18 December 2008

Sophia Stewart did write the Matrix...and Terminator!


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Sophia Stewart

Black Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement Case.

This little known story has met a just conclusion, as Sophia Stewart, African American author of The Matrix will finally receive her just due from the copyright infringement of her original work!!!

Monday, October 4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow residing. Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood, as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars. Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt had been based on her manuscript , "The Third Eye," copyrighted in 1981.

In the mid-eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works. According to court documentation, an FBI investigation discovered that more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in an attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement. The investigation also stated that "credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge that the work in question did not belong to the Wachowski Brothers."

These witnesses claimed to have seen Stewart's original work and that it had been "often used during pre preparation of the motion pictures." The defendants tried, on several occasions, to have Stewart's case dismissed, without success. Stewart has confronted skepticism on all sides, much of which comes from Matrix fans, who are strangely loyal to the Wachowski Brothers. One on-line forum, entitled Matrix Explained has an entire section devoted to Stewart. Some who have researched her history and writings are open to her story. Others are suspicious and mocking. "It doesn't bother me," said Stewart in a phone interview last week, "I always knew what was true."

Some fans, are unaware of the case or they question its legitimacy, due to the fact that it has received little to no media coverage. Though the case was not made public until October of 2003, Stewart has her own explanation, as quoted at www.daghettotymz.com/matrix/matrix.html :

"The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner... this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media... let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business... Ne w York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, EntertainmentTonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, Dreamworks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow..many, many more!...

They are not going to report on themselves. They have been suppressing my case for years..." Fans who have taken Stewart's allegations seriously, have found eerie mythological parallels, which seem significant in a case that revolves around the highly metaphorical and symbolic Matrix series. Sophia, the Greekgoddess of wisdom has been referenced many times in speculation about Stewart.

In one book about the Goddess Sophia, it reads, "The black goddess is the mistress of web creation spun in her divine matrix" Although there have been outside implications as to racial injustice ! ( Stewart is African American), she does not feel that this is the case. "This is al about the Benjamins," said Stewart. "It's not about money with me. It's about justice." Stewart's future plans involve a record label, entitled Popsilk Records, and a motion picture production company, All Eyez On Me, in reference to God. "

I wrote The Third Eye to wake people up, to remind them why God put them here. There's more to life than money," said Stewart. "My whole to the world is about God and good and about choice, about spirituality over 'technocracy'." If Stewart represents spirituality, then she truly has prevailed over the "technocracy" represented in both the Terminator and the Matrix, and now, ironically, by their supposed creators.

Stewart is currently having discussions with CBS about a possible exclusive story and has several media engagements in the near future to nationally publicize her victory. June 13th 2004. Sophia Stewart's press release read: "The Matrix & Terminator movie franchises have made world history and have ultimately changed the way people view movies and how Hollywood does business, yet the real truth about the creator and creation of these films continue to elude the masses because the hidden secret of the matter is that these films were created and written by a Black woman... a Black woman named Sophia Stewart.

But Hollywood does not want you to know this fact simply because it would change history. Also it would encourage our Black children to realize a dream and that is... nothing is impossible for them to achieve!"

Thanks to Samuel Riddick who posted this on our face book page for the heads up!

29 November 2008

Phonofone II New in store

From seeing the Phonofone back in January at the New York gift show we immedialy fell in love with the Phonofone. This beautiful ceramic mp3 player designed by Science and Sons ideal in a living space at a perfect volume for backdrop music, no more shouting over friends with this player

Through passive amplification alone, These unique pieces instantly transform any personal music player + earbuds into a sculptural audio console.

Without the use of external power or batteries, the Phonofone inventively exploits the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibles* (or roughly the maximum volume of laptop speakers)

Upon connecting active earphones to the Phonofone their trebly buzzing is instantly and profoundly transformed into a warm, rich and resonant sound.

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We got us some new stationary

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Missing: Constructive Lives pt 2

So we at Bnn have been busy living a Constructive Live.

On the 8th of Nov saw Constructive Lives assault the kings road with our guerilla style pop up shop for christmas.

