Arts + Culture

Delphine Diallo's 'Human Evolution'

Photographer Delphine Diallo responds to Vogue Italia's racist editorial with through her triptych"Human Evolution."

Delphine Diallos' 'Human Evolution.' Model: Mengly Hernandez.

French/Senegalese photographer Delphine Diallo reached out to us after learning about Vogue Italia's recent controversial editorial with a response to the fashion magazine's racist spread through her own images. Human Evolution, a triptych the photographer shot just last week, is a reaction to what Diallo calls "a bad vision spread all around the world."

The three panels of the piece feature model Mengly Hernandez in shifting patterns of face paint — "Yoruba 'body painting,' Chinese 'yin-yang,' and Japanese 'geisha.'" Diallo explained to us,

"The concept behind the tryptic was to show the conscious history of a human being through ritual experience (body painting). The relationship between the different cultures & traditions, and their fusion, projects an idea and vision for a new millennium. It's time for us to be more reactive and engage ourselves to propose an alternative beauty in fashion. We won't just fight for having more black people in the fashion industry but fight for opening our culture to others and realize they all need each other."

View Delphine Diallo's Human Evolution above and follow her Tumblr & Instagram for more of her striking work.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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