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May 2017 Blog Posts (165)

Brazilian designer Isaac Silva partners with maven Magá Moura for vibrant & inclusive fashion show

Brazilian designer Isaac Silva has long been influenced by feminist, Black and LGBTQ activism, and his latest work is no exception. During the fashion event Casa de Criadores in São Paulo on May 11, Silva debuted his winter 2017 collection in partnership with Magá Moura, and the two worked closely to exemplify the importance of representation in the medium. The show featured models of various gender identities and body types, including trans models, displaying more fully…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 31, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Social justice buzzwords can be annoying, but they reflect the urgent reality of marginalized experiences

I get it. The crowd that loves to show off their social justice chops and lecture people on what's right and wrong always has some fancy new lingo we're all supposed to fall in line with every other day, and it's exhausting. When it comes to gender and sexuality especially, there seems to be an unlimited amount of experiences to describe, and a million letters after the LGBTQ. (Remember when there wasn't even the "Q"?! The good ol' days... Wait, actually…

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Added by The Race Card on May 31, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The caucasian guide to Black women’s hair #Satire

Welcome Back, white people!



After the recent spate of black girls suspended from school because of their hairstyles and the increasing number of employers forbidding certain hairstyles from the workplace, we thought it necessary for another episode in our educational series “The Caucasian Guides.”



By Michael Harriot* /…

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Added by The Race Card on May 31, 2017 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Nairobi photographer Brian Otieno centers African heritage through portraiture

Check out the work of Nairobi-based art director and photographer Brian Otieno. With a body of work centered around body forms and portraiture, Otieno hopes that his photographs act as a nod to African culture and the unspoken histories and hidden heritages of the continent. Moreover, he hopes that these pieces act as a conversation catalysts around these subjects.



See some of Otieno’s photos, below, and more on …

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Added by Eye Candy on May 31, 2017 at 2:26pm — No Comments

French Guianese illustration/fashion design student Vaëll V shows off graceful line work

“Understated” and "minimal" are some the word that comes to mind when looking at French Guiana illustration and fashion design student Vaëll V’s airy renderings. The simplicity of her digital drawings really highlights her meticulous attention to detail and the each character's personality, pushing her work into the realm of character studies and storyboarding sketches. Her minimalist and soft line work imply whimsical movements fit for an animated film.



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Added by Eye Candy on May 31, 2017 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Immerse yourself in the electrifying world of KOKOKO! #SoundCheck

Holy shit. Congolese performance collective KOKOKO! is electrifying. Though their only published media online is a single promo video, the band introduces themselves so perfectly, emerging fully formed from each frame. They take DIY to new heights, fashioning the tools for electronic music out of found objects and Congolese instruments. “Survival fuels creativity,” one member explains in the video. This is more than survival. This is genius.…



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Added by Sound Check on May 31, 2017 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Non-binary & unapologetic: rapper Ash León tackles misogynoir, homophobia, transphobia & hypermasculinity

Memphis-born Ash León is a non-binary Hip-Hop artist currently based in New York. León blends activism with a quirky and flowery aesthetic, giving a new face and sound to conscious rap that does not rely on outdated ideas of hypermasculinity. The artist tells AFROPUNK: "When I close my eyes and think about who I am, I don't really see gender". "It's statements like that, my peers call me an 'Alien' for. They say I fell from another planet, but the reality is that I feel…

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Added by Sound Check on May 31, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Photo series pays tribute to androgynous Grace Jones box-cut haircut, celebrating Black beauty

Inspired by the inner beauty black women possess and Grace Jones’ signature aesthetic, Brazilian photographer Luiz Moreira editorializes the Greek mythology of Midas. Model Regina Ferreira poses in a Grace-esque box cut fade as she adorns her body with gold. “Through this re-imagining, Luiz Moreira transforms the story into a beautiful message inspired by and building upon on the inner beauty of Blackness, where a black woman uses the Midas touch on her body.…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 31, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS TOO DAMN HIGH!

Summer is coming. See how to get rebates on your old cooling systems and air conditioners below!

