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Eye Candy's Blog – January 2015 Archive (30)

FEATURE: Harlem, in retrospect - the work of Carl Van Vechten

Explore the work of artistic photographer Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964). After moving to New York in 1906, Vechten (originally from the midwest and White) took a job as a music and dance critic for the New York Times and was instantly drawn to the nightclubs of Harlem - leading to a keen interest in the African American community and later his patronage of the Harlem Renaissance. His…


Added by Eye Candy on January 30, 2015 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

INTERVIEW: A conversation with poet and artist Tasha Jones

“Hello Beautiful.” This phrase was tagged by Writer, Artist, and Model, Tasha Jones when she noticed a group of children discussing who among them was the blackest. She soon discovered that many of these same children did not view themselves in a positive way, so she empowered them by affirming that they were beautiful. If you ever have a chance to see Tasha Jones perform, you will somehow leave feeling that you have the ability to reach your dreams. She…


Added by Eye Candy on January 28, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FILM: AFROPUNK presents 'The Triptych' will appear on public television

Afropunk Triptych



Added by Eye Candy on January 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: New Documentary on Nina Simone's complex life opens the Sundance Film Festival

The Liz Garbus' documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' opened the Sundance Film Festival last week, a film that sheds new light on the complex life of Nina Simone. The iconic musician's discography often overshadows her troubled life, and this new documentary seeks to explore and celebrate her complex life. The netflix project is gaining much praise for its no holds barred approach and many see the film as a welcome alternative to the upcoming biopic starring Zoe…


Added by Eye Candy on January 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Short documentary on Sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp

Watch this short documentary, below, on acclaimed Nigerian born Kalabari Sculptor, Sokari Douglas Camp. The Art Begets Spirit film, titled Introducing Sokari Douglas Camp 'All The World Is Now Richer', centers on the history of the knighted artist and her years growing up in Nigeria's Niger Delta…


Added by Eye Candy on January 27, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Documenting Africa - the paintings of South African artist Loyiso Mkize

Check out the work of South African visual artist Loyiso Mkize. Mkize's paintings (oil on canvas) often explore the nature of the modern African - documenting the changing cultures and environments of the second largest continent, and the emotional landscape of its people. The artist has gained much recognition since his debut solo exhibition in 2011 ('Reflections of Inner Truth'), commissioned to paint both Nelson…


Added by Eye Candy on January 27, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

FEATURE: 'Olikoye', Chimamanda Ngozi Adachie's short story about Fela Kuti’s brother

Check out 'Olikoye', the new short story from Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adachie. The Nigerian author wrote the piece for The Art of Saving a Life - a collection of stories, art and music exploring the impact of Vaccines (commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation) - and now you can read it, …


Added by Eye Candy on January 26, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The figurative expression of Aissata Pinto Da Costa

Check out the bold and vibrant work of artist Aissata Pinto Da Costa. The self taught artist - born in São Tomé and Príncipe (off the Western coast of Africa) - is known for her large scale illustrations of women, often painting with acrylic on canvas. The artist, who has already exhibited at Marymount Manhattan College and The Steuben Glass Gallery in New York, has a strong focus on womanhood and sisterhood. Explore her work, below; plus some footage of her…


Added by Eye Candy on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer, Dex R. Jones: The Beauty in Black

"Everything that has ever existed has come out of some darkness but we are afraid of the dark and we demonize the word black", says photographer Dex R. Jones who uses his portraits as a message to showcase beauty in its full capacity. And although what he exclaims is truth, according to preconceived notions, the color black is represented as any and everything negatively charged or ugly. This idea curses the divinity that the color black holds making the label, or…


Added by Eye Candy on January 26, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Pharrell Williams will guest on 'The Simpsons'

Have you heard the news? Pharrell Williams will make an appearance on 'The Simpsons'! reports: "Pharrell will pop up in Springfield very soon (...) he will make a cameo appearance as himself in the Feb. 8 episode of the animated Fox comedy. Titled “Walking Big & Tall,” the installment opens with a plot that’s based on the true story about…


Added by Eye Candy on January 23, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: First trailer for Sundance Film 'Dope', starring Zoë Kravitz and A$AP Rocky

