The Return of Linsanity: New York Times Recounts the Cultural Influence of Jeremy Lin 

The New York Times recently released a mini-documentary titled When Linsanity Happened that details the cultural impact of Taiwanese-American basketball phenomenon, Jeremy Lin.Madison Square Garden set the stage in for his rise to fame and basketball dominance during his 2012 stint with the New York Knicks, and now Lin has returned to New York City, playing it Barclay’s Center with the New York Nets instead.

Lin has returned to the public eye here in New York as he prepares to begin his first season as a member of the Nets. His narrative continues to resonate with Asian-Americans, in part, because of the way his skin color has shaped the substance of his life.

With a handful of Asian-American influencers from journalist to artists, the mini-doc skillfully recounts the instances of significant cultural contribution Lin ignited not only in the boroughs of New York City, but nationwide as well.


Bouncing back from a break-up includes more aspects than one. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. In a generation where title-less relationships seem to dominate, even the effort invested in those predicaments can cause an emotional backlash when things head south. Heartbreak, in whatever form, is never easy. While the reaction and backlash differ from person to person, it’s how you bounce back that defines your resilience in a time of defeat. I truly believe that when an individual rebounds after an emotional rollercoaster, that showcases their best act of perseverance!

Media tycoon Khloe Kardashian has talked endlessly about the “revenge body.” Looking so (seemingly) effortlessly amazing at the expense of your ex. When applying this idea to my life and my past relationships, I internalized this concept without being able to put a title on it.  Without being able to label it my “revenge body.” When I was used to recoiling into my feelings after a split, I instead took control of my happiness and told myself that this would be that moment I’d bounce back better than ever. In that very moment, I told myself sweat would replace my tears. I had so many pent-up emotions, most of it being anger that I knew I needed to (physically) work off. Exert the negative and replenish with positive.

Energy invested in devastation later turned into redirected motivation. At the time, Kanye West’s Yeezus album was recently released. I joined Planet Fitness and used that album as a soundtrack to my recently discovered desire to be the best that I could be. As Khloe K puts it so simply: the best revenge is a good body. When a part of your being begins to make a positive transition, the rest of your body follows suit. When you begin eating clean and exercising on your own, you’ll be shocked to see what type of impact it has on your psyche. Essentially, you’ll be able to notice an adjustment in your temple overall.

Reading this concept may seem much more difficult than it actually is. It’s about developing a sense of control that channels that negative energy into something utterly positive. Something that your body will thank you for later! Understanding and coming to terms with what was and locking it away while you focus on the priority: YOU. It gives one an overall feeling of accomplishment and empowerment. Women are such strong individuals from the inside out. Of course, we all sometimes reach a breaking point during certain instances in our lives, but it’s how we rebound that demonstrates our pliancy to come back badder than ever, leaving that old news (that shouldn’t even be acknowledged) and showing them what they’re missing!

It’s awesome taking control of the things we DO have control over in our lives. Look good, feel good, live better. The idea of the revenge body is for anyone who’s been able to redirect the energy of hardship or heartache into promoting a positive self-image and practicing a positive life!

via: http://www.storychick.com

NYC Photographer Finds Refuge Through Ballet Photography

New York City native and professional photographer Luis Pons uses photography as a tool for self healing. While showcasing his creativity through capturing ballerinas against an NYC backdrop, Pons finds self-clarity through this artistic expression.

Luis found what he was looking for in ballet photography. Taking ballerinas into the urban landscape of his city, Luis strives to capture the “beauty of dance outdoors and also say something deeply about [himself]” in each image.

What began as a form of self-healing for Pons has transformed into a form of unbelievable self-expression. Pons now captures some of NYC’s most notable ballerinas. Be sure to check out his gallery for more photos like these.

Brooklyn Museum Spotlights Sneaker Culture

Sneaker lovers citywide should flock to the Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum! Located on the 5th floor of the museum, the exhibit gives viewers an alternative perspective on the ins and outs of sneaker culture.

The exhibition, which includes approximately 150 pairs of sneakers, looks at the evolution of the sneaker from its beginnings to its current role as status symbol and urban icon.

Featuring sneakers from respected manufacturers like Nike and Adidas, the exhibit draws a connection between sneakers and both it’s impact and influence in regards to pop culture. The exhibit runs through October 4th, 2015.

NYC Hip-Hop Legends Pay Homage to Brooklyn’s Original Bad Boy

Hip-hop nostalgia is in the air as Sean “Diddy” Combs announces the first ever, “One Night Only” Bad Boy Family Reunion at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The concert features NYC greats as this all-star lineup honor Brooklyn’s very own, the late Notorious B.I.G.

Puff Daddy and The Family will make their return to the stage for the “One Night Only” Bad Boy Family Reunion at Barclays Center on Friday, May 20th. Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim, Mase, French Montana, Total, 112, and Mario Winans will come together to perform for Notorious B.I.G’s hometown audience, in celebration of what would be the rapper’s 44th birthday the following day.

Tickets are on sale now, so get yours before they run out.

Dual-Faced Goddess Sculpture May Be Installed in Union Square This Summer

If all goes according to plan, a brand new ornament may be added to the pedestrian plaza on 14th Street in Union Square. The 10-foot tall sculpture, depicting a female version of the Roman god Janus, would add a Romanesque flair to the already eccentric Union Square.

The piece, part of a larger exhibition by South African artist Lionel Smit called “Morphous”, depicts Janus — whose two faces show his ability to see both the past and the future — as a woman of the Cape Malay community, a majority Muslim ethnic group in South Africa with roots in Southeast Asia.