Provided by the office of Brooklyn Borough President …

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Added by AFROPUNK ARMY on May 31, 2017 at 7:51am — No Comments

ARTIST ALANNA AIRITAM’S BLACK BODIES IN THE GOLDEN AGE

Skyler McCurine as Saint Sugar Hill by Alanna Airitam

Inspired by the Dutch realism Golden Age of painting, the California Grown self-taught fine art photographer wants to push the narrative…

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Added by AFROPUNK ARMY on May 30, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK Atlanta: Carnival of Consciousness 2017 Line-Up

We are back this year with our 2nd edition of AFROPUNK Presents the Carnival of Consciousness Atlanta! Meet us at 787 Windsor on Oct 14/15 to celebrate contemporary expression and youthful black consciousness with a weekend-long retreat of music, art, film, salons, and lectures.



Joining us this year will be Solange, Willow Smith, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, Young Fathers, Algiers, Moses Sumney, Sam Dew, Kevin Abstract, Princess Nokia, Jamila Woods, Loaf…

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Added by AFROPUNK on May 30, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Supporting sex workers is as feminist an issue as any

There is a lot of misguided squeamishness around sex work in feminist circles. A common source of reluctance is the fear or confusion that sex work is the exploitation of women’s bodies and/or sexuality. But that’s a misnomer and the people who say such things tend not to point out that football players, day laborers, businesspersons with exceptionally stressful jobs, firefighters, and so on, are also exploiters of their bodies. In reality, using your body in to make money,…

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Added by Gender Bent on May 30, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Lauryn Hill and Nas are going on tour together

Giving more reason to believe speculations that he is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, Nas is gearing fans up with the announcement of a national tour alongside "If I Ruled The World" collaborator and close friend Lauryn Hill. As reported by Billboard, select tour stops will also feature comedian Hannibal Buress and reggae star… Continue

Added by Sound Check on May 30, 2017 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop reimagines historical moments of Black protest in new photo series

Senegalese fine arts and fashion photographer Omar Victor Diop describes his latest series, "Liberty," as "a reinvented narrative of the history of the black people." The powerful portraits tastefully showcase international moments of Black resistance spanning generations, including Bloody Sunday and…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 30, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Puerto Rico-based street photographer Phoenix Robles captures the beauty of everyday faces and spaces

Through gritty photographs, Puertro Rican photog Phoenix Robles captures the places and faces of everyday people. Phoenix primarily shoots in black and white which giving her photos a documentary-type of feel and perspective.



“I'd like to consider myself a sociological photographer,” Robles says. “My photography seeks to discover the inner workings of places and people, that would normally go over-looked. Frequenting the urban places similar to the…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 30, 2017 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Incredible Example Of Unity And Flowing Energy Through Music In El Paso Tx

To the death x Nales – Stunt Out (Prod. By RetroChuco) Is a song between two collectives, or as I like to call them, supergroups in El Paso TX

Nales and TTD worked on this song to inspire people to have fun and unify, It has been getting a lot of play and press but is losing steam.

Take some time to hit the link, play the track and If you like, tell a few friends. I’m sure you will be hearing from these groups soon!

To the death x…

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Added by Know Lezz on May 30, 2017 at 11:13am — No Comments

Off-duty customs officer kills Black teen, shoots another, claiming self-defense

An Arcadia, CA community is enraged after a Black 15-year-old was killed and his cousin hospitalized Friday when an off-duty Customs and Border Protection officer shot them in what he claims was self-defense. Authorities allege the two boys, along with another child, tried to beat and rob the officer after they all got off at the same train stop. Officials had originally falsely reported the assailants were men.



Deputies did not release the identity of the…

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Added by The Race Card on May 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

WTF: French officials threatened to cancel afro-feminist festival because they say it's anti-white

After drawing attention from the far right National Front in France, MWASI’s NYANSAPO Festival faced cancellation due to white discomfort. Organized with an objective to build “Afro-feminist strategies to end racial, patriarchal, colonial and capitalist violence,” the MWAAi collective billed three of the four even venues as being exclusive for black women and women and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 30, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Self Care of Marginalized Identities within the African Diaspora in Europe: A walking interview series call

Hi!
My name is Misu. I'm a student at…
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Added by Misu on May 28, 2017 at 4:39pm — No Comments

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