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Afro-Mexican histories and mythologies are explored in artist/musician Ras Levy’s “Mexico Negro” exhibit

Mexican musician, painter and rasta Ras Levy is one of the prolific Afro-Mexican artists who has spent close to two decades promoting the exposure and visual representation of Mexico’s legacy of blackness. Levy’s latest collection, ‘Mexico Negro’, is a series of portraits of acrylic paintings done on wooden canvas and embellished with vinyl featuring Mexican figures, histories, and mythologies that are linked to African heritage, like La Mulata de Cordoba (pictured…


Added by Eye Candy on May 22, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

Stunning Photo Series Pays Tribute To Icon Grace Jones on her 69th Birthday

“AMAZING GRACE“ is Amsterdam based visual artist AiRich and stylist Stefhanie Blokland’s tribute to icon Grace Jones for her 69th birthday. Teaming up with model JNM The Naked MC to bring Jones’ electricity and unflinching confidence to life, it was important to the team stay true to Grace’s person throughout production. ”It was almost scary at times because the looks she gave during the shoot made it feel like she truly dipped into Jones' character. It felt like she,…


Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2017 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Brown Girl Tarot deck card project aims to uplift and empower marginalized WOC

Brown Girl Tarot™ Creation is a visual empowerment project, by filmmaker/humanist/entrepreneur Fontaine Felisha Foxworth, with a mission to encourage and uplift women of color by celebrating self-love and creative expression. “I started a lifestyle brand company called Brown Girl - Incorporated, with a mission to uplift and empower marginalized women of…


Added by Eye Candy on May 18, 2017 at 11:56am — No Comments

Photography and poetry project "blackmatter" highlights the blatant and subtle practices of anti-Blackness

Ash (The Spoken) Williams is a 20-year-old artist studying at Ithaca College in upstate NY. His goal is "to spread [Black peoples'] story and history as much as I can, and educate and to build solidarity for all people of different races in America and beyond." Williams' latest project is a photography and poetry series called “blackmatter” that aims to reveal both the outright and subtle practices and events that have helped to evolve and maintain systematic racism toward…


Added by Eye Candy on May 18, 2017 at 11:27am — No Comments

Black queer artist reimagines Blackness, gender and in/visibility in moving performance piece on tour now!

Kiyan Williams is a multidiscplinary artist and writer whose work explores Black queer identity. Their art has been exhibited internationally, including at SFMOMA (CA), Stanford University (CA), La Mama Experimental Theater Club (NY), Dixon Place (NY), and Orpheum Theater (Austria). Williams' latest project, Unearthing is a moving performance piece currently touring across the country. Unearthing uses live-singing, installation, movement and storytelling…


Added by Eye Candy on May 17, 2017 at 3:59pm — 2 Comments

Nigerian Sister Entrepreneurs Create Sunscreen Specifically For Black Skin

Creating a solution for a common problem black people face when it comes to skin care and beauty products, Nigerian sisters and entrepreneurs Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa created their community-driven beauty line, Bolden. Using locally produced shea nuts from Burkina Faso, Bolden centers women of color and their unique, overlooked skincare needs, like…


Added by Eye Candy on May 17, 2017 at 11:09am — No Comments

White People Can Have A Torch-Wielding Mob, But When Black Folks March Peacefully, It’s Martial Law

I’ve lost count of the number of marches and street protests black citizens have planned and led in this Black Lives Matter era. Lets go with “a lot.” What isn’t lost on me is black people’s recurring fear that these protests will end horribly, in clouds of tear gas, a hail of bullets, screams, blood, tears and imprisonment.

So far, that has been the pattern — now and back in the day. The historical pattern, that is, for handling black protests.

On the…


Added by Eye Candy on May 17, 2017 at 9:39am — 2 Comments

Mural series celebrates Black women in London, by Ghanaian artist Dreph

London-based Ghanaian street artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane is transforming city walls into tributes to Black women with his latest series 'You Are Enough'. The colorful collection of large murals depict women from London of African descent, with a mission to empower their stories. The artist has just completed his 6th wall in Shorditch, and plans a total of 10 stunning paintings across the city. See some of the incredible murals below!…


Added by Eye Candy on May 16, 2017 at 5:15pm — 2 Comments

Afro-Brazilian designer Victor Apolinário celebrates African roots & queerness with Cemfreio collection

Afro-Brazilian fashion designer Victor Apolinário celebrates queer and trans inclusivity in his latest ‘Cemfreio’ collection. Inspired by his African roots and something he calls, "jeitinho brasileiro", or little Brazilian way, a particular reference to the high poverty rates and low minimum wages in Afro-Brazilian communities. Additionally, this collection serves as a dialogue within that same community about transcending racial, socioeconomic, and gendered…


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Black lesbian horror flick by 'Pariah' director Dee Rees & 'Get Out' producer is on the way!

