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FEATURE: On Male Intimacy, Art… and Healing!

Badaboum… Here starts this piece of a story; a tiny testimony on how you can heal the wounds of being a Man and on top of that be sensitive with an Artiste’s gifts. On how life sometimes brings you opportunities disguised in a casual joke outfit, and how you can surprise yourself way beyond anything you would imagine!

What happens when we, men, are alone with ourselves? What do we feel? How do we act? What about our routines, our rituals? Why do we feel the urge…


Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FILM: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Over two years ago, we mentioned Thomas Allen Harris' documentary "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People"; and now the documentary has its US premier next month at the Film Forum in New York on August 27th.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Oddflower: A New Story Project for the Misfits

I was a 13-year-old black girl in Baltimore listening the German industrial metal band, Rammstein. My older brother slipped me their CD, and I replayed songs from the album Sehnsucht exclusively through my headphones—careful to keep the grim, clanging, and completely foreign sounds contained to my ears alone—for fear of being judged. I kindled this smoke screen around most of my life, keeping my interests stashed, my personality sheltered, and my daydreams veiled. I…


Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: South African Illustrators Redefining the Afro-Aesthetic

The Afrocentric aesthetic has become a cliché within itself. It’s been muffled with defunct and ill-informed iconography and filled to brim with afros, fists and animal prints referenced from overly exhausted templates that expired lifetimes ago. For countless centuries the creative products of Africans have been ornamental to the lives of middle classed Europeans with postcard knowledge of their origins. With our cultural symbols being diluted and simplified to match the drapes…


Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art in Minneapolis

'Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art' showcases Thursday, July 24th at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Midwestern AfroPunks who weren’t privy to the two-part exhibitions at the NYU Grey Arts Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year will now be able to experience the groundbreaking show in Minnesota. A vision of Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, the conceptual performance show consists of a…


Added by Eye Candy on July 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The New Captain America Is Black

Marvel seems to continue their effort to promote diversity in their characters. After announcing that Prodigy is bisexual and that Thor will be a woman, they've announced that Captain America will now be a Black man.

The Guardian …

Added by Eye Candy on July 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

FEATURE: Matatu Film Festival Brings Unique Stories to Oakland July 16-19

A film festival spotlighting "unique journeys regardless of age, geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status"? Sounds like a plan! Check out the info we received from the peeps at Matatu Film Festival, which will take place in Oakland, CA, July 16-19.…


Added by Eye Candy on July 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual artist American Queen TJD's “my thoughts wear crowns” series

My name is Tiff Davis better know as American Queen TJD. I am a professional abstract visual artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My purpose is to spread positive energy, hope, and motivation through art. Recently, I have been inspired to create a series of queen paintings titled “my thoughts wear crowns” where I place powerful words on top of colorful crowns. My crown structure is inspired by a combination of the Nefertiti crown, African headdress hats warn by Queen Latifah,…


Added by Eye Candy on July 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Paper Bag Series with Fine Artist Beth Consetta Rubel

Fine artist Beth Consetta Rubel paints her way into the conversation of race relations that she has witnessed in her small Texas town and across this country. Rubel uses chalk pastels, acrylic, gouache, fabric, and discovered objects to explore the topics of stereotypes, cultural identity, sexuality, politics, Deep South mentality, and media’s role in ignoring all of thee above.

While growing up as a biracial woman of color in Texas (where the Confederate flag still waves…


Added by Eye Candy on July 14, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Fabrice Monteiro - Captivating Worlds Unknown

In the midst of such a chaotic world full of mischief, injustice and poverty is an optimist who seeks to soothe the world’s friction with captivating brilliant imagery. A motley photo of a protector that arises through scum, gains enough strength to overlook a village that seems to be decaying through dark fog. It is, The Prophecy, a prediction we, the onlookers have no knowledge of yet and may never learn of. This is the vision of Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro…


Added by Eye Candy on July 11, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

FEATURE: First photo of Don Cheadle as Miles Davis surfaces

We know you guys are very excited about Miles Ahead, the upcoming Miles Davis biopic with Don Cheadle playing the lead role, in addition to directing the movie. The first photo of Cheadle as Miles Davis has surfaced. And all we can say is "wow!".

