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Eye Candy's Blog – March 2016 Archive (76)

FEATURE: Photographer Wagner Alvz expresses message of queer black youth acceptance in series “Le Twins”

In his photo series “Le Twins” Brazilian photographer Wagner Alvz captures the wicked aesthetic of models Slim Soledad and Mateos Vilarrue. Inspired by the violent and phobic rhetoric towards and misunderstanding of queer black identities, Alvz uses the series as a means of empower through representation and the promotion of acceptance and love. Soledad and…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out the impressive editorial and beauty photography of Toronto-based Wade Hudson

Wade Hudson is a super-talented photographer who was born and raised in Jamaica and now resides in Toronto. The artist shoots seemingly effortless beauty and editorial photography, causing his work to appear both glamorous and somehow accessible. Hudson has a pretty impressive client list which includes Def Jam Islands Recordings, New Balance, The Body Shop, Samsung, and more. Check out some of our favorite photos down below and catch him on Instagram.…



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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2016 at 1:22pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Art Hoe Collective celebrates writer Helen Oyeyemi & favorite new art pieces for Women’s History Month

“I sometimes get asked: "How come the men in your stories don't have such strong characters?" And I'm like: "I don't care." I just want to find out about all the different lives a woman can live” - Helen Oyeyemi



As International Women’s Month comes to a close, the struggle as an African American woman to find yourself represented in art and literature in a way that doesn’t cater to the age old tropes remains. It is hard to see ourselves forced into the…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 30, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out the natural hair textured lovelies featured by Brazilian photographer Chico Ramalho

Check out the natural (and vibrantly colored) hair textured lovelies featured by Chico Ramalho, a Brazilian editorial and lifestyle photographer. Ramalho often place his ‘natural’ models in scenic environments, juxtaposing human beauty against the beauty of the natural world. You can follow him and is work on Facebook and…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 30, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Loïs Mailou Jones: Inside & Outside of The Harlem Renaissance

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Dauntless shapes spreading through its own choices, evidence of brush strokes from the tip of an artist's brush reconstructing into an instrument for advancing a mentality to forward its uniqueness with a requirement that aims to claiming & owning a freedom, proliferating paintings with peace to a dimension called works of Art. This is how I visually feel when I place my eyes into the paintings of Loïs Mailou Jones (November 3rd, 1905-June…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Letícia Rodrigues and photographer Thássio Dias collaborate on carefree empowerment series

Letícia Rodrigues and photographer Thássio Dias collaborate for sunny, carefree photo series about empowerment and showcasing beauty where society tells us there is none. "It’s a statement about feminist empowerment, and against racism and fatphobia," says Dias.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…





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Added by Eye Candy on March 29, 2016 at 10:06am — No Comments

FEATURE: Denver-based visual artist I am detour paints lively abstract portraits of legendary creatives

I am Detour is the creative brand of Thomas Evans, a multi-talented artist based in Denver. Evans’ main artistic focuses are currently photography and painting. As a painter, he mainly does murals and portraits (and usually a combination of the two) of legendary figures of the arts and sciences. His abstract portraits are characterized by his, seemingly,…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2016 at 2:51pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Model Mahany Pery radiates in Valen SS16 campaign, shot by Pedro Bucher

Check out this gorgeous editorial featuring model Mahany Pery in a SS16 campaign for Valen, shot by Rio de Janeiro-based photographer Pedro Bucher. Gaze upon her loveliness down below.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…







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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: My Multimedia Dinner Series To Explore Blackness in America - Part 2

i’m launching a new dinner series to explore, more explicitly, themes that are politically relevant. because dining spaces have more to say than what is served on their plates.



my current dinner series explores blackness in america through conversations about ideas such as colorism, black excellence, structural racism— over nigerian food. …



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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2016 at 12:40pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Meet the Caribbean nation-inspired heroines and heroes of Albert Pierre’s Super Dominica universe

Super Dominica™ aka The Waitukubuli Warrior is a comic series by Sean Francis, Albert Pierre, and Daniel Pond about a Kalinago super-heroine of the same name. Super Dominica, naturally, possess supernatural abilities which are related to natural resources of the island of Dominica. The Super Dominica universe also includes the in-development series…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: West Coast-based photographer Mercy D. showcases black diversity

