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FEATURE: UK-based filmmaker Ayesha Ramsay translates the modern black girls struggle with natural hair in beautiful new film project 'Pull Tag Knot'

In the latest mini- film from British-born creative/writer/director/filmmaker Ayesha Ramsay, the relationship between a Black girl and her hair is put into chilling perspective, leaving all the feels hanging out to dry. Viewers are swept into the dominant reality of natural hair, and society's influence on the Black girl's internal narrative. With her goal being to unearth the continuous pressures to conform to Western beauty standards, Ms. Ramsay is able to…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 23, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Art from Malawian visual artist Wickson Tonde redefines interactive art as his subjects jump off the page

As digital art becomes more common and accessible, the concept of hand drawn, grass-roots creation is shifting into a rarity- or at least a road less traveled. Yet, with artist such as Wickson Tonde, the medium is making a beautiful, boundary-defying comeback. Born in Malawi, and based in Botswana, the artist has made it his self-proclaimed duty to create beautiful, realistic works of art. Using an incredibly life-like technique, his subjects seem to transcend the…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 23, 2016 at 2:42pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Jarriel Jones distinctively melds sensuality and purpose for latest photo series 'Tinct'

The line between sensuality and art is merged in this new series from Dallas-based photographer Jarriel Jones. As he explores various color palettes, textures, and patterns, his series 'Tinct' proves the perfect combination of fashion, and 'Textured' sensualism. Highlighting the model …

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

FEATURE: New video game 'Ananse's Well Rescue' based on Ghanaian folk character combines culture, education, and entertainment for the ultimate experience

In this video-game, media-driven society, the concept of 'education is fun' is falling by the wayside. Mediums like the old-fashion educational video games, and sing-alongs are turning to dust, as games like 'Call of Duty' and 'Grand Theft Auto' are pulling the attention of audiences growing younger and younger. Where is the game that not only excites, but fuels, and informs- all without being viewed as 'Just another educational game'?

Well,…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 23, 2016 at 11:58am — No Comments

(H)AFROCENTRIC: THE COMIC- In this week's strip, Naima Pepper is back with a new, revolutionary take on the modern makeup tutorial

Here is our eighth 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 University and deals with the contradictions of her own allyship and activism. For summer 16, look for a new (H)afrocentric comic strip every Monday on Afro Punk. Connect on…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 2:10pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Take a look back on São Paulo's beautifully powerful Natural Hair Pride march

Some weeks ago, it happened in São Paulo, Brazil, the 2nd Natural Hair Pride March and it was awesome! As the first march (we already talked about it…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Instagram naturals, models, and make-up mavens get immortalized with gorgeous illustrations by @katyaaaar

Loving the crap out of these gorgeous illustrations of natural haired black babes and men folk by Russian artist @katyaaaar. To paraphrase the artist, Katya gets inspiration from creeping on beauties on Instagram and through submissions. A visual feast, Katya’s illustrations immortalize beauty trends (peep the luminous highlight), boost representation of black and brown girls and show off the artist’s unreal talents working with a medium, that looks a lot like,…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 12:28pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Faces: Black Beauty Through Black Eyes- Richie

When people see my work the common question is why do I feature black men so prominently as my subjects? I am not a black man. I cannot tell you what it means to exist as him or to experience the world from his perspective. As a black woman I have an adjoining view of the world. He and I share similar experiences, and yet we face differing challenges. Our views are side by side... but separate none the less. It is that exact gender divide which gives me a certain…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Director James Bland provides window into the perspective of a strong man of color with his moving features



It is so important that an artist reflect the times. It is even more important that an artist be honest with the times, and with themselves. With director James Bland, these criteria serve as a model for his work- as he translates his personal point of view into that which we can not only relate, but want to see played out.

