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Eye Candy's Blog – February 2015 Archive (33)

POETRY: Cannibal (a Poem to White Supremacy) by Alyesha Wise

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Cannibal (a Poem to White Supremacy)

You’ve been borrowing me for so long

That I forgot to demand myself back

I found me

Sinking…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'The Untamed: A Sinner's Prayer' "dark fantasy comic book series

Take a look at comic book series 'The Untamed'. The dark fantasy series centers on a stranger given "seven days to reap seven souls and earn his way out of hell". When he meets Niobe, an orphan girl who reminds him of his daughter, he is given a conscience and source of hope. A graphic hardcover novel is on the way and you can support …

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams' graphic novel

Check out 'EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams', a graphic novel set to be released later this year - created by Nigerian born Roye Okupe (Owner/Creative Director at YouNeek Studios). Set in the year 2025, in the fictional Nigerian city of Lagoon (modeled after the Nigerian city Lagos), a young man named Wale Williams inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing and uses the suit to battle against the terror attacks of a sociopathic extremist.…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Introducing ‘AfroNOWism': Five Funky Philosophies

I was that kid at school who was always restless.‘Distracted’. ‘Boisterous’. ‘Excitable’. Just a few of the adjectives that were used to describe me in my school reports.All this much is true, as I have always had a relentless energy and over-active mind and imagination. I was, and still am a dreamer, and I know that I am not alone in these feelings. I also have an abiding passion for ideas (both my own and others). And it is this passion that has driven me, to…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

ART: The New Museum‘s '2015 Triennial: Surround Audience'

Check out some of the pieces from the New Museum's 2015 triennial, Surround Audience - the recurring New York City exhibition which is "devoted to early-career artists from around the world." Showcasing paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, installations, and performances, the exhibition is described by the museum…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Young Director Saji Gabriel Abude on doing something big while you are “little”.

My name is Saji Gabriel Abude. I am from Manhattan, NYC, currently finishing my last year in high school. Almost about a year ago I was accepted into the yearlong Tribeca Film Fellows program, for juniors and seniors in high school, in NYC. In the spring portion we examined films, spoke with filmmakers and explored our own ideas. During the summer we learned technical skills, and developed our own scripts. At first I didn’t know what to write about, it was one of those things…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2015 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Support 'Queen of Glory', a female-directed dark comedy

Last year we announced that Nana Mensah of YouTube series 'An African City' fame was writing, directing and starring in a new film called 'Queen of Glory'. Apart of the 'Black Girl Quirk' genre (pioneered by works such as Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl'), the dark comedy follows Sarah Obeng (a PhD candidate at Columbia University) who when her mother dies suddenly becomes the sole proprietor of King of Glory, a Christian bookstore in the Pelham Parkway neighborhood…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Story of The Brown Ballerina

Though my memory is a bit hazy now, I once wanted to wear a pink tutu, point shoes and make boundless magic on a stage, glowing—like so many other little girls wearing their mother’s DIY platted hairstyles. My mom put me in ballet lessons when I was 5. I stood…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The latest from visual artist Jaszmine Hawkins

Check out the latest pieces from painter Jaszmine Hawkins (known for her bold and bright colored paintings). The visual artist is getting a lot of attention at the moment with several recent exhibitions (including the Pancakes & Booze art show in Tribeca). Inspired by Steampunk culture,…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Surrealist Drawings of visual artist Rohan Clarke

Explore the work of Jamaican artist Rohan Clarke. The award winning artist, recognised for his surrealist pencil drawings, began focusing on art during a six month stint in prison and, in his own words, his body of work depicts "the artist’s story and life of most Africans living in the diaspora." Check out the imaginative drawings below.…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 23, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: AFROPUNK presents 'The Triptych' will be screened at Sonos Studios, Los Angeles Feb. 25th

'The Triptych' recently aired on public television and now the series of short films will be screening in Los Angeles at Sonos Studios this Wednesday (02/25). Produced by Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper of AFROPUNK and directed by Terence Nance and Barron Claiborne the films immerse AFROPUNK in the world of fine art through 3 of today's most celebrated visual artists: Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne. Find the details for the screening below…
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Added by Eye Candy on February 20, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Crowned Afropunks of the Queen City - Artist John Hairston Jr

An underground visual arts scene has been bubbling in a land where bank controlled skyscrapers rule the clouds, where NASCAR rules as the King sport, and the new city marketing campaign has been tasked to attract more corporate headquarters to add to the Chamber of Commerce Fortune 500 roster. Charlotte, NC, affectionately known to its residents as the Queen City, has been working to find the Formula One way to speed to the top of the metropolitan checklist for…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 18, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The "Afro Girls" - the work of Illustrator and Street Artist Eddaviel

Check out the work of Dominican visual artist Edison Montero aka Eddaviel (known for his signature "Afro Girls"). Montero graduated from the School of Arts of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and heads comic book and illustrations company Moro Studio. With both his large and smaller scale works, the illustrator/muralist centers his work on celebrating women - and their voluminous fros. Explore his work, below!…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 18, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "Humans Of Chicago" Photo Project Captures Creative Humans

The "Humans Of Chicago" photo project captures creative people in Chicago. Photographer Diontae Davis, aka Westworkd told us: "I want my audience to see the Gods and Goddesses in themselves when they view my images. I want them to understand that they come from a long righteous line of very crucial colored folk."

Check out some of the images below.

More about the photographer …

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Added by Eye Candy on February 17, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Support the New Negress Film Society

The New Negress Film Society - a collective of black genderqueer and women filmmakers - are currently funding for three of their key 2015 events/projects. Consisting of members Ja'Tovia Gary, Wendy James, Nevline Nnaji, Dyani Douze, and Frances Bodomo, New Negress focuses on creating "community and spaces for exhibition,…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 16, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: New Brooklyn Webseries 'New Heights' Explores Gentrification

Check out new webseries 'New Heights'. The series - now selected to screen next month at the 2015 Black Women Film Network Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia - explores the complexities of gentrification and race through the perspective of  a young mixed race actress, Elle (pictured above), who moves to Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Actress Jenna Bosco who plays Elle (also the show's creator) stated in a recent …

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Added by Eye Candy on February 16, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: African Literary Culture will be the Focus of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival

This year’s PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, held in NYC from May 4-10, 2015, is set to highlight contemporary literary cultures across the African continent. Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will co-curate the Festival with Festival Director László…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 13, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: South African Superheroes - 'Kwezi', the new comic book from artist Loyiso Mkize

Check out 'Kwezi', the new comic book series which is getting rave reviews over in South Africa and and now world wide. Created by acclaimed artist Loyiso Mkize, the series is centered on 19 year old Kwezi, a typical South African youngster - immersed in popular youth culture - who…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 13, 2015 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

FEATURE: Sci-fi meets Folklore - The work of visual artist Paul Lewin

Check out the surreal work of Californian artist Paul Lewin. The artist (who was born in Jamaica and moved to the US as a child) is recognised for his fusion of science-fiction and  Afro-Caribbean folklore - most of his work featuring ancient masks, tribal motifs, and queenly Black women. Lewin states that he likes to "mix traditional Caribbean and African motifs with surreal…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 13, 2015 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

FEATURE: 'Legend of the Mantamaji' comic book giveaway

To mark the launch of the third book in the 'Legend of the Mantamaji' series (created by TV director Eric Dean Seaton), the Legend of the Mantamji crew are teaming up with AFROPUNK to host a giveaway! Two winners will be selected with the Grand Prize winner receiving an autographed set of…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 11, 2015 at 11:30am — 18 Comments

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