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INTERVIEW: Meet the composer behind your favorite cartoons: Sebastian Evans

What makes our favorite animated series so great? While many nerds will tell you it’s the artistic style, the relatable dialogue, or the engaging stories that cement shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ben 10: Omniverse, or Transformers: Animated as cartoon classics, these titles also have one other very important thing in common. Meet Sebastian Evans, one of the few Black composers in this field whose superpower is moving you to tears, sending shivers down your spine,…


Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cast of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ make first appearance at Comic Con

The main cast of the best Marvel movie ever made their first appearance together at Comic Con this past weekend, much to the internet’s delight. Joining Chadwick Boseman (as T'Challa / a.k.a. Black Panther) is Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia—body guard-turned-possible-love-interest from a rival village), Micheal B. Jordan (as villain Erik Killmonger), and Danai Gurira (as friend of Nakia). The film is being written and directed by Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler and is slated for…


Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Writing Mali Into Light: photographer Seydou Keïta’s celebration of the black body on exhibition at Paris’ Grand Palais

These days I am often thinking about the Black body. I am thinking about Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the way this list of bodies will be longer by the time I'm done writing this. I am thinking about the camera and what it takes to make you see. I am thinking about the camera and what it means to look, what it means to attend to history, what it means to attend to violence you cannot stop, what it means to attend to violence the Black body has lived through…


Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Art Hoe Collective: self care in the black community in the midst of all this anti-black violence

Who mourns every day for strangers as if their own brother was killed? Who lives in constant fear for loved ones, strangers and for themselves? Who tenses and prepares for the worst every time they hear the words “did you hear about…”? The black community.

The pain that we, as a community, feel with each black person murdered isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination. Racism, manifesting in various ways, has been a truth that we’ve had to live with for…


Added by Eye Candy on July 22, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual artist Benjamin Ackermann unapologetically glorifies the human form with sensual photography (NSFW)

Ackermann’s photographs are undeniably erotic. From the steely, uber-confident gazes of his models piercing the lens to the exposed shapely bodies contorting and posing, unapologetically embracing the realness of the moment. Intimacy is certainly a theme that runs throughout his images and theirs something almost voyeuristic about them. His portfolio features even more blatant allusions to sexuality. “To me, the human body is the most beautiful thing to observe and…


Added by Eye Candy on July 22, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Meet Jay Walton, Chicago-based illustrator using his art to empower, excite, and influence

In times such as these, it is important for our artists to also be our activists. For Chicago-based artist Jay Walton, activism comes in the form of cultural empowerment and influence. Illustrating primarily black pop culture references, his nostalgic imagery elicits a feel-good reminiscence and a sense of pride. As he transfers his drawings onto clothing (shoes & hats), customers are then…


Added by Eye Candy on July 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: My journey as an indie young Black female sci-fi filmmaker

Some of the films I love include, The Green Mile, Equilibrium, The Matrix, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Photographing Fairies and TV series, In The Flesh.

These films are very different in their own right. However, what has always inspired me with the intelligent, Fantasy/Sci­fi/Horror genre, is the use of current/past issues within society and creating a brand new environment/setting to tell the story. It’s akin to the grotesque in fairy tales,…


Added by Eye Candy on July 21, 2016 at 1:11pm — 1 Comment

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Photo-documentarian Brittani Sensabaugh captures forgotten communities with powerful 222Forgottencities project

Today’s RAD CREATIVE is Oakland-raised, NYC-based photographer and documentarian Brittani Sensabaugh. Sensabaugh’s unique documentary-style of photography and *222Forgottencities* project that documents, rather than depicts. That authentically captures the look, feel, and history of communities that have had little true life representation. “My Overall Mission is to Document Communities that have been forgotten and people who feel they have no voice. I Shoot to bring…


Added by Eye Candy on July 20, 2016 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Black feminist Naima comically demonstrates the modern day ironies of activism in this weeks (H)Afrocentric: The Comic

This is our third installment of Juliana "Jewels" Smith's (H)Afrocentric: The Comic. Written by Smith with art by Ronald Nelson, the on-going series follows radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper. In this particular strip speaks to the discomfort of allyship from an…


Added by Eye Candy on July 18, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Meshell Ndegeocello joins forces with Ava DuVernay as composer for DuVernay's new series 'Queen Sugar'

In wake of it's pilot release at the Essence Music Festival earlier this month, 'Queen Sugar'- the new dramatic series from Ava DuVernay and Oprah- has been gathering national attention. It's most recent spark though, has been in response to DuVernay's excited announcement of the show's composer: Meshell Ndegeocello. The critically acclaimed and 10-time Grammy nominated musician is the cherry on top of this black female- driven production. 'Queen Sugar' is set to…


