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Eye Candy's Blog – June 2015 Archive (46)

FEATURE: 'Kolizyon' - the latest exhibition from Martinican photographer Rio le Château

Check out these captivating images from France-based photographer Rio le Château's latest exhibition, 'Kolizyon' (translation: 'Collision'). Explore below and CLICK HERE  to take a virtual visit of the Martinican artist's entire exhibit. The series of work is described by his camp as a "Whimsical, macabre, exotic, colourful, social,…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Rediscovering The Scientist' - Filmmaker Lydia Marie Hicks Animated Documentary On The "Repressed Histories" Of Science

Explore 'Rediscovering The Scientist' - filmmaker Lydia Marie Hicks' in-progress animated documentary on race and the history of science. Talking to us about the experimental project (now in its 10th year), Hicks tells us: "Portraits of repressed histories of science are woven together as a former scientist looks for herself within science's foundations. This is a film that helps to validate and empower black and brown experiences by highlighting the margins of…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Grace Jones Shares Cover Of Her Upcoming Memoir - Titled, 'I’ll Never Write My Memoirs'

Check out the cover of Grace Jones upcoming memoir - aptly tiled 'I’ll Never Write My Memoirs'. In regards to the much anticipated memoir (released Sept. 29 via Gallery Books), Jones says: "I wrote a song called 'Art Groupie'. First line said "I'll never write my memoirs" - that was a long time…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Wanted BW - Documenting The Cool Kids In Botswana

Check out The Wanted BW, a freelance photography agency from Botswana (Africa). With a focus on fashion and personal style, the group are helping to document the cool kids and street style of their country; and to give a spotlight to a side of Southern Africa that many rarely see in the mainstream  media. See some of their images below.

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Added by Eye Candy on June 29, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - Top Hat and Tattoos

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is titled, 'Top Hat and Tattoos'. Nickels tells us: "It's a girl with a really cool outfit. My storytelling part of this painting are the details in her tattoos; Taino sign for sun, black power poster and poem called " Y tu abuela donde esta?" Which means and your grandmother where is she. I learned this when I was a little girl and…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 29, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Hilarious and Frank Vlogging of YouTuber Hartbeat

Check out musician and comedian Hart, a queer YouTuber who has been making big waves on the video platform with her hilarious sketches and outspoken vlogging. Hart (who started making videos at the end of 2009 and has become a voice for the LGBTQ community) says, "Something that brightens my day is the laughter of others...and Rainbows. My biggest goal for my YouTube channel is to explore the meme of my talent for making others laugh and enjoying life." Check out…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Honesty Through Art - Brooklyn Painter Genesis Tramaine

She held out her hand for a respectful embrace and was taken aback by the response she received. Fulfilling her duties as an educator, Ms. Fredericks opened up her classroom to the parents of the elementary school students in which she taught mathematics and art with a humble spirit. In an effort to not offend but to seek further understanding, Ms. Fredericks inquired as to why this beautiful Muslim woman dressed head to toe in her religious garb - who…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 26, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Talking Bodies', The Stunning Photo Series From Fashionable Demand

Check out the latest photo series from Milwaukee-based styling collective Fashionable Demand - titled, 'Talking Bodies'. In regards to inspiration, creative director Michael Ja’Ameer tells us: "The inspiration for 'Talking Bodies' came from the Lauryn Hill…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Token Empire' - A New Web Series About Racial Identity And Music In New Orleans

Take a look at the teaser for upcoming webseries 'Token Empire'. The web series, created by Lizzie Ford-Madrid and Darren O’Brien, centers on a dysfunctional rock band in New Orleans; and is described by its co-creators as a funny and heartbreaking examination of  "six characters going against the grain of what’s expected from their race, gender, or class [...] dealing with real issues - substance abuse, mental health, love and loss - frankly and without cliché."…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Sunday Kinfolk & Theatre Roscius' Soul-stirring Short Films - 'Dear Nina' + 'Black Like Her'

Check out these two experimental short films from Sunday Kinfolk & Theatre Roscius, the first two of their triptych series - 'Dear Nina' and 'Black Like Her'. Both films (directed by Renata Cherlise) feature performance artist Constance Strickland (pictured), who - as the film's camp states - draws us "into her world filled with a myriad of unresolved emotions." Watch the captivating shorts below and read more about the project …

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Added by Eye Candy on June 23, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Miles Morales Is Officially The New Spider-Man, Replacing Peter Parker

It's been announced that Miles Morales will