Ziggy Marley’s New Superhero: Marijuana Man

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ziggy Marley

It was all it took for the bloggers at Boomshots to ask Ziggy Marley in a video interview: were you smoking something? Ziggy Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, has been a proud advocate for the legalization of marijuana, and April 20th was no different. On a day of tribute to weed, marijuana, ganja, or however you prefer to refer to that controversial plant, Ziggy Marley’s new comic book was released in stores. And that book features a new superhero: Marijuana Man, who comes from another planet to help save the world through the power of Ganja. The new comic book superhero gains his powers through the plant, but « Read the rest of this entry »

Skype Interview with Carolina Moraes-Liu, Director of Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you’ve ever visited Brazil, chances are you haven’t been to Salvador da Bahia, especially if you’re a tourist. It is the largest black city outside of Africa, yet until recently standards of beauty have been decidedly European. Carolina Moraes-Liu, a Bahia native, noticed an attitudinal change amongst black women when she returned home after several years, and – being the true documentary filmmaker that she is – decided to investigate further. The result is Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê, an ode to the beauty of black women, and a lively and realistic study of black identity and social change. The documentary follows three women competing to be Carnival Queen of the Ilê Aiyê, the Afro-Brazilian group that has been behind this positive shift in black consciousness and black female self-esteem. Featuring colorful African-style costumes and  Afro-Brazilian song and dance, « Read the rest of this entry »

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