Leshurr’s ‘Queen’s Speech 4’. Cardi B. released a mixtape titled Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 March 2016. In September 2016, her single, ‘What a Girl Likes’ was part of a collaborative album released by KSR Group titled, Underestimated: The Album. 

“a raw and aggressive rapper in the style of Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown.”

-David Jeffries, AllMusic

 “unapologetic does not begin to describe the totally unfiltered and sheer Cardi B-ness of Cardi B’s personality. She’s a hood chick who’s not afraid to be hood no matter the setting. Cardi B is Cardi B 24/7, 365, this is why she resonates with people, and that same energy comes out in her music.”

-Complex

 

By January, she released her second mixtape, the second installment of Gangsta Bitch Music series. Cardi B signed her first major deal with the recording label with Atlantic in February this year. This past summer ‘Bodak Yellow‘ was released, which became a  hit. The single reached the top two of the of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart also becoming number one on the Hot Rap Songs chart and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Bodak Yellow was certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). In September of this year, Cardi B bagged the top spot of the Hot 100 chart with Bodak Yellow, making her the first solo female rapper to do so since Lauryn Hill in 1998. Adding another diamond to her crown, she became the first female artist to land her first three entries in the top 10 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Not only is Cardi B making waves in music, but also in fashion. Earlier this year she partnered with M.A.C. and Rio Uribe’s Gypsy Sport for an event during New York Fashion Week. She played Mercedes in BET’s Being Mary Jane and she was a guest on the celebrity show Hip Hop Squares. As I said before, some swim, some drown, but Miss Cardi B is swimming and enjoying the ride.

 

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!

 

Image source: Miami.com, Dazed, & karencivil.com

 

Shadow Spotlight: Lee Pace

Shadow Spotlight: Lee Pace

October 9 / 17

Hey everyone. Hope every one of you guys enjoyed your weekend, even though it was short for some of us. Lee Pace is this month’s Shadow Spotlight. Now, if you don’t recognize the name or face, you should remember him as Ned the Piemaker in ABC’s Pushing Daisies.

Lee Pace…Pushing Daisies.

Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Pace has graced the big and small screen for the past fifteen years. His breakout role was in the 2003 film Soldier’s Girl as Calpernia Addams, a transgender showgirl. He won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and was nominated for several other awards, including a Golden Globe Award.

In 2004, Pace was in the short-lived television series, Wonderfalls, as Aaron Tyler. The show was co-created by Bryan Fuller. Fuller cast Pace in the lead role in the fantasy television series Pushing Daisies as Ned, which debuts in October 2007 till June 2009. Pace was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, and a few others.

He also has appeared in films such as Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Possession, When In Rome, The Good Shepherd, Ceremony, Lincoln, among others. He was also in 2006 film, The Fall, directed by Tarsem Singh, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 2 as the sexy nomadic vampire Garrett, and as Thranduil in The Hobbit film series. Pace was also in 2014 Marvel studio film Guardians of the Galaxy as Ronan the Accuser. His recent work includes The Keeping Hours and The Book of Henry.

He will appear in the sci-fi film Revolt. You can catch him as Joe MacMillan in AMC’s tech drama Halt and Catch Fire.

Here is a video that a fan created. Just to get familiar with Lee. Hope you like it.

 

 

In his downtime, Lee is an avid reader and is part of Conservation International, who are dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment. To know more about this nonprofit organization please go to www.conservation.org.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed.

 

 

Image source: emaze, twilight saga wiki fandom, screenrush, and dvdbash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image source: Collider

Shadow Spotlight / January 2017: Michel Montecrossa

Shadow Spotlight / January 2017: Michel Montecrossa

Jan. 9 / 17

Morning! Michel Montecrossa is this month’s Shadow Spotlight. This is a multifaceted artist. Entrepreneur, author, musician, painter, filmmaker, futurist, consciousness researcher, and founder of Mirapuri, the City of Peace and Futureman in Europe. All rolled in one.

His career in all fields have span six decades and at the age of 71, he is continuing his creative journey. Born in 1945 in Vienna, Montecrossa grew up in a creative environment. His father was a violin player from Memphis, Tennessee and his mother was a choir singer in Vienna. It’s no surprise that during his childhood, Montecrossa was already into art and later music. He studied at the Muchen Studio Art School of Klaus Waki Zollner.

By the late sixties and ongoing, Montecrossa’s career expanded into art, music, filmmaking, even becoming an author. In 1969, Monstecrossa developed and established Mirapuri, the City of Peace and Futuremen in Europe with French artist and consciousness researcher Mira Alfassa.

Paintings & Drawings Vol. 1 and 2 are published works of Montecrossa’s drawing and paintings from 1969-2012 and 1956-2013.

