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French illustrator artist Clémentine Campardou (AKA Blule) creates Prince approved art

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Clémentine Campardou aka Blule is a Paris-born illustrator. After working in the corporate world for brands like L’Oreal and Fila, the current Sydney, Australia resident decided that she missed painting. The wife and mother of two has made quite a name for herself with her watercolor art and has even earned a following among comic book enthusiasts for her sophisticated superhero originals. Blule’s husband is a lifelong Prince fan and he asked her to create an imaginary album cover for his favorite musician. The illustration was posted online and caught the eye of the late legend in 2014. Prince was very protective of his image and would not hesitate to have his legal team fire off a cease and desist letter to anyone who used his likeness without permission, but in this case, he reached out to Blule to purchase the rights. He also bought designs that he used on a custom shirt for a Toronto show and another that served as a backdrop for his 2015 tour. Blule was commissioned to participate in a redesign of the main studio of Prince’s Paisley Park recording complex, but sadly the project never came to fruition due to Prince’s unexpected passing on…

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A Private View: Exclusive Interview with Prince’s Personal Photographer Afshin Shahidi

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Prince: A Private View takes you behind the lens on an intimate trip through the extraordinary life of the legendary musician through never-before-seen photos and personal recollections. Iranian born photographer and filmmaker Afshin Shahidi first met Prince in 1993. After working as his cinematographer on numerous video projects he was invited to document his 2002 One Night Alone Tour, and would become Prince’s personal photographer for a decade. This unexpected journey led to a close friendship, sleepless nights, frantic last-minute flights, and the distinction of being the only photographer granted access to Prince’s private 3121 parties. “I want to make sure the attention is focused on celebrating Prince’s life and reflecting on the message of love that was prevalent throughout his music. The love for ones self, the love of family and friends, the love for your special someone, the love of our planet and home, and the love for those who are different than us. It’s this last love that I know Prince’s voice would have been loudest on if he was with us and witnessing the fractures that are dividing this country. It was his constant celebration of diversity that formed The Revolution, that motivated his unique sense of style, that…

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Jahkeen Washington gives back to Harlem, New York through fitness: Watch Out World

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Watch Out World is our video project collaboration with Alexander Watch that examines artists and their relationship to the concept of time. The series dives into the lives of various creative professionals in their respective industries and explores how they manage their time wisely with busy schedules. Jahkeen Washington is a Certified Personal Trainer and co-founder of JTW Fit who was born and raised in Harlem, New York. Through Harlem Fitness he gives back to his community by offering accessible training and affordable fitness to inspire others to be healthy, fit and take control of their lives. Growing up an athlete, fitness was always a motivating and regularly scheduled activity for Jahkeen. He continued with athletics in college where he had an illustrious career playing basketball at Connecticut College. Jahkeen is a passionate coach who enjoys helping individuals realize their physical capabilities and lead healthier lifestyles. His training style brings a level of intensity that challenges clients and keeps them engaged. He believes fitness should be both fun and results-driven. Jahkeen has worked with various fitness levels and is confident his technique will provide clients with the tools they need to be successful. Featured Alexander Watch: Nikos A422 View our all our…

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DroneTopolis AR App is a drone on your phone!

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DroneTopolis AR App

Circle Square’s DroneTopolis AR app is a virtual powered drone simulator for your iOS. You will be able to test your piloting skills by flying through augmented reality and flying through a virtual interface. Your in-destructive drone is controlled anywhere and at any time through your iOS device. DroneTopolis AR allows you to have fun while driving in realistic environments and surroundings. “ARKit is a game-changer,” says Taylor Moore, co-founder of CircleSquare Entertainment. “We were actually working very hard on a drone racing game, but dropped everything when we realized that we could offer iOS users the kind of augmented reality no one has ever seen before. DroneTopolis AR is like having a drone in your pocket.” Developed by a professional photographer, the DroneTopolis AR’s flight is a reflection of the real thing for perfect control. This drone eliminates batteries, bad weather, flight restrictions and costly repairs. You also have the option to share in flight travel with friends and family. In the mood to share some footage? Record and stream your in-flight antics to wow friends and family members. Price starts at 1.99 on iOS devices found in Apple App Store.

