Fake Tales of America

This project is pretty clever. Shot and compiled by photographer Mathieu Lambert, Fake Tales of America documents a fictional trip across America, picture by picture. Each of the pictures, however, was shot somewhere in France. In reality, Lambert explains, he’s never been out of the country, so instead he tried to capture “scenes within France that look uncannily like America”. In the process, his collection forms a neatly compiled criticism of the mass Americanization that pervades global, and particularly European culture. Fake Tales is available in a 36-page monogram, as are a bunch of Lambert’s collections, right here at his website.

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Simply Beautiful

Perhaps it’s the tranquility that hits you first. I suppose that’s the vibe of most museums, although I’ve never been to a museum quite like The Getty Center. Built in the memory of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, the 24 acre cultural center has welcomed over a million visitors a year since its opening in 1997. Situated atop the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the greater Los Angeles area, The Getty Center offers visitors seemingly endless views, providing perfect photo ops at every turn.

Although the $15 parking fee taxes those with cars, visiting the center is actually free, allowing those on bus, bike or foot to take in the day without reaching for their wallet. Taking a trip to the center this weekend, we spent a few hours at The Getty to snap a few pics and see what we could see. Pleasant views, accompanied by beautiful architecture and sprawling grass makes The Getty perfect for an afternoon picnic or nap. One of the true gems of Los Angeles, The Getty Center is the optimal destination for your next sunny day.

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Like Miami in the ’80s or early ’90s L.A., New York in 1977 was a seriously tumultuous scene. Violent crime, a serial killer on the loose, and unemployment rates through the roof. In another sense though, it was prime for a series of intertwined artistic movements, unlike any scene in recent years. Disco and the club scene, the punks and even the blossoming of hip-hop help to usher in new art forms, as well as new attitudes in a city that many saw as slipping into decay. If Downtown Calling gave us the overview, VH1’s NY77 takes it up another notch, giving a detailed look at perhaps the most chaotically representative year of that moment in time. Read on for the full, two-part movie. Trust me, it’s worth the watch.

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Hiroshi Tanabe

With the rare ability to form beautiful images out of woodcut illustrations, Japanese artist Hiroshi Tanabe has risen to global fame, amassing an astounding collection of sophisticated drawings. Clean lines accommodated by simple colors gives Tanabe’s work a sense of timelessness that blurs the lines between the past and present. Having already published two books to his name, Tanabe continues to dazzle the world with his unique approach to visual art.

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With the goal of providing real advice to men from men, The Man Guide To Love showcases various opinions on the union of love. While you may not agree with each opinion shared, the magic of the initiative lies in the honesty of it all. Real advice from real men, sharing their experiences on love. We gotta appreciate the women. They simply make the world go round.

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WorldStar Hip Hop

Written By Jesse Byrd Jr.

A part of me always feels a little grimy when I check into World Star Hip-Hop. Elderly public transportation skirmishes, scantily clad middle school teachers, and a sea of suspect ass music videos. I feel as though I’m looking to be entertained by everything that is wrong with the world. I never learn anything valuable.

I’m usually just more aware of the tomfoolery that pops off on a daily basis. It’s the type of site where I may have to inch the screen down to half mast if granny walked in the room, or turn the audio down a few pocks if my little brother comes running in from school. This has caused me to often wonder: if I can’t stand proudly beside the material I indulge in, then why do I partake?

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The world is changing fast. I wonder if Zuckerberg even could have fathomed a world where social networking factored into the overthrow of an authoritarian dictatorship that had ruled with iron fist for almost a quarter century. If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news lately, you’ll notice that the tides are turning in North Africa and the Middle East, as protesters are taking to the streets from Tunisia to Cairo, and making their voices heard.

Let’s not kid ourselves. We have a lot to be thankful for out here. Not all our readers live in the States, but I think it’s safe to say most of us have enough to eat, clean water to drink and a spot to stay (not to mention an internet connection). Yeah, an Oscar Grant case happens every once in a while, and of course there’s room for improvement. But in general, I think there’s a pretty basic understanding of our own rights and freedoms that we tend to take for granted. Looking at the images below, or the demands of the protesters involved lends some perspective to the situation. In his op-ed piece below, from this morning’s New York Times, David Brooks discusses the quest for dignity, and what these uprisings can teach us about human rights in a globalized world. Thanks to The Big Picture, as always, for providing the visuals to help us understand the situation.

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Portraits By Jaimie Milner

Every so often an email arrives in my inbox that is so heartfelt it’s impossible to ignore. They’re special moments, because it all happens so smoothly. Almost like it was meant to be. With the goal to celebrate the role of creative black men in society, Jaimie Milner’s portraits celebrate men young and old who have harnessed their talents to leave an indelible mark on their community, and to a greater extent society at large. Capturing each individual in black and white, Jaimie’s photograph’s portray each individual in their natural light, allowing the viewer to see them as they are. Relating the purpose and message of her project in the following pages, Jaimie’s pursuit is not only progressive but inspiring. I think it’s safe to say she’s on to something.

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Singita Luxury Resorts

To call this a romantic getaway might be a gross understatement. Although I’m a little conflicted when it comes to luxury resorts in impoverished countries, I can’t deny how dope it’d be to go here. Known as Singita, which stands for “place of miracles” the Singita resorts offer a world renowned set of game reserves which offers a one of a kind experience deep in the heart of Africa. With various locations throughout Africa, (Tanzania, South Africa & Zimbabwe to be specific), the choice is yours if your bread is right. Mixing touches of African heritage, alongside contemporary European furniture, the Singita resorts might easily be one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Time to start saving up those coins in the couch.

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