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FEATURE: "A reflection of African beauty and botany" - Photographer Krisjan Rossouw's haunting images

Cape Town based photographer Krisjan Rossouw is self-taught and his work is not any less captivating. Whether he's creating sensual pieces for his 'Dark Paradise' photo series/exhibition, or show-stopping fashion imagery, it's hard to look away.

Check out some of his pictures below, including pieces from the 'Dark Paradise' series, "shot over a period of two and a half years in Cape Town and features subjects from Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 25, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "light, texture, mood" - àsìkò fine art photography by Ade Okelarin

àsìkò, aka photographer Ade Okelarin, creates jaw-dropping conceptual pictures. Focusing mostly on portraits, the London-based artist's work conveys a strong narrative. He writes: "I am a self-taught concept driven photographer who creates emotionally resonate images that are drawn from my experiences. I explore my ideas using portraiture, fabric and adornment, as I am interested in ethnography and how cultures express themselves visually. My work is layered in light, texture,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'Darkness' - A Poem By Binta Talla

Writer Binta Talla shares a powerful poem about her dark skin, her pride, colorism and what she went through because of prejudice against people with dark skin.

Here is 'Darkness':

While it disturbs you

It empowers me

While it scares you

It encourages me

While it repulses you

It makes me cuter

You say that my skin makes me inferior

I reply that it gave rise to a warrior…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Gêmeos' - Brazilian Photographer Viny Soares Celebrates Brotherly Love with Twins Raul & Juan Moa

Salvador (Brazil) based photographer Viny Soares was inspired by the Brazilian Black awareness celebration day for this shoot with Bahia twin brothers Raul & Juan Moa.

He told us: "Fis este trabalho para fortalecer a luta do negro e em comemoracao do dia nacional da consciencia negra."

The result is a stunning celebration of…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Restored James Baldwin documentary timely as ever"

1989 documentary 'James Baldwin: The Price Of The Ticket' has been digitally restored and was recently shown in Chacago. Nina Metz of Chicago Tribune reports: "Originally conceived as a cinema verite project, the filmmakers were to follow Baldwin as he worked on his next book.…


Added by Eye Candy on November 23, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Marcha da Consciência Negra São Paulo 2015 - São Paulo’s Black Consciousness March

Black Pride, Black Love, Black Consciousness. Afro-Brazilians are standing strong and made the world notice at the 'Marcha da Consciência Negra' in São Paulo over the weekend (November 20).

Local collective AfroGuerrilha is sharing this photo essay with us. Pictures taken by photographer Vinicius Gomes.

Check it out below!…


Added by Eye Candy on November 23, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Indie Author Zaji's Speculative Fiction Novel, 'When We Were One'

Check out new Indie book, 'When We Were One' - written by author Zaji. "This story honors women and their relationships. And it honors men and their connection to women," say the book's camp (Peace In The Storm Publishing Presents). Describing the plot, they write: "A race of women has lived in relative peace for centuries. But strange forces have come through the ages to…


Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits."…


Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Between concrete and flesh: Us.' - The Latest Photo Series From Guadeloupean Filmmaker & Photographer Damien Jélaine

Check out the latest photo series from Guadeloupean photographer and filmmaker Damien Jélaine, entitled 'Between concrete and flesh: Us.' - a series that centers on three dancers (Joy Mass, Ablaye Dadinio Jhones, and Brandon Miel Masele). Jélaine tells us: This is my very last work before…


Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The 'Realeza Negra (Black Royalty)' Project, By Brazilian Photographer Luiz H. Ferreira

Take a look at the 'Realeza Negra (Black Royalty)' project, the latest photo series from Brazilian photographer Luiz H. Ferreira - a photographer (based in Brasília, the capital of Brazil) who is bringing visibility to black culture in…


Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FILM: 'Akounak' - The Tuareg/Nigerien remake of 'Purple Rain'