Closes end of january.

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25 November 2008

The Rock

While doing the daily bnn facebook we log on this morning to see Mr. Peter Dean Rickards gone dun it again. If he isn’t spoiling us with his beautiful photography or have us benning up with laughter to "how could she slap" Now he takes on Sotheby’s selling an original Bansky. How did he get his hands on that you may ask? since he residing in Jamaica. As well as shoredich and other parts of the world Banksy likes to do his ting on vacation, so while he was in Jamaica rats and birds started to appear.

Now Peter see de ting on the people dem wall... and we will let him explain

It was a non-eventful day when he actually drew them. He bought some construction paper from a local pharmacy and cut the stuff out. Then he drew this stencil of a girl on an exterior wall and some rabbits on the inside the pub itself. I kind of just stood there taking his picture because it was something to do. I had already captured his face back at a local music studio where he had done some other stuff so this was just extra. I didn’t really think much of it. I mean I live in a place where people get shot for marking up people’s walls (usually with a paintbrush), so a few sprayed stencils on the wall of a pub didn’t strike me as particularly interesting.

Later when I heard how much his stuff was selling for, I contemplated going back and chopping the wall down. It was there for years and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought about doing it. Mona road is heavily traveled by a lot of foreign students on their way to the university so people from all over the world would often mention it, but nobody ever took the steps to cut it down…till this last August when I got a email from someone asking about my knowledge of the locations Banksy had tagged.

That’s when I figured I should probably go get it before someone else did.

The wall is the last remaining tag that he did in Jamaica that can be seen in public. It’s also the only remaining stencil that has the tag BANKSY on it. The other ones were:

A bridge in Charleton gully which was painted over.
A rusting old ship near the airport (a stencil of a skull, crossbones and the signature ‘Banksy’has since faded)

Buju Banton’s studio in Kingston ( where there is another ‘balloon girl’ and some flying insects.

The wall is 60 inches by 55 inches and about 7 inches thick. It weighs like 2000 pounds though that is just a guess. I spent the day getting a bunch of drunk guys to cut it down and raise it onto a flatbed truck tied to one of those sealtbelt-type industrial straps.

I was amazed that it didn’t smash to pieces which would have really been an incredible waste of energy and patience. All the guys in that video (including me) had no real idea how to cut the thing down (much less move it) and were completely impaired by the time we actually got it tied to a backhoe (borrowed from a nearby construction site).

Ironically, the damn thing almost fell on me in which case there would be a much funnier headline : Jamaican who revealed Banksy killed by falling artwork.

So now I have this wall sitting in a garage here in Kingston and the guy who owns the garage is pissed because the back part of his car doesn’t fit into the garage properly anymore (it’s a very small garage).

I was going to put it on display at Miami Art Basel this year but then it occurred to me that it would cost about 10k to ship over there and I really wouldn’t know what to tell customs as a value price…so instead, I’m not going to sell it.

Instead I’m selling the photographs of the excavation and giving the wall away to whoever buys the set. Since it has no declared value, you can get it out of here at the estimated value cost of $0.01 and then hoist it onto your wall at your mansion and have a big party with lots of coked-up models and invite the BBC.

The rock ......We beg you please watch

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Buy the pics and get the wall free

20 November 2008

6 November 2008

The Day After

After yesterdays history changing day Peter Dean Rickards photographer and editor of lifestyle websites The Affiliated Yard and First captured the day after with these beautiful images of Harlem.

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4 November 2008


We at Bnn love a good cupcake, after trying cupcakes from John Lewis food Hall Lola's Kitchen cupcakes where you can get from Selfridges food hall and Crumbs and Doilies, but our new favourites are Hummingbird bakery on Portobello road the queues are sometimes out the door on Saturdays which can only be a good thing. The chocolate and the vanillas ones are pure indulgence and the frosting is just enough not to be sickly.

Also loving the Hummingbird Packaging.

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In the shop abc but not as you know it.

I wished my alphabet book looked like this when I was younger.

