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Check out Canadian illustrator Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe’s fantastical, earthy depictions of Black women

The mind of Art of Edge, the Canadian illustrator whose given name is Ejiwa Ebenebe, is a study in fantasy and nature. Edge’s illustrations center on Black women, where she repurposes folklore and mythology inspiration with contemporary flair. Afros, locs, and braids are portrayed in whimsical colors and each piece has an awe-inspiring attention to detail. Check out her artwork here and on all of her social media.



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Added by Eye Candy on September 30, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration from AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2016 - Maureen Powel

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration featuring model/blogger/stylist Maureen Powel (@Maureenpowel)



By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor



*Nadeesha Godamunne is a fashion illustrator from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York - and the creator of fashion illustration blog Mokshini / Instagram:…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 30, 2016 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Beast-riding heroine badass, Marki, makes debut in James Gages’ and Michael Watson’s bi-monthly comic book series ‘Emerald Quest’

Check out ‘Emerald Quest’—a bi-monthly comic book series written and created Michael Watson, with art by James Gage, letters by Danny Cooper and editor Erik McAlister. The gorgeous, mystical world of ‘Emerald Quest’ is set in a far-away…

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

BOOK: Black author & activist Dr. Tamara Pizzoli combats negative imagery of Blackness with spunky new illustrated book 'Tallulah the Tooth Fairy, CEO'

As a child, every time my tooth started to wiggle, I couldn’t wait for the tooth fairy to pay me a visit. The story of the tooth fairy was such a lovely accompaniment to the frightening prospect of losing a tooth. Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, the author of new book ‘Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO’ is bringing our favorite fairytale into the 21st century in a partnership with Rome-based Italian publishing house The English Schoolhouse. The book's main character is Tallulah, the founder…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 29, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Fighting #OscarsSoWhite one movie at a time, Comedy Central star Jessica Williams announces debut lead role in upcoming feature film

Jessica Williams made history in 2012 when she became the first Black female correspondent on The Daily Show and now she's making the transition from comedy into full fledged acting. Independent production company Beachside announced that the actress-comedian will star in writer / director Jim Strouse’ new film in a role specifically developed for her. This isn’t the first time these two have collaborated on a film. Just last year Williams and Strouse worked together on…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Indie Director Kimolee Eryn calls on black men and women to recognize their inherent greatness with short film “Take Back Your Crown“



Short film enthusiasts rejoice! Connecticut-based creator Kimolee Eryn unveils a new short set to spoken word poetry with Take Back Your Crown. The short film is a collaboration with The Vibrant Eye depicting black life from the perspective of an inner city artist. Take Back Your Crown is a call to action; it is a challenge to all black men and women to recognize the greatness in their nature, to embrace it and to spread the message. Watch the film in full… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on September 28, 2016 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Young tech entrepreneurs create BUZ app to make barber booking easy af

Black folks with short cuts know that finding the right barber can be an experience in and of itself. When I did my big chop, I quickly learned that I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do, maintenance wise. How do I find a barber that I trust? Word of mouth? Stop dudes on the street to ask who lines them up? Or just walk into any ‘ol shop with an enticing store front?



Well, a new startup app called BUZ promises to make the entire barber-search, appointment…

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Rare historical photo: "Father stares at the severed hand and foot of his five-year-old, Belgian Congo, 1904"

Europeans often whitewash the history of colonialism under the guise of wanting to “spread their culture” or “promote progress” when in reality, they inflicted torture on natives for the sake of economic gain. Much of the collective Black conscious centers itself around the atrocities of slavery in the Americas by the British, French, and Spanish. But on the continent, Belgian colonizers took delight in the mutilation of slaves on conquered land in ways unimaginable. In…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 27, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Director Ava Duvernay dives headfirst into the history of Black criminalization and the prison industrial complex in new Netflix documentary 13TH

Ava Duvernay is backing down for no one. After directing Selma, and her new OWN series Queen Sugar, she's back with another project that's sure to raise some eyebrows and speak some truth. Her creative prowess have her on track to be one of the greatest directors of our time, and her new documentary 13TH, is a testament to her commitment to social justice even as she climbs the ranks of Hollywood. In a partnership with streaming powerhouse Netflix,…

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Check out Ghanaian photographer Francis Kokoroko's breathtaking portraits of Accra's everyday people

