a j a n i photography: The Forbidden City

China's Forbidden City is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places that I have ever visited and I hope to explore it again in the near future.

Located in the centre of Beijing and quite accessible by public transportation, the Forbidden City now houses the Palace Museum and served as home to Chinese emperors and their households for about 500 years.

When I first visited the city almost three years ago, I did my best to detach myself from my preconceived notions of its scale and appearance.

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Short Film: "Superfly" By Anthony Blasko

Directed by Anthony Blasko, "Superfly" is about Jimmy Snuka -- a Fijian prince who was one of wrestling’s most admired stars during the 1980s.

The crowds may be much smaller today, but Jimmy is still flying, exhibiting the grace, humility and majesty of his royal lineage.

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Documentary: "Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story" By Complex

Much of the chronology of my life and many of my memories are tied to music that reminds me of certain periods of time.

In terms of my early high school years, many of my memories are intertwined and triggered by Dr. Dre's "Chronic 2001" masterpiece and most of Eminem's seminal work during the late 90s and early 2000s.

In fact, one of my earliest high school memories involves being intrigued and perplexed by my first viewing of Eminem's "My Name Is" music video.

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a j a n i photography: Suzhou, China

Suzhou is a major city in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, it's adjacent to Shanghai Municipality and it takes about an hour and a half to drive to from Shanghai (without traffic).

When I first traveled to Suzhou (about two years ago), I didn't know what to expect and I was quite exhausted from a late night and early morning out in Shanghai, checking out some of the city's many nightclubs.

At the time, my friend Xue Qi was involved in facilitating some tours throughout China on behalf of French nationals, she told me that Suzhou was one of the most beautiful places in China and as such, she basically put me onto a bus so that I could experience it firsthand.

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Short Film: "Retrowave" By Florian Renner

Germany's Florian Renner directed an animated a cool 80s-inspired short animation entitled "Retrowave".

The project basically combines the worlds of "Back To The Future" and "Tron" by turning a DeLorean into a Light Cycle on The Grid (as per the fictional world of "Tron").

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Short Film: "Monolith: A Tribute To Stanley Kubrick" By Shaun Pitz

Stanley Kubrick is regarded by myself and many others as one of the greatest and most influential visionaries of all time.

Like myself, Kubrick began his career as a photographer (in New York City) and I have an immense amount of respect for his contributions to the art and film worlds.

Kubrick taught himself all aspects of directing films and production after graduating from high school, his earliest projects were created with shoestring budgets and he eventually experienced his first Hollywood breakthrough via the blockbuster, "Spartacus".

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Performance: “Transformers” By Saturday Morning Slow Jams Featuring Drue Davis

Scott Bradlee, Steve Sweat and their Saturday Morning Slow Jams collective have kept their creative momentum going by releasing an incredible rendition of the "Transformers" theme song.

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Performance: "Animaniacs" By Saturday Morning Slow Jams Featuring POW!GRL


As a kid, I definitely considered "Animaniacs" to be part of the upper echelon of cartoons and I watched every single episode.

Recently, Scott Bradlee, POW!GRL, Steve Sweat and crew performed an extra funky rendition of the "Animaniacs" theme song as part of their "Saturday Morning Slow Jams" series and it was amazing.

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Video: "Jim Carrey Delivers Funny And Inspirational Commencement Speech" By News Republic

Jim Carrey wasn't completely in a joking mood when he stepped up to the podium to deliver a commencement address this past Saturday.

The 52 year old comedic genius took a serious tone when it came time to regale the graduates of Iowa's Maharishi University of Management with his own personal life lessons.

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Performance: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” By Saturday Morning Slow Jams Featuring Drue Davis

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Every Saturday, Scott Bradlee and his friends reinterpret various cartoon theme songs as '90s R&B.

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