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Marion Bataille's ABC3D

Available from Constructive Lives £12.99

The Supremes

Currently loving these badges that accompany the V&A exhibition on The Supremes.

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Get it here

14 October 2008

We Are Open

Here at Bnn HQ we have been neglecting our nerds but we have been so busy concentrating on our other baby Constructive Lives. You may remember the blog Demolition Man where we strip the shop and our stock shopping trip to Birmingham and NY. This is the result of blood sweat and tears for the last few months but we are open and ready for business.

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The beautiful design and shop fit are by the talented London based graphic designers Multistorey. They came up with this amazing tiled wall that has more visual impact then a Banksy and sits perfectly with the Famous iconicTrellick Tower as our backdrop. We have truly made our mark on the corner of Portobello/ Goldborne road and to top it all of we got the best chip shop in the whole of west London George's right opposite us.

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Last Saturday saw the opening day of Constructive Lives selling furniture and homeware interiors.
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13 October 2008

Socks and Shoes

We went along to one of our favourite shops Urban Outfitters and you know the drill we headed straight for the sale section and we found these shoes from We Who See. We have been eyeing up these beauties for a while now. They were £65.00 reduced again and they now cost £19.99. With most sales if you see a lot of stock they will continue to reduce the items until it’s all gone, so hold out if you can.

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The socks are from Gap kids now £1.99 size large, to fit shoe size 3-5.
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We Heart You

Last week we went into H&M High St ken and in the kids department we found these. How could we leave them at £1.99?

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Credit Crunch Fashion

No one can escape all the credit crunch and recession headlines, but we Bnn girls have always enjoyed a good rummage for a good fashion bargain. Last week we headed out to High street Kensington and found these.

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The H&M kids dress was probably the best bargain at £5.99 and made out of organic cotton. So if you are 170cm, size 8-10 get it now before the big sizes sell out.

The Gap cardigan wins best reduction was £55.00 (are they crazy) now £16.99.

Black bag from gap now reduced to £12.99 big enough to get your pack lunch in now that you've stop going out for lunch.

4 October 2008

Tricky - Slow

I've got to agree with this YOUTUBE comment...

"Yeah! Kylie was quite OK with this song, but Tricky do it inexpressibly :-)"

Governor of Poker...Enjoy

Governor of Poker

Click here to play this game

1 October 2008


We are so loving Yael Naim version of Britney Spears Toxic.

25 September 2008

Last Week We Dreamt we were in Fixie Heaven

Not quite, but we came close.

Last week at 100% Design we were greeted by these beauties. Fixie's in every colour combo you could dream of, attached in mid air to a display wall. We're still not quite sure what it was about, something about paint finishes but who needs detail when you look up and see this.

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Emamoke Ukeleghe

100% Design exhibitor Emamoke Ukeleghe graduate from the RCA and Network friend produced these beautiful prints. Her imagery and designs influenced by her Nigerian background to produce prints with a contemporary pallet incorporating her family to liven up wall space, interiors, chairs and cushions.

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Last Wednesday saw us head down to 100% design.

Based in London, 100% Design is the UK's leading contemporary interiors event for the contract market, attracting key manufacturers, star designers and major specifiers from the UK and overseas. There is no other show that connects the worlds of architecture and design with innovative, contemporary interior products, creativity and an exciting mix of new and established talent. Text from 100%Design

We were happy to see one of our favourite Spitalfields restaurants Canteen. We love their approach to great British food and loved this pop up version of their restaurant for 100% design.

We tucked into their Haddock and mash potato with greens,which was to die for. The furniture showed of Canteen true understated style.

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Last week saw us going to design shows back to back and with it being the annual London Design Festival there was certainly more than usual to feast our eyes.

Over the weekend we went to TENT which was at the Truman Brewery. We loved this user friendly exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary and vintage products and furniture.

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We like this quirky and surreal tea set by Tina Tsang.

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In the Circa area loved these original Dax Shell Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames.

17 September 2008

Autumn Fair Revisited

Here are a few products that caught our eye beautiful mug design FiFi by Fiona Howard and the new Autumn collection by Orla Kiely with her signature apples and pear designs.

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We especially liked this usb stick by Suck UK which took you back to the day when you used to make mix tapes to impress the girls. Now you can relive the memory with this cool cassette tape packaged USB stick to give that special girl.

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Here are things that caught our eye for the wrong reason no explanation needed.

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What can you get for 50 pence?

All these at one of the stalls at Spitalfields Farm.

Especially loving the united nations brooch
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15 September 2008

A Day at the Farm

On Sunday we bump into some friends around the madness that was brick Lane, with the music festival that was going on, but that was to raucous for us black Nerds. So they suggested we all go down to the farm (Spitalfields city farm) where they had a festival going on with Land of the Giant vegetables and lots of hippy types.

We were amazed to see in this city oasis entries for best vegetable, cakes, arts and crafts.

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The allotments

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Really like this intricate Hand embroidery and the colours in this geometric one.

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We then ventured into the farm where we saw Itchy the pig, rabbits, goat, sheep, Rosie and Mo the guinea pigs, rats, ducks a Tilly the pony and a Bayleaf the Donkey.

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Got Me Some Nice Set of Wheels

The fixed-gear's renaissance supposedly stems from West Indian immigrants in New York working as cycle couriers in the Eighties. They had used them at home because they were cheap and easy to maintain, and continued using them in the US. Their light frames and speed made them perfect for work. It's popularity spread throughout the courier community, finally crossing to the UK and other countries(The Observer, Sunday March 9 2008).

..So when it was time to get a new bike there was no other choice than a custom fixed wheel bike from Brick Lane Bikes(Although i must add they are BLOODY RUDE in there i wouldn't recommend a visit unless you have developed a particuarly thick skin! However can't let that ruin my fun!

We started with the frame and it had to be cream, the front wheel cost the same of a normal bike and is by Aerospoke which is currently out of stock due to high demand. The back wheel is handmade with custom gold rims.

Welcome to bike royalty.

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Take a look at this short film of 4.43 minutes of bike porn

Macaframa SF Track Bike Promo

12 September 2008

Felt Tip pt3

Still my favourite medium at the moment my beloved £1 shop Felt Tips and the instant effects you can get.

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Pen & Ink

and a little colour pencil, and water equals this........

Banana plants

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Dream Homes

During our stint in Birmingham we were very impressed with the reading provided in the apartment, Time Out guides of various cities, design books and Wallpaper magazine. The book that made us put down Reveal magazine was Dream Homes by Andreas Von Einsiedel and Johanna Thorneycroft, packed with hundreds of aspirational interiors from all over the world. What we liked was the bit on colonial Caribbean homes which made us reminisce of island drives looking at all the pastel shade houses amongst all the lush greenery and blue sky’s. Lazy days of breakfast of breadfruit and saltfish on the veranda, no where else in the world can get away with pastel pink blues and yellows for your exterior walls.

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11 September 2008

Wish you were here

So we at Bnn have been busy these last few days, hence lack of blogs.
We have just got back from Birmingham where we were at the Autumn Fair at the NEC buying lots of new stuff for the new shop.

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We had to say that the Rotunda apartment by Staying Cool made our grey days into a beautiful hiatus after a long day.

The Rotunda Birmingham gets the boutique hotel just right. The round cylinder building gives the apartments a unique shape which has a spacious design led space with all your home comforts and amenities, kitchen, lounge space, work, eating, Mac TV, espresso maker, iPod dock, free Wi-Fi and a floor to ceiling panoramic view.

The interiors also echoed clean mordern design with a 60s twist to respect the era of the building, finished with shades of greys and burst of clashing pink and orange colours. The Felt shades by Tom Dixion, sofas by Naught One

The Apartment
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The View
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29 August 2008



Movado has come up with this beauty can’t even imagine how this tune will mash up the dance.


After busy days shopping in Soho there is nothing better than slipping away from all the hustle and sipping on champagne cocktails by Milk and Honey’s talented mixologist.

