iOS app Android app

Craig Carpenter
GET UPDATES FROM Craig Carpenter
Craig Carpenter is a filmmaker and photographer based in Philadelphia and New York. He has worked in commercial production, feature films, concert and music videos.

Entries by Craig Carpenter

The Blacker the Berry

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 10:25 AM

Alexandra, Puerto Rico. Photography by Tau Battice

It sometimes seems a requirement, especially in a city as large and diverse as New York, to claim belonging to one of society's sub-groupings, or tribes, as some might call them. As a means of identity,...

Read Post

Speaking With Somi: A New Appraisal

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 10:49 AM


Last year I had the pleasure and honor to become acquainted with Somi, an amazing jazz singer who was then about to release her album, The Lagos Music Salon. I found her to be thoughtful, sincere, and an awesome talent. I reviewed that...

Read Post

Yuna at Stage 48: The Sweetest Taboo

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 2:11 PM


The Lincoln Tunnel connects New York City to New Jersey by a 1.5 mile passage under the Hudson River. It enters Manhattan in Midtown on the West Side, and since 1937 it has served as a punishment for motorists wishing to enter the...

Read Post

Kandace Springs: A Change Is Gonna Come

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 3:07 PM

After being escorted up the serpentine staircase and led to the balcony area from which I would view the show, I took a moment to better take in the scene around me. The Lower East Side venue known as The Box is as famously secretive as it is selective. Having...

Read Post

Constructing a Black President

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 6:13 PM


"Everything's changed! Everything's Changed!", exclaimed the young African American boy, jumping and cheering on the streets of The Bronx. Barack Obama had just been elected as the first African American President of the United States. It's impossible to know if the young man,...

Read Post

Liam Bailey: The Song Remains The Same

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:48 AM

The distance from Nottingham, England to New York City's Central Park is roughly 3,383 miles. As with many UK born artists, the time zones and ocean divide hasn't prevented singer-songwriter Liam Bailey from making himself at home within the American convention of...

Read Post

Somi: A New High Priestess of Soul

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 4:52 PM


Cynical music fans like to talk about the things that aren't happening today; things that aren't happening in jazz, that aren't happening in R&B. A few months ago, I was invited to witness what was happening at New York's Joe's Pub,...

Read Post

Amerigo Gazaway: For Love of Hip Hop

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:13 AM


Music has a funny way of imprinting a time period in the listener's head. And maybe that's why we like it. As a work of both art and performance, listening to music becomes more than a passive experience. The audience participates in different,...

Read Post

Fania Records 50th Anniversary at SummerStage: Everyone's Latin Thing

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:01 PM


There is no place like New York City. In the middle of that enormity, there is Central Park. Today encompassing 843 acres, it was originally established as a permanent park in 1857, with the gentry class believing that urban dwellers needed...

Read Post

Mélissa Laveaux at The Global Beat Festival - Serving Smiles and Warmth

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 1:43 PM


New York - The rain in the beginning of New York's summer season occurs often and prodigiously. It doesn't however, impede the progress or plans of the average Gotham pedestrian. It is as flavoring to the myriad offerings of international fare...

Read Post

Okayafrica and Electrafrique at SummerStage: The Whole World Is Africa

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:31 PM


New York -- There are many religious and spiritual practices around the world that utilize rhythms and chants as part of their ritual, with their shamanic leaders surrounded by frenzied adherents. This visual can easily be used to describe dance music...

Read Post

Revisiting Do The Right Thing: 25 Years Later

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:41 PM


By Craig Carpenter and Dominic Fowler

The Polish journalist and war correspondent, Ryszard Kapuściński describes in his masterpiece 1976 book, Another Day of Life, the looming transition in Angola from Portuguese colonization to independence. Prior to the civil war that would follow,...

Read Post

Jesse Boykins III Sings Music for Grownups

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 5:12 PM


The roots of rock and roll come from the African American music of gospel and blues. Everyone knows that. For those who don't, let Jesse Boykins III stand as a statement of fact and proof. Returning to Philadelphia for the first time since...

Read Post

Bold As Love -- Past Is Prologue

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 10:38 AM


In the year following the release of Jimi Hendrix's third masterpiece album, Electric Ladyland, it was apparent that the band with which he had skyrocketed to fame, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, had ceased to exist. Feeling creatively stifled by the box stardom had...

Read Post

Café Au Go Go: Still Blowing the Winds of Change

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 1:18 PM

New York -- Like many people, I grew up with an almost mythical idea of New York's Greenwich Village. Arriving to the party late, my early nineties introduction was nonetheless filled with sights reminiscent of the freewheeling past for which the neighborhood was known. The style cycle having repeated, Washington...

Read Post


(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 9:45 PM


Philadelphia -- The best way to see the future is, first, by taking the staircases marked, "City Hall." Exiting the SEPTA subways at this center city junction, and ascending the aforementioned stairs, affords one the opportunity to encounter the surface of Philadelphia, starting from...

Read Post

Hiatus Kaiyote Turns the World Upside Down

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Photography by Craig Carpenter

The anointing has been underway for at least the past year, the indie music cognoscenti having declared the quartet from down under, almost the second coming. Hiatus Kaiyote, the "future soul" band hailing from Melbourne, Australia has already earned...

Read Post

Fruitvale Station: A Review

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 5:51 PM


"Maybe, if I can not (expletive) up for thirty days. That's how long Oprah said it takes to make a habit" - Michael B. Jordan, as Oscar Grant

I was 22 years old in the early nineties. Back then, the movies...

Read Post

Venus Vs. Everyone Else

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Straight Outta Compton: Venus Williams Vs. Everyone Else

Champion [cham -pee- uh n]
1. a person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or series of competitions, so as to hold first place: the heavyweight boxing competition.

4. a person who fights for...

Read Post

Daring to Dream: A Review of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 12:12 PM

There is a part of me that is very cautious in reviewing a film like Terence Nance's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Most reviews, or even descriptions rely on some form of categorization in order to provide a potential audience with an easily identified region to exist within, allowing them...

Read Post