Check out a short clip of new feature film, 'Akounak' - a Tuareg/Nigerien remake of 'Purple Rain' set in the city of Agadez, Niger. The clip is courtesy of Dangerous Minds, who describe the film as "a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain…


Added by Eye Candy on November 19, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

EVENT: Frontline Art Exhibition - "a visual art, music, film and activism effort"

Find below the details for the next installment of the Frontline Art Exhibition (December 4th) - "a visual art, music, film and activism effort" with the aim of "using the ​arts and robust dialogue to highlight police brutality and racism in America," state the exhibition's camp. They add: "With the recent deaths of Sandra Bland, Freddy Gray, Michael Brown Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and more, there is an increased urgency in bringing awareness to the issue of police…


Added by Eye Candy on November 19, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "For Colored Girls" - The Photography of Haitian Artist Ed Maximus

Explore the photography of Ed Maximus, a Haitian artist currently based in New York City. "I use photography to express myself and explore the world around me," he states. Find some of his most striking work below - including images from his bold photo series, "For Colored Girls".

By Alexander…


Added by Eye Candy on November 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Ndewendeul Studio Portraits By Senegalese Visual Artist Djibril Drame (aka Gadaay)

Take a look at these stunning portraits from Senegalese visual artist Djibril Drame (aka Gadaay), the Ndewendeul Studio Portraits. For over four years the photographer has captured portraits on the occasion of Eid (known as Tabaski and Korité in Senegal). His camp state: "The "Ndéwèndeul" moves into a neighborhood to allow people,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 18, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

TRAVEL: 'Entitled' - Challenging People of Color To "Explore The World As If It Were Their Playground."

This is a new monthly travel column called 'Entitled' by Kyla McMillan. "I’m a storyteller. Over four months ago, I left my comfortable life in New York for a world tour of sorts. After exploring six countries in South East Asia, I came to Johannesburg, South Africa where I've been for the past eight weeks, and where I'll be until the next adventure compels me to head onward. My goal is to show my audience,…

Added by Eye Candy on November 18, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: 'When We Were Kings' Comic - Chapter 7

AFROPUNK exclusively publishes a new multartist web comic, 'When We Were Kings'. The series, created by Alverne Ball, is a post-apocalyptic story that examines the human nature of survival and its toll on the physical and mental stability of a former astronaut; exploring the perception of human connection, the loss of social laws, and the diminishing of natural resources as it correlates to modern-day life. The series will feature some of the comic industry’s “rising star”…


Added by Eye Candy on November 17, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Exploring the "rich relations between Africa and Brazil" - The Photography of Brazilian Mixed Media Artist Ayrson Heráclito

Take a look at the photography of Brazilian visual artist Ayrson Heráclito - a Bahia based mixed media artist who uses photography (and primarily food) to explore the "rich relations between Africa and Brazil, exploring political, social and cultural connections across the two territories" (as Art Review states). Explore…


Added by Eye Candy on November 13, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: This is FAKA - "We wish to create a dialogue that transcends the bounds of queer activist rhetoric"

Using the intercourse of sex, race and identity as a constant and central source of dialogue, FAKA (founded by Fela Gucci and Desire Marea) is the Post-Gospel book of revelation which places both human history and human evolution at…


Added by Eye Candy on November 12, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez' - The New Documentary About Pioneering Poet Sonia Sanchez

Take a look at the trailer for 'BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez' - a performance-packed documentary about Sonia Sanchez, the legendary African-American poet (featuring interviews and appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey and more). The film's creators - Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon - state: "Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature's forest. When she writes, she roars." So said Maya Angelou about…


Added by Eye Candy on November 12, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "An Appreciation of Our Own Culture" - The Work of Brazilian Documentary Photographer Vinicius Xavier

Lose yourself in the photography of Vinicius Xavier, the Brazilian documentary photographer who captures the diverse people and cultures of his country (particularly the northeastern region) with breathtaking portraits. On his site, he states that his work is "an appreciation of our own culture". Explore his work below and CLICK HERE to view…


Added by Eye Candy on November 11, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

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