I'm sure you've seen the movie Party Monster, the movie about club kid Michael Alig (played by Macaulay Culkin) and his work as the successful-but-self-destructive promoter of Limelight in New York City.
The movie's climax revolves around Michael Alig's involvement in the murder of fellow club kid and drug dealer Angel. Angel had been recruited by Alig, and became his roommate. His dealings in drugs became his downfall after Alig found his stash in the apartment and went on an all night bender with some friends. Tweaked and angry because Angel came home and caught him in the act, Alig bludgeoned and smothered Angel to death. Alig then dismembered the body and dumped it into the Hudson river. That happened in March of 1996.
As a result, Alig has spent the last 18 years in the Elmira Correctional Facility in Elmira, New York. He has been eligible for parole since 2006, but has been denied year after year. It has finally been granted, and he will be released on May 5, 2014.
Somehow, he has taken to Twitter from within the facility, and has been tweeting about his plans to make art on the outside. He's been painting in the prison, sending his work out to friends and fans. His celebrity as a promoter and club kid has kept him busy with interviews and television appearances. Most notable is his appearance in the Party Monster "Shockumentary", where he talks about his youth and involvement in the murder of Angel.
I can't wait to see what he does when he's released. You can read more about it at: The Daily Intelligencer, Black Book, Michael Alig's Twitter Account, and The Huffington Post.
Bronzer or Blackface? Julianne Hough Dresses as Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black for Halloween. (Pics & Video)
Would I have done it? No, but I don't think dressing up as Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black for Halloween is racist. Apparently there are people out there who think it is, though, because there is a storm of controversy surrounding Julianne Hough's choice of costume this Halloween.
She's pictured left dressed as Crazy Eyes, wearing an orange jumpsuit, prison I.D., a knotted hairdo, and what looks to be an excessive amount of bronzer. Some are considering this to be "blackface" makeup, which it technically is, but I don't think Julianne meant it to be offensive. I think it is her tribute to her favorite character from Orange is the New Black.
Crazy Eyes is one of my favorite characters (OITNB is one of my favorite shows), and if you're going to dress like her for Halloween and you're Caucasian, you'd need to darken your skin somehow for anyone to know who you were portraying. It's a matter of accuracy. If you didn't and went to a Halloween party as a white girl portraying Crazy Eyes, everyone would notice the missing element: dark skin.
What does everyone think? My friend Tom says that Julianne's bronzed face is no different than painting your face green to portray the Wicked Witch character from the Wizard of Oz. If an African-American person whitened their face with makeup or powder to portray a Caucasian character, I would not be offended. I don't see this as a racial issue, but I am willing to admit fault if I am wrong. Let me know what you think in the comments.
Alonzo Clemons was born with many gifts, but society only saw his shortcomings. Mr. Clemons was institutionalized and deemed "bad" or "evil" by people who didn't even know him. This video shows a gifted artist who admits he has to work much harder than most to live a simple life.
This video shows us that we must not herd all challenged individuals into an institution, thinking it's what's best for them. Alonzo is proof that anyone can live the American Dream if they are willing to work for it, and not everyone who needs help is "bad," "damaged," or "evil."
> See the artistic talent of Alonzo Clemons on his website. <
Subscribe for Updates
My name is Nicholas Emeigh, but everyone calls me Nick, and I prefer it. I'm usually called Nicholas when I'm in trouble. I'm from the Philadelphia area, work in business, and fancy myself as a freelance graphic designer, writer, and artist. I have a passion for art in all its forms including music, but I restrict my singing to the shower and the car for the good of society. If you'd like to know more, just send me an e-mail. I really appreciate you stopping by.