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Knickerbocker Royal: Rum raspberry curaçao lemon sugar

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This one was one of a kind especially done for us.

Milk and Honey Cocktails

Good News

Only in Dalston where you can link Meat with Phone cards.

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Songs for the road

We were a bit late with organising this one but here was Alex Jordan Top 5 songs for the road.

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My Five for the road needs to be clarified between what I would LIKE to hear on the road, as opposed to what will play on the road. That said:

1. Lehgo Mi Riddim - Ricky T, Bunji and Machel. That riddim should be big.

2. Lil Rick - One More Time (BIG tune from Crop Over)
One More Time - Lil Rick

3. Sean Caruth - Down Dey (one of the biggest out of TnT for me)
Down Dey*** (2008 Trinidad) - Sean Caruth

4. Blaxx - Breathless
Breathless*** (Road Mix #1)(2008 Trinidad) - Blaxx

5. Berbice - Traffic (last year but never hit the UK as it should have)
(Greenz Soca07) - traffic - Berbice

Controversial I know...

One love,

Listen to Alex Jordan on 1xtra

Whether you heard these songs or not in your band depended on Djs and their affiliated Island support. We must Big up RDR who's Djs rep every Island.

Monday Mas

One of us flaked out so didn’t make it, but for Bnn girls held up, we are true carnival veterans and mas had to be played.

We played mas with Lagniappe bird sanctuary in a beautiful red costume called Red Ibis. We were late as usual missed breakfast, but who needs food when you have a fully stocked bar. 1xrta truck was large, truly the sound of Black music. Dj’s were Two Face Int. Hi-Fidelity/Less Than Zero, Trendsetter, Gladiators, Slam, Soca Massive, Zoomer D, BBC 1XTRA (SEANI B). Zoomer D’s back in time selection was sweet for days.

Artist on the truck giving us live performances were Ghetto Flex, KMC, Fakekou, Anslem Douglas who had us barking up the road with his hits “Who let the dogs out” and "Ragga Pum Pum"
We had an amazing rum fuelled time. We lost count of so many pictures we pose for but just like Zoelah "we did whine and say cheese". We would like to say big up to Lagniappe who made sure our cups was always full on the day. This was our first year with Lagniappe improvements definitely need to be made, but a very promising band.

We weren’t ready to go home so we found Poison UK / Mtv base/ choice fm truck and was just in time to catch Machel on the truck, he gave us renditions of his hits which was pure jammishness. However again the music had to be turned off, don’t know why but the next thing we see is Machel involved in some kind of altercation but that is another story.

Our carnival was totally safe we did not see any of the ugliness that went on and we can’t wait for next year.

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Carnival Withdrawal

Any one else Suffering?

Well Bnn just about recovered from carnival. We must admit we kind of flop with all the pre parties and the live shows, it must be our age. Also the fact that in the 13 years of playing mas major panic set in, when after two attempts to pick up costumes on Thursday and Friday they still weren’t ready.

They were finally ready for pick up on Saturday at 1.00 pm, so that put us back quite a bit. The rest of the day had us running around getting bits and doing minor alterations. This meant that we did not make it to panorama or Insomnia. We would like to say well done to Ebony you did it again, we have lost count of how many times they have taken the panorama title.

Panorama Results

1st. Ebony steel band
2nd.Real Steel
3rd.Southside Harmonics
4th.Metronomes steel orchestra
5th.Pantasia steel band
6th.Mangrove steel band
7th.Croydon steel orchestra
9th.Stardust steel band

On to Sunday the day greeted us with rain we customise our tees, got the provisions ( fishcakes, salt fish, rum punch and Stella. Mahogany started the day rolling as their mas camp is in Harlesden the little children look so cute.

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We walk up Ladbroke Grove to see the chocolate strong army chipping whining up the road. We were late so had to make up major drinking time and salvage what chocolate was left. We saw a few funny sights and a few of the network.

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Highlights were definitely the original Grenadian Jovert jab jab Devil with his Anaconda scaring the crowd.

Excuse the decline of quality in the pictures "the rum had us tipsy"