By Karrine Steffans
Half tell-all, half cautionary story, this emotionally charged memoir from a former video vixen nicknamed 'Superhead' is going past the glamour of famous person to bare the internal workings of the hip-hop dancer industry—from the actual and emotional abuse that's rampant within the undefined, and which marked her personal life—to the over the top use of substances, intercourse and bling.
Once the sought-after video woman, this attractive siren has helped multi-platinum artists, reminiscent of Jay-Z, R. Kelly and LL Cool J, promote thousands of albums along with her sensual dancing. In a observe, Karrine was once H-O-T. So sizzling that she made up to $2500 an afternoon in movies and used to be chosen by way of famous movie director F. Gary grey to co-star in his movie, a guy aside, starring Vin Diesel. however the movie and track video units, swanky Hollywood and long island eating places and trysts with the celebs featured within the pages of individuals and in contact magazines in basic terms touches the skin of Karrine Steffans' life.
Her trip is full of actual abuse, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and unmarried motherhood—all through the age of 26. by means of sharing her tale, Steffans hopes to make clear an another way romanticised and support younger ladies keep away from a similar pitfalls she encountered. If they're already at risk, she hopes to motivate them to discover the way to dig themselves out of what she is familiar with first-hand to be a cycle of hopelessness and melancholy.
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While music is one formal means by which Kaurismäki stages contrasts, we might say that most of the contrasts that do concern him share a fundamental structure, a conflict between the alien and the social order he inhabits. Indeed the films could also be categorised in terms of the narrative and aesthetic means by which they produce their alienated protagonists. The literary texts Kaurismäki has adapted all involve protagonists who stand alone in their social world, isolated by a fateful choice or act or their commitment to a certain worldview, Raskolnikov and Hamlet epitomising this tendency.
After that film, the brothers made a documentary about Leskinen and the rise of ‘Suomirokki’ (Finnish Rock) The Saimaa Gesture. In addition to Leskinen and his band, the film featured the punk-inspired bands that helped create the indigenous rock scene in Finland during the early 1980s, Eppu Normaali, and Hassisen Kone featuring Ismo Alanko. The Saimaa Gesture concludes with a performance of Finland’s national anthem, ‘Maamme laulu’ (‘Our Land’) by the entire cast of musicians, calling to mind Jimi Hendrix’s performance of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock.
The actors’ understated levity is one of the key sources of the irony, and it prevents the film from generating the emotional tension that is present in Sartre’s play. As a consequence, the gap between moral conviction and social convention, also at the heart of existential philosophy, is diminished. Kaurismäki’s Juha adapts Juhani Aho’s 1911 novel, which is a canonical text within Finnish literature as well as another example of an alienated but not victimised protagonist who stands by his principles.
Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans