Ways & Means features original ‘grown up’ children’s story collaborations by some of this era’s most compelling storytellers from the worlds of music and contemporary art. The project supports NGOs and nonprofit organisations advancing children’s causes around the world including Room to Read, Pencils of Promise, 826 National and more. View a literary mixtape that explains the project here
Karl’s latest poem is called ‘Cruel to be kind’ and is taken from the collection, ‘The Butterfly Effect’. The poem is a cry for every ‘villains’ innocence! “We are ALL innocent because at our core the intentions of human beings are good, deception is the real ‘devil’, man is not. We live a life according to our conditioning.” Click here for my earlier post concerning Karl’s work, along with further information.
I Am Hunger is a film, which is in production about some of the outstanding and vital work some of the self-funded independent charities carry out feeding the most vulnerable in society. It is estimated 20% of the UK currently live below the poverty line. That is 13 million people. The combined population of London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester & Glasgow. You can follow the making of the film at I AM HUNGER and do something really simple, but profound by sharing this information.
I first met Karl almost eight years ago in Brixton, London. He is quite an imposing person given I stand 6ft, and he still towers over me like a giant from Han Christian Anderson fairy tale. As with many Black kids growing up within our inner cities, Karl had tough choices to make and dangerous lessons to learn. The first day we cast eyes on one another I was in my local government uniform and tie he was wearing a bulletproof vest. He talked rapidly about the life he was leading, the inspirational pastor who was helping him to rebuild his life, his dreams, his aspiration. He was young, but already time was catching up with him. Over the years he stumbled but resisted a return to the life he once led. Today Karl is a husband, poet, activist, influencer, and incredible human being who I am proud to call a friend. This is Karl’s first release of his poetry online. If you want to know more about Karl then click here.
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions (click here) latest album Until the Hunter (November 2016) is an evocative and beautiful landscape of lullabies. Track 4 on the album is entitled Let Me Get There and features the wonderful Kurt Vile in a duo.
Sandoval started her musical career with a friend (Sylvia Gomez) in a folk duo called Going Home in 1986 and would later form Mazzy Star with David Roback and release three albums in the 1990s. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions have also released Bavarian Fruit Bread in 2001 and Through The Devil Softly in 2009. Sandoval also featured on the Massive Attack track Paradise Circus from the 2010 Heligoland album.
This ‘Gelatine’ video tells the reversed story of how gelatine candy is actually produced. Starting from wrapped candy, going all the way back it reveals a detailed and truthful story on daily foods and its origin.
Gelatine is one in a series of reversed stories on food for ‘Over Eten’ (On Food) a tv show focusing on our present knowledge about food, produced by the news department of flemish public broadcaster VRT, Belgium made by Alina Kneepkens who is a freelance director and reporter (click here).