Monday Notes: Kehinde Wiley, Vice Media files for Bankruptcy, 🇬🇭's first skatepark
Here are your personalized Uristocrat Notes for Monday, May 15th, 2023. Some of your headlines for today:
- Sports Roundup: Tatum drops 51, Lakers in the Conference Finals, Victor Wembanyama road to the NBA
- Kehinde Wiley is taking his art everywhere, all at once
- Is This The End for Ghana’s First Skatepark?
- VICE Media files for Bankruptcy
- Liverpool @ Leicester City, Monday, May 15, 2023 at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network
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Kehinde Wiley is taking his art everywhere, all at once
Kehinde Wiley was already well into his influential art career when his portrait of Barack Obama — arms crossed, perched on a chair amid brilliant foliage — was unveiled in 2018. But there’s no doubt it changed the artist’s life.
Here’s one way he describes the shift: Now, should he ever show up at the bank and realize he’s forgotten his ID — which hasn’t happened yet, but still — he could say: “You know that portrait of Obama? I’m that guy, and I didn’t bring my ID, so if you could just Google that…”
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Is This The End for Ghana’s First Skatepark?
On April 30, a contractor alongside 30 workers stormed Ghana’s Freedom Skatepark, demanding to build a wall on the premises. According to the contractor, the initial land owner who leased the land to the Freedom SkatePark team did it under illegal terms. The skatepark officials managed to legally hold them off that day.
On May 6, the workers came again. This time they were able to erect a wall, using violent threats according to reports. This development has sent a frisson of hopelessness throughout Ghana’s youth and cultural communities. Further, it has perplexed Sandy Alibo, the founder of the park. The land was leased to the Freedom Skatepark for 10 years, and the amount was fully paid by the Surf Ghana collective.