The W List 11.06.2013


VOLUME IV. 11.06.13

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. A lil something for the droids…blood

By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest

A team of researchers of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, a city in NW Romania, has created a recipe for artificial blood whose preliminary tests have proven encouraging.

The team led by professor Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu, who is only 39 years old, has been doing research to create the artificial blood for six years and their discovery could prove crucial given the lack of blood doctors need in cases of severe accidents and major surgeries. The blood is made of water, salt, albumin and a protein – hemerythrin -extracted from marine worms which makes the artificial blood stress resistant.

The researchers said the results of the first tests performed on mice are encouraging. Professor Silaghi-Dumitrescu said all the previous attempts to create artificial blood have failed because researchers couldn’t find the right protein to keep the substance immune to stress factors. So far the tests on animals didn’t generate the toxicity other types of protein used so far produced.

The lead researcher pointed out the tests on mice will continue until proven there is not toxicity at all, before any attempt to use it on human beings. Silaghi-Dumitrescu said he expected concluding results in at most two years before any further tests. “Tests on humans are a very delicate topic, we need some very serious licenses and they represent an enormous risk” he underlined.

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2. Jamal Ahmad, one of Atlanta’s great purveyors of fine music, has recently moved to a new platform for disseminating vibrations. Check out Episode 1 here:


3. Everybody knows that BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Janelle Monae preaches to the choir with Electric Lady.


4. The architectural genius of ants.


5.  In this outlandish emotion picture, Deep Cotton is brought to Camp Mothaland and put on trial for the New Atlantis Exodus by the SCUM Warriors, a radical organization dedicated to the violent principles of Valerie Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto. Like the rest of the male captives, Deep Cotton encounters the Objectification Station, a wall where messages from various feminist and progressive political thinkers are placed daily in order to instruct men on their own lustful desires and patriarchal tendencies. Through the power of music, Deep Cotton and the SCUM Warriors discover the next revolutionary and most peaceful step is for men and women to move forward as one to build a collective that JAMS together, and that works together harmoniously to cook, to clean, and to paint the fence….

The Women of Wondaland (WoW) discuss Deep Cotton’s emotion picture here, here and here. Wanna get to know the SCUM Warriors better? Follow them on twitter @SCUMwarriors

6. Who’s ready to start painting with light? Let the games begin…


7. Cyborg bikes.


8.  Vincent Brown, a professor of African and African-American History at Harvard, has made study of the Transatlantic Slave Trade accessible in a new way. Brown has created an interactive map of Jamaican slave uprisings in the 18th century called, “Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761, A Cartographic Narrative.” 

Brown teamed up with Axis Maps to do the project. “An emerging alliance between historians and mapmakers promises to enlighten public perceptions of black insurrection…As with more recent disturbances, people at the time debated whether the slave insurrection in Jamaica in 1760-61 was a spontaneous eruption or a carefully planned affair,” Brown said. “Historians still debate the question, their task made more difficult by the lack of written records produced by the insurgents. Cartographic evidence developed in collaboration with Axis Maps shows that the rebellion was in fact a well-planned affair that posed a genuine strategic threat, not an indiscriminate outburst.”

David Heyman, managing director of Axis Maps, said that he hopes the maps will offer users a new and compelling way to l learn about slavery. “Interactive cartography provides a completely new method through which to interpret existing demographic and event data into a more rounded historical narrative, revealing surprising and unprecedented patterns that were previously hidden.”


9. This Halloween costume.



10. Some people say this man is 160 years old. Some people say this man can access the memories of his ancestors. We believe both are true.


Cyberfeminism, Heavenly Freakouts and other Mutations

pic for my essay

I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want to change the world at least a little bit. Variables abound for why we want a different world than the one we have, but Deep Cotton recently told me their reason for manipulating messages is that WE’RE FAR ENOUGH gone that we should dismantle all constructs and start from scratch. I tend to agree with them. I see, all around me, the simultaneous destruction of old ways of doing things and construction of new ways forward. It gives me hope–but not enough hope to take a break from creating/destroying.

