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Brazilian photogropher Luiz Moreira turns the beauty of the Black body into reparations in new editorial 'MIDAS'

In Greek mythology, King Midas ruled the city of Phrygia and had an intense passion for gold. One day, the God of wine, Dionysus, visited the city and granted the king's wish that everything he touch would turn into the valuable metal. The story is a cautionary tale about gluttony that ends tragically, but a new re-imagining by Brazilian photography Luiz Moreira turns the story into a beautiful reparations-inspired message about the inner beauty of Blackness. In the…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 28, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Toronto-based photographer Kibby Kibwana 'Embrace's body positivity in powerful new editorial

When it comes to showcasing all body types and appearances, fashion photography has a major problem. Because beauty is associated with bodies privileged in a white-supremacist, fatphobic, ableist society, models are supposed to fit those ideals. Rather than being a benign example of playing the hand dealt, what magazines and photographers that continually project these images ultimately do is reinforce social acceptance of these oppressive standards, contributing to further…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

France-based visual artist Léa-Paloma Rydlova celebrates African hair and beauty in vibrant paintings

Get into the colorful paintings of French artist Léa-Paloma RydlovaBut. Paying particular attention to Black hair and Black women's bodies, the artist's work is full of bold colors, creating her distinctive style. In one a piece, a Black woman with a full, golden fro holds the world in her hands, as if to reclaim it. The works are a celebration, but also a powerful challenge to society's white-centric beauty standards. See our favorite pieces, below and follow Rydlova on…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Visual artist ActionHankBeard caricaturizes pop culture with expressive illustrations

Check out the playful pop culture-inspired work of artist and illustrator ActionHankBeard. Taking cues from 90s animation and pop art history, more broadly, AHB’s illustrations perfectly, using geometric shapes to caricaturize and capture the personalities and auras of iconic black figures, like the cast of ‘Martin’ and ‘The Fresh Prince’, to characters from the anime and beyond. As well as the everyday folk he does commissions for. See some of our favorite pieces done by…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 11:58am — No Comments

Comic series follows Chicago teen possessed by the spirit of Shaka Zulu

Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.



“‘Zulu’ is a story that blends a…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 26, 2017 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Black existentialism is explored through the lens of technology in thought provoking short film ‘Inertia’

Brandon Markell Holmes’ short film ‘Inertia’ is a visceral and imaginative exploration of black existentialism as viewed through the lens of technology and narcissism. The interdisciplinary visual project uses vintage footage of black American iconography and culture, from advertising to the church to Malcolm X.



‘Inertia’ confronts the self, identity on a metaphysical level, as well as a social. Taking on themes of religion, binary codes, and digital space for…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 26, 2017 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Body positive photographer Rochelle Brock wants a bigger, rounder, Blacker movement

ution and journey of self-love. Others feel it is a watered-down version of fat acceptance, and yet others feel it leaves entire communities behind altogether. I say if you have a body that is devalued and uncelebrated in today’s society, this movement should serve you — plain and simple.



This is the motivation behind this weekly series, an intersectional look at body positivity that includes perspectives of different people living life in a marginalized body. We kick… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on April 26, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Trans actress Indya Moore on representation: putting a trans face on an anti-trans institution is not enough

As a model, New York City-based Indya Moore has been sought out by clients as varied as Gucci, GQ Magazine, New York Fashion Week, Christian Dior, OAK, Ab[screenwear], Marquise Foster and Blackmamba. But the Afro-Latina transgender artist and social activist says her work in film, television and video is where she's most excited to keep making waves.



When NPR's First Watch debuted Indya's leading role in J. Views' music video "Don't Pull Away (Ft. Milosh…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 25, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Powerful #BeingBlackandMuslim photo series challenges the erasure of Black Muslims in pop culture

Bobby Rogers is a visual artist and designer from Minnesota whose work deals with Black identity and culture across a range of mediums. His latest project, #BeingBlackandMuslim, is a portrait series investigating existence at the intersection of Blackness and Islam. Each of Rogers' subjects in the series is accompanied by a quote about their Black Muslim experience, a timely…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 24, 2017 at 4:04pm — No Comments

South African artist soul-searches with magical afrofuturistic art

Step into the afrofuturistic world of East London-born painter Qhama Maswana. Now based in King Williams Town, Maswana’s work is an African sci-fi love story, an ode to the continent that hopes to express the struggles as well as the irreplaceable magic. “As an artist, I work hard to develop paintings that speak both to me and to others about the beauty and challenges that exists in the continent of Africa,” said Maswana. “I try with every finished work to breathe…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 24, 2017 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Brazilian collective Versus launches an awesome photo-essay inspired by "The Get Down"

Inspired by the return of The Get Down series, the Brazilian creative collective Versus launches the stunning photo-essay Versus Get Down, bringing back the vibe of the 70’s hip hop fashion scene.