Dee Rees has already made her mark on cinema as the director behind the Sundance award-winning film about a black lesbian facing family rejection, Pariah, and the Golden Globe-nominated HBO movie Bessie about queer blues legend Bessie Smith. Jason Blum is the producer behind one of the biggest game changers of the year with Get Out, a…


Added by Eye Candy on May 16, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Black Panther' comic series is cancelled by Marvel

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’ edition of ‘Black Panther & The Crew’ has been cancelled after just 2 installments, due to poor sales. Back in 2015, Marvel handed the story of Wakanda to Coates, nerd and fanboy, much to the excitement of the internet, but apparently that early excitement never translated to sales. ‘Black Panther & The Crew’ was on of few Marvel series’ that followed several black characters, including Black Panther, Misty Knight, Luke Cage, and Storm, at…


Added by Eye Candy on May 16, 2017 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

Miss USA may have natural hair, but her mind has been processed :D

The very beautiful, very misguided scientist and Miss D.C., Kára McCullough, won this year’s Miss USA contest after confidently spewing some privileged nonsense about health care, feminism, and more.

In response to her final question, a question about identifying as a feminist, McCullough responded that she thinks of herself more as an “equalist” (not a real thing). "I try not to consider myself this die-hard, 'I don't care about men' (type)," said McCullough.…


Added by Eye Candy on May 16, 2017 at 10:42am — No Comments

‘Melanin In The City’ photo series celebrates black sisterhood and collaboration

‘Melanin In The City’ is black women-driven photo series by creative director and hair stylist Sabine Bernard. Actress Jade Eshete and model Seven Svatomir are featured in the series, accessorizing killer confidence with thrifted looks curated by thrift store owner Coleen Wadley, of the Bed-stuy pop-up shop. “This photo series was created to exhibit black girl magic and sisterhood in its glory,” says Bernard. “All women involved in this project were black…


Added by Eye Candy on May 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The styles and stories of LGBTQ African immigrants get highlighted in #LimitlessAfricans photo-documentary project

#LimitlessAfricans is a documentary project by queer Nigerian-American photographer Mikael Owunna (IG: @mikaelowunna) highlighting LGBTQ African immigrants across the diaspora. The project showcases queer African style to debunk the myth that it is "un-African" to be LGBTQ.

"I started Limit(less) 3 and a half years ago to create a space where LGBTQ African immigrants could be seen as whole individuals - proud, complicated and celebrated - and share our…


Added by Eye Candy on May 15, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Why creating Black manga-styled comics & our Blerd-owned company means the world

When Tobias (Toby) Quested, creator and owner of the facebook Blerd (Black nerd) group, Chocolate City Comics & Cosplays: #Representationmatters inboxed me a few months ago, I didn’t know that I was about to take my first step into something that was about to change the world of…


Added by Eye Candy on May 15, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Bay Area creative collective ONX explores Black Death in third installment of their short film

Check out the epic teaser trailer (below) for ONX Magazine’s ‘Copper: Redefining Black Womxn's Death’—the final installment their short film about Black Death. Directed by Onx Creative Director, Summer Mason , ‘Cooper’ explores metaphysically and social themes of life and death and the beautiful humanity of black identities through lyrical, expressive body movement.

The full film will have its final screening in Downtown Oakland at the Starline Social Club in…


Added by Eye Candy on May 12, 2017 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Afro-Latinx painter Harmonia re–imagines art history with inclusive twist

A modern-day Renaissance artist, Afro-Latinx artist Harmonia Rosales is channeling the greats of art history in her large-scale paintings, like Michelangelo. Her show-stopper, re-imagining of Michelangelo‘s ‘Creating of Adam’ inserts blackness in spaces where it has been erased, much to the viewer’s delight, challenging commonly accepted artistic images and re-enforcements of whiteness as holiness. Her other piece work on a similar level, depicted a woman with…


Added by Eye Candy on May 12, 2017 at 10:29am — No Comments

VIDEO INTERVIEW: The cast and Black women behind the film "Everything, Everything" get real on representation, gender and love

The latest romantic drama from Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, "Everything, Everything", is different from most young adult love stories you may have seen on the big screen. Directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, "Everything, Everything" was made possible by a powerhouse team of Black women (and one non-binary star in Amandla Stenberg), and is as unlikely a tale as it is moving. …


Added by Eye Candy on May 11, 2017 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Alt. R&B Singers Chloe x Halle Serve Major Looks In Editorial For InStyle’s June Issue

Beyonce’s young Parkwood Entertainment protégés Chloe x Halle posed for InStyle’s June 2017, shot by Matthew Sprouts. Dressed head to toe in Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and others, the songbirds showed off a little bit of that star quality that impressed Queen Bee in the first place. Earlier this year, Chloe x Halle released an eclectic R&B mixtape, ‘The Two of Us’, a strong follow-up to their 2016 debut, ‘Sugar Symphony’. Peep the two rising stars,…


Added by Eye Candy on May 11, 2017 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Afrofuturism-inspired Jamaican artist Kokab Zohoori-Dossa dreams up neon-soaked illustrations

New Zealand-based Jamaican artist Kokab Zohoori-Dossa is a digital illustrator and self-described cat enthusiast who creates neon and technicolored character illustrations. Visually inspired by ancient mythology and afro-futurism, Kokab’s mystical illustrations are often of bad-ass babes (human and otherwise) with wicked style and a lot of attitude and confidence. The young artist also demonstrates a diversity of style and visual motifs. Definitely stop by her…


Added by Eye Candy on May 11, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

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