A professor once told me, “If it’s not pushing boundaries, it’s not doing the work and if it’s not doing the work, don’t bother doing it!” And pushing boundaries is exactly what Tacoma, Washington-based COLORED art exhibit is doing. Curated by Christopher Paul Jordan, the exhibit combines augmented reality, social media, and public art to facilitate dialogue between Black artists from the United States and the Caribbean. The African diaspora is vast and our experiences…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on January 18, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Although Issa Rae didn’t nab any awards at this year’s Golden Globes, it’s clear that her story is far from over. Teaming up with Empire star Jussie Smollett and director James Bland, they’re set to release a project on Youtube, the platform where she created the series Awkward Black Girl, which catapulted her into the spotlight. “Giants” is a series about three Black millennials approaching the age of 30 and the realizations that despite their age, haven’t quite mastered…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on January 18, 2017 at 1:22pm — No Comments
Shot late last Spring in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, creative DJ Stop assembled a group of black Canadians, each from different places, who all share the experience of living in a predominately white area and struggle to find places to get their hair done and to find friends (like each other) who share similar interests in style and fashion. To celebrate their unique aesthetics and the end of the harsh Canadian winter, the models and DJ took to the park to snag…Continue
Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2016 at 1:10pm — No Comments
Much like the United States, Brazil is a country built upon the backs of African and indigenous exploitation. Because of it, Black Brazilians are marginalized, often discriminated against because of their socioeconomic status and attitudes towards their appearance. Very little, if any, positive representation of AfroBrazilians exist in Brazilian popular culture, but independent artists are changing the narrative with their own celebrations of Blackness. Creative director…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on December 7, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments
Starting last month, BBC has begun to celebrate the Blackness within its borders by kicking off a season of programming highlighting Black culture and Black British accomplishments through film and television. To this end, over 8 hours of original programming have been prepared for this moment, focusing primarily on documentaries about the contributions Black people have made to British history as well as contemporary narratives surrounding identity and nationality in…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on December 6, 2016 at 11:16am — No Comments
Queerness on the continent is often met with persecution, violence, and ostracism, and new legislation has been popping up in West and Central Africa criminalizing gender identity and sexual preference at an alarming rate. New documentary “XIV” is a short film following RXMXT visual artist and aspiring filmmaker from Lagos, currently residing in Galesburg, Illinois, and the struggles as an openly queer person in one of the most “progressive” countries in West Africa, and a…Continue
Not many can do justice to classics, but Judge Roughneck and Fishbone’s Angelo Moore combine for this rework of The English Beat’s classic is effortless. "Mirror In The Bathroom" takes Judge Roughneck's blend of ska & reggae to its peak, paying tribute to both the early '80's British 2-Tone movement and the original jazz-laced ska of Jamaica and infused with soul. The in-studio visual showcases the vibrant energy that radiates from this outfit, plenty of soul and…Continue
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Afrofuturism is alive and well! Director Miguel Llansó of Lanzadera Filmsjust released “Crumbs,” an Ethiopian post-apocalyptic sci-fi film for the whole wide world to see. Available via Vimeo and Indiepix, the film follows the lead character, Candy, a physically differently abled Ethiopian man and a woman who he affectionately calls Birdy. The description of the film reads, “Tired of picking up the crumbs of…Continue
Everybody feels someone else’s magic sometimes. So when you press play on ‘Spell’ by Brandy Butler, let the magic wash over you and wrap you in its sweet embrace, but only if you’re willing to fall in deep. Butler, a Zurich-based, Pennsylvania bred jazz singer, is borrowing from electronic, folk and soul vibes in her song ‘Spell,’ casting a couple of her own in the process. The video, which was crafted by a team consisting of director Nicole Pfister, assistant director…Continue
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Stefany “Fany” Lima is a graffiti artist born and raised in Embu das Artes, a municipality of Sao Paulo known for its artistic community. She originally began working with graffiti as an event photographer in 2011. Within two years she began to develop her own work, constructing a unique style that blends her Afro-Brazilian ancestry with Black Feminism.
Stefany Lima, Fany, como assina em seus trabalhos, é paulista de Embu das Artes, atualmente mora em…
Added by Eye Candy on September 8, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Today a new generation of Americans are becoming activists. These people are on to something. These Americans are on to the lie of American history. The lie is that black Americans are underachievers and lack initiative. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This point was driven home to me after a visit to New Orleans and then meeting my cousin who was attending a NMA conference in Los Angeles.
The National Medical Association (NMA) is…
Added by The Race Card on August 12, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments
If you’re a femme or femme presenting person who has walked down the street, chances are you’ve had a masc person shout unsolicited greetings, commands, and sexual commentary at you while you’re making your way from A to B. There’s a good chance that some man has approached you and tried to negotiate with or convince you to engage with them or be available to them on a personal level. Which, you know, is a very strange position to put a complete stranger, and that’s really…Continue
Added by Gender Bent on June 21, 2016 at 1:48pm — No Comments
TAKO aka Terence Maluleke is another student from South Africa’s The Animation School who is currently killing it in the animator/digital/illustrated arts. He is a digital art and animator whose work is recognizable for his character’s lanky forms and expressive facial expressions. There’s also a cohesiveness in his color palettes, which tend to run in earthy tones with pops of neon, giving his work a luminescent quality.
Starting the morning off with some beautiful faces and strong photography by Jeff Salomon, an NYC-based photographer. Salomon has been dabbling in the photographic arts since 2009, taking candid, editorial, and beauty shots of models, friends, and artists around the city. Follow him on Instagram and …Continue
Added by Eye Candy on March 17, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Donald Masoga is an up-and-coming photographer from Johannesburg, South Africa who has a deep passion for representing the stories of African people through his artwork. “My vision is to tell African stories via Photography. People, moments, fashion, trends, and art are the things that I focus on most of the time when I take photos. And I'm inspired by AFROPUNK,” says Masoga.
Masoga’s street photography shows off the impeccable fashion, style, and swag…
Added by Eye Candy on February 5, 2016 at 11:35am — No Comments
You are a ward of a state that does not love you and will not let you forget it. A place that constantly reminds you of your inhumanity in its eyes, with allies more comfortable with you as a victim than a man.
Your life is a series of indignities, small and large. Palms to the wall, eyes level, legs spread—a demeanor that implies no sudden moves. The boot nudging apart your heels a reminder of your place. A reminder of the terrible things that are…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on January 25, 2016 at 2:29pm — No Comments