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Eye Candy's Blog – February 2017 Archive (59)

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.



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Added by Eye Candy on February 28, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Photo series tackles the psychological trauma inflicted on Black men by white supremacy

‘Abolished’ is a photography project by artist Ejatu Shaw that examines the ways in which black men cope with the psychological trauma they experience from living in a predominately white society that frequently sees the mistreatment of people of color. Shaw theorizes that when many black men have trouble processing these traumatic images of racism and violence, they turn inward and self-isolate, instead of seeking help or talking to people close to them about what they’re…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 28, 2017 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Thomas Jefferson raped Sally Hemings: she wasn't his "mistress"

The definition of a relationship according to Webster’s Dictionary is, “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.” In simpler terms, it’s the primary way in which two things relate to one another. Many have romanticized how Thomas Jefferson related to Sally Hemings, using words like “mistress” or “affair” to describe their relationship. This is inaccurate and erases the violence of this power dynamic. Sally…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 28, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Black-owned dapper shoe brand Uptown Yardie has the flyest footwear around

Need to up your shoe game? Look no further than Uptown Yardie, the Black-owned dapper shoe brand supplying all of your dandy needs. The British cobbler has its roots in Jamaican culture, with the name of the brand inspired by a Bob Marley quotation 'me ah bring downtown uptown.' The meaning behind the phrase is “bring the man dem from the ghetto to where he was living uptown at the time, and the original uptown yardie is someone who comes from the more affluent parts of…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 28, 2017 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Nate Parker is held accountable but Casey Affleck gets a pass?

Nate Parker’s fall from grace was swift and decisive. The 37 year old actor, producer and director was all but a shoe-in to run the table this awards season with his film Birth of a Nation, but a decades-old sexual assault charge came back to haunt him at arguably the most inopportune time of his life. Since then, Birth of a Nation and Nate Parker have gone silent, little discussion surrounded them til the Oscars this week. Why? Because Casey Affleck, the younger brother of…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2017 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Cosplay photo series ‘Dope Queens of Black History’ celebrates Black women’s achievements

What’s better than cosplay? Nothing. Nothing is better than cosplay, but some of the best cosplay is educational and celebrates the accomplishments of Black women. Enter ‘Dope Queens of Black History,’ twin sisters AlysshaRose and Stephanie Kara Black history month project remaking historic photos of the badass Black women who have made their contributions to the history books. From Bessie Coleman the first Black female pilot, to Ann Lowe one of the first Black fashion…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Viola Davis gives the best damn acceptance speeches

Many people would probably opt for Morgan Freeman to narrate their life, but I think Viola Davis’ voice would lend itself better to the scores of Black women she speaks for, especially in her acceptance speeches. Most follow a dry, weathered script for acceptance speeches: they thank god, their families, and whatever body is honoring them, followed by a couple of empty phrases, but never for Viola. Every time she steps up to the stage, and lately that has been often, the…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' leads weekend box office, grossing $30.5 million

Black filmmakers are winning in more ways than one as of late. While news of ‘Moonlight’ getting Best Picture at the Oscars was mired in controversy of the announcement brought, the numbers from Jordan Peele’s horror film ‘Get Out’ are speaking for themselves. Leading this weekend in the box office with $30.5 million dollars, ‘Get Out’ is getting moviegoers off the couch and into the theater in a way that hasn’t been seen since another Black film, ‘Hidden Figures.’ With an…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2017 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

'Moonlight' can't be denied: even white Hollywood had to (reluctantly) agree

In the history of the Oscars, there has never been a Black film--a film whose director and cast are Black and storyline centers Blackness--to win Best Picture. And last night, we thought that that trend would hold true, that another mediocre movie about whitewashed jazz in Los Angeles would win, and that was what happened, but only for a moment. Last night, the producers of the Oscars made a huge blunder, giving Warren Beatty the wrong envelope to read from during the awards,… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2017 at 9:48am — No Comments

New documentary short explores the complexities of the black gay experience

c r e a t i n g s p a c e is the new documentary project by htx people project creator B. Lauren and creative partner Morganne Nikole. This visual project explores the intersections of black identities through the voice of six… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