One of the most destructive old ways is this odd sawing in half of all things whole into dichotomies, and then pitting the two sides against each other. I’ve been told my whole life that all things are either

black or white

us or them

good or bad

creation or evolution

business or pleasure

beautiful or ugly

love or hate

male or female

and never the twain shall meet. They even had the nerve to tell me this lie while teaching me fractions, decimals and ratios! As the proof continues to pile up that studying the spectrum yields more fruits than focusing on the extremes, human civilization continues to advance by leaps and bounds. There are those within humankind who are deathly afraid of change, especially of the type of change Deep Cotton advocates. Of course they’re going to die off, because change is the only constant; but historically, those virulently opposed to change tend to want to take out as many lives as possible when they go.

That type of genocidal and/or suicidal tendency isn’t my bag, but when Valerie Solanas suggests in the SCUM Manifesto that a cleansing of the mutant XY chromosome would vastly improve the state of the world, I kept reading. In fact, I read all the way to the end. I made notes, I spoke aloud to the text, I read bits to friends, passersby and fellow tube commuters, and I asked a lot of men how they felt about it. (I don’t remember most of their responses.) Despite my natural aversion to violence and my belief in the importance of mutation to survival, I found that the SCUM Manifesto spoke to me.

Most of the various strains of feminist thought—including cyberfeminism and womanism, with which I identify—seek balance. In particular, they seek a balance of human rights, opportunity, and general regard for women and men. However, the brand of feminism that Solanas espouses is an extreme, but only because it is seeking to balance an extreme. The constant vigilance required of womanhood is a catalyst for the grinding down and the raising up of the feminine. The violence visited upon my body simply because of its feminine form caused me to both fear and revere it. I survive one and thrive from the other; I’d prefer, however, to have the freedom to focus more on thriving.

Do I thrive in the absence of men? Can I only experience the masculine in the presence of men? Will the SCUM Manifesto speak as clearly to men as it does to me? Are men capable of discussing the ideas in the manifesto without threatening me or any other women with more violence? How did Deep Cotton react to the SCUM Manifesto? Why are they such willing sacrifices to the SCUM Warriors? Why does Chuck Lightning march while he sings? What are the prisoners learning from the SCUM Warriors? Who are the SCUM Warriors, and how did they come to live at Camp Motherland? Why does Nate Wonder have so many flowers in his hair? What is Roman Gianarthur telling us with his bestial body language and violence toward Mannikin? Are the SCUM Warriors comfortable in their clothing? Did they dress up to celebrate the capture of Deep Cotton, or do they wear those ensembles every day? Is Camp Motherland a fun place to live? Why is Agent Winters the only holdout to the FREAKOUT? How would Valerie Solanas respond to Deep Cotton’s response to the SCUM Manifesto? How many kinds of death are there? Is a FREAKOUT a type of death? If the FREAKOUT is far from heaven, does that automatically make it hell?

Is the building of a matriarchal society an indicator that we’re far from heaven?


See the SCUM Warriors in action below in the emotion picture “We’re Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out: Part 1.”

The W List 10.30.13


VOLUME XIII. 10.30.13

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. 100 Black Inventions Over The Past 100 Years That You May Not Know About

The Atlanta Black Star ran the first installation of its 100 Black Inventions series. This installment includes 20 Black inventors and their ingenius creations, including:

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Gerald A. Lawson (1940 -2011)

What He Invented: The Modern Home-Video Gaming Console.

Why It’s Important: Anyone who owns a Playstation, Wii or Xbox should know Lawson’s name. He created the first home video-game system that used interchangeable cartridges, offering gamers a chance to play a variety of games and giving video-game makers a way to earn profits by selling individual games, a business model that exists today.


George E. Alcorn (1949-Present)

What He Invented: The Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer

Why It’s Important: The Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer allowed scientists to examine materials that could not be broken down into smaller parts for study, revolutionizing the way NASA was able to conduct research. As a result of the significance of this work, in 1984 he was the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Inventor of the Year. Two years later he also developed an improved method of fabrication using laser drilling.


2. Patrick Dougherty makes sculptures from living tree saplings.




3. Happy Halloween!


4. A piece of land art entitled ‘Wish’, showing the face of an anonymous six-year-old local Belfast girl, is seen in this aerial view of the Titanic quarter in Belfast. The artwork by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada spans 11 acres, is made up from 2,000 tonnes of sand, 2,000 tonnes of soil and some 30,000 wooden pegs. It will remain on view until December.



