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ART: Artist Shantell Martin collaborates with Jewelry and interior designer Kelly Wearstler

New York based British artst Shantell Martin has teamed up with Los Angeles based Jewelry and interior designer Kelly Wearstler for a special collection, launching next week. Martin has used pieces from Wearstler's home collection as a canvas, customizing them with her signature marker drawings which have garnered the artist much acclaim in the art world. The collection includes includes leather jackets, upholstered leather furniture, totes, marble kisses, and…


Added by Eye Candy on October 22, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

ART: Blaxploitation in Watercolor - the work of Argentinian artist Tata Monie

Meet Argentinian artist Tata Monie. The fine artist who originally trained in advertising and graphic design, is heavily inspired by the Blaxploitation film era and captures the iconic films of this era using just watercolor techniques, as though capturing movie stills with a camera. In his own words, what draws the artist to this era is 'The Funk, Gangsters, and gender'. Explore Monie's work, below.



Added by Eye Candy on October 22, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Oh crap! A black girl gamer!

I have been playing video games off and on since I was a little kid. I didn’t have a system at home, so I made sure to make friends with the kids who did. That said, why is it my experience is somehow less than in some gamers’ eyes, despite at least twenty years of interest? Oh, right. Because I’m a black girl queer gamer. The issue is that the “cool girl” doesn’t want to play; she just wants to watch. This unholy desire to actually play games instead of serving as…


Added by Eye Candy on October 21, 2014 at 7:38am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Where are they now? The 39 black models of Yale Joel's iconic Life Magazine editorial

On October 17th 1969, the iconic issue of Life Magazine with Naomi Sims as its cover model was published. In this issue was an editorial featuring 39 black models, shot by Yale Joel who also shot the cover. That editorial shot is pictured blow, and the text in the image reads as followed: “You see before you what may well be the most persuasive demonstration of successful black power ever assembled. If these 39 models, employed by a new agency called Black Beauty, were all…


Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Be a part of director Cecile Emeke's upcoming projects

UK director Cecile Emeke is currently raising funds for her upcoming projects. Check out what she has to say + more info below. Support indie Black voices!

Ms. Emeke told us: "We are currently launching a crowd funding campaign to support two projects that you may have already seen featured on Afropunk: "Ackee & Saltfish" and "Strolling". Ackee and Saltfish is a short film about two hilarious best friends Olivia and Rachel, which we are turning into a web series. And…


Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual Artist AiRich Talks About Her Afrofuturistic and Raw Style

My name is AiRich. According to the people who surround me, my photography can work safely in the category of "afrofuturism". This has mainly to do with the style, the spiritual aspects that others link to my work. I see this as a great compliment, because my style was first developed by an optimistic philosophy that whatever is inside of me can come out. I welcome it, as it is an expression and reflection of my lifestyle, taste, who I am and how I see the world. One of the most…


Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

ART: Inspired by Hip Hop - the work of visual artist Derrock Burnett

Meet mixed-media visual artist Derrock Burnett. The Indiana native studied his craft at both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Indiana State University - receiving a masters in fine art at the latter. The experimental artist, known primarily for mixed media and collages, is a self confessed 'Hip Hop Baby' and uses the genre as one of his main influences; the music feeding an artistic, visual, response. Explore Burnett's creations,…


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FEATURE: Visual Artist, Imani Shanklin Roberts: The Portrayal of Afro Women

The perception and portrayal of Afro women in the media has always had an uneven, positive and negative balance being that, the latter has been the interest of popular culture. Good thing these misinterpretations of are beginning to come to an end with the contribution of a plethora of artists, including Imani Shanklin Roberts. Her powerful depictions of Afro people show the truth-- that we are indeed beautiful!

Imani’s sense of detail and beauty exudes perfectly…


Added by Eye Candy on October 17, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

COMEDY: South African comedian Trevor Noah will join 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'

Named one of "Thirteen African Celebrities To Watch In 2013" by Forbes, comedian Trevor Noah is set to join Emmy award- winning 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'; and in doing so, the comedian continues to give South African comedy a global face and proves that he is indeed one to watch. The comedian confirmed the news via Twitter: tweeting, “thank you so much for all your love and support. Being a part of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is such an honour. I can’t…


Added by Eye Candy on October 17, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: The subtlety of Nigerian photographer, Lakin Ogunbanwo

With work that has been featured in the Times New York, ID online, British GQ, Lakin Ogunbanwo is fast becoming one of Nigeria's most promising photographic talents. Refusing to stay in a lane of fashion photography, the artist - known for his classic portraiture and erotic subtleties - has now exhibited in exhibitions such as the Lagos Photo Festival and Art 14 in London. In fact, the photographer's work is currently being shown at the What If The World Gallery in Cape…


