Rare color photographs taken by the late photographer Gordon Parks will be exhibited this fall at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The photos, which were originally taken for a photo essay for Life Magazine in 1956, depict the African American experience of 1950s Alabama, and the racial tensions that dominated the United States at the time (images via Huffington Post).
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My name is Cecile Emeke, I’m a filmmaker, writer and artist from London. I have always loved art and life. For some, what I consider life might come under their category of “social issues”, but for me it was my everyday reality. In school art classes, everyone else would paint flowers and self-portraits, whilst I was researching and creating pieces that explored concepts of race, identity and philosophy. But being academically gifted meant I was encouraged to leave my artistic…Continue
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Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is the voice of Miles Morales, the 'Ultimate Spider-Man'. The new cartoon is part of the season premiere of Web Warriors (this Sunday on Disney XD).
Watch a clip below via USA Today!
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 9:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM Doors)
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Celebrities are always looking for a cause to boost their humanitarian and philanthropic personas and over the past few years, Africa has become that cause. The same celebrities we see on the front of US and People magazine are the individuals slumming it in villages. And it’s not only them. The West as a whole has decidedly taken Africa under its wing and has made it the perfect place for a nationwide empathy movement. Creators of the documentary “Framed” want to make it very…Continue
In case you haven't heard the news: Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, will be at AFROPUNK Fest this weekend signing her book.
Here's the press release from her publisher Bazillion Points Books: "Greenlight Bookstore and Bazillion Points Books present renowned music journalist Laina Dawes signing…
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Join THIRTEEN WNET, AFROPUNK and Black Public Media Wed August 13 at 7pm EST as we present our FREE interactive screening of 'Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth'. Post your thoughts and questions during the screenings or anytime on Twitter with #afropunkwnet
The lives we live mirror the thoughts we entertain, which ultimately creates our diverse cultures by deeming traditions, and beliefs as an important staple in daily routine and practices. Though some notions cause more controversy than others, the Jamaican Reggae-Dancehall culture makes it well known as a collective that being gay is frowned upon which causes an automatic rebellion by those who are openly gay. There must be a way for the two cultures to unite and see how…Continue
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Badaboum… Here starts this piece of a story; a tiny testimony on how you can heal the wounds of being a Man and on top of that be sensitive with an Artiste’s gifts. On how life sometimes brings you opportunities disguised in a casual joke outfit, and how you can surprise yourself way beyond anything you would imagine!
What happens when we, men, are alone with ourselves? What do we feel? How do we act? What about our routines, our rituals? Why do we feel the urge…
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Over two years ago, we mentioned Thomas Allen Harris' documentary "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People"; and now the documentary has its US premier next month at the Film Forum in New York on August 27th.
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I was a 13-year-old black girl in Baltimore listening the German industrial metal band, Rammstein. My older brother slipped me their CD, and I replayed songs from the album Sehnsucht exclusively through my headphones—careful to keep the grim, clanging, and completely foreign sounds contained to my ears alone—for fear of being judged. I kindled this smoke screen around most of my life, keeping my interests stashed, my personality sheltered, and my daydreams veiled. I…Continue
The Afrocentric aesthetic has become a cliché within itself. It’s been muffled with defunct and ill-informed iconography and filled to brim with afros, fists and animal prints referenced from overly exhausted templates that expired lifetimes ago. For countless centuries the creative products of Africans have been ornamental to the lives of middle classed Europeans with postcard knowledge of their origins. With our cultural symbols being diluted and simplified to match the drapes…Continue
'Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art' showcases Thursday, July 24th at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Midwestern AfroPunks who weren’t privy to the two-part exhibitions at the NYU Grey Arts Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year will now be able to experience the groundbreaking show in Minnesota. A vision of Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, the conceptual performance show consists of a…Continue
A film festival spotlighting "unique journeys regardless of age, geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status"? Sounds like a plan! Check out the info we received from the peeps at Matatu Film Festival, which will take place in Oakland, CA, July 16-19.…
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My name is Tiff Davis better know as American Queen TJD. I am a professional abstract visual artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My purpose is to spread positive energy, hope, and motivation through art. Recently, I have been inspired to create a series of queen paintings titled “my thoughts wear crowns” where I place powerful words on top of colorful crowns. My crown structure is inspired by a combination of the Nefertiti crown, African headdress hats warn by Queen Latifah,…Continue
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Fine artist Beth Consetta Rubel paints her way into the conversation of race relations that she has witnessed in her small Texas town and across this country. Rubel uses chalk pastels, acrylic, gouache, fabric, and discovered objects to explore the topics of stereotypes, cultural identity, sexuality, politics, Deep South mentality, and media’s role in ignoring all of thee above.
While growing up as a biracial woman of color in Texas (where the Confederate flag still waves…
In the midst of such a chaotic world full of mischief, injustice and poverty is an optimist who seeks to soothe the world’s friction with captivating brilliant imagery. A motley photo of a protector that arises through scum, gains enough strength to overlook a village that seems to be decaying through dark fog. It is, The Prophecy, a prediction we, the onlookers have no knowledge of yet and may never learn of. This is the vision of Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro…Continue