The W List 7.13.12


VOLUME IX. 7.013.12

We hereby present to you the Wondaland W LIST….a funky gathering of remarkable art i facts and experiences guaranteed to keep you balanced and on the tightrope for at least the next seven days…

(in no particular order, but arrayed in a fashion to make you smile)

1. Color Outside the Lines (trailer)

“The film is the brainchild of one of the world’s most widely recognized black tattoo artists; Miya Bailey. For over 5 years the idea has always been in his head to create a film that not only sheds light on the artform, but also allows the artform to be represented in the right way. There are a lot of stigmas attached to black tattoo artists and their side of the culture; ranging from a lack of creativity to overall poor quality of work. This in turn has lead to artists from other backgrounds and those in the black community choosing to take their business elsewhere in search of quality work.

The primary purpose here is education, basically if people knew better they would do better. There are dozens of black artists who are trained and highly skilled in any form of tattooing one could ask for. Once people watch this film we really want them to have a better understanding of their options and a deeper appreciation for the art form.”

Directed by Artemus Jenkins
conceived and produced by Miya Bailey

2. C.R.E.A.M. (COSMOLOGY Rules Everything Around Me)

GZA, a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, is linking up with astronomer, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson for the former’s new album about the cosmos, set to debut in the fall, entitled “Dark Matter”. The new album, set to debut in the fall, will tackle subjects ranging from the solar system and physics to black holes and frenetic energy.

“God put the needle on the disc of Saturn / The record he played revealed blueprints and patterns.” According to the Wall Street Journal, it was in Dr. Tyson’s office where the spark for those lyrics came about when GZA was inspired by the rings of Saturn on a model. Dr. Tyson is certainly inspiring, but this may be the first time he’s gotten to add muse to his impressive list of credentials.

Brian Walton, The Nerdist

3. Frank Ocean, channelORANGE

Frank Ocean’s debut album, channelORANGE, has been all the rage this week around Wondaland. The physical copies arrive in stores (sans Target) on July 17th, but the iTunes version dropped this past Tuesday. This kid is a writer, pure and simple. Presenting an album that plays like a well-written book of prose, Frank Ocean has crafted an impressive entry into the musical milieu. Stay tuned for the Wondaland review coming soon. In the interim, here’s his television debut on the Jimmy Fallon show:

4. Higgs Boson Particle

Scientists at CERN have announced that they have discovered evidence of a Higgs-like particle with an evidence signal of 5 sigma, the agreed threshold for positive identification of the so-called “God Particle.” Announced at a live streaming press conference from the Large Hadron Collider, the confirmation means there is a 99.99997-percent chance that the Higgs boson has been identified in the 125GeV mass range. The news has huge implications for the so-called Standard Model of physics.

Ainissa Ramirez, Yale University, describes it the following way:

“In its simplest terms, at the moment the universe was created, the Higgs boson allowed the universe to go from a collection of massless particles to elementary particles that had mass. Or to simplify further, things went from nothing to something.

Here’s what we know about how that happened.

Over 13.7 billion years ago, there was a Big Bang.

Before the Big Bang, all matter was in an incredibly hot, dense state, squeezed into something the size of an atom. How small is an atom? Imagine whittling a strand of human hair 100,000 times. One of those shavings would be the width of an atom.

Just after the Big Bang—less than a billionth of a second afterwards–the universe began to expand exponentially. Particles had no mass and moved through space at the speed of light.

Probably the most important and puzzling thing that happened is that the universe went from being a collection of particles without mass, to a place where some particles did have mass.

As the universe continued to expand in those first billionths of a second, elementary particles such as quarks, electrons, and gluons started to emerge, which did have mass. These particles are some of the building blocks of our universe.

But wait. How did we go from nothing to something? Specifically, how did we go from particles with no mass to particles that have mass? Higgs bosons.

Higgs bosons help elementary particles gain mass.”(Forbes)

5. Angelika Dass Skin Tone Project

Brazilian artist Angelika Dass is out to show that race is not as clearly defined as we think. Her latest project, called “Humanae,” provides an active comment on the porous boundaries of race and identity by cataloguing each individual skin tone using the Pantone color scheme.

On her website, Dass explains she placed her subject in front of a tone extracted from a sample of 11×11 pixels of their face. She uses Pantone guides, represented by an alphanumeric code, to classify the colors as if they were a scientific measurement. We suggest the next time you are asked to check in a box defining your race, try writing in “Pantone 7522 C” instead. (Huffington Post)

6. Cody ChesnuTT: Landing On a Hundred

Our dear friend, Cody ChesnuTT, is back and has something new to present to the World. He’s enlisting help this time around. Read about his KickStarter campaign here and view the footage of his awesome live show in Paris below:

7. Worst Scandal in US College Sports History: Penn State

What exactly happened?
Who knew what?
When did they know?
For how long did they know?

We now know the answers to these questions.

Heaven help us.

8. Nas, Life is Good

Can’t wait. July 17th.

9. Gilbert Gottfried Reads Fifty Shades of Grey

Try to UNhear this once listening. *shivers*

10. Happy Birthday Bill Cosby!

Happy 75th to our favorite Ghost Dad ever. Shouts to Leonard 6.

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