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Life On Neptunes
Forty stories above Miami, The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams is living the high life— surrounded by a mess of Murakamis, a closetful of kicks, and enough Vuitton trunks to sink a steamer. Mayer Rus takes stock. The view from Pharrell Williams’s penthouse makes an unequivocal statement: “I am monarch of all I survey.” Topped by a frosted-glass dome, the empyrean apartment floats 40 stories above Miami. A gargantuan great room rises the full three levels of the space, which pivots around a white spiral staircase. Bold contemporary art lines the walls, and sybaritic delights—an outdoor pool overhung with an improbable vine-covered trellis, a supersize purple crocodile Hermès bag—can be found at every turn. But the coups de théâtre are the massive window walls, which provide a breathtaking panorama over the city, across Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, and out to the Atlantic.
Looking fit in a tiny black bikini, actress Paula Patton enjoyed some fun in the sun with her equally hot hubby Robin Thicke in Miami Beach, Florida on Sunday, July 10th, 2011. The couple shared some smooches while swimming around in the beautiful blue ocean before exiting hand in hand. Paula has been in town for almost a week participating in the American Black Film Festival alongside stars Regina King, Mekhi Phifer, and Robert Townsend . The Jumping the Broom beauty was on hand to help honor actor, comedian, director and writer Keenen Ivory Wayans during the closing ceremonies last night. Paula and Robin, who have been married since 2005, are parents to one year old Julian.
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La Biennale opens this weekend in Venice so bbcicecream.com came back to see the sculpture Pharrell designed for the GLASSTRESS show. The show is in Venice for 6 months so you have plenty of time to try and make it here. ‘Inside Out’ is located at the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass in Murano. The sculpture is of 2 angel skeletons. One is just over 6 feet tall and the smaller one flying behind it is about 18 inches. Both were hand made by Berengo Studio in Murano.
“So many of us often wonder what if…
Most of these wonders have to do with the idea of what people’s lives would be like if they made different choices. Since I was a little boy my wonderous curiosities were based on fictional things that television offered. My mind was crammed pack with creatures fit for a child that were often funny, designed for youth and usually a profitable franchise like cartoons. Even still, I couldn’t stop thinking about angels.
Seemingly human with wings.
The perfect representation for man’s sojourn in this dimension.
A way to conceptualize his aspirations and goals.
The moment his feet left the ground all who watched considered him on his way…but to where?
Maybe the why of it is something that each of us must discover alone. The why we aspire for higher. Perhaps my good friend Dr. Ramachadrian, from the University of California, San Diego, has the most simple explanation: “Apes reach for fruit while man reaches for the stars.” But then again, everyone races to answer that question which is why I wanted to take on the more difficult challenge: how?
When discussing it with my colleagues they reacted as they often do—with a wordless brow lift and subsequent whispers that I was “taking it too far this time.” Like no concept in existence is crazier and alien than mine. It’s as if I’m addicted to them sucking the life and air out of my curiosity, but never my enthusiasm. That cannot be touched. How could it? Thoughts are fourth dimensional just like the unit of awareness known as self or spirit. It’s all akashic substance disseminated among the ether.
By definition ether means the upper regions of space, the clear sky, the heavens. Funny enough, because of its super thin consistency and transparency, the ether is thought by most to be non- existent. Hahaaa…that which is the truest in form is transparent. We as a society live by that metaphor, but quite often we limit our truths to semantics instead of allowing these ideas to be applied to nature. That is where I find my peace, my mind, my air. Uninterrupted air. It feeds nearly everything with the exception of plant life. It’s typically an unappreciated sign of life. That’s actually the case with all things, including ideas. All good ideas need air. Some sort of openness to what is possible. All great and egregious concepts start with the openness of air.
And then it dawned on me…
I’ll take a subject that I’ve often pondered about in various ways since I was a child.
I would focus on the “how” by bringing it to fruition.
It had to be clear and transparent.
It had to have a physical representation of man involuting his “openness” or “air” to the possibility.
We met the people from Venice Projects who operate one of the finest glass blowing shops in Murano and also did the Glasstress show during the 54th Venice Biennale. It was important for it to represent what the inside body of an angel (Greek for the word “messenger”) looked like. The blowers captured exactly how I saw these angels in my mind. I am beyond pleased and impressed with the results.
All I wanted to do was present an idea that was clear, transparent and with the posterity that only the breath of man could offer.”
Pharrell Williams gave The Trippple Nippples the thumbs up after a special performance at Trump Room last night. The multi-talented creative is in town putting together a documentary on Tokyo Culture for which Trippple Nippples are deservedly featured. Let’s face it – if The Trippple Nipples were from any where other than Japan they would be huge by now. Underground party icons for the past few years, they have evolved into a full-on live band experience, touring in throughout Asia as well as Europe this year. I am so happy they are getting the recognition they deserve from media outside of Japan.
The web and social media have allowed musicians to express and promote themselves in a way that never before existed. It has allowed brilliant musicians to be discovered and heard. Alyssa Bernal is one of those musicians. When she decided to post her talent on Youtube back in 2006, it changed her life forever. After the quick success of her Youtube music channel, registering hundreds of thousands (to then millions) of views, Bernal was discovered by Pharrell Williams, an icon in the industry.
The recognition came full circle when she was offered a deal with Star Trak Entertainment /Interscope Records. She relocated to London for 2 months to record her debut album with one of her favorite producers, Martin Terefe.
Terefe has produced songs for Jason Mraz, KT Tunstall, Train, and more. What is amazing about Bernal is that even with all her new success and multiple opportunities, she still keeps her family and her fans actively involved and engaged. This past October, Bernal released her self-titled EP. Although the 3-track EP is as powerful as a full-length album, it still leaves us wanting more. Her voice is beautiful, natural, and real. Each track has its own unique qualities. The song “Hold Me Tight” is an incredbile duet with Jason Wade of LifeHouse. Now, Bernal has reached half a million subscribers on Youtube becoming the 24th “most subcribed to” musician on the site.
HypeTune.com is offering a stream of Bernal’s EP which you can check out here. Like what you hear? Click the link above the music player to purchase the EP on iTunes. Also, check out her pages and watch some of her best videos. HypeTune.com has an EXCLUSIVE video interview with Bernal below. She gives them a glimpse into her progression, her projects, and offers some great advice for up-and-coming independent musicians. Check it out! Get on the hype.
HypeTune.com Exclusive Interview With Alyssa Bernal