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Sunday, 4 January 2015

I think to be honest my favourite forms of writing for magazines would be political ( helping to change and shape the times) arts ( reviewing how artists creatively reflect the times) food/ travel reviews ( experiencing experiences and put that into words for others to read and relate) interviews ( trying to understand the mind of another)
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Jaiden James
Editorial Director
RE-BEL Magazine

Friday, 19 December 2014

I'm saying this as I've experienced, I was born black, it was never an issue I grew up in Somerset, Weston Super Mare, being the only black boy, no one bullied me or called me names I just was and it just was, as we grew up together we didn't see ourselves as different, I only noticed difference in school one day, when we were drawing the outlines of heads our silhouette projected onto a piece of paper where another chalked it out, mine was radically different, from my head shape, to my large lips and broad nose, it was there and then I realised what race was.

For nine years I lived in Weston and There was only one incident as when my Nanny began fostering other kids, the child was from another school, we threw a party for that child and as we were inviting children one parent said she didn't want her child around blacks. That was the first time I experienced racism, I don't know how I felt but I felt something and that's why I can remember that experience.

It's not even the fact of choosing my skin colour, I love being black because black is me. I love Africa for it's beauty, diversity & history from Egypt to Songhai and it's iconic animals. To me the issue is what comes with having the skin colour the assumptions and preconceived notions of what blackness is, our culture of black people being laughed for being dumb, classless and 'ghetto' it's frustrating and I can get mad and cry over it, because it's still like o wow if you talk articulately and show that you process a brain,

I'm so tired of white entitlement, I'm so tired of people telling me not to be angry, I'm so tired of people black people thinking they have to conform therefore settling therefore not allowing progress,

I'm just fed the fuck up and it pisses me off that I entered into an industry that accepts racism and thinks it's ok to pat themselves on the back for doing a token all black issue of a magazine, when a black model walks for a prestigious house for the first time in more than a decade. These are accomplishments yes but shouldn't they shock and horrify first and congratulate second?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Black Mirror white Xmas

Sometimes I forget what it is that makes me want to critique, consume and contribute, culture. Then I see a piece of work that reminds me why, reason being it's all communication really and without that what are we?

Black Mirror has always been brilliant like a hyper play, this Xmas special didn't stray away from it's usual themes of the horrors of society creating a cautionary tale.
Largely it's about technology and it's advancement, people have these google glass like eyes, where there's no longer a need for a laptop or a phone

First act looks into reality, when a hapless young man seeks advice on dating what he gets is a guru who he consults and advises him on how to pick up girls ( sounds familiar with recent furore of blocking access to the UK of a pickup artist). We see him watch and guide yet not only is the guru watching there's a online forum of other people giving advice and pitching in to the guru equally seeing someone go about their daily life. It can easily be viewed as the trend we have to consume the lives of others through constructed reality tv series, how real can real be? here we have the answer although the guru can be considered the producers pushing for situations that cause entertainment to arise. It all turns dark and nasty when he picks up a women suffering from schizophrenia assuming that as she watched him off guard and caught him talking to people not present that he suffered the same. It eventually ends in her poisoning then both as the watchers look in with horror getting more entertainment then they could of bargained for.

Second act is about simulated experiences and artificial intelligence as we rely on technology more and more to do the menial tasks. A service is offered to observe and replicate and then extract your being, copying your mind and thought process essentially turning you into a robot that isn't aware they're a robot and then has to be punished and broken into before they understand they're not real. Who better knows themselves than them-self, the sim is there simply to be a PDA nothing more and nothing less. Entrapped in a digital sphere with nothing but these tasks to keep busy and entertained. it brings to mind that if AI's can process this much level of intelligence what's to stop them from envying and hurting their master although death of their owner would essentially mean that there would be absolutely nothing for them to do. Modern day Slavery yes although not real if able to produce thoughts and feelings then the ethics on this would have to be considered.

Third act is more like the JLO vehicle 'The Cell' using techniques to delve into the mind of a suspect except it's not the actual mind but a simulation of the mind yet that still holds the secrets that are hidden from the main mind and using technology such as speeding up time, it allows for eternal entrapment to be real and to do things that couldn't be done on the real human to the sim. In this age humans can block each other and then they become nothing but a pixelated blob with their words echoes, although the outline of the blob still allows the blocked to still possibly harm the blocker, with the use of a button it's easier to erase people from your life but at what cost ?