Added by Eye Candy on October 17, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: A Storm Is Coming…

Every little girl becomes inspired by someone in their life and if you’re a geek you can become inspired by a character you've read about. But not every little girl grows up to embody the character she is inspired by, many only dream of the character or dream of being them. Allow me to introduce Maya Glick, performer, artist and the woman who will embody the Marvel Comics superhero Storm in her own fan made film “Rain.”  …


Added by Eye Candy on October 16, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

COMEDY: W. Kamau Bell announces upcoming winter Stand-up tour

Stand up comedien W. Kamau Bell - best known for his critically acclaimed FX comedy series, 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell - has announced an upcoming US winter tour that begins next month. The 'OH, EVERYTHING TOUR' will kick off November 4th in Kansas City and run through the end of January next year. Check out the released dates below - plus, a hilarious clip of the man himself.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Eye Candy on October 16, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Meet Artist Jamilla Okubo

Over the past weeks I have had the pleasure of getting to know the warm spirited, creative and very inspiring young woman, Jamilla Okubo. Meet Integrated Fashion Design Student Jamilla Okubo - over laughs and conversation about school (we are both students at The New School), the experiences of being black women, inspirations, natural hair, music, and much more, Jamilla let me in to her vibrant world which possesses such a unique aesthetic. I came across Jamilla’s "Love…


Added by Eye Candy on October 14, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Documentation of the Gadawan Kura, Nigeria's 'Hyena Boys'

In 2007, South African photographer Pieter Hugo released his photo book 'The Hyena and Other Men'; a series on Nigeria's Gadawan Kura (hyena handlers). Now documentary filmmaker Tarryn Crossman, who cites Hugo's series as her inspiration, has released a short film about the elusive nomadic animal handlers. The film is the result of a three day shoot which saw Crossman and her crew intergratring into the Gadawan Kura community, observing their way of life. Watch the trailer…


Added by Eye Candy on October 14, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Through the lens of Senegalese Photographer, Omar Victor Diop

With a body of work that includes Fine Arts and Fashion Photography, Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop continues to capture the diversity of modern Africa; and to much acclaim. After the success of his first project 'Fashion 2112, le Futur du Beau' which was featured at the Pan African Exhibition of the African Biennale of Photography of 2011, Diop ended his career in Corporate Communications and decided to fully dedicate himself to…


Added by Eye Candy on October 14, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Movements, Gender and Rebellion - "You might think I’m crazy but I’m serious"

I started my dance company, Artincidence, in October 2003. And since then, I define myself as a choreographer and a performer. However, it is only recently, since my four new performances in March, 2010, that I can say that my creation contributes to the construction of my own identity: a hybrid identity, without frontiers or any categorization of gender or race.

By Annabel Guérédrat, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Eye Candy on October 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: AFROPUNK goes to the New York Comic Con

New York went comic crazy over the weekend, with the conclusion of the annual New York Comic Con (Oct 9th - Oct 12th). AFROPUNK photographic contributor René Scotland paid a visit to the convention and captured some of the amazing and elaborate costumes on parade.…


Added by Eye Candy on October 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Top 10 Black Female Cartoon Characters

I’m a big old 80's nerd and the 90's takes a close second to my decade of choice if I were to ever go back in a time machine. It got me thinking of what my favorite cartoons were as a kid. It’s easy to compile a list of favorite cartoons… but what about favorite black female cartoon characters? You don’t really see a list like that often right? Well let's create our own!

You can share your own favorites in the comments.



Added by Eye Candy on October 13, 2014 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: The experimental mind of Athi-Patra Ruga, and a body used for art

Athi-Patra Ruga is a South African performance artist who uses the mediums of video, textiles, and animation to explore themes such as utopia and dystopia. Ruga began his journey in fashion; but after coming to a realization that the fashion industry was ruled by a transient and unpolitical nature, Ruga transitioned into art - using his body as a canvas to communicate politics. The artist is mostly know for his work, 'Azania'. It revolves around a character that…


Added by Eye Candy on October 13, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

NERDGASMS: "The Top 4 RPG Games I’m Currently Playing"

When it comes to gaming, I prefer to save the princess/the world on my PC. Not only is it my place of work as a write, it is also my escape. When I get frustrated with an article all I have to do is click to start playing a game. I prefer a good RPG over the other genres because of the whole feel of controlling the characters and their commands/attacks. My list of top games always seems change, so these are my top five RPG games that I’m currently playing on my…


Added by Eye Candy on October 10, 2014 at 10:01am — 3 Comments

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