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Chicago teen Lazarus’ life is about to be forever changed in chapter 2 of our ‘Zulu’ webcomic

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…

Added by Eye Candy on February 21, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Queer and transgender men of color in New York City share their experiences in documentary web series

Check out SLAYTV’s documentary series, Other Boys NYC, which explores the wide-range of experiences had by 50 queer and trans men of color living in the city. In each episode, one of the part participates chronicles their coming out stories and transitions, their relationships with the people around them, and most importantly with themselves. Watch a couple of the first episodes, down below, and follow the…


Added by Eye Candy on February 21, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments

Non-diverse films won't be eligible for the BAFTA Awards starting in 2019

Hold on to your hats, it’s about to get diverse! The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that works that aren’t inclusive in their production practices will no longer be eligible for the highest of the honors: Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer awards. The BAFTAs are regarded as the UK equivalent of the Oscars, so for the biggest award show in the country to be taking a stand for inclusion and… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 21, 2017 at 11:24am — No Comments

Brazilian creative duo MAR+VIN wows with debut editorial ‘ISIS MARIA’

MAR+VIN are a Brazillian creative duo debuting their first official project, ‘ISIS MARIA’. The photo series is a tribute to the Egyptian goddess Isis, goddess of fertility and motherhood, and mothers throughout history. The beautiful editorial captures ethereal femininity, regality and beauty styled by Suyane Ynaya using clothing by Elizabeth-Magalhaesand worn by model Loo Ana Nascimento.…


Added by Eye Candy on February 20, 2017 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Pro-black billboard campaign aims to dismantle narrow representations of beauty

It never occurred to me that I had a choice. I endured the pain of a chemical relaxer every 4 weeks to get my natural afro hair straightened. Mine was four weeks as against the recommended 6 – 8 weeks because my hair wouldn’t ‘take’ to the relaxer. It didn’t matter that I had sores on my scalp as a result, or that the pain was like putting acid on my skin, or that I got my earlobes burnt every single time despite the thick layer of Vaseline.

To the uninitiated,…


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Artist fuses African mythology and the divine feminine in her digital depictions of Black women

Mythology has served as a source of inspiration for artists since the beginning of time. In fact, the first art is thought to be spiritual in nature, using the energy transmitted from the divine to artists, musicians, storytellers, and the like, in order for the divine to work, move, and guide humanity. For Meliyart, the Martinique born, Paris-bred visual artist, the divine feminine is more than a concept, it’s a compass in a sea of artistic directions. Meliyart says, “The…


Added by Eye Candy on February 20, 2017 at 12:13pm — 1 Comment

Drag Kings subculture under the radar: interview with the Pretty Boi Drag producers

The fabulous art of drag has been around for quite some time. This complex art form can be traced back to different eras and different cultures, but it’s popularity shot up during the 19th and 20th century when men began dressing as women during theatrical performances. Drag Queens and Drag Kings have evolved as times have changed. Although there are still a lot of misconceptions about drag, it seems as if society is becoming more accepting of it. The world of drag was…


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This project challenges racist representations of Black men in photography

The image of the Black man is one wrought with stereotypes. Whether it’s the savage brute or the hypermasculine ego, the mugshot or pictures face down on the pavement, Black men are rarely depicted with the humanity they so earnestly deserve. Photographer Erica Deeman is trying to change all of that through her series “Brown,” celebrating Black manhood and challenging the racist representations of Black men in… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 20, 2017 at 11:23am — 3 Comments

'Basquiat Before Basquiat' new exhibit dedicated to Basquiat's pre-fame years

MCA Denver is currently running the archival exhibition ‘Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980’ and it’s something you won’t want to miss if you live in the area. The exhibition focuses on the work Basquiat made during the year he spent living with friend Alexis Adler in a small, East Village apartment. The cache of archival…


Added by Eye Candy on February 17, 2017 at 2:36pm — No Comments

19-year-old poet deconstructs personal struggle to the racial term ”Oreo“ in spoken word project

Ithaca College sophomore Ahshar Williams’ personal essay poetry album, ‘OREO’ is a deconstruction of the racial “slur“ of the same name, used to describe black people who ”act white“. A collection of spoken word pieces about the perspective of a black man in 21st century America, each piece is performed over black jazz and blues standards, like Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’, juxtaposing the pain of racism in Black history with contemporary racism to look at the places…


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Young entrepreneur Kaya Thomas created an app to find books by Black authors

