New York City is home to thousands of homeless persons. Among these, 25,000 are children.
The Netflix Marvel series, Luke Cage, threw it’s audience for a loop this season. Just as we thought the main villain, Cotton Mouth, was down and out and Luke Cage might finally get started on some “normal” superhero duties, in comes a new antagonist: Diamondback.
As cute as they are, babies can be downright messy! Luckily, Dreft Laundry Detergent knows all about how to clean up those pasta and oatmeal stained bibs.
The 54th annual New York Film Festival saw an impressive lineup this year, and on Wednesday, The Knockturnal went over to Alice Tully Hall to speak with the cast of Pablo Larrain’s Neruda and Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion.
Hailing from the Midwest, Finding Novyon has become a force in the hip-hop industry. The 25 year old rapper has gained international recognition for his #TheFoodNetwork album and has shared stages with popular artists such as Big Sean and Rae Sremmurd.
Red Bull Sound Select set up stage in Brooklyn, New York last Wednesday at Baby’s Alright. The energy drink company expanded their reach several years ago by creating showcase events designed to accelerate the career of up-and-coming music artists with events across more than 18 cities and has even expanded outside of the United States.
On Friday night, Kate Winslet graced the silver screen once again alongside, heartthrob, Liam Hemsworth to bring Rosalie Ham’s romance novel, The Dressmaker, to life at the Florence Gould Hall Theater premier.
Winslet plays Tilly Dunnage- an outcast who returns to her hometown after accusations arise painting her as the murderer of a young boy. However, Dunnage slowly wins over the hearts of members of the town with her seamstress skills and dresses that seems to magically transform all who wear them.
“It’s the last little piece to the puzzle because often by the time you come to the first day of shooting, you’ve been thinking about the character and prepping the character, getting excited and figuring out who they’re going to be and of course you can’t really ever do that until the costumes go on.” Said Winslet when comparing her character’s dress making abilities to wardrobe’s impact on acting.
The Titanic actress also took into account outfit styles when getting into character. She utilized “a lot of picture references and research into the fashion of the time” saying the latter of which was “of course extremely important to Tilly.”
While Winslet took joy and inspiration from the stylish pieces, producer, Sue Maslin, had a wonderful time with the opportunity to be a part of a movie taking place in her home country of Australia.
“The whole thing was just this wild challenge. Can you imagine getting those gorgeous frocks out there in the Australian Outback? It was really really special. And seeing something we’d always imagine for years come to life,” said Maslin of her favorite part of filming.
The evening was presented by London Fog and a party followed at Avra Madison where guests enjoyed SVEDKA cocktails and Ruffino Wine.
Find out if Tilly Dunnage is able to stitch together the pieces of her tattered past in theaters on September 23rd.
Nicole is a contributing writer for The Knockturnal. Follow her on Twitter @NcolAlexandria.
Fall Fashion Week in New York means witnessing the upcoming fashion trends, bumping into celebrities, and getting a glimpse into the mind of Kanye West. But, there’s another aspect of the fashion world that never fails to make a show-stopping appearance every Fall: the Avant-garde hair and makeup.
If you’ve ever found yourself putting Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind on constant repeat as you prepare to take on the world, or receiving a much-needed pep-talk from the hook on Nas’ I Know I Can, or maybe you even found yourself whynin’ and wukin’ up your waist during Carnival in 2015 to the hit song Party Done.
Afro Punk Festival is quickly becoming one of the most popular east coast music festivals after hosting its yearly gathering in Brooklyn, New York for over ten years.
This year, the two day event took place August 27th-28th and featured artists and bands from The Internet, Bad Brains, and Tyler the Creator to Janelle Monae, Ice Cube, and Living Color.
From the eclectic fashion attire of the attendees to the fantastic, though lesser known, artists gracing the stage, attending Afro Punk is a wonderland for care-free individuals looking to embrace their individuality and freedom to live outside of the box. All of this goes hand-in-hand with the ability to enjoy the many hues of the Black and Brown faces around without concern for stereotyping or judgment.
As a matter of fact, Afro Punk’s rules are no sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no fatphobia, no transphobia, no hatefulness.
Basically, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t come to Afro Punk.
The two day event is full of happy individuals wanting to enjoy themselves in ways that they might not be able to when faced with the expectations and judgment of the world outside of Commodore Barry Park.
Outside of having a safe space to be oneself, the event also boasts of an amazing line up. Probably the most anticipated guest of Sunday night was Janelle Monae who gave a dazzling performance in her signature black and white get up with accompanying bow-tie. Monae, who is no stranger to Afro Punk and has apparently been there since its beginnings, graced the Red Stage on day two and drew a crowd so deep, growing wings and flying felt like the only way to grab a glimpse of the “Hell You Talm Bout” singer’s flowing faux-fur shawl or her flawless Prince tribute.
In-between performances, DJs played their sets while people swirled, wined, popped, locked, nae-naed, stanky legged, and whatever else the music called for while the cool breeze bounced the myriad of kinky-curly tresses swaying across the landscape. And while others moved and grooved on the grass, some made their way around the vendor booths to check out all of the unique items sold by Black owned businesses, get their arms “marbled” with colorful swirls, catch some free promotional items, or have their souls painted across their bodies by Beyoncé’s Lemonade artist Laolu Senbanjo.
Afro Punk Festival 2016 proved, once again, to be one of the most lit, safe zones for people of color (and anyone who wants to simply enjoy good people, good music, and a good life).