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The symbolism behind Prince’s Love Symbol Album

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Love Symbol

October 13th marked the 25th anniversary of Prince’s Love Symbol album. This 14th studio release from 1992 would mark the beginning of the most rebellious era in Prince’s musical career. By 1993 Prince’s growing frustration with Warner Brothers’ attempt to stifle his musical output would cause him to change his name to the unpronounceable male/female symbol hybrid on the album’s cover. Love Symbol was originally slated to be a “fantasy rock soap opera” with numerous segues to tell the story of Prince and his love affair with an Egyptian princess, played by his future wife Mayte Garcia in her debut with Prince’s New Power Generation band. Many of the segues were cut to shorten the album’s playing time, but the missing portions surfaced on subsequent bootleg recordings in later years. Some music critics and fans were less than enthusiastic about the Love Symbol album, but it still managed to go platinum in the U.S. and the U.K. It’s often forgotten that Prince was another artist who delved into the visual album concept. In 1994 he released the direct to video film 3 Chains o’ Gold that he also produced and directed. It’s a collection of videos from the Love Symbol…

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Regrets of the Past: The Austrian Star Wars Fan Film

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The short film project Regrets of the Past (IMDB) was realized by a team of local filmmakers whose goal it was to create a high-quality sci-fi movie in Austria, based within the Star Wars universe. The crew diligently focused on the visual language of the film which tries to adhere as closely as possible to the original trilogy developed by George Lucas in the 1970s. The story is set after the events that led to the inception of the Galactic Empire (Star Wars: Episode III) and follows the fate of two fugitive Jedi knights. Pursued by a bounty hunter, Pash Sularen and his Padawan Kaila Dain crash on a remote plant and are confronted with their past. Principal photography took place in Austria from 2013 through 2015, followed by one year of post production. The crew of one hundred and fifty consisted mainly of working professionals in the Austrian film industry who supported the project in their spare time. Watch the full film on YouTube:

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The Deceived reflects the rifts and tensions of our modern political moment

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The Deceived

The Deceived is a controversial new biblical thriller by E.C. Fisher asks us to question: what if the Bible was a con devised by none other than Lucifer himself? What if The Rapture came, and it was a trick? In E.C. Fisher’s biblical thriller The Deceived, it is the devil who is behind religion, and everyone from Adam and Eve on up are in the thrall of his lies. But as the End of Days play out of Earth—a ploy designed by Lucifer to give the world to his   followers—archangel Michael is sent down to earth from heaven, where he must battle the devil in order to save God’s children—not to mention the planet itself. As God lays dying in heaven, and Lucifer kidnaps Michael’s soulmate, Ari-el—Michael must face not only the potential of demons overtaking earth, but the loss of both his father and one true love. Armed with the Sword of the Spirit, which was forged from God’s own powerful wings, Michael sets to destroy the Antichrist, and thereby bring an end to the deadly masquerade that is Lucifer’s religion. Written with the verve of a contemporary adventure fantasy and the deep, complex knowledge and understanding of a religious…

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Photographer Penny De Los Santos photographs culture through the lens of food: Watch Out World

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Watch Out World is our video project collaboration with Alexander Watch that examines artists and their relationship to the concept of time. The series dives into the lives of various creative professionals in their respective industries and explores how they manage their time with busy schedules. Penny De La Santonos’s background no doubt inspired curiosity about culture. She photographs food and culture as a way to understand her own diverse cultural background and identity. Penny was born in Europe to an American military family that eventually settled in a small town in Texas, with generations of family history tied to the Texas-Mexico border. From the historical all male dining clubs of the Basque Country, to Jerusalem’s most suicide bomber besieged markets, photographing culture has been at the heart of Penny’s work. It has influenced the subjects she picks and the way she makes photographs. Her evolution into food photography has allowed her to explore and celebrate culture, history and community through the lens of food. She has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the US and to over thirty countries on assignment for various clients making these photographs. To Learn More About Penny visit her official website at PennyDelosSantos.com Featured Alexander Watches:…

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Boba Fett movie needs an indie director! We found the scoundrel!

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Fans of sci-fi should look to unknown directors as their “only hope” in bringing a fresh perspective to the upcoming Boba Fett movie. With all the Star Wars directors being fired, the future of Lucasfilm and Disney has just been discovered in a film director by the name of Brent Sims. Sims is a writer and director that has the kind of potential people saw in George Lucas and Kevin Smith when they were new to the scene. We’d love to see what Sims could do with Boba Fett. Just like Luke Skywalker hiding out on a faraway island, when you’re looking for fresh filmmaker vision you have to look outside of Hollywood to find it. Imagine if JJ Abrams and Guillermo Del Toro had a baby; you’d be looking at Brent Sims, a crowdsourced film director who has utilized the Kickstarter platform to bring some visionary short films to life. We’ve been following his career since Gutter Punks (1997) up until his more recent sci-fi/horror short anthology, Grave Shivers (2014). His first short film, Grave Shivers is a film festival favorite that has been programmed at forty-one film festivals. It has won various short film awards including Audience Choice at the H. P. Lovecraft…

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