spiraling succulent | san francisco, ca | october 2013

spiraling succulent | san francisco, ca | october 2013

portrait of rene solomon | san francisco, ca | october 2013 

portrait of rene solomon | san francisco, ca | october 2013 

portrait of talia taylor | oakland, ca | october 2013 

portrait of talia taylor | oakland, ca | october 2013 

looking you over and you don’t know my name yet
but by the time you looked away, already knew I couldn’t fake it

I got this need for you, forming in my beating heart
I knew the meaning right away, we only yesterday were worlds apart

I think I may love you
If you give me some time
maybe you’ll love me too

I got this thing for you
if you come closer I can whisper in your ear
and if you wanna walk away
I’ll tell you all the things I know you wanna hear

I’ll come closer to you
if you come over
I know we’ll go farther
farther with you
with you i’m in warm water swimming down

King x Laura Mvula live [Photos + Recap]

I wrote up a little something on the recent Laura Mvula x KING show at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco to compliment Ashleigh Reddy's lovely captures for Okayplayer. Be sure to check out these stunning & talented artists when they tour your city!

do your asian stripper girlfriends ever get kidnapped by rival mafia members when they’re left alone at the crib while you’re out at the club getting a champagne toast by a secret snitch pretending to be your boy so you guys have to head back to the mansion to get strapped with ammunition to annihilate the enemy (whose motive remains elusive) at an undisclosed warehouse location so that you can rescue her only to wrap her bare ass in a tiny blanket?

I didn’t think so.

Kaytranada is long last coming to THE BAY for a FREE halloween party! I better see everyone I love there ready to leave it all on the dance floor. As we all know, 1015 folsom attracts the worst zombie drughead teenagers so we need to roll deep and show the babies how to have a good time. RSVP now and spread the word to fellow music lovers <3. 

Kaytranada is long last coming to THE BAY for a FREE halloween party! I better see everyone I love there ready to leave it all on the dance floor. As we all know, 1015 folsom attracts the worst zombie drughead teenagers so we need to roll deep and show the babies how to have a good time. RSVP now and spread the word to fellow music lovers <3. 

Reblogged from kaykaythemane with 43 notes

this will dramatically improve your week. press play & let the beat in.

Watch now: American Masters | James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket | PBS Video

when someone finds themselves digging through the remains, somewhere in that wreckage, they will find me.

I found James Baldwin in history’s wreckage and it changed my life forever. I am weary of worshipping any man for the distance reverence requires is dehumanizing. For it is Jimmy’s humanity that persists — it is his light that blasts through the darkness.

In watching this video, I am reminded of the task of he left with us. 

It is, alas, the truth that to be an American writer today means mounting an unending attack on all that Americans believe themselves to hold sacred. It means fighting an astute and agile guerrilla warfare with that American complacency which so inadequately masks the American panic.

In particularly difficult times, I often turn to history for guidance (not to be confused with ‘answers’). I am reminded of an urgency that is all too easy to forget. It’s like having a conversation with an old friend who shakes you back into your body, who gives you a long hug and sends you back into the world with a renewed sense of purpose. It is a gift to feel loved by someone you never knew. Above everything, this video reminded me how to forge a joyful and meaningful life. How to strike a balance between working and seeking, how to tap the source of things (unapologetically), to pay attention, to laugh and dare to love in the face of ignorance. There is work to be done and poems to be left in the rubble for the next generation of lonely artists searching for a sign amidst the ash. 

I JUST WANNA VIBE WITH YOU!