Check out the trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's feature film, 'Dope' - premiering at Sundance this week. The coming of age story, inspired by the director's own years growing up in Inglewood California, follows three best friends (Tony RevoloriKiersey Clemons, Shameik Moore) who are also in their own hip hop-punk band. Famuyiwa -most noted for directing the 90s classic, 'The Wood' - has stated: “There’s an…


Added by Eye Candy on January 21, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

OP-ED: Mainstream Award Shows Have Always Been Racist

In 2015 in early January, Iggy Azalea received “The Best Hip-Hop Artist” for the People’s Choice Awards with nominees being Drake and Eminem. Along with these nominations for music, the movie Selma directed by Ava DuVernay did not receive any nominations for an Oscar – yet, it is arguably one of the most important movies of this decade.

By Philip Jackson, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Eye Candy on January 21, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Preserving cultures through a lens - the work of photographer, Diego Arroyo Méndez

Travelling the remote corners of the world, Spanish documentary photographer Diego Arroyo Méndez has documented some of the world's most elusive cultures - travelling to the likes of Cambodia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Kenya, and Nepal. His work is regarded not only as a celebration of culture and tradition, but as a form of preservation. Explore his work, below.…


Added by Eye Candy on January 21, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

REVIEW: Dimitry Elias Léger’s debut novel, “God Loves Haiti'

Dimitry Elias Léger’s debut 'God Loves Haiti' is a riveting, insightful and witty tale that takes place in Port-au-Prince Haiti during the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. Rather than simply painting a dull and dismal picture of the events as most accounts do, Léger uses an odd love triangle between a young woman named Natasha,…


Added by Eye Candy on January 20, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The "careless" expressionism of illustrator Kiranjeet Kaur

Check out the work of British artist Kiranjeet Kaur. A celebration of Indian and Afro-Caribbean culture (and its soundtracks), Kaur's work reflects a voice that is not only distinct but unapologetically - in her words, a voice that is both "carless" and "imperfect". Inspired by the neo-expressionists and Fauvism art movement, Kaur has no desire for the representational or reality. Explore her work, below.



Added by Eye Candy on January 20, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Hollywood snubs movie depicting how US authorities contributed to the crack & cocaine epidemics, harming urban communities

At its very best journalism manifests as a friend, a catalyst for truth, knowledge and change. At its very worst journalism manifests as a foe, a fearmonger that gleefully enjoys inciting panic, anxiety and mass hysteria. Gary Webb, was a reporter that many would have categorized as the first description. Webb sought to uncover the origin of the 1980s crack epidemic and later found US involvement and a larger conspiracy that attributed to the dismantling of Black and Latino…


Added by Eye Candy on January 19, 2015 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Spike Lee releases new movie online & says "Fuck'Em" to Hollywood after 'Selma' snub

Spike Lee has released his new joint, 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' ahead of its theatrical release next month. An adaptation of the 1973 blaxploitation film 'Ganja and Hess', the film is now available to stream and buy on …


Added by Eye Candy on January 19, 2015 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

FEATURE: “Picture Books are the new hip hop!” - Children's book artist and author, Charles George Esperanza

“Picture Books are the new hip hop!” This is a realization I had come to a while ago as I began to write the manuscript for what would become my upcoming debut picture book “Red, Yellow, Blue and a dash of white too!” My name is Charles George Esperanza. I am originally from the South Bronx, NY. Based on my work, many would label me as a children’s book artist and author. But I consider myself to be the original “Visual Emcee”. You might feel referring to picture…


Added by Eye Candy on January 19, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'Black Doll Life', a web page celebrating Black dolls

"The more of their own likeness they see in the things they like, the more accepting they will be of their looks and culture" - the words of Taofick Okoya, creator of the 'Queens of Africa' dolls (currently outselling Barbie in Nigeria). In a world where Black girls and…


Added by Eye Candy on January 16, 2015 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

FEATURE: 'Minister of Self-Defense', my film project about Huey P. Newton

Hello Afropunk community, I have a film campaign at JuntoBox Films for "Minister of Self Defense", my feature film screenplay about Huey P. Newton of The Black Panther Party - the baddest motherfucker in civil rights history. Junto Box Films is Forrest Whitaker's online film production company. The project has reached Level 3 so please follow and star the campaign. You can read a scene, The Mulford Act when Huey is confronted by Representative Mulford on the Black Panther…


Added by Eye Candy on January 14, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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