Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective: Groove As Advocacy

Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective’s headlining set at the Art of Cool Fest began with a sense of drama that was only amplified by the elegance and grandeur of the Carolina Theatre. Blanchard’s trumpet seemed to howl with anguish while the E-Collective quartet maintained a hard-edged groove underneath, creating a palpable tension and forward momentum [...]

RECOUNT: Art of Cool Festival Playlist

In anticipation of Durham's third annual Art of Cool Festival, RECOUNT presents this 2-hour Spotify playlist of our featured artists! We'll be bopping around the Bull City all weekend; from the free, family-friendly day parties to the late night/early morning jams to the Innovate Your Cool Conference think tank at American Underground. https://play.spotify.com/user/121376883/playlist/3lX9J89zj9xc3lFMMnx42A From the epic, cross-generational jazz of [...]

On the outside looking back: Göran Hugo Olsson documents global history of racial violence

In this sphere, where power, violence, and race collide, the contemporary understanding is dominated by history's victors. Most of us are paralyzed in the face of these narratives. In positioning the history to speak for itself - candidly and directly to the audience - Olsson shows no cowardice.

“Only we can tell our stories”: a review of “The Square” and “Winter on Fire”

When the Egyptian revolution occurred in 2011 and the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests followed in Ukraine, unless you were on the ground experiencing the catastrophic political turmoil, it was difficult to begin to comprehend the true sequence of events or how the people were responding to them. Luckily, there is film, and people use film to [...]

The revolution will not be televised, will not be tweeted

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnJFhuOWgXg My coworker turned to me today and said, “Oh, no. The New York Times. Tamir Rice.” I wish I could say I was surprised at the results: no indictment in the case of a police officer who shot and killed unarmed/toy gun-armed/two-armed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio about two seconds - no exaggeration, [...]

Metaphors, money in politics, and COP21: A global call to local action

Global leaders collected in Paris for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21) in early December to resolve collective action on the issue. The Earth’s changing landscapes and the telling experiences of climate refugees are the tangible evidence of three decades of research. The Earth’s conditions are inching [...]

Syrian refugees: a matter of fact and photograph

All photos and captions are from Magnus Wennman's series Where the Children Sleep in which he documents the experience of Syrians seeking refuge across the Middle East and Europe.  Check him out on Instagram. Maram, 8, in Amman, Jordan Eight-year-old Maram had just come home from school when the rocket hit her house. A piece of the [...]