In an attempt to beat the heat, we're retreating to nature. If you are unwilling to move away from your Air Conditioner, no worries, as all you need to do in order to transport yourself to a cooler climate is watch these two beautiful trailers for The First 70 (above) and Warm Earth (below), Kurtis Hough's 24 hour timelapse film shot in the heart of Oregon with a beautiful score provided by Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance. Visual air conditioning if ever such a thing existed.
While we were zoning out on Kurtis Hough's amazing timelapse, we found out that Kickstarter-alum Tahir Hemphill, creator of the Hip-Hop Word Count, was announced as the 2012-2013 Hiphop Archive Fellows at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Congrats to Tahir, who will probably be working with, or at least passing by, 9th Wonder, another fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, whose story is being told in The Harvard Fellow.
During their stay at Harvard, Tahir and 9th will be researching and lecturing on Hip-Hop culture in America. While they are hard at work, Whoopi Goldberg will be doing some research of her own, as she is currently working on a documentary about Moms Mabley, an influential comedian and pioneer, who influenced countless comedians, including Whoopi.
And lastly, before we head off into a scorcher of a weekend, couldn't help but clue you in to, Crystal Bacon. Yes, Crystal Bacon. An obvious candidates for Christmas tree ornament of the year. It's a shame Crystal Bacon is only now entering the world we live in, but, hey, never too late!