 

 

 

 

Looking Foward

Looking Foward by Michel Montecrossa

 

 

 

Here are you can find a few many of his works on these sites:

www.MichelMontecrossa.com

Art: http://michelmontecrossa.com/gallery/paintings-drawings

Music: http://michelmontecrossa.com/category/cd_dvd/new-topical-song-movementhttp://michelmontecrossa.com/category/cd_dvdhttp://michelmontecrossa.com/song-lyrics

Film: http://michelmontecrossa.com/category/movies

Books: http://michelmontecrossa.com/category/books

Mirapuri festivals: http://michelmontecrossa.com/special-news/michel-montecrossa-at-the-following-festival-in-mirapuri

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed.

All Michel Montecrossa Paintings, Drawings, Photography, Digital-Art, Art-Objects, and Movies © Filmaur Multimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: Giornale Metropolitano

Shadowbox’s Spotlight for 2015: Kara Walker

Shadowbox’s Spotlight for 2015: Kara Walker

12.14.15

Good Morning! Since it’s the last month of the year, I’ve decided to shake a few things up in the Spotlight Artist post. I’ve combed through this year’s Spotlight posts and one name has been on my mind lately and she has been featured in this blog twice, most recently May of this year. Yes I know, but I think she’s just cool awesome. Kara Walker is the Shadowbox’s Spotlight for 2015. I chose her because I find her work fascinating and interesting. She’s known for creating paper-cut silhouettes, which represented the South. Her works explored racism, sexuality, gender, along with identity and violence. She’s no stranger to controversy, but that means people are interested, right? As always I let the artists’ works speak for themselves……

 

Here is a look at her recent work A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant, which was held last year at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY, from May 10 – July 6, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sphinx in sugar and other sculptures in molasses….by Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory.

 

 

Walker has been around for a good while and her works will continue to inspire, to talk about, to look at the subjects, no matter how hard it will be. Here are a two links you can look at:

learn.walkerart.org/karawalker

www.artsy.net/artist/karawalker

Enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured and other photo cred: www.thegundgallery.org, www.washingtonpost.com, alanaveryartcompany.com, and art21.org

					

Spotlight Artist: Native American Indian Heritage Month

Spotlight Artist: Native American Indian Heritage Month

November 9, 2015

Morning creative peeps! Everyone enjoyed their weekend? Fabulous! It’s going to get pretty busy this week. November is Native American Indian Heritage Month and last year Shadowbox showcased work from Native American artists. This year Shadowbox is featuring four artists.


 

THERESA PADEN

 

 

ARTHUR AMIOTTE

 

 

HELEN HARDIN

 

 

EMMI WHITEHORSE

 

Come back Wednesday for more when Shadowbox features Native American writers. Enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed!

 

 

 

featured image unknown. Other images courtesy of Theresa Paden, Arthur Amiotte, Helen Hardin, and Emmi Whitehorse. chiaroscurosantafe.com, www.dailypainters.com, www.joslyn.org, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

Spotlight Artists for October 2015 are……..

Spotlight Artists for October 2015 are……..

October 13, 2015

Hello all! It seems likes it’s been a while. Instead of focusing on one artist, I’ve decided to get four, yep, four artists who specialize in the horror, the grotesque, the disturbing, and the downright creepy…..


 

Chris Kuchta

Chris Kuchta

www.horrorartist.com

Featured image also by Chris Kuchta

 

 

 

Michael Whelan

Lovecraft’s Nightmare by Michael Whelan

www.michaelwhelan.com

 

 

 

Wayne Barlowe

Wayne Barlowe

waynebarlowe.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Joshua Hoffine

 

Joshua Hoffine…..(creepy, scary!!!)

www.joshuahoffine.com

 

I hope these works of art don’t keep you up tonight…..enjoy your Tuesday! Be blessed always!

 

 

 

featured and other images courtesy of www.horrorartist.com, unobtainium13.com, driveinhorrorshow.com, www.dana-mad.ru, dailydragon.dragoncon.org, infinispace.net, www.pastemagazine.com, www.abc.net.au, and www.chicagonow.com

Spotlight Artist September 2015: Salvador Dali

Spotlight Artist September 2015: Salvador Dali

September 14, 2015

Hello. Hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather is changing, which I find refreshing, because this is my favorite time of the year. This month we’re focusing on the late surrealist artist Salvador Dali.


 

Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali I Domenech….artistical genius or just plain out of his mind? These are just a few words to describe this timeless artist. Dali, the most influential artist has left a legacy of artwork. From oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, and sculptures, films, photographs….Dali’s works evolved just as he did. I found this video: Salvador Dali: A Master of the Modern Era from PappasArts.

 

The Persistence of Memory….one of Dali’s most famous works.

 

 

 

 

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Salvador Dali.

 

 

Swans Reflecting Elephants by Salvador Dali.

 

Want to know more? Here is a site you can go to: www.salvadordali.com. Hope you enjoyed this tidbit on this fascinating artist. There will be more Dali on this Friday’s @ the Museum. On to the next post…..

 

 

 

 

featured and other images courtesy of www.picnations.com, en.wikipedia.org, cronicasyversiones.com, and www.jackygallery.com