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 9:56am — 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
Check out the work of photographer KHAFOFO. KHAFOFO is from Salvador, Brazil and is the founder of KHAFOFO Photography and Design. Like his bright yellow logo suggests, KHAFOFO's portfolio radiates with light as many of his models bathe in a wash of warmth. KHAFOFO shoots a diverse bunch of models in both color and black & white.
See more of KHAFOFO's work on…
Added by Eye Candy on January 19, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Salvador's Helen Mozao is a feminist photographer who specializes in editorial street photography. Many of her series' explore afro-Brazilian identities and alternative culture, including a series called 'Pele Preta Tatuada', an exploration of tattooed black skin.
Added by Eye Candy on January 13, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Take a look at the work of pop artist and painter Samuel Mougey. Mougey has a diverse body of street art-inspired work that ranges from portraits of artistic greats like Erykah Badu, Ayo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lenny Kravitz, and Patrice to graphic design renderings of animals. Even if he's not creating art in public spaces, Mougey's work is layered with gritty textures and graffiti imagery. See some of his…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on January 13, 2016 at 11:29am — No Comments
Check these street style shots by Whosthefreshest for AFROPUNK! Today's photos were taken at the Stevie Boi Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week, showcasing the designer's eyewear designs.
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Check out the work of Martinique's street art collective NPL (Mada PAINT). Founded by graffiti artists James and R-MAN in the 80s, the collective are recognised for bringing color and their signature art to the streets of the Caribbean country. Take a look at some of their pieces below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…