Chester Bennington Tribute Site
Last Thursday, the music world was hit with tragic news: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington had committed suicide in his Los Angeles home. While Bennington had battled substance abuse and depression his entire life, the 41-year-old was reportedly “deeply impacted” by the recent death of a close friend—Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell. Bennington passed away on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Days later, on Saturday, Linkin Park put together a tribute website for the singer. The site features a picture of Chester Bennington onstage with fans and lights surrounding him, as well as the hashtag #RIPCHESTER. Under the hashtag is following message: “In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources: Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK; Crisis Text Line, the free, nationwide, 24/7 text message service for people in crisis, is here to support. For support in the United States, text HELLO to 741741 or message at facebook.com/CrisisTextLine. For support outside the US, find resources at http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html.” People can also post live messages which have been filling the page since the site’s launch on Saturday. The band’s North American tour that was scheduled to commence on Thursday has been cancelled.
Known for her renowned film “Zero Dark Thirty,” director Kathryn Bigelow delivered yet another compelling hit with her most recent film “Detroit.” In all, the liberal film drama highlights and magnifies the issue of police terrorism during the 1967 Detroit riots. While other films that highlight social riots tend to take an uplifting and feel-good approach, “Detroit” does no such thing. Rather, the drama radiates unstable anger within what Variety calls a “historical nightmare.” Though the film initially appears to focus entirely on the Detroit riots, Bigelow only uses the historical event to set the scene for something bigger. The riots continue on the streets of Detroit, however, the police are ordered to “keep the peace” by any means necessary. To the police, “keep the peace” means imposing stringent standards on anyone and everyone that might look suspect. This is where the core conflict arises within the drama, as most of the policemen take specific interest in every black man that crosses their path. Overall, the storyline portrayed in “Detroit” is all part of a larger narrative and message. Watch the trailer for the film below.
MTV’s VMA Nominations
The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards are set to be held in Inglewood, California on August 27th, and, on Tuesday, MTV released the full list of nominations. While Kendrick Lamar leads with eight total nominations, other nominated artists include Kanye West, Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, the Weeknd, Future, SZA, and Lil Yachty. This years VMAs will include a new, non-gender specific category: Artist of the Year. The new category will serve as a combination of the former Best Female Artist/Best Male Artist. The full list of nominations can be viewed via The FADER link below.
Kylie Jenner and Skepta: Plagiarism?
What do Kylie Jenner and Skepta currently have in common? Right now they’re both stuck in lawsuits that accuse them of plagiarism. Earlier this summer, Kylie had been accused of imitating a two-piece camo set that was originally designed by Tizita Balemlay—a NYC-based designer for an independent clothing company. More recently, however, Kylie has been accused of copying the artwork of British artist Sara Pope. In a trailer for Kylie’s new reality TV show, Life of Kylie, an image of glowing neon lips appears which is strikingly similar to Pope’s “Temptation” artwork. Pope has been in the process of taking legal action against Kylie. On the other hand, Skepta’s upcoming clothing line MAINS has been faced with allegations of plagiarism. According to Moroccan photographer Ilyes Griyeb, Griyeb’s photographs were used by Skepta and the MAINS campaign without the permission of the photographer. Additionally, Griyeb claims that photos in Skepta’s lookbook “hijacked” his artistic style. Griyeb outlines his irritation in a statement with The FADER:
Ilyes Griyeb: This started in November 2016 when Skepta posted my images on his Instagram account with a logo on it saying "MAINS." I first tried to understand what was this MAINS thing. Having no clue and not seeing my name anywhere, I tried to reach out to him through a friend of his. I had no answer for days until I saw another picture posted on Skepta's account. The first time I asked [the friend] to make them put my name, at least, on the pictures. But after the second attempt without anything really happening, I asked him to make them deleted ASAP. [The friend] tried to intimidate me a little asking me if I really wanted any trouble with Skepta and that having my images being used by him is a better option for me than nothing. I asked again for them to be deleted. Then [the friend] told me Skepta was coming to Paris and he was going to reach out to me, so we can settle something, maybe work together on it. Of course, nothing happened. Dude has 1 million [followers] on Instagram, I didn't think sending him a DM was going to change anything.
Photos of the artwork can be seen below.
by Sabrina Ghantous