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The King

Michael (later Martin) Luther King, Jr as a young boy in Atlanta, GA

Martin Luther King, Jr as a young boy in Atlanta, GA

Everybody has to start out someplace.

Here’s to all the hot meals, the bedtime stories, the songs and the love that went into helping this little boy become one of our country’s greatest leaders.

May our kids continue to advance the dream.

Free at last, free at last…

Nelson Mandela, 1951. API/Gamma via Getty Images.

Nelson Mandela, 1951. API/Gamma via Getty Images.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela. 1918 – December 5th, 2013

Just stop for a second…

and watch this really short video about Hilary Lister, an incredibly inspirational woman creating a truly beautiful and triumphant moment for herself out of a situation that would have completely flattened most of us.

And give thanks that we are part of a race of beings who can make such miracles happen.

Tis the season, after all.

Rebecca Naomi Jones sings murder ballads for fun

Rebecca Naomi Jones on the set of Murder Ballad.

Rebecca Naomi Jones on the set of Murder Ballad.

Rebecca Naomi Jones is a badass, and I was lucky enough to cross paths with her when I shot her for The Aesthete recently. She plays the narrator in Murder Ballad, the rock and roll musical now playing a limited run in Union Square (it closes July 21, so hurry and get your tickets now.) Later this month, she’ll be heading uptown to Central Park to play Jaquenetta in Love’s Labour’s Lost– part of the Public Theater’s beloved Shakespeare in the Park series.

Check out our story in The Aesthete so you can say you knew all about her before she becomes a household name. You can thank me later.

Joe Bradley rocks

Joe Bradley drawings at Gavin Brown

This is my favorite wall of Joe Bradley’s show at Gavin Brown Enterprises in NYC.

Joe Bradley’s recent NYC show at Gavin Brown was profound, funny, simple, huge, graphic, tactile, primitive and subtle all at the same time. Pay attention to this artist, who is quickly moving into the art-star category. I love his work.

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Adeline Michèle is the new high priestess of disco

Adeline Michele

Here’s Adeline, casually hanging out in the window of her (brilliant) stylist Irini Arakas’ midtown studio.

And I got to shoot her, the day before yesterday, for the online celebration of NY culture/magazine: The Aesthete.

Born in France but now living in Brooklyn, Adeline fronts a 17 piece band called Escort and they will be taking over the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night.

It is a show that should not be missed.

But if you have other plans, just go buy the record (one of Rolling Stone’s 50 top records this year) put it on, wrap yourself in sequins and dance till the sun comes up.

Cause that’s what I’m going to be doing.

The great communicator

American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968)

Remember when phones all had cords?

Imagine what this man got done, without the aid of the internet, or twitter, or even answering machines, for that matter. Kind of humbles you.

In honor of the great Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday lets remember what a truly inspired movement can do, how love and tolerance really can triumph over hatred and bullying, that the work of forming “a more perfect union” is never done, and that Cinderella isn’t the only person who gets to have her dreams come true.

When I look at my daughter’s classroom full of mixed race kids, I know we have come a long way. But when my dad hears a pharmacist in the supposedly enlightened Hamptons refer to Michelle Obama in derogatory terms I am reminded of how far we still have to go.

While jailed in Birmingham, AL, Dr King wrote an open letter to a group of white clergymen who had expressed disapproval of the non-violent actions he spearheaded. This letter remains one of the most important documents of the civil rights movement. If you’ve got a few minutes, I’ve included the entire text below. It is one of the most direct and beautifully argued letters ever written.

Here is the full text of the letter:

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Obama!

ET WIlliams and Barak Obama

Here’s my dad, with the President of The United States.

Can’t even begin to express how happy/proud/relieved I am that President Obama gets to keep his job for another 4 years.

But maybe the smile on my father’s face in this picture comes close.

Thank you, America. You have restored my faith.