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FEATURE: Rated-Z Studios - LGBT Comics by Sean-Z (AP member) For Mature Readers

Check out the comic book illustrations of AP member Sean-Z, founder of Rated-Z Studios - a creative company (as stated in its bio) that celebrates "expressed inclusivity and diversity within a myriad of genres including: erotica, fantasy and science fiction" and increasing the "visibility of various ethnicities, sexuality and gender-identity within genres of entertainment where these particular brands of affirmed diversity are often overlooked". Check out some images below…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 4, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

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."…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 4, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

FEATURE: Creating An Escape - The Art Of Painter And Filmmaker Maxine du Maine

Take a look at the striking art of painter and filmmaker Maxine du Maine. In an interview with her university's magazine, Maxine (who hails from St. Louis, MO) stated: “For me art has always presented an escape [...] Whenever you’re young and sad, hungry, upset, something, some people turn to cartoons, and I would just pull out a piece of paper…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 4, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Naked in Africa' - Nigerian Visual Artist Eca Eps' Ongoing Multidisciplinary Project

Check out Nigerian visual artist Eca Eps and her bold ongoing 'Naked in Africa' project. An artist focused mainly on religious violence and the oppression of women, Eps describes her latest work as "a long-term multidisciplinary project exploring modes of activism and resistance through performance, intervention, installation, photography and sculpture." She tells us, "My practice is centered on methods of individual resistance and how it intersects with limitations…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 3, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Illustrator & Graphic Novelist Ashley A. Woods Joins Marvel Comics

Illustrator & Graphic Novelist Ashley A. Woods is joining Marvel Comics! The independent comic book creator (one of the artists behind Amandla Stenberg’s upcoming 'Niobe' comic) announced her new gig via twitter: "Excited to have my art on the world stage. After Niobe I work w/ Marvel & Rosarium Press". Take a look out her amazing work below. Congratulations Ashley!

By Alexander Aplerku,…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 2, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Idris Elba is ‘too street’ and ‘too rough’ to play James Bond, 007 author says"

WTF?! According to Anthony Horowitz, the author of the next James Bond novels, British actor Idris Elba is "too street" to play the title character. Until recently, the versatile actor (known for his role in The Wire, Luther, and for portraying Nelson Mandela) had been seen as first in the running to replace Daniel Craig in the James Bond film franchise. However Horowitz' latest comments have "panned the prospect that Elba could be the first black…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 2, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Beyond Publishing Caribbean - Indie Comic Book Publisher In Barbados

Take a look at these illustrations from indie comic book publisher Beyond Publishing Caribbean. The Barbados based publisher was founded in 2009 by artists Nigel Lynch and Matthew Clark, and (as you'll see below) have a focus on presenting black characters and stories. Since they're inception - and with a team completed by artists Aguinaldo…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 2, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Eye-Catching Illustrations of Ghanaian Visual Artist and Fashion Designer Papa Oppong

Check out these must-see illustrations from Ghanaian fashion designer and artist Papa Oppong. The Accra based fashion Design student has already completed two womenswear collections - his second, a collaboration with Swarovski - and is building an even bigger name as an illustrator. The final year student …

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Added by Eye Candy on September 2, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Raising Dion' - A Superhero Comic Book, From The Parent's Point Of View

Check out this new superhero comic book, 'Raising Dion' - a superhero's story, but from their parent's point of view. Created by Dennis Liu (with illustrations from Jason Piperberg), the story centers on Nicole; raising her 7 year old son, Dion, who has superpowers. Liu states, "Life was hard enough keeping up with the bills, let alone trying to keep track of her son’s invisibility, plasma powers, and telekinesis. In order to study his progress, Nicole films her son…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 1, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Dancer & Actress Karen Bengo And Her ‘LEÇONS’ Short Dance Film

Check out this stunning short dance film from East African Born-British dancer and actress Karen Bengo - 'LEÇONS'. Bengo describes the film, directed by Kyle Stevenson, as ”a reference to the many lessons I have learnt in the process from it being an idea". Adding, "I created this video to cover my journey as a dancer from hip hop to commercial work (working for different music artists) to contemporary. The film also marks a point in my life where i feel like I'm…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 1, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'The Questions' - AFROPUNK's Monthly Comic Strip, By Illustrator Branson Belchie II

Every month, illustrator Branson Belchie II creates a comic strip for AFROPUNK that addresses current social issues. This month's comic strip is titled, 'Smoking Gun'.

