Monthly Archives: February 2011

‘The Wire’ – Actor Idris Elba ( Stringer Bell) speaks out on black actors in film

This is 4 you Anne 😉

As a fitting close to Black History Month, actor Idris Elba was the featured speaker for the Lens Project’s “Artist Spotlight” series. Held at the Paul Robeson Center of Rutgers University’s Newark campus this past Thursday evening, the lecture was moderated by Ms. Baraka Sele, the current Assistant Vice President of Programming of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

Black Presidents In The Movies

Idris stepped onto the stage to standing applause and an unmistakable spike in estrogen levels among the women in attendance, as they whipped out their cameras to document Hollywood’s sexiest chocolate boy wonder. Adopting an ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ format, Ms. Sele and Mr. Elba discussed everything from his solid middle class beginnings in East London, his upcoming projects, to the current state of black cinema in Hollywood. was on campus for Idris 101 and bring you the highlights below.

Top 9 Must-See Black Films

On his most prolific role as Stringer Bell on HBO’s ‘The Wire’

“I was a huge fan of Stringer Bell being killed off right at the height of his popularity. I commend the writers for a realistic view of living a life of crime…as a drug dealer you either end up dead or in prison.”

On the Golden Globes and this year’s Oscar ‘white-out’

“Halle Berry and I were the only two black actors nominated for this year’s Golden Globes (Idris for Luther and Halle for Frankie & Alice). The Oscars aren’t designed for us…let’s focus on making more films.”

On the controversy surrounding his role as Heimdall, in the upcoming “Thor”

“It’s so ridiculous. We have a man (Thor) who has a flying hammer, and wears horns on his head and yet me being an actor of African descent playing a Norse god is unbelievable? I mean, Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor and Ghandi was played by Ben Kingsley”

Does he watch any of his films?

“I don’t watch myself. It’s excruciating”

On his decision to become an actor

“My parents were hard-working and believed in security, getting that paycheck. Paul Barber (another black British actor) came to speak at my school, and I realized ‘I could do that too.’ When I told my parents I wanted to be an actor, my father said to me (at this point Idris mimics a dead-on African accent) ‘Kuna, you know actors don’t make money.’ So I got a job working at the Ford factory and after 2 years, I was like, I gotta go back to acting.” (Idris would eventually win a place in the National Youth Music Theater, thanks to a Prince’s Trust grant).

On speaking to today’s youth

“I’m just a beacon… actors and people in the film industry should speak at schools to inspire students.” Idris is the anti-crime ambassador for the Prince’s Trust grant, a U.K. based youth charity that provides workplace skills and financial support.
(Idris speaking Prince’s Trust)

On being an only child

“As an only child I had a vivid imagination. My imagination gets me in trouble, it gets me awards and it gets me paychecks”

On what role he finds most challenging

“While the U.K. is known for their drama schools, they are very expensive. I wasn’t classically trained in theater, so I have a natural fear of Shakespeare. But I’d like to tackle King Lear or Othello.”

On the Spike Lee vs. Tyler Perry debate

“Can I be candid?” he asks before turning to face the audience directly. “I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for “Daddy’s Little Girls” because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”

By the end of the lecture, it was clear that Idris Elba hasn’t been coasting on just his good looks. Thoughtful, resourceful, and humble, Idris Elba continues the legacy of strong and positive depictions of black masculinity in Hollywood.

In other news, Idris has just been cast in the, not quite Alien prequel,  Ridley Scott helmed Prometheus. He joins Noomi Rapace (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender (X:Men First Class) and Charlize Theron (Hancock). (source)


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2 Pac on ‘In Living Color’

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The good old dayz…

‘Strike da pose‘ aufn We b*girlz festival in Berlin 2008

Rosy one und Annebacke

Italian Breakdance Crew

Schweizer Mädel

Berliner Punks

The one and only Martha Cooper

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cassette playa’s new collection..!!!

yeah..!!! i like….

fashion show here

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pipka pipka im übel&gefährlich

6.03.2011, 19:30 Uhr
Uebel und Gefährlich
Feldstraße 66
20359 Hamburg

OLYMPIA CLUB von Mariola Brillowska

In Anlehnung an ihre legendären Art Entertainment Shows „LIV ULLMANN“, „LAS VEGAS“ und „CLUB ADORATOR“, die sie vor 10 Jahren in Molotow, Westwerk, Schauspielhaus, Kampnagel und auf FSK-Radio zelebrierte, ruft Mariola Brillowska das Bühnenformat „OLYMPIA CLUB“ ins Leben. Die viel versprechende Preview aus Kunst und Mode findet am 6.3. im „Uebel und Gefährlich“ statt. Zu Gast kommen PIPKA PIPKA Schwestern. Mariola Brillowska, die provokanteste Künstlerin von Hamburg will mit „OLYMPIA CLUB“ vor allem das in die Vergessenheit geratene „Sexy Apartement Wrestling“ aufs Neue etablieren, das wohl jede moderne Frau privat zu beherrschen hat. Sie soll aggressiv gegen ihren Appartement Partner vorgehen, wenn er entgegen ihrer Lust seine Geilheit demonstriert. Die „Sexy Apartement Wrestlerin“ verwandelt unerwartet ihr BH in Lasso, schnappt den Stängel des Probanden und schon hängt der Partner für Stunden am Heizkörper. In OLYMPIA CLUB am 6.3. wird diese aggro-hardcore Technik explizit vorgeführt. Parallele zeigen die verwaisten Schwester PIPKA PIPKA ihre spektakuläre Sexy Fashion Exponate, die in ihrer vollkommen ausverkauften Modenshow im August 2010 wortwörtlich aus den Nahten platzte. Wie der Kaiser in Seinen Neunen Kleidern marschierten plötzlich nackte Modells über das Catwalk, nachdem ihnen gierige Hamburger die PIPKA PIPKA Kollektion pardonlos von den Leibern gerissen haben. Wegen des nackten Fleisches stürmte Sittenpolizei die Veranstaltung. Unschuldige Mitwirkende wurden verhaftet. Dieses ist Mariola Brillowska gewöhnt. Ihre Ausstellungen, Filme, Radiosendungen sind auf dem Index seit jeher. Nun will die ebenfalls als Waisenkind aufgewachsene provokativ-feministische Skandalkünstlerin den jungen Modemacherinnen PIPKA PIPKA mit Rat und Tat zur Seite stehen.

MARIOLA BRILLOWSKA wuchs in der tiefsten Walachei auf. Sie lebt und arbeitet seit dem Studium der Freien Kunst in Hamburg, wo sie in Eigenregie Animationsfilme und anarchistische Theatershows produziert. MB ist ebenfalls als bildende Künstlerin, Performerin, Zeichnerin, Autorin und Professorin tätig. Im Metropolis Kino findet am 1. März die Premiere ihres radikal mit der Familie abrechnenden Films DES TEUFELS KINDER statt.

PIPKA PIPKA sind die fünf junge Modedesignerinnen, die Modekollektionen zwischen Performance und Theater, Tanz und Musik, Realität und Träumerei zu Musik von DJ PASCAL FUHLBRUEGGE präsentieren.

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Not so funny kat

Better leave her alone…


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