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FEATURE: The Empowering Art of Brazilian Graffiti Artist & Illustrator Adelson Boris

Check out the work of Brazilian visual artist and art educator Adelson Boris. The Recife based illustrator - whose interest in art started after attending a graffiti workshop in 2003 - cites black culture as his biggest influence and is known for using black women as central figures in his work - a body of work that promotes black empowerment, and gives a spotlight to the diverse beauty of afro-Brazilian women that is oftentimes shunned by Brazil's mass media.…


Added by Eye Candy on December 1, 2015 at 10:13am — No Comments

FEATURE: Exploring Gender & Vulnerability - The Photography of Canadian Visual Artist Jah Grey

Take a look at the arresting work of Canadian photographer Jah Grey. Known mostly for his black and white portraits, the Toronto based artist uses photography to explore themes of gender, sexuality and self-expression; and as he states on his Tumblr, his work encourages people "to become more open minded and more appreciative of our simple freedoms, even…


Added by Eye Candy on December 1, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: A Visual Celebration of Black Women - Untold Truth Photography

Take a look at the photography of Jay'san Lafrance, aka Untold Truth Photography - a Florida based photographer whose striking work centers primarily on black women, a visual celebration. See some of his latest work below, and CLICK HERE to view more.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Eye Candy on November 30, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Jamel Shabazz - The Clarification about New York is inside of his Lens.

When you take a walk into Jamel Shabazz's photography, your eyes along with your mind will look & see the moment, pause for a while, attach your concentration while holding on with anticipation to see another moment---you will make this a routine & this is comfortably fine. It is a visual habit for the onlooker to stroll through Jamel's work, while subconsciously joining in on the healthy exercise of seeing what New York had to offer through the 1980's,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 30, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The 'Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra' Exhibition, By Ghanaian-American Artist Kojo Owusu-Kusi (aka Citizins)

Explore the art of the 'Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra' exhibition - Visual artist Kojo 'Citizins' Owusu-Kusi's solo exhibit, which kicks off tonight (Friday November 27th 2015) at 8pm at the Stuyvesant Mansion in Brooklyn, NY. The showcased work explores the dual identity of the Ghanaian-American artist, featuring art and…


Added by Eye Candy on November 27, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "A reflection of African beauty and botany" - Photographer Krisjan Rossouw's haunting images

Cape Town based photographer Krisjan Rossouw is self-taught and his work is not any less captivating. Whether he's creating sensual pieces for his 'Dark Paradise' photo series/exhibition, or show-stopping fashion imagery, it's hard to look away.

Check out some of his pictures below, including pieces from the 'Dark Paradise' series, "shot over a period of two and a half years in Cape Town and features subjects from Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 25, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "light, texture, mood" - àsìkò fine art photography by Ade Okelarin

àsìkò, aka photographer Ade Okelarin, creates jaw-dropping conceptual pictures. Focusing mostly on portraits, the London-based artist's work conveys a strong narrative. He writes: "I am a self-taught concept driven photographer who creates emotionally resonate images that are drawn from my experiences. I explore my ideas using portraiture, fabric and adornment, as I am interested in ethnography and how cultures express themselves visually. My work is layered in light, texture,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: 'Darkness' - A Poem By Binta Talla

Writer Binta Talla shares a powerful poem about her dark skin, her pride, colorism and what she went through because of prejudice against people with dark skin.

Here is 'Darkness':

While it disturbs you

It empowers me

While it scares you

It encourages me

While it repulses you

It makes me cuter

You say that my skin makes me inferior

I reply that it gave rise to a warrior…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Gêmeos' - Brazilian Photographer Viny Soares Celebrates Brotherly Love with Twins Raul & Juan Moa

Salvador (Brazil) based photographer Viny Soares was inspired by the Brazilian Black awareness celebration day for this shoot with Bahia twin brothers Raul & Juan Moa.

He told us: "Fis este trabalho para fortalecer a luta do negro e em comemoracao do dia nacional da consciencia negra."