"'The Questions' are a series of comic strips and illustrations born out of frustration and anger at the injustices society has committed against African Americans. I’m just as tired as you of cops greeting us with guns drawn, asking us questions in threatening tones.…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 1, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: 'When We Were Kings' Comic - Chapter 2

AFROPUNK exclusively publishes a new multartist web comic, 'When We Were Kings'. The series, created by Alverne Ball, is a post-apocalyptic story that examines the human nature of survival and its toll on the physical and mental stability of a former astronaut; exploring the perception of human connection, the loss of social laws, and the diminishing of natural resources as it correlates to modern-day life. The series will feature some of the comic industry’s “rising star” Black…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 31, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Niobe: She Is Life' - Amandla Stenberg's Upcoming Comic Book

Check out the cover of Amandla Stenberg's new comic book, 'Niobe: She Is Life' (out in November). According to Bleeding Cool, the actress and activist was working on a prose novel 'Niobe' with fantasy author and publisher Sebastian A. Jones; however the planned novel has now been turned into a comic, with illustrations from Chicago artist…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Type Faces', The New Series From Visual Artist Samuel Rodriguez - Mixing Typography And Portraiture

Explore the latest work from Samuel Rodriguez, the California based artist known for his portraiture styles of "Topographical Portraiture" and "Type Faces". It's the latter which he focuses on in his new series of work, mixing typography and portraiture. Rodriguez states, "'Type Faces'…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 28, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'DayBlack' - Keef Cross' New Graphic Novel About A Black Vampire Tattoo Artist

Check out the new graphic novel series from Atlanta based visual artist Keef Cross - 'DayBlack'. The series centers on vampire Merce, a tattoo artist who became a vampire after he was bitten by one while working in the cotton fields (a slave during the U.S. slavery era). Its creator, also a tattooist, has joined forces with…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 28, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Acclaimed Authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And Zadie Smith Explore Race And Feminism In New NYPL Podcast

Check out this amazing podcast (via the New York Public Library) with critically acclaimed authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith. In their candid conversation (recorded at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), the two writers discuss…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 27, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "Photographer Explores The Beautiful Diversity Of Redheads Of Color"

Check out these images from London-based photographer Michelle Marshall, her on-going documentation of Redheads Of Color - or as the The Huffington Post states, "documenting…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2015 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

AFROPUNK FEST PHOTO RECAP: The Crowd

As always, the crowd was a very important part of AFROPUNK Fest NY! Photographer Richard Martin shared his favorite looks from the 2015 edition, which took place last weekend in Brooklyn. Check out some of the shots below + more images …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 24, 2015 at 5:15pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: 'When We Were Kings' Comic - Chapter 1

Last month AFROPUNK announced that it would publish a new multartist web comic, 'When We Were Kings' - an eight-part series, consisting of a five-page standalone story - and now we are kicking off the series with its debut chapter. The series, created by Alverne Ball, is a post-apocalyptic story that examines the human nature of survival and its toll on the physical and mental stability of a former astronaut; exploring the perception of human connection, the loss of…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 24, 2015 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: 'Rock Against Racism' - Upcoming Exhibition of Syd Shelton’s Documentary Photography

Between 1976 and 1981, the movement Rock Against Racism (RAR) took over Britain - its primary aim: confront racist ideology. Formed by a collective of musicians and political activists (with the slogan 'Love Music, Hate Racism'), RAR fought fascism and racism by organizing concerts across the country; putting reggae and punk bands on the same stage. British photojournalist Syd Shelton was the RAR's official photographer, and his documentation of the movement will…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 24, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

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