The man behind the Instagram account that’s showing a whole new perspective on Ghana’s capital is none other than Francis Kokoroko. The Ashesi University alumnus is quite accomplished to have only started photography as a hobby while an undergraduate, but he’s quickly become a sought after creative, especially in the editorial realm. Just this past March, his photography landed on the cover of Signatures magazine. Kokoroko’s photography depicts Accra through portraiture,…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 27, 2016 at 2:16pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Experimental electronica artist fka twigs is a silver-loc'd goddess in mesmerizing editorial for Dazed and Confused

fka twigs—musician/performer/mermaid—recently sat down with Dazed and Confused Magazine for a joint interview with friend and fellow performer, Damaris Lewis, for Dazed’s 25th anniversary issue. In the issue, the petite avant-garde creative talks fearlessness, working with Prince and just doing her own damn thing. “I’ve always just been doing what I wanted to do. That’s not to say certain things don’t make me feel insecure. I’m a human being. But ultimately I realise that…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 27, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

#BlackGirlMagic

A little bit of Black Girl Magic for your day! Beninese photographer Elvis de-Dravo has a photo series entitled, "Tribute to Silk," and we thought this photo in particular was breathtaking. Enjoy this beautiful display of vibrant melanin!



By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor



Draped wax silk : mistigriffe

Model : Eva Shumtz & Rodica Shontel de-Dravo…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Temple University graduate student Kara Springer calls on white students to take action against racial injustice with on-campus art installation

Last week at Temple University, graduate sculpture student from the Tyler School of Art, visual artist and industrial designer Kara Springer created a powerful call to action against police brutality and racial injustice with a straight-to-the-point public art piece. The message? Simple—“white people. do something”. Do what, exactly? You know, anything that positively diverges from passively accepting the racial injustice and inequalities that they benefit from. Perhaps…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 26, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Viral comedienne Quinta B. and friends struggle to make it big in LA in new webseries ‘Broke’

Quinta Brunson, the viral social media comedienne and Buzzfeed contributor, is releasing her debut scripted series entitled "Broke" via Youtube Red. The 26 year old Philadelphia native has been at the forefront of digital entertainment, with Vines, short video sketches, and memes dating back to 2014. Her biggest and most popular videos are a series called "The Girl Who's Never Been On Nice Dates," where she plays an extremely frugal woman, surprised at the prospect of her…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 23, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration from AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2016

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration. Introducing Akua Shabaka, the designer and budding fashion icon (@shabakaaa).

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor








* Nadeesha Godamunne is a fashion illustrator from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York - and the creator of fashion illustration blog…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 23, 2016 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Adomako Aman explores the intersections of black & latino gay American experiences and nightlife culture in new documentary 'Dancing In The Dark'

For decades, one of the only safe spaces for queer Black and Latinx people have been shrouded in the night, humid with the sweat of gyrating bodies, and booming with sounds celebrating the sex from which we came. Nightlife culture, in many ways, owes its livelihood to queer people and in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, reclaiming and celebrating these havens is part of the work of furthering the struggle. Filmmaker Adomako Aman has documented club life in…

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

Royal Art Series: Visual Artist & Illustrator Kenal Louis Immortalizes Black Celebs In Futuristic Portraits

Afrofuturism is alive and well in the internet age, thanks in part to digital illustrators and visual artists like Kenal Louis. In his Royal Art Series, he takes the celebrities we know and love and paints them against the backdrop of the galaxy. From Willow Smith and FKA Twigs, to Kevin Hart & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he highlights the golden and bronze in each subject’s skin tone and surrounds with symbols that reflect their work. Be on the lookout for more…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 21, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

BOOK: Support Author & Illustrator Rashad Malik Davis For New Book Carefree, Like Me! : An Illustrated Children's Adventure

The uplift and affirmation of children of diverse backgrounds is paramount in all times, but especially in times like these. Between police brutality, gender and sexuality discrimination, and lack of mental health resources for Black and Brown youth, it's important that when the opportunity presents itself, that every effort is made to support those who want to support the kids. Rashad Malik Davis, a young illustrator and storyteller, is crowdfunding for his new series…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian Fashion Photographer Kelvin Yule Shares Gender Bending "Salamancis" Editorial In Vogue Brasil

An AFROPUNK favorite, the young & extremely talented brasileiro Kelvin Yule, shares the second half of his collaboration with Vogue Brasil. Inspired by the ancient Greek mythology of Salmancis and Hermaphrodite, Yule and stylist Suyane Naya make the gender binary a distant memory combining silhouettes, palettes, and compositions traditionally ascribed to one gender or the other.



By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 20, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

16-year-old Johannesburg-based digital artist Tasia wows with diverse character illustrations

Believe it or not, but Johannesburg-based South African illustrator Tasia is only 16-years-old. A digital portrait artist and visual storyteller in her own right, Tasia creates stunning and diverse digital portraits; many original and custom, and so inspired by fiction, fashion, and history. What I love about Tasia’s work the most is how delicate her renderings appear, as if they’re paintings, and her attention to lighting, which is quite striking. Scroll down to…

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