Aug 10

Ralphy Boy – Get It!

New video from the charismatic storyteller Ralphy Boy for his track “Get It!”

.Artist – Ralphy Boy
.Directed By – Trevz
.D.P. – Marc Miller
.Stylist – Contessa
.Makeup – Contessa
.Edited by – Trevz
.Actress – Javana Mundy
.Actor – Buzz
.Jewelry by Javana

Aug 10

GTKU – Malik & KoKo “Newlyweds”

Yesterday I happened to be walking downtown Manhattan when I saw a young couple who just got hitched at city hall.  I never met anyone who had a city hall ceremony so of course I stopped them and did an interview.

Life is like a box of chocolates, so are people.  This is the inspiration behind the Getting to Know You project.


Aug 10

People & Places – GTKU

.People & Places GTKU

Aug 10

Album of the week: Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”

Katy Perry's warm, wet and wild "Dream," on a (store) rack near you.

Katy Perry’s sophomore effort, Teenage Dream, is at times like a message in a bottle to the Golden Coast, and other times a love letter to days begone as an 80s mall punk in neon spanx.

The best thing about the album is that it is so damn hooky. (The lead-out smash “California Gurls” being the biggest culprit.) And while Katy’s sexual advances toward boy crushes often come off as forward as a two-dolla hooker, ( See “Peacock” to have those blanks filled in) she is most times endearing (See “Teenage Dream” or “Not Like the Movies”), thanks to a hefty dose of electro-inflected production from the Ke$ha-lite geniuses, Dr. Luke and Max Martin.

Throughout the album, Perry thrashes her side ponytail about to the pulsing beats and melodies like she just snorted a vat  of confectioner’s sugar.
Perry has never sounded sweeter, more charming, sassier or more fun. When interviewed about the album’s ambitions by MTV, Perry said she just “followed her gut.”

Perry’s gut has allowed her to create the ultimate summer soundtrack, fueled by all the things that bring us back to our bittersweet youth, including referencing to melting popsicles, fireworks, and building forts out of bed sheets.

The feel of Dream reminds me of the time my junior year of high school that I snuck out the house late at night to drink poorly mixed homemade margaritas and drag race in the nearest White Castle parking lot.
All of this and then making it home in time to fall asleep in homeroom at 7 a.m. the next day.
It’s this kind of music that makes you want to be young forever.
And Perry’s image, which has always been effervescently youthful, adds to the saccharine quality of the tunes. Remember when pop music used to make you feel that way? Like you could blow bubbles in the bank and leave your house skipping to work on days of sunshine?

All of this isn’t to say that the album is somehow void of meat. Throughout the album are sprinkles of darkness that might reflect the somber stages of teenage development.  It is also through this that, ironically, Perry exhibits growth both as an artist and as a human being.  Her debut, “One of the Boys” had a similar kind of spunk to it, but the lyrics lacked any depth beyond calling would-be hipster suitors gay and kissing girls (and/or mannequins) for attention.

“Not Like the Movies” finds our heroine pounding her fists on the floor about why love is never, well, like the movies.  “If it’s not like the movies, then that’s how it should be,” she croons in the weepy chorus.

“Pearl” is about a woman who used to rule the world and lost her power to the turbulent relationships in her life.  She sings it like she was the girl who never got picked to play volleyball with the cool kids in P.E.

Through these revealing nuggets of truth, one can sense that while Perry splashes in her warm, wet and wild fountain of youth,  she realizes such youth is not always the dream we imagine it to be. It’s a lot like the picture of real life, it’s just that Perry chooses wisely – in an age of destruction and hopelessness –  to sugarcoat it.

-Mickey Woods

Aug 10

GTKU – Lilly “Left Coast”

Life is like a box of chocolates, so are people. This is the inspiration behind the Getting to Know You project. Meet Lilly from LA who I met in the East Village.

Aug 10

Black Atlas – Beijing

Anyone going to Beijing?  Here is a guide from a series I have been editing for BlackAtlas.com featuring world renowned author, filmmaker and producer Nelson George.  These videos give a view of the best tourist destinations in the world with an African American slant, but there is something in there for everyone.  In this episode Nelson hits the courts, visits with Beijing’s first African American newswoman and scales the Berlin Wall.



Aug 10

New Pop Vintage 2007 – Pop Life

As time passes it becomes more apparent how special the early days at thenewpop were.  Back in 2006 there were only a handful of photo bloggers, and no other videographers I knew covering the scene.  Tone, Texas and I were doing something new and everyone wanted us at their events.  For those who couldn’t be at the events we covered the comments we heard most was, ‘you made us feel like we were there.’ For those who were at those events especially the promoters the comment we heard most was, ‘If we weren’t there it’s like it didn’t happen.’

And to the three T’s, the triple threats, the original New Pop crew; Tone, Texas & Trevz. We may now work seperatly in this downtown photo/video world we helped create together, but we will always have the memories of countless late nights spent capturing precious moments, discovering new artist, or just bullshitting on the way to a shoot.  Moments we often shared with ourselves before we shared them with you the audience.  This makes those memories extra special.  The video below is a montage of a small portion of the photos and videos we published from those first three years.  This montage titled Pop Life was first published in 2007 and re-edited in 2008 with updated photo and video footage.


Aug 10

GTKU – Dan “Interesting Man”

Life is like a box of chocolates, so are people. This is the inspiration behind the Getting to Know You project. Meet Dan an interesting man I met at Astor Place.

Aug 10

Black Atlas – The Hamptons

Recently I have been editing an American Airlines series of travel videos for BlackAtlas.com. The series is hosted by renowned writer, traveler and filmmaker Nelson George.  Nelson takes us from Paris to Beijing, from New Orleans to Alaska.  As the title suggests Black Atlas is a travel guide with an African American slant, but there is something in there for everyone.  I have been learning so much from editing these videos that I thought why not share it with my jet-setting audience.

In this episode Nelson heads out to the Hamptons/Montauk/Sag Harbor and meets up with his friends Russel Simmons and Anthony Anderson. I also learned allot about the Sag Harbor African American legacy.


Aug 10

GTKU – Carlos “The Counselor”

Life is like a box of chocolates, so are people.  This is the inspiration behind the Getting to Know You project. Meet Carlos, a chef I met at Union Square Park.