His most…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 19, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer David Silva let's the afro-ed youth shine in beautiful photo series '#ACorDePelô

Brazil is hot spot for cultural reclamation right now, and with projects such as these, that title will do all but grow, until they're at the top. In the latest example of this trend, Salvador-based photographer David Silva lets the youth take a stand once again in his stunningly natural series '…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 19, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: The renowned history of NYC nightclub Paradise Garage set to be the subject of upcoming feature film

The contributions of the 70's are often idolized and emulated, yet as the 'vintage' fads grow to a monumental height, many simply benefit from the era, lacking the proper education and point of view. In actuality, the 70's was more than just an impressive era to borrow clothes from, it was a booming, blooming decade of music- with a nightlife that was off the chain.

In the upcoming feature, written and directed by…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 18, 2016 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: London- based Stylist Ibrahim Kamara is fueling a fashion revolution pushing boundaries of race,gender, and fashion in latest series '2026'

The youth is changing the world.

Slowly and steadily, but surely overall. It takes great courage to reverse the stereotypical notions of what is 'proper' and 'normal' in a society so stuck in its ways- and for fashion stylist Ibrahim (IB) Kamara, the goal was clear. Collaborating with South African photographer…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 18, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Ghanaian illustrator Ahmed Kwabena Partey merges tradition and phenomenon with bold, revolutionary series of African Superheroes

We're all familiar with Superman, Batman, and Wonder woman- but have you heard of Addo, Nahki, or Agai?

Us either, until now: Ghanaian visual artist Ahmed Kwabena Partey is powerfully shifting the definition of a 'superhero' with his unique and revolutionary characters- adding a new genre for proper representation of the African…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 17, 2016 at 4:25pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Toronto-based digital artist Blckgold revolutionized 3-D art with beautiful and vibrant brown characters

Remember Blckgold? Well, we just had to feature him again. The London-born, Canada-based visual artist is killing the game again and again with his detailed 3-D characters. Not only is the work highly impressive, but his subjects are as diverse as they come; pulling influence from the…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 17, 2016 at 11:57am — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Martiniquais director Khris Burton continues to captivate audiences with his expressive, boundary-breaking projects

More and more, filmmakers of color are solidifying their place in the media, and providing a strong platform for their point of views to be published. For director Khris Burton, the space for creation is not only filled, but exceeded. Born and raised in Martinique, the award-winning film maker has made it his mission to capture not only the stories of people of…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 16, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Artist Jules Arthur gives voice to the voiceless in honoring new portrait series 'Culture & Commerce'

It is no secret that the history we read in the textbooks, is not the whole one- or even a fraction of it. There are a plethora of black and brown peoples whose stories and input have been eradicated from the records, and placed by the wayside, but in painter Jules Arthur's latest series, the stories of creators past are not only recognized, but prioritized-…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 16, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Rio-based photographer Bruno Gomes grants gorgeously unapologetic representation of those black and brown in new, necessary editorial 'DARKSKIN'



'...As a photographer decided to do something different, I had my vision and language to portray black skin as something extraordinary and beautiful.'

In a time virtually saturated with the goals, and narratives of cultural deprecation, it is overwhelmingly necessary for a positive, progressive outlet. In the new editorial 'DARKSKIN', from Rio-based photographer …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

(H)AFROCENTRIC: THE COMIC- Miles Pepper and his friend Elizando Ramirez make commentary on the steady decline of today's legends in this week's strip

This is our seventh 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 'Oppressed' position. Incorporating the realities of modern black culture and stereotype, Naima comically insinuates the frustrations of protest and representation- all with a smile on her face. This…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 15, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: New paintings from Virginia-based artist Justice Dwight inspire pride as they shed a beautiful light on natural black hair

In his latest compilation of work, painter Justice Dwight is taking it to the next level. A year after first having his work …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 15, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Akual-Chels Ring jumps off the page in 'Neo Rhythm' editorial by Thom Kerr for Australia's Laud Magazine

In a recent feature for Australia's Laud Magazine, the broad concept of beauty is focused and illuminated. The photo series: 'Neo-Rhythm', does a brilliant job at illuminating the necessity of contrast and vibrancy. Photographed by the talented Thom Kerr,…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 15, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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