16-year-old illustrator Cerena Robertson’s work is brilliant beyond her years

At 16, the coolest thing most teens learn how to do is drive, but 16-year old Cerena Robertson taught herself to make magic on paper. The young illustrator is creating quite a name for herself on Instagram and the internet with her stylized depictions of Black women in her work. The attention to detail, knowledge of melanin and its many wonders, the celebration of Black girl magic--all of it is present in this young woman’s amazing pieces. Check out the illustrations below…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2017 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Photo series pays tribute to Afro-Latinas for Black History Month

Black women of Latina heritage have made countless contributions to Black art, music, politics, academia and every other area of our society. Photographer Linda Nieves-Powell, a New York-based photographer, writer and director began documenting iconic Latinas last fall and the tribute culminated in a digital unveiling via her website on February 15th. In an interview with Huffington Post, Nieves-Powell said, “I feel that it is very important to continue to highlight our…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2017 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

12-year-old literacy advocate Marley Dias is publishing an activism guide for children and teens

12-year-old literary advocate and activist Marley Dias is publishing an activism guide for kids and teens, as announced by Scholastic. Dais, who is known for the #1000BlackGirlBooks after growing tired of reading books about “white boys and dogs”, expressed…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 23, 2017 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Ugandan-born, Nairobi-based photographer Sarah Waiswa captures the contemporary faces of Africa

We’re loving the work of Ugandan-born, Nairobi-based photographer Sarah Waiswa. Waiswa is a documentary and portrait photog whose work centers around identity, specifically the ‘New African Identity’, which is the contemporary faces and places of the continent. Waiswa, who describes herself as The Afrohemian Nomad, use photography to highlight the local, and refreshing, images of beauty seen all across Africa. Below are some of our favorite of Waiswa’s portraits,…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 23, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Photo series: Black women giving zero fucks about police intimidation

Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry is just as prolific on the Twittersphere as he is on the big screen. In a tweet series that went viral, Cherry decided to celebrate “Black women unbothered by the police: A Photo Series” for Black History Month. The photos show badass women standing up to police in ways most of us couldn’t imagine. From women being arrested by SWAT, to pushing a bayonet out of the way, it seems that law enforcement is clearly no match for the fearlessness of a…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 23, 2017 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Chicago teen Lazarus’ life is about to be forever changed in chapter 2 of our ‘Zulu’ webcomic

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.



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Added by Eye Candy on February 21, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Queer and transgender men of color in New York City share their experiences in documentary web series

Check out SLAYTV’s documentary series, Other Boys NYC, which explores the wide-range of experiences had by 50 queer and trans men of color living in the city. In each episode, one of the part participates chronicles their coming out stories and transitions, their relationships with the people around them, and most importantly with themselves. Watch a couple of the first episodes, down below, and follow the…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 21, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments

Non-diverse films won't be eligible for the BAFTA Awards starting in 2019



Hold on to your hats, it’s about to get diverse! The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that works that aren’t inclusive in their production practices will no longer be eligible for the highest of the honors: Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer awards. The BAFTAs are regarded as the UK equivalent of the Oscars, so for the biggest award show in the country to be taking a stand for inclusion and… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 21, 2017 at 11:24am — No Comments

Brazilian creative duo MAR+VIN wows with debut editorial ‘ISIS MARIA’

MAR+VIN are a Brazillian creative duo debuting their first official project, ‘ISIS MARIA’. The photo series is a tribute to the Egyptian goddess Isis, goddess of fertility and motherhood, and mothers throughout history. The beautiful editorial captures ethereal femininity, regality and beauty styled by Suyane Ynaya using clothing by Elizabeth-Magalhaesand worn by model Loo Ana Nascimento.…



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Added by Eye Candy on February 20, 2017 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Pro-black billboard campaign aims to dismantle narrow representations of beauty

It never occurred to me that I had a choice. I endured the pain of a chemical relaxer every 4 weeks to get my natural afro hair straightened. Mine was four weeks as against the recommended 6 – 8 weeks because my hair wouldn’t ‘take’ to the relaxer. It didn’t matter that I had sores on my scalp as a result, or that the pain was like putting acid on my skin, or that I got my earlobes burnt every single time despite the thick layer of Vaseline.



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Added by Eye Candy on February 20, 2017 at 2:22pm — No Comments

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