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Jaiden James
Editorial Director
RE-BEL Magazine

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Mood boarding- Kiss Kiss

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Aren't we all voyeurs

Aren't we all voyeurs though even if it's talking about your best friends man or their relationship or a movie it's the lives if others that make our lives feel enriched to know that there's someone better to lookup to or aspire or people below to pity and look down on, the human experience is a singular yet shared experience

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Want- Kenzo multi icon sweater

Kenzo's multi icon sweatshirt throws all of it's recent best selling sweaters icons into the mix, an exercise in logo mania that's executed well 

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Monday, 30 December 2013

2014 New Wardrobe

Just Jaiden James
Casette Playa

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Camper x Bernard Wilhelm

I think I have a favorite shoe, to say all time fave is a lot but I do like them and its only this season that I've proper fallen in like, I've seen them prior but the simple all black and all blue just did it for me

Thursday, 12 December 2013

xmas wish list- Palace Tops

Jake Bugg- Me & You

My favorite song from Jake's second album, short, sweet, subtle and I like how he breaks into a the chorus

Pokemon X

Mr Porter how to shave

I'm going to be honest like most things done by the masses there's an art to it, I don't find wet shaving suitable for me I only remove a layer of hair and don't cut from the root as I find due to the texture and way my hair grows quite curly it always causes ingrown hairs I may be doing it wrong and this may just help as its an informative video from Mr.Porter

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

I didn't even know Business of Fashion had a webstore none the less here's my pick of some of the items I liked 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Sam Robertson

A photo I shot of the Beaver Falls and ex Big Brother contestant for RE-BEL online

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Bored of being bored

Beyond bored, I'm just so over being content by being drunk and clubbing there's so much more to life and I can't see it now but I know it, my friends just want to club all the time and hardly do day time activities, where we chill out and aren't just in each others company drunk and unable to communicate, keeping up with their life's has become liking a post or picture that gives more detail into their lives than what they tell me

I know I'm talented at what I don't know I know I need to be told either by a tutor or others, I need to know my strengths and understand my weaknesses, I need to be around others who create and are creative or at least appreciate art. Living life on autopilot is something I never wanted to do and its taken me to enter a relationship to understand that you know what I'm getting older and I need to know more about myself and what I can push to create a stable commercial income.

I know these things so I know what to work on to be at a place I want to be and the person I'll feel most comfortable and content being

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Alex Turner- Strange

Y-3 Trainers

Friday, 11 October 2013

Tyler the creator- Tamale

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Conservatives War on youths

David Cameron once again infuriates me with his smugness, stripping benefits for the under 25's and claiming they should be in education training or employment yet currently the situation is university fees have trebled, under 25 unemployment is at an all time high and the training schemes the government offers do you no good and simply waste time. Not all under 25 year olds rock up to the council expecting a house or run to the job centre wanting to sign on, it's always the weakest he chooses to attack and that there is no leader but a coward who's wealth and upbringing makes him out of touch with the general population. Yet the fault is we (under 25's) will be hit hardest yet will we be bothered to vote when the next election rolls in or will we sit and moan when those in power cut and chip away at the little we've got?

Instead of punishing people for the governments constant failures instead of outsourcing and wasting millions on work programmes why can't the job centres become job centres employing individuals who can successfully engage with employers that interviews can be set up and seekers seen instead of wasting time talking about nothing

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Marc Newson x G-Star

I love the shape of the pockets, the fabric which allows for the jacket to seem sharper and smarter than a normal varsity and the play on the traditional Letterman with the sleeves not fully leather but a patch of leather adding quirk as well as slight conformity

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Camper x Bernhard Willhelm


I love this take on the hightop/hiking boot hybrid from the chunky laces to the squiggly raised sole, the mix of materials with Leather & Suede and the fusion of patterns on the latter with cow print & Zebra. Bold and different and its good Camper is stepping out the box 


Fashion fools

Sometimes I'm ashamed at conforming I launched RE-BEL to rebel to stop seeing the same blank faces peer at me from glossy pages to allow others to be included but I feel somewhat there's a long way to go and we haven't even begun to become the media institution we will end up becoming. At present I feel fashion allows room for racism, ageism, elitism etc. Fashion isn't inclusive it's people within that make excuses that allow fashion to remain truly ugly from the inside and conform to standard views of not only beauty but talent. Fashion is racist, ageist, elitist and at some point change needs to happen not just 'token' change like a Rick Owen's or Dsquared show or a Vogue Italia 'black' issue, beauty is beauty as talent is talent it shouldn't be judged due to 'people like to dream' people are people sold the same product over and over that they conform and its comfortable to see a standard kind of image, change happens when those who create are willing to produce different work, step outside themselves and slowly and surely the next generation won't be just dreamers they'll be doers, I was 19 when RE-BEL started almost 5 years ago and I've seen it grow and I've grown, here's on to another five where real issues will begin to be addressed but my eyes are wide open and I know that I can't wait for change or dream of it I can do it