Taken from a larger exhibit by South African artist, Lionel Smith, the two-faced sculpture is likely to replace the already standing “My Circle” sculpture in the middle of Union Square. If approved by the Parks Department, this carving could be installed as early as June 2016.

Hundreds of Brooklyn Pigeons Ornamented With LED Lights For Illuminated Flight Art Show

Local bird connoisseur and artist Duke Riley is teaming up with Creative Time on a new project called Fly By Night which adorns trained pigeons with LED lights and sends them soaring across the Brooklyn sky.

Thousands of the ubiquitous urban birds, outfitted with their own small LED lights, will take to the night sky above the Brooklyn Navy Yard each weekend between May 7 and June 12 as part of artist Duke Riley’s Fly by Night project, put on by public arts organization Creative Time.

Riley, who has been noted to have been raising pigeons since his 20’s, is excited to see this project combining two of his favorite things come to life at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Admission is free, but be sure to reserve your spot here before they run out of tickets!

Jacob Lawrence Exhibit at the MOMA Embodies Modern Art and The Great Migration

With the summer series soon coming to an end at the Museum of Modern Art, be sure to experience One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence Exhibit before it’s gone.

Displayed on the third floor gallery, Lawrence’s exhibit showcases a series of tempera paintings which embody the mass migration of Blacks to the North in the early 20th century.

The range of works in the exhibition sheds light on the ways in which Lawrence drew upon and transformed contemporary models for representing black experience in America.

The exhibitions runs until September 7th, 2015.

“Flex is Kings”, a Documentary About Brooklyn Street Dance Style Flexing

Based around three Brooklyn natives, Flex is Kings, is an all-telling documentary that tells the story of a both physically demanding and intricate art form called flexing, while simultaneously detailing the personal lives of three East New York dancers: Flizzo, Reem, and Jay Donn.

Flex is Kings is a riveting and awe-inspiring look inside the world of Brooklyn street dancing known as “flexing.” Directors Michael Beach Nichols and Deidre Schoo take audiences along on the emotional journey of several young dancers; dancers who vie for a chance to make something of themselves by battling it out through this DIY artform.

The film is available for download on iTunes and Vimeo, and there will be an additional screening on July 17th, 7:30pm at the Maysles Documentary Center.

Yoko Ono’s One Woman Show Hits the MoMA

Most widely known for her relationship with the Beatles late John Lennon, performance and conceptual artist Yoko Ono has also created a series of artwork in various medium throughout her lifetime, stretching back to the early 1960’s.

Yoko Ono, One Woman Show, is a minimal and aesthetic exhibit surrounded around pieces which were strongly influenced by the Fluxus “anti-art” movement.

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 surveys the decisive decade that led up to Ono’s unauthorized exhibition at MoMA, bringing together approximately 125 of her early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films, alongside rarely seen archival materials.

Catch the exhibition through September 7, 2015 at the Museum of Modern Art. 

Brooklyn Museum Showcases Unreleased Content From Basquiat’s Unknown Notebooks

The Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum takes museum goers back to a period of 1980’s Neo-Expressionism.

Showcasing unreleased content from eight notebooks belonging to New York City artist Jean Michel Basquiat, the combination of words and sketches gives the audience insight on the late creative craftsman’s inner most thoughts and artistic inspirations.

Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history.

This catalog of work displays the groundwork of some of his most popular pieces, in addition to his progression as an artist. The Unknown Notebooks exhibition will run through August 23rd, 2015.

Homme Less, a New Documentary Challenging the Perception of Glamour in the Fashion Industry

56-year old model Mark Reay is the subject of a new tell-all documentary entitled Homme Less which exposes the seemingly “unglamorous facet and economic shortcomings of a model struggling to afford simple, life necessities.”

While it doesn’t necessarily coincide with the stereotypical series of successes that surround the model industry, the film does recount his financial distresses.

Sure I lived in the East Village, but not in an apartment. I slept in the open air, battling the elements inside a sleeping bag on the rooftop of a friend’s building. From August 2008 to July 2014, my only shelter was a tarp.

The documentary will premiere at the IFC Center on 6th Avenue on August 7th.

Outdoor Movie Madness This Summer in Midtown’s Rooftop Film Club NYC

Are you a little bit of a movie junkie but still want to spend your summer months soaking up some Vitamin D? Be sure to attend one of many outdoor moving screenings brought to New York City for the first time by the UK’s Rooftop Film Club.

Film lovers are able to eat fabulous food, enjoy cold drinks and watch their favorite movies on the big screen as the stars begin to sparkle; this really is an incomparable film experience in the fresh air of a warm summer’s night.

Located at Midtown’s Yotel New York, the screening series will run through September. They’ll be showing classic movies such as Dirty Dancing, Stand By Me, and Coming To America!

Foodies: Taste Talks in Brooklyn Return This Fall With Questlove

This September once Autumn starts to creep in, be sure to check out Taste Talks, a food-lovers festival in Brooklyn which puts emphasis on the intersection between language and food.

Hosted by musician and celebrity foodie Questlove, the festival also includes a series of artists from expert food photographer Daniel Krieger to best-selling author Michael Moss.

Taste Talks is a national series of festivals celebrating the future of taste through symposia, tastings, dinners and parties. Taste Talks brings together thought leaders and luminaries from around the world together with everyday food enthusiasts to engage in great conversation, amazing food and one-of-a-kind experiences.

The food festival runs from Friday, September 11th through Sunday, September 15th in Williamsburg. Make sure to secure your spot for this food extravaganza because tickets are going fast!

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