Versus is a São Paulo-based collective that has been an awesome creative platform run by some dope young boys and a girl who has refreshed the creative scene in the country.



From a simple Tumblr blog they created to share their lifestyle and…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Comic series follows Chicago teen possessed by the spirit of Shaka Zulu

Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.



“‘Zulu’ is a story that…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 19, 2017 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Barkley L. Hendricks, pioneer of Black portraiture, dead at 72

As reported by Artnet, legendary painter Barkley L. Hendricks, died early Tuesday morning of natural causes. The artist dedicated most of his life to portraits with Black subjects, his enormous influence reshaping the painting landscape for decades to come.



Jack Shainman, the painter's gallery, released a statement confirming his death:…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 19, 2017 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Franchesca Ramsey is producing a pilot for her own late night TV show

Funnywoman and activist Franchesca Ramsey is now the first black woman to host a show on Comedy Central! Ramsey, who hosts MTV’s ‘Decoded’ web series, is known around the web for her witty and approachable commentary about culture and social issues As well as her stint as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show. And now, the “Shit White Girls Say ... to Black Girls” actress is working on a pilot for the network for the show, currently known as ‘The…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 19, 2017 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

This web series tackles mental health and gambling addiction in the black community

British web drama “Undiagnosed” takes an honest look at the complicated and chaotic nature of mental illness and addiction, particularly in places where people don’t “expect” them. In this instances, the Simmy King show follows a black family seems reluctant, at best, to acknowledge non-neurotypical and…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 17, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

South African artist Tony Gum stuns with her tributes to Frida Kahlo

Cape Town-based photography and visual artist Tony Gum recently paid homage to the legendary Frida Kahlo with two self-portraits. Donning Kahlo’s trademark floral crown and unibrow, Gum channels the unyielding confidence seen in the late artist’s self-portraits without imitating it. Gum brings her own self-assuredness and twinkling eyes that imply that there is much more going on below the surface. Check out the series and a few follow up snaps,…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 17, 2017 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

‘Negritude Piauiense’ editorial series celebrates diverse beauty and sisterhood in Brazil

Shot in the beautiful, sunny city of Teresina, Brazil by photographer Ronald Moura, this uplifting editorial, ‘Negritude Piauiense’, shows off the beautiful local landscape of the area and the gorgeous diversity of the multi-cultural black women who inhabit it. “The purpose of 'Negritude Piauiense' is to inspire black girls and women of our locality. We want them to see the variety of our hair, our bodies, our styles and feel that they can be beautiful any way they want. We…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 14, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Shameik Moore of 'The Get Down' cast as Miles Morales in Spider-Man animated film

The Get Down’s Shameik Moore was just cast as the voice of Miles Morales in a new Spider-man animated film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The untitled Sony project follows Morales, the afro-latinx incarnation of Spidey, who was introduced back in 2011 as a character in the Ultimate…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 14, 2017 at 11:23am — No Comments

Check out Gucci's all-Black campaign for pre-fall 2017, “Soul Scene”

When Gucci released a series of "audition" videos for it's pre-fall campaign on it's Instagram page in January, rumors swirled that it might feature an all-Black cast given that every model featured was Black.



Now the brand confirms the buzz, revealing the campaign titled “Soul Scene” which includes only Black models. Featuring plenty of red, black and…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 14, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Afro-futuristic editorial draws inspiration from the space race and social change of the 1960s

Inspired by the 1960 collision between fashion, space exploration, and the social change of the time, the World Geometric ‘Space Age’ editorial aims to harness the free-spiritedness of the time and pay tribute to French fashion designer André Courrèges. “For this editorial we chose to show how the minimalist and spatial fashion of…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 13, 2017 at 5:07pm — No Comments

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