The result is a stunning celebration of…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Restored James Baldwin documentary timely as ever"

1989 documentary 'James Baldwin: The Price Of The Ticket' has been digitally restored and was recently shown in Chacago. Nina Metz of Chicago Tribune reports: "Originally conceived as a cinema verite project, the filmmakers were to follow Baldwin as he worked on his next book.…


Added by Eye Candy on November 23, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Marcha da Consciência Negra São Paulo 2015 - São Paulo’s Black Consciousness March

Black Pride, Black Love, Black Consciousness. Afro-Brazilians are standing strong and made the world notice at the 'Marcha da Consciência Negra' in São Paulo over the weekend (November 20).

Local collective AfroGuerrilha is sharing this photo essay with us. Pictures taken by photographer Vinicius Gomes.

Check it out below!…


Added by Eye Candy on November 23, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Indie Author Zaji's Speculative Fiction Novel, 'When We Were One'

Check out new Indie book, 'When We Were One' - written by author Zaji. "This story honors women and their relationships. And it honors men and their connection to women," say the book's camp (Peace In The Storm Publishing Presents). Describing the plot, they write: "A race of women has lived in relative peace for centuries. But strange forces have come through the ages to…


Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — 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 November 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Between concrete and flesh: Us.' - The Latest Photo Series From Guadeloupean Filmmaker & Photographer Damien Jélaine

Check out the latest photo series from Guadeloupean photographer and filmmaker Damien Jélaine, entitled 'Between concrete and flesh: Us.' - a series that centers on three dancers (Joy Mass, Ablaye Dadinio Jhones, and Brandon Miel Masele). Jélaine tells us: This is my very last work before…


Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The 'Realeza Negra (Black Royalty)' Project, By Brazilian Photographer Luiz H. Ferreira

Take a look at the 'Realeza Negra (Black Royalty)' project, the latest photo series from Brazilian photographer Luiz H. Ferreira - a photographer (based in Brasília, the capital of Brazil) who is bringing visibility to black culture in…


Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FILM: 'Akounak' - The Tuareg/Nigerien remake of 'Purple Rain'

Check out a short clip of new feature film, 'Akounak' - a Tuareg/Nigerien remake of 'Purple Rain' set in the city of Agadez, Niger. The clip is courtesy of Dangerous Minds, who describe the film as "a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain…


Added by Eye Candy on November 19, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

EVENT: Frontline Art Exhibition - "a visual art, music, film and activism effort"

Find below the details for the next installment of the Frontline Art Exhibition (December 4th) - "a visual art, music, film and activism effort" with the aim of "using the ​arts and robust dialogue to highlight police brutality and racism in America," state the exhibition's camp. They add: "With the recent deaths of Sandra Bland, Freddy Gray, Michael Brown Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and more, there is an increased urgency in bringing awareness to the issue of police…


Added by Eye Candy on November 19, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "For Colored Girls" - The Photography of Haitian Artist Ed Maximus

Explore the photography of Ed Maximus, a Haitian artist currently based in New York City. "I use photography to express myself and explore the world around me," he states. Find some of his most striking work below - including images from his bold photo series, "For Colored Girls".

By Alexander…


Added by Eye Candy on November 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Ndewendeul Studio Portraits By Senegalese Visual Artist Djibril Drame (aka Gadaay)

Take a look at these stunning portraits from Senegalese visual artist Djibril Drame (aka Gadaay), the Ndewendeul Studio Portraits. For over four years the photographer has captured portraits on the occasion of Eid (known as Tabaski and Korité in Senegal). His camp state: "The "Ndéwèndeul" moves into a neighborhood to allow people,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 18, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

TRAVEL: 'Entitled' - Challenging People of Color To "Explore The World As If It Were Their Playground."

This is a new monthly travel column called 'Entitled' by Kyla McMillan. "I’m a storyteller. Over four months ago, I left my comfortable life in New York for a world tour of sorts. After exploring six countries in South East Asia, I came to Johannesburg, South Africa where I've been for the past eight weeks, and where I'll be until the next adventure compels me to head onward. My goal is to show my audience,…

Added by Eye Candy on November 18, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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