“Stop dividing us!” “We’re all black at the end of the day.” “There is no #TeamLightSkin/#TeamDarkSkin!”
Let’s cut the crap—nothing is as simple as “We’re all ______.” It’s nice to be reminded that we’re all in this together, human solidarity and back solidarity are beautiful things. They're just not the only things. And when we don’t acknowledge the realities of the bad stuff, we let them fester and we leave others, the people we claim to be in solidarity with,…
Before André Cymone became a world-renowned studio musician and producer, he was a teenager who found a kindred spirit in another prodigious young classmate, Prince. The two began playing in bands together, helping lay the foundation for a revolutionary Minneapolis sound–blending jazz, blues, and Motown–that would alter the face of popular music.
Cymone broke away from Prince’s band to launch a solo career in the early '80s, releasing three critically…
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Sam Gonçalves is an Afro-Brazilian model with vitiligo who partnered with Haitian model Jean Woolmay Denson Pierre for a photo series called "Pure Black". Shot by photographer Vinicius Costa, the series is meant to push back against the ways we limit our conception of what Blackness can look like. "We just want to show the world that Black is Black, no matter what," says Gonçalves. "We all suffer. We are Black." Incredible!…Continue
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A few months ago, 17-year-old Towela Kams, a Botswana based photographer, decided she wanted to do a project addressing male sensitivity as a response to hearing the phrase "man up." Having always centered misfits, outcasts and the misunderstood in her work, it made sense for Kams to eventually tackle gender norms, but she also felt the project needed a male perspective to be authentic.
A natural collaborator, she partnered with Amogelang Tshenyo, a…
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'The Mirror Stage' is the new photography project by photog Phuong-Thao Hoang, Creative Director (and model) Magnus Juliano, and model Melrose. Aimed at facilitating a conversation around social issues and body positivity, The Mirror Stage gets its name from Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory of the same name that deals with an infant’s first recognition of themselves in a literal mirror, and how that shapes our early sense of self.
""The full concept…
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<p>When I see something that looks like white privilege, I don’t like to use the phrase “if he were black…”
There are so many variables and extenuating circumstances that come into play, it is usually impossible to tell if a white person is receiving preferential treatment or just lucky under the circumstances. Especially in situations with the police. Although I have seen white women hurl insults at police officers like they were tossing tomatoes at a…
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Bingo Love is a comic unlike any you've ever seen before by writer Tee Franklin (Nailbiter's The Outfit, Love is Love), who previously created several queer friendly #BlackComicsMonth panels at NYCC.
The graphic novella tells the story of two Black women who meet while 13-years-old in 1963 and later fall in love, fighting together through whatever hurdles come their way. According to the…
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Afro-Dominicana artist Zahira Kelly says she spent years wrestling with erasure and devaluation as a Black woman in society, and more specifically as an Afro-Latina. Understanding that part of the problem was how few images acknowledged her existence, the 34-year-old Bronx native, who is now based in Georgia,…Continue
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Nigerian-American Buki Ade is a designer and entrepreneur who is changing the conversation in swimwear with her collection of culturally-inclusive designs, called Bfyne. Inspired by trends in West African fashion, Bfyne seamlessly infuses traditional patterns and colors of the region with bold and truly innovative swimwear designs. Think high necklines and long sleeves with chic and sexy cut outs and straps in…Continue
Rather than choose between rock, electro and hip-hop, Moster, blends and defies each genre to create a unique sound they describe as "at the intersection of Led Zeppelin, The Prodigy and NTM." Now Paris Battle of the Bands finalists, Moster's 4 members each bring a unique vision across influences to their respective tracks, creating an intensity that can be witnessed in their performance of their song "Big Blem" below:…Continue
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Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.
“‘Zulu’ is a story that blends a…
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If you have family or friends who are medical students (or are one yourself), you know that the third Friday in March, or Match Day, is one of the biggest moments in a young doctor's life. Match Day is when fourth years find out which residency programs have accepted them, and this year it was also the first time a Black woman became a neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital, making history.…Continue
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“No Scrubs“ songwriting duo Kandi Burruss and Tameka Cottle (aka Tiny Harris) grabbed two new credits for their contributions to Ed Sheeren’s hit "Shape Of You". In response, the Real Housewife of Atlanta thanked Sheeren on…Continue
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They're back! TLC just announced their first ever UK live show at London's Koko on 9th May 2017. And for fans who have been waiting for the group's return but can't make it to London, all is not lost! In the summer of 2017, TLC will bring Crazy, Sexy, Cool back again with a new album and single to be announced for the summer.
TLC is not only the best-selling American girl group of all time–selling over 65 million records worldwide, with 4 Grammy…
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Over the weekend, the father of rock-n-roll, Chuck Berry, passed away at 90 and the media kind of downplayed the musician's significance. Save for the likes of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Berry’s music pioneered and defined the genre of rock-n-roll, something white folks can’t help but attribute to the white stars who ripped him off. Berry did more than “helped build” the genre of rock music, he established and defined it. Not Jerry Lee Lewis and especially not Elvis,…Continue
Gorillaz fans rejoice! A leaked track list seems to signal the virtual band's next album may finally be finished. According to NME, "Following a search on the Phonographic Performance Limited website, a hasitleaked user and fan found many new titles registered to the animated band. The titles are thought to be taken from Gorillaz’ upcoming…Continue
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There's something about the way memes come into being that have always struck me–as a writer–as particularly artistic. Each meme tells a story that becomes shared across a vast, digitally connected community, while taking on new shapes, forms and meanings as they spread to the farthest corners of the internet, before eventually running out of fashion (aka when white people finally get hip). Poetic.
26-year-old Delaware based artist Alim Smith,…
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People voted for Trump for a lot of reasons. Maybe it was in desperation to reclaim that super dangerous coal mining job that disappeared a decade ago, or the desire to “shake up Washington”. Whatever delusional or self-destructive bullshit those folks told themselves, it’s pretty clear—considering the rhetoric—that Trump voters are either flat out racist or completely apathetic to racism. Not only did Trump supports chant, cheer, and ultimately reward, the most racist…Continue
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