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FEATURE: The Heroines Of Trinidadian Visual Artist Kalifa Damani

Check out these badass illustrations from Caribbean visual artist Kalifa Damani. The illustrator (from Trinidad and Tobago) has been accepted to do her PhD in Education at Cambridge University and is now using her talent to raise funds for the course by drawing for hire (you can support her here via GoFundMe). With the PhD course, Damani will research on…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 7, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Empowering Black Culture In Brazil With Photographic Art - Photographer Luiz H. Ferreira

Explore the photography of Brazilian visual artist Luiz H. Ferreira - his mission, "empower black culture with photographic art'. As well as being a voice to the minority, Ferreira (part of photography collective Coletivo Expressão, based in Distrito Federal - the Federal District, Brazil} tells us that his work "shows another…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 7, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - "Gentrification of an Island"

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is titled 'Gentrification of an Island'. Nadya Nickels says: "You might have heard about the economic crisis in Puerto Rico and if I say anything else about it I'll sound very bitter. One comment stood out to me, that Puerto Rico deserves reparations."…



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Added by Eye Candy on July 6, 2015 at 12:12pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The "Black Woman Appreciation" Of Canadian Storyboard Artist Pearl Low

Check out the illustrations of young Canadian storyboard artist Pearl Low. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Low's work focuses on "blackness" and "black woman appreciation" (her latest project being 'Fumi's Sketchbook: Black Girls Vol.1'). She tells us: " In the city I live in, there aren't many black people. Most of the population is asian or white. Being half black and half asian I found I could connect and relate to asian people living here but I found…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 6, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Find Out What It's Like Growing up LGBT in Africa With None On Record's Video Interview Series

Take a look at African LGBT Digital Media Organization None On Record's video interview series, 'Growing up LGBT in Africa' - a series which was produced as part of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2015. None On Record (team pictured above) was created in 2004 following the murder of Sierra Leonean LGBT activist …

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Added by Eye Candy on July 6, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'A Moving Image' - A New Multimedia Film About Gentrification In London

Check out upcoming feature film, 'A Moving Image'. Written and directed by British filmmaker Shola Amoo, the multimedia film explores the gentrification affecting many areas in London - with Shola focusing his lens on the South London areas of Peckham, Brixton, and Elephant & Castle. The plot centers on visual artist Nina (played by actress Tanya Fear) who returns to her community after a long absence and is then accused of being a symbol of gentrification. The…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 6, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Vivid Illustrations of Boston Portrait Artist Velicia Waymer

Explore the mesmerising work of artist Velicia Waymer. Waymer, Hailing from Boston (Massachusetts), is known for her vivid fashion illustrations and celebrity portraiture. In an interview with Urban Bush Babes, the artist - who attended Pratt Institute in New York and New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University in Boston -…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 6, 2015 at 7:15am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

Check out the premier illustration of Dominican artist Eddaviel's new illustration series for AFROPUNK - 'Afro-Inks'. Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at AFROPUNK Paris) will…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 3, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Misty Copeland Becomes First African-American Principal Ballerina at American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland is now the first African-American woman to be named a principal of American Ballet Theatre. The leading ballet company, established 75 years ago, announced the news yesterday (captured on Instagram). Copeland has conquered adversity to become one of the world's most famous ballerinas (landing the most coveted roles), as documented in…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 1, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Kolizyon' - the latest exhibition from Martinican photographer Rio le Château

Check out these captivating images from France-based photographer Rio le Château's latest exhibition, 'Kolizyon' (translation: 'Collision'). Explore below and CLICK HERE  to take a virtual visit of the Martinican artist's entire exhibit. The series of work is described by his camp as a "Whimsical, macabre, exotic, colourful, social,…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Rediscovering The Scientist' - Filmmaker Lydia Marie Hicks Animated Documentary On The "Repressed Histories" Of Science

Explore 'Rediscovering The Scientist' - filmmaker Lydia Marie Hicks' in-progress animated documentary on race and the history of science. Talking to us about the experimental project (now in its 10th year), Hicks tells us: "Portraits of repressed histories of science are woven together as a former scientist looks for herself within science's foundations. This is a film that helps to validate and empower black and brown experiences by highlighting the margins of…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Grace Jones Shares Cover Of Her Upcoming Memoir - Titled, 'I’ll Never Write My Memoirs'

Check out the cover of Grace Jones upcoming memoir - aptly tiled 'I’ll Never Write My Memoirs'. In regards to the much anticipated memoir (released Sept. 29 via Gallery Books), Jones says: "I wrote a song called 'Art Groupie'. First line said "I'll never write my memoirs" - that was a long time…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Wanted BW - Documenting The Cool Kids In Botswana

Check out The Wanted BW, a freelance photography agency from Botswana (Africa). With a focus on fashion and personal style, the group are helping to document the cool kids and street style of their country; and to give a spotlight to a side of Southern Africa that many rarely see in the mainstream  media. See some of their images below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 29, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - Top Hat and Tattoos

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is titled, 'Top Hat and Tattoos'. Nickels tells us: "It's a girl with a really cool outfit. My storytelling part of this painting are the details in her tattoos; Taino sign for sun, black power poster and poem called " Y tu abuela donde esta?" Which means and your grandmother where is she. I learned this when I was a little girl and…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 29, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Hilarious and Frank Vlogging of YouTuber Hartbeat

Check out musician and comedian Hart, a queer YouTuber who has been making big waves on the video platform with her hilarious sketches and outspoken vlogging. Hart (who started making videos at the end of 2009 and has become a voice for the LGBTQ community) says, "Something that brightens my day is the laughter of others...and Rainbows. My biggest goal for my YouTube channel is to explore the meme of my talent for making others laugh and enjoying life." Check out…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Honesty Through Art - Brooklyn Painter Genesis Tramaine

She held out her hand for a respectful embrace and was taken aback by the response she received. Fulfilling her duties as an educator, Ms. Fredericks opened up her classroom to the parents of the elementary school students in which she taught mathematics and art with a humble spirit. In an effort to not offend but to seek further understanding, Ms. Fredericks inquired as to why this beautiful Muslim woman dressed head to toe in her religious garb - who…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 26, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Talking Bodies', The Stunning Photo Series From Fashionable Demand

Check out the latest photo series from Milwaukee-based styling collective Fashionable Demand - titled, 'Talking Bodies'. In regards to inspiration, creative director Michael Ja’Ameer tells us: "The inspiration for 'Talking Bodies' came from the Lauryn Hill…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Token Empire' - A New Web Series About Racial Identity And Music In New Orleans

Take a look at the teaser for upcoming webseries 'Token Empire'. The web series, created by Lizzie Ford-Madrid and Darren O’Brien, centers on a dysfunctional rock band in New Orleans; and is described by its co-creators as a funny and heartbreaking examination of  "six characters going against the grain of what’s expected from their race, gender, or class [...] dealing with real issues - substance abuse, mental health, love and loss - frankly and without cliché."…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Sunday Kinfolk & Theatre Roscius' Soul-stirring Short Films - 'Dear Nina' + 'Black Like Her'

Check out these two experimental short films from Sunday Kinfolk & Theatre Roscius, the first two of their triptych series - 'Dear Nina' and 'Black Like Her'. Both films (directed by Renata Cherlise) feature performance artist Constance Strickland (pictured), who - as the film's camp states - draws us "into her world filled with a myriad of unresolved emotions." Watch the captivating shorts below and read more about the project …

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

FEATURE: Miles Morales Is Officially The New Spider-Man, Replacing Peter Parker

It's been announced that Miles Morales will officially replace Peter Parker to become the next primary Spider-Man, making him the first black character to be Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics universe. Morales, the son of an African-American father and Puerto Rican mother, has been featured as a version of Spider-Man for the past four years in Marvel's 'Ultimate' offshoot. Brian Bendis, the co-creator of the character, …

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Added by Eye Candy on June 23, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

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