Added by Eye Candy on July 18, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Howard U student Terres Noir highlights on-campus diversity with colorful portrait series

Photographer and Howard University student Terres Noir captures the rainbow coalition of hues of their student body in colorful portrait series. Noir snaps the diverse portraits in front of a variety of backgrounds, highlighting the individuality and personality of each of their beautiful models. “When the media doesn’t pay enough attention to the Black beauty, people will do it it by themselves,” …


Added by Eye Candy on July 15, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Fine artist Christie Neptune shares visually captivating and thought-provoking commentary on the African American experience in new show 'She fell from Normalcy'

In this beautifully crafted and much needed commentary by D.C.-based artist Christie Neptune, the experiences 'of color' are put into a chilling perspective. While countering the 'hegemonic system' of whiteness, Neptune works to redefine individualism; a concept that is proven one of deep contemplation in terms of race, gender, and class. 'She fell from Normalcy' is the third and final installation of her multi-media series 'Eye of the Storm', and this particular project…


Added by Eye Candy on July 14, 2016 at 4:21pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Botswana-based model Kesaobaka Kay uses androgyny to transform the fashion world

'Celebrating Afrocentric style and High Fashion- I portray Fashion in terms of sexuality, lifestyle and Authenticity.' Artist, model, and general fashion lover Kesaobaka Kay is revolutionizing the modeling world. Challenging the social norms of his country, he is shifting the tides as a self-identified Androgynous model. As Kay beautifully and creatively walks the line between feminine and masculine, he influences those around him. Being based in…


Added by Eye Candy on July 14, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Viral viner Jay Versace may be the 'funniest teen on the internet'

In this age of insta-fame and social media frenzy, it is often hard to spot raw talent. Some users though, are able to use platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, to showcase their skills in a productive, entertaining way. For 18-year old viner Jay Versace, the media has served as a tremendous aid in sharing his gifts with the world.

Born and raised in Pleasantville, NJ, since his first vine in 2014, the self-made comedian has now been labeled…


Added by Eye Candy on July 14, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Philadelphia-based photographer Kasual Owens-Fields captures the realities of protest in honest new series

With the Black Lives Matter protests in full swing across the country, it becomes increasingly necessary for organic, honest representation of the protestors. The cruciality of fair coverage and documentation grows with the tyranny of mediums such as Fox news, and we need our artists on the ground to produce the truth. Philadelphia-based photographer Kasual Owens-Fields answers this need with her latest series: capturing the grass-roots efforts of the city…


Added by Eye Candy on July 13, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Tampa-based photographer Christy Marie says “I Matter, WE Matter” with powerful portrait series

"I Matter, WE Matter" is an ongoing portrait series by Tampa-based creative Christy Marie. Marie is an experienced event and street style photographer where she has demonstrated a certain flare for saturated, sumptuous color palettes. In stark contrast to her other portraits, ‘I Matter, WE Matter’ is shot in black and white, calling attention to the seriousness of the project and also the humanity of it’s participants. No appeasing smiles or entertaining poses…


Added by Eye Candy on July 12, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Fictional undergrad Naima Pepper navigates contradictions of allyship in the humorous (H)afrocentric: The Comic

Here is our second installment of Juliana “Jewels” Smith's (H)afrocentric: The Comic strip. Written by Smith with art by Ronald Nelson, the on-going series follows radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper "(who has a White mama)" as she navigates undergraduate life at PWI Ronald Reagan…


Added by Eye Candy on July 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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."…


Added by Eye Candy on July 8, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Illustrator/photographer Ngadi Smart of Sierra Leone uses her art to intimately meld cultures

Born and raised in Serra Leone- now based in Côte d'Ivoire- photographer and visual artist Ngadi Smart is paving the way with her art as a means of social control. Her stated mission being to positively and intimately represent black cultures, Smart utilizes her talents individually to issue a cohesive message. The beautifully organic yet vibrant components of both her art and photography, leave viewers analyzing her inspiration; which is heavily influenced by…


Added by Eye Candy on July 7, 2016 at 11:22am — No Comments

EDITORIAL: Heavily modified model/performance artist IMMA/MESS captivates in Silvia Dee editorial

Model and performance artist IMMA/MESS’s razor-sharp gaze cuts right through the lens in this captivating editorial by Silvia Dee. Posed in front of a white background, and armed with nothing other than herself, the heavily modified stunner wears few accessories while rocking the crap out of an otherwise empty scene. Face tattoos and piercings, just another day as a modified babe, IMMA/MESS is what bod mod dreams are made off. Check her out down below.…


Added by Eye Candy on July 6, 2016 at 10:29am — No Comments

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