EW reports: "The biopic—which will co-star Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy…

Added by Eye Candy on July 8, 2014 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Through Purp's Lens - Mougabe Saint Louis

There’s a pulse beating through Brooklyn, a subtle movement which embodies remanence of an artistic renaissance. One of its main players is photographer Mougabe’ Saint Louis, commonly known as Purp. A Grenadian born, and Brooklyn raised artist who has his feet firmly pressed into something great. With his work being featured in Jungle Gym Magazine, GIANT Magazine, Con Artist Gallery and countless fashion blogs, he’s still incredibly humble and modest. It’s a great balance of…


Added by Eye Candy on July 2, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Entertaining and Enlightening: "(H)Afrocentric" brings consciousness to comic books

Inspired by her personal interactions with her community college students in San Francisco, Juliana “Jewels” Smith decided that she wanted to reach today’s youth through words and illustrations rather than mere lecture. In her interview with Talia Taylor, Jewels speaks about what specifically sparked the creation of (H)afrocentic the comic book. “I started thinking of different mediums to reach people and comic books felt like the medium that made the most sense”. Cleverly…


Added by Eye Candy on June 25, 2014 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Run By The Gun' comic books (and music!) about the New York/Eastcoast hardcore, punk & metal scenes

Hey guys, we know some of you are big comic book fans, and you're in for a treat! The Run By The Gun series chronicles the lives of the members of a band and the New York/Eastcoast hardcore, punk & metal scenes. Creators Rey Miranda and Zambia Greene even released music to go with the comic books! Greene says: "It is the music of the band. It is also the soundtrack to the project. I’d personally like to call it the music of early-gentrifying north Brooklyn. It comes…


Added by Eye Candy on June 25, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Strange Fruit' Graphic Novel Celebrates A Different Narrative From Black History

How about a comic book/graphic novel about uncelebrated narratives from Black History? Check out Strange Fruit by Joel Gill with a foreword by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Fulcrum Publishing tells us: "This groundbreaking graphic novel is a collection of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity. Joel Gill offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in…


Added by Eye Candy on June 20, 2014 at 1:15pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: 'Quixote' Comic Book/Graphic Novel

Look what we've stumbled upon: Quixote, a comic book/graphic novel by author Deron Bennett, art by Dan Mora and cover by Khary Randolph. You can get the first issue here via Peep Game Comix, a portal dedicated to African American comic book creators.

"It chronicles the adventures of Quixote – a young man in search of clues to uncover the…


Added by Eye Candy on June 20, 2014 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'Dear White People' Movie Gets Official Theater Release Date

We know you guys are excited about the hilarious Dear White People movie by director Justin Simien. The team finally announced a U.S. theater release date via their social networks: October 17th! The indie crowd-funded movie, which tackles race relations and systemic racism in a humorous way, had been picked up by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions after winning prizes at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Check out some videos below if you haven't…


Added by Eye Candy on June 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

FEATURE: Visual Artist Kudzanai Chiurai: The Powerful Silence of Art

I’ve learned that as much power words hold, regardless of how passionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable one may be when voicing their concern or belief, there is no guarantee that their voice will be taken into account, let alone understood. Though it takes a great amount of discipline for us to bite our tongues and endure the agony when gritting our teeth in certain situations, know that in silence your voice can still be heard. A great example for implementing the ’silence is…


Added by Eye Candy on June 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments


"Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love" exhibition is now on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Paris-based women’s wear designer and a founder of the fashion house Patrick Kelly Paris. Kelly achieved his greatest commercial success in the…


Added by Eye Candy on June 5, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'On My Own' Docu takes a look at single mothers in the black community

On My Own is a documentary by Rachel Bradshaw on single parenting in the African American community. Bradshaw was prompted to work on the film after a conversation with one of her close friends who became a single mother at the age of 21.

“She was telling me about a conversation that she had with her son’s father and she said to him you don’t know how your son is clothed, fed or sheltered and I’m having a hard time doing this by myself…. His response was I know that you…


Added by Eye Candy on June 4, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

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