5. Deep Cotton announces release of We’re Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out emotion picture via Complex Magazine on Halloween. Until tomorrow, here’s the trailer:


6. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. bags NASCAR

Drive for Diversity Combine

The first time a black driver won a NASCAR race, it took 47 years before the sport officially acknowledged the victory. Wendell Scott received the trophy posthumously in 2010 for the race he won in 1963 at Jacksonville’s Speedway Park, where Buddy Baker was first declared the winner.

Fifty years later, in a different time and a different place — both geographically and philosophically — Darrell Wallace Jr. feels the warm embrace from a sport intent on burying those racial divides. It has taken that long for another black driver to step into NASCAR’s Victory Lane. “Bubba” Wallace won the Camping World Truck Series event at  this past weekend, setting off a celebratory wave of “attaboys” and hope that the next party won’t be 50 years in waiting.
Read more at the Orlando Sentinel
7. Janelle Monae to receive Billboard “Rising Star” Award 12.10.2013
In Billboard’s announcement, the Electric Lady (or one of her clones) says, “Being recognized for your hard work and passion is always humbling and encouraging. I feel honored Billboard has taken note of my journey in the music industry thus far,” Monáe says. “I hope by receiving this award I’m encouraging aspiring acts to stay true to their own artistic visions and never give up.”
8. This amazing little powerhouse remixes Dance Factory choreography to amp up her tap recital.


9. CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story came out this week, chronicling the journey of one of the 90s most beloved category-defying artistic powerhouses.


10. Jay-Smooth drops knowledge on Totally Biased with Kamau Bell

The W List 10.16.2013


VOLUME XII. 10.16.13

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. Some remarkable emotion pictures came out this week! Below is a selection of a few of our favorites:


2. New means of transportation.

This flying car, designed for ‘the masses’:

And this new Cadillac that runs on thorium, an element similar to uranium with the potential to produce massive amounts of heat. According to Laser Power Systems CEO, Charles Stevens, just one gram of thorium produces more energy than 28,000 litres of petrol. Mr Stevens says just eight grams of thorium would be enough to power a vehicle for its entire life.

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3. Shirley Chisholm is the 2014 inductee to the USPS Black Heritage Stamp Series.



4. The art of Vanessa German: 21st Century Juju

Artist statement: New work by visual and performance artist Vanessa German. Inspired by hand-me down hands, treasure picked up on the street corner, midnight prostitutes on the stroll, Jordan Miles, post traumatic stress disorder and playing music too loud. Inspired by, dr. edda fields black, dianne b. swan, yona Harvey, taking matters into your own hands and the ricochet of the transcontinental slave trade. Inspired by, the western coast of Africa, the east coast of the Carolinas, the east end of Pittsburgh and random gun violence. Inspired by the difference between racism and prejudice, treyvon martin, dr. martin luther king jr and the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Inspired by, speaking in tongues, tongues speaking in hands, and instantaneously healing by the sight of a thing.

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5. Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway

This is from Snarky Puppy’s project “Family Dinners Vol. 1″ and it changed my life in so many ways. The transitions are seamless and exquisite, the arrangement is life-giving, and the songstress changes the game at 6:11.


6. Happy birthday to the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti, father of Afrobeat!


7. Jeremy Sole’s DJ set at Bodega (LA)


8. Rachel Khaadzi Gansah’s essay, entitled “De origine actibusque aequationis,” on the otherworldliness of Black expression. An excerpt:

“In that same way, black Americans are conceived from a people whose fates, identities, and woes were decided by a doorway, and only a strange saga with strange letters can say how.

Those who were taken walked through that doorway and were told they had become something different from those who stayed behind, and in some ways they had. They forgot many things, and wondered how their mouths and muscles remembered things for them: recipes, movements, and stories. They crossed an ocean so still and so wide they must have imagined they had left earth and ended up elsewhere. Like all lost mariners, they learned to become astronomers, they kept their eyes on the gourd. When they landed they heard the word, Animals. And they thought, No, Aliens.”


9. Pharrell interviews Spike Lee

Part 1

Part 2


10. RECORD/PLAY: a short film by Jesse Atlas


The W List 10.09.13


VOLUME XI. 10.09.13

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. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the inventor of rock & roll, passed away this week 40 years ago. Thank you, Sister Tharpe, for giving that steel guitar hell in order to save humanity’s soul.


