A few months ago, 17-year-old Towela Kams, a Botswana based photographer, decided she wanted to do a project addressing male sensitivity as a response to hearing the phrase "man up." Having always centered misfits, outcasts and the misunderstood in her work, it made sense for Kams to eventually tackle gender norms, but she also felt the project needed a male perspective to be authentic.
A natural collaborator, she partnered with Amogelang Tshenyo, a…
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'The Mirror Stage' is the new photography project by photog Phuong-Thao Hoang, Creative Director (and model) Magnus Juliano, and model Melrose. Aimed at facilitating a conversation around social issues and body positivity, The Mirror Stage gets its name from Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory of the same name that deals with an infant’s first recognition of themselves in a literal mirror, and how that shapes our early sense of self.
""The full concept…
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Afro-Dominicana artist Zahira Kelly says she spent years wrestling with erasure and devaluation as a Black woman in society, and more specifically as an Afro-Latina. Understanding that part of the problem was how few images acknowledged her existence, the 34-year-old Bronx native, who is now based in Georgia,…Continue
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Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.
“‘Zulu’ is a story that blends a…
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Nigerian-American Buki Ade is a designer and entrepreneur who is changing the conversation in swimwear with her collection of culturally-inclusive designs, called Bfyne. Inspired by trends in West African fashion, Bfyne seamlessly infuses traditional patterns and colors of the region with bold and truly innovative swimwear designs. Think high necklines and long sleeves with chic and sexy cut outs and straps in…Continue
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Bingo Love is a comic unlike any you've ever seen before by writer Tee Franklin (Nailbiter's The Outfit, Love is Love), who previously created several queer friendly #BlackComicsMonth panels at NYCC.
The graphic novella tells the story of two Black women who meet while 13-years-old in 1963 and later fall in love, fighting together through whatever hurdles come their way. According to the…
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If you have family or friends who are medical students (or are one yourself), you know that the third Friday in March, or Match Day, is one of the biggest moments in a young doctor's life. Match Day is when fourth years find out which residency programs have accepted them, and this year it was also the first time a Black woman became a neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital, making history.…Continue
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There's something about the way memes come into being that have always struck me–as a writer–as particularly artistic. Each meme tells a story that becomes shared across a vast, digitally connected community, while taking on new shapes, forms and meanings as they spread to the farthest corners of the internet, before eventually running out of fashion (aka when white people finally get hip). Poetic.
26-year-old Delaware based artist Alim Smith,…
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On March 16, Ava Air made its first flight between Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The moment marked the momentous realization of a project imagined nearly a decade ago by an airline pilot, David Renard, and his flight attendant wife, Élisabeth. Named after…Continue
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Rich royal blues and glimmering golds, Joyanne Panton’s (@joyannespanton) ‘Royalty’ fashion editorial is a majestic photo series that was inspired by black female empowerment. Through visual references and allusions to Ancient African imagery, the series symbolizes the beauty, strength, and regality of black women. It features the lovely Sorayah (@ssorayahh) with make-up by @stephaniefaiirah.…
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Bayou Maharajah takes us on a roller-coaster through the life and times of openly-gay piano legend James Booker. By New Orleans based documentary director, producer and educator Lily Keber, the film gives viewers a look into how Booker's notorious struggles addiction, depression and schizophrenia contributed to his legend, but never overshadowed his genius.
Once described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans…
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“Custody” is the forthcoming play by UK-based Urbain Wolf, aka Urbain Hayo, (The Art Machine) and written by Tom Wainwright (Banksy: the Room in the Elephant that delves into the phenomenon of black people being killed while in police custody. The play’s narrative follows the bereaved family of Brain, a man killed by the police, as they struggle to find justice when the administers and enforcers of justice are the one’s withholding it. “Custody” also aims to bring awareness…Continue
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Thabiso Mbambo is a graphic designer and illustrator whose portraits are a vibrant mix of traditional South African influences with pop culture fashion trends. Based in Durban, the 24-year-old's art seems to jump off the page with its bold coloring and unique styling:
By Hari Ziyad*, AFROPUNK Contributor…
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Wahib Chehata is a multi-media artist who interperts the theatricality of Renaissance and Baroque paintings through a photographers lens. Chehata’s striking images place black bodies in poses and set-ups that echo art history, but largely didn’t include people of color. Chehata mirrors the techniques of painters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio, playing razor-sharp attention to the delicate light work and depth of darkness that exists between and around his figures.…Continue
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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." This week's illustration features @crownedneptune!…
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Keenan Dailey is a student at the University of Illinois who has already had an official selection in the New Art Film Festival with the short film Labyrinth, in addition to being a qualifier for the Sundance Ignite 2016 fellowship with the short film Dadaism.
Now he's tackling his first feature-length with Greene, a film about a 28-year old Black gallery owner, Marcus Greene, who is struggling to find peace with the fractured…
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Good news, ‘Insecure’, fans. Issa Rae jumped on the ‘gram to tell the world that the second season of her hit HBO series will return on July 23rd! “July 23rd! Tell your friends, tell your enemies…we’re coming back,” Rae told fans earlier today. Which means you have plenty of time…Continue
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Clovis Salmon, AKA "Sam the Wheels," is a first generation Jamaican who has been making films since the late 1940's. Sam documented the influences of Caribbean culture as these communities established themselves across the U.K. Sam’s historical archive consists of his films of the 1980's uprisings, street life, weddings, funerals, baptisms and other events that tell the story of the Windrush generation. A part of his archive was digitized in in 2008 for the…
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Announced in November as one of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's World Dramatic Competition contenders, The Wound from South African filmmaker John Trengove is already stirring up controversy for its take on masculinity and sexuality among the Xhosa people of South Africa. The film tells the story of Xolani, a factory worker who travels yearly with men from his community into the mountains to initiate of a group of teenage boys into manhood. When one…
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