What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Read by Douglass Descendants.

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Read by Douglass Descendants

To say that this year has been a year of drama, fear, learning, change and enlightenment is an understatement. And we continue with opening your eyes by sharing this short film with you today on the ironically named Independence Day. Read more

Someone Had A Lot of Fun Naming These Fireworks

Fireworks with Bizarre Names

I always thought that naming lipstick colors would be a fun gig, but I’d never have thought the same about Fireworks until I saw these. Of course there are many types of fireworks that have patriotic names and references to bombs, explosives and blasts. And as you might suspect, there are a few with names that might offend. But then there are these… random, bizarre and in some cases, just damn funny. Read more

Distorted American Flag Sculptures for a Distorted America

Each year around the fourth of July, we try to introduce you to some sort of creative form of patriotism and this year is no different. Meet artist Paul Rousso, an American artist based in North Carolina who combines realism with abstraction in his oversized sculpted representations of everything from candy wrappers to cigarette packs. But since today is July 4th we are sharing with you his series of distorted American Flags, hand sculpted of styrene or acrylic. Read more

Oh No They Didn’t. The American Flag As Formal Wear.

Hard to believe but there’s an actual market for US. Flag ball gowns, evening gowns, prom dresses and wedding gowns. While it’s not my personally preferred way of showing my patriotism, clearly it is for the following. Check out the American Flag as Formal Wear. Read more

Dynasty Meets Independence Day. Zuhair Murad’s Fireworks Embellished Couture.

Zuhair Murad Fireworks Couture

One of the world’s most spectacular fireworks displays, The annual Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival, did more than just ellicit ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the audience last year. It inspired fashion designer Zuhair Murad’s 2017 Spring Summer Couture Collection, Fires Waltz. Read more

Julie Blackmon’s Homegrown Photographs Capture Moments of Sanctuary in Suburbia

Julie Blackmon Photos of Suburbia
Night Movies, Julie Blackmon

I was very happy to see that the New York Times recently featured the photographic work of Julie Blackmon, one of my personal favorites. For me, her work is as if an early Sally Mann mated with Stephen Shore. The Missouri-born and raised photographer is the oldest of nine children, and the mother of three, which is instrumental to her take on the world around her. Read more

American Beauty: 60 Pin-Ups to Pop Stars Wearing Flag Inspired Fashion.

American Beauty Flag Inspired Fashion

Long before Lynda Carter donned her Wonder Woman uniform complete with patriotic cape, starlets wore the stars and stripes to sell War Bonds and promote movie studios. The flag inspired fashion theme has since continued with celebrities, entertainers, musicians and models. Whether they are wrapped in flags for magazine covers, wearing various versions of patriotism onstage, or donning red, white and blue bathing suits – I’ve got 60 of the best photos of celebs, models and musicians in stars and stripes from the past nine decades for you right here. Read more

Fireworks Filmed By A Drone Are Breathtaking. Three Different Videos.

Fireworks Filmed By A Drone

Now, this is the way to see fireworks. Flying through a fireworks display with a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter drone and filmed with a GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition. The following videos put you up in the sky with the colorful explosions of light. Be sure to make the settings HD. Enjoy. Read more