2. Inventor Theo Jansen creates ‘strandbeests’, which rely upon wind for fuel.


3. South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo was inspired by a coming of age ritual among Xhosa boys. After returning from their initiation school in the bush, the boys burn their childhood clothing and then acquire a new, dressier wardrobe that is suitable for a chivalrous adult. Laduma created his MaXhosa Knitwear line with the “abakwetha” (initiates) in mind, creating sophisticated pieces made of locally sourced merino wool that is woven into Xhosa patterns.



4. A “calcified” swallow sings in stony silence along northern Tanzania’s Lake Natron, which contains so much soda and salt that it would “strip the ink of my Kodak film boxes in a few seconds,” according to photographer Nick Brandt. Brandt unexpectedly found the dead animals that had washed up on the shore, preserved by the lake, and posed them as they had been in life. Lake Natron’s unusually harsh composition comes from a unique neighboring volcano, Ol Doinyo, which spews alkali-rich natrocarbonatites that end up in Lake Natron via rainwater runoff.

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5. Since the Droid Control shutdown, a few rebellious business owners have stepped in to provide furloughed workers with a wide variety of goods and services, including food, skydiving, university classes and sex toys.


6. The multitalented time-traveling contemporary artist FAHAMOU PECOU IS THE SHIT presents The Soggy Bottom Boyz’ newest hit, “Let ‘Em Drag”.


7. Melody Eh$ani released her new line of stunnaz, entitled “fall into summer”.

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8. The Bionic Man steps forward.


9. The full emotion picture for PRIMETIME emerges tomorrow!


10. Ava Duvernay + Fashion Fair + a whole housefull of gorgeous droids remind us that love populates every room in this HOUSE.

The film explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life. Inspired by the Fashion Fair lip color, Say Yes, Ava DuVernay worked on this vision of what happens when you welcome the unexpected.

The W List 10.2.13


VOLUME X. 10.02.13

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. Jenifer Lewis drops science on the art of living at the premier of Baggage Claim.

2. C-STUNNERS: a series of artistic bifocals by this Kenyan self-taught sculptor and painter Cyrus Kabiru.

3. Afrofuturistic menswear by Ikire Jones

Escape to New Lagos: An imagining of Lagos in the year 2081 A.D.  The Great Crude Explosion has just occurred; leaving oil flowing freely through the streets of the slums.  Politicians have been exiled at the heels of bomb blasts and the populace’s uprising.  The building of a new Center of the World has begun, much to the bewilderment of Western nations.  This is the birth of New Lagos…and men of taste are wearing Ikiré Jones.


Deep Cotton’s release of the Runaway Radio Fixtape! Get yours here.

5. Andrew Dosunmu and Bradford Young team up for yet another stunning film project, this one starring the gorgeous Danai Gudira.

6. Herman Wallace, of the Angola 3, was released from prison yesterday (October 1, 2013). Wallace spent 41 of his 71 years in solitary confinement for allegedly participating in the murder of a prison guard; Wallace denies the allegations and believes he is confined for founding a chapter of the Black Panther Party within the prison, along with Albert Woodfox and Robert King. Woodfox was released from solitary confinement last year upon winning habeas relief, but the haters are appealing the decision. King was released after 29 years in solitary confinement as part of a reversal of his conviction and a plea deal.

A young Herman Wallace following his arrest for armed robbery.

Albert Woodfork and Herman Wallace, 2 of the Angola 3.

Wallace is expected to live days or weeks due to liver cancer.

7. Here’s a lil ditty by fellow afropunksters Blood Sugar X of Blackball Universe:

8. Nigeria celebrates 53 years of independence from British colonial rule! Happy Independence Day, Nigeria, and thank you for millenia of phenomenally inspiring art, science, and history.


9. Ayana V Jackson’s series Archival Impulse & Poverty Pornography


10. This magical collab between The Roots + Sesame Street on Jimmy Fallon:


They Die by Dawn

Jeymes Samuel has directed this exciting piece of cinematic history starring Nate Parker, Isaiah Washington, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, Jesse Williams, David Banner, Roger Guenveur Smith, and (a few of my absolute faves) Rosario Dawson, Idris Elba and Giancarlo Esposito. I wonder if this film will show in the UK…