Black literacy was one of the rallying cries for civil rights and integration in the 50s and 60s and now, the Black community is fighting for resources in schools and school to prison pipeline abolition. One of the ways that Black people have kept on keeping on is through the arts, and our authors and poets are the best and brightest this universe has to offer. To support literacy and embolden young people and adults alike to read, Kaya Thomas has created a free mobile… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 17, 2017 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

All-girl ensemble combats rape culture in new show “Blurred Lines”

Rape culture has been front and center in the past few years, with a major focus renewed because of the president’s past indiscretions and misogyny, going as far as to defend his using the phrase ‘grab her in the p*ssy’ as locker room talk instead of acknowledging how it contributes to a culture that doesn’t value women. Award-winning ensemble Girl Be Heard is taking rape culture head on in their new theatre piece ‘BLURRED LINES,’ designed to uncover the insidious nature…


Added by Eye Candy on February 17, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

As a Black Kid, Anime Music Taught Me To Appreciate Rock & Roll

You probably don’t know the first person who took highlights from an anime and put music on the track to create the first Anime Music Video (or AMV, for the initiated). And I don’t know either. But God bless them. I mean that sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, may God bless them with riches and happiness, because they unexpectedly changed my life. And while they live in anonymity without the accolades and Grammy category deserved to them, the least the rest of us can do… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 16, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Black and French: ‘Mariannes Noires’ film explores the intersections of identity

The African diaspora reaches to every corner of the earth and in the Western world Black identity is often formed within the context of white supremacy, white nationalism, and white majorities. For Black people learning, growing and living in France, the intersections of race, class, immigration, and nationality all color their upbringing and everyday lives and new film "Mariannes Noires" aims to dive headfirst into these experiences. Directors Mame-Fatou Niang and Kaytie…


Added by Eye Candy on February 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

This cartoon comparing Betsy DeVos to Ruby Bridges is complete bullsh*t

Ruby Bridges is an American hero, known for the courage, resilience and forethought of integrating New Orleans’ segregated school system in 1960. Facing angry mobs of violent white protesters and surrounded by U.S. Marshals, Ruby was known for her fearless demeanor in the face of torment and inhumanity. Norman Rockwell commemorated Bridges in a famed painting “The Problem We All Live With,” depicting Ruby walking with the U.S. Marshals and the word “nigger” scrawled on… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 16, 2017 at 10:08am — No Comments

Free Download: A celestial war breaks out on Earth in Nigerian comic series ‘SPIRIT WARS’

Download a free copy of Vortex Comics’ ‘SPIRIT WARS’! A Nigerian comic book that follows a turbulent story of religion and worship and the two sides that represent it as we witness an epic battle between African Orisha and angels in heaven,…


Added by Eye Candy on February 15, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Côte d'Ivoire artist’s self-portraits are exquisite pieces of personal discovery through her hair

With Solange’s braid making waves and the imagery in Beyonce’s Grammy performance exuding deity, it’s no wonder that Black women and their hair are at the forefront of visual art and its many manifestations in popular culture. Côte d'Ivoire visual artist @laetitiaky has been using her hair, as well as a keen ability to use color, to create elegant self-portraits. Her hair is wound with flowers, into shapes…


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‘Kids 2 Kings’ comic follows four royal superkids on their quest for an ancient throne

Using the imagery and mythology of ancient African civilization, ‘Kids 2 Kings’ interactive comic is the story of four royal children whose superpowers go on a quest to prove their worthiness to rule and find themselves in the middle of a war for the fate of humanity. The writers and illustrators at Black Sands Entertainment, the company behind this epic tale, are huge fans and supporters of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Naruto, and the Boondocks, and draw inspiration from…


Added by Eye Candy on February 15, 2017 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

Actress-activist Amandla Stenberg exudes radiance in her Dazed editorial

Ahead of her new movie “Where Hands Touch,” Amandla Stenberg graces the cover of Dazed in true Black Girl Magic fashion. The Amma Asante directed film is set in Nazi Germany and tells the story of the biracial children who lived through that era. In the interview, where Amandla was joined by the director, they share an inspiring intimacy and… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 15, 2017 at 10:32am — 2 Comments

Stream '50 Shades of Melanin' documentary about colorism in the UK

Founded by Naomi Grant, “Look At My Black Beauty” is an online platform documenting the black female experience in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom. The work that Naomi is spearheading culminated in a short documentary about colorism in her country entitled ‘50 Shades of Melanin.’ Running 30 minutes long, it relies primarily on firsthand accounts and interviews as its content, giving a space for British Black women to speak out against the colorism they face on a… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 15, 2017 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

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