Mercy D. (of Merciful Photography) is a West Coast-based fashion, celebrity, and editorial photographer. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Mercy was attracted to the arts from a young age. By 2010, she was shooting up and down the coast as a professional photographer. More recently, Mercy has taken up another business as a bow tie designer, when she's…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Sister-founded tee shirt brand Zoe Love Designs makes funky and vibrant black art apparel

Zoe Love Design in a bohemian-inspired tee shirt line the caters to the black femmes with a love of culture, art, and vibrant design. ZLD was founded by sisters Sharlene and Michelle who got the idea after being unable to find clothing that they felt represented them as Afro-Bohemians who don’t identify with a lot of the mainstream apparel that is available. Aesthetically, ZLD draws from West African and Caribbean…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2016 at 4:38pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Mateus Aquino glorifies curly and textured hair in “Prévia” portrait series

"Prévia" is a portrait series by Brazilian photographer Mateus Aquino. In this series,the photographer explores the nature and beauty of curly, coily hair textures. Alongside a tradition portrait, Aquino photographs the model’s hair close-up, as if take its portrait, too. "The editorial seeks to glorify curly hair and to empower…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits."…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

FEATURE: Activist and creative Amandla Stenberg set to star in Black Lives Matter-inspired film "The Hate U Give"

Activist and creative Amandla Stenberg is set to star in the film "The Hate U Give", an adaptation of Angela Thomas' debut YA novel of the same title that was inspired by the recent events surrounding the Black Lives Matters movement. The novel follows a 16-year-old girl, Starr who, after growing up in a poverty- stricken slum, now attends an elite…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2016 at 10:02am — No Comments

FEATURE: See Johannesburg-based graphic designer and illustrator Emmanuel Mdlalose‘s surrealist portraits

Emmanuel Mdlalose is a freelance graphic designer, web designer and illustrator from Johannesburg. He works under the name of his creative brand, Cumilous Cloud, which provides all sorts of personal branding services, from web site design to identity. Mdlalose accepts commissions for illustrations and concept art, too. Scroll below to see a few of his portraits and ‘like’ Culilous Cloud on…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 24, 2016 at 5:32pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out some work from Johannesburg-based Afropolitan photographer Botswele Mogotlane

Check out some work from Johannesburg-based Afropolitan photographer Botswele Mogotlane. In the series, which was shot on location in Soweto, South Africa, Mogotlane combines two of his favorite things: nature and natural hair. "There's something about nappy hair and green fields that delights my heart," he tells AFROPUNK.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…







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Added by Eye Candy on March 24, 2016 at 2:28pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out the "Rude" editorial, a conceptual interpretation of early punk culture by Brazilian photographer MAVI

"Rude" is an editorial series by Brazilian photographer Maria Victória (aka MAVI). Inspired by the early days of punk culture. Conceptual, MAVI approached this project from a contemporary urban context. ""RUDE" is a photography series that intends to expound the punk rock urban scenery, in a contemporary way, using the black man as protagonist of this visual movement of conduct that make recall us the 70's/80's," says the artist.…



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Added by Eye Candy on March 24, 2016 at 12:52pm — No Comments

FEATURE: NYC-based photographer Goblin talks trusting your struggle and paying it forward as a professional artist

“My words created images and I wanted my images to create words”.



Nancy Hernandez is my given name; Goblin is what I go by. I am a twenty-year-old college dropout. I attended BMCC for a year and a half, majored in liberal arts but was lost and unhappy at the time. Photography and writing are my first loves. Writing comes easier for me, both emotionally and logistically. It requires no money at all just a girl, a pen, paper, and unexpressed emotions. After…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 24, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out the "Multiplicite" series by photographer Kareem Quow featuring model Yugge Farrell

"Multiplicite" is a fashion editorial by photographer Kareem Quow featuring model Yugge Farrell. Born in Brooklyn and currently based in Atlanta, Quow has been commissioned to work all over the world from L.A. to Paris to China and Indonesia. His style is heavily influenced by his perspective as an architect and a poet. Take a look at the editorial…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 23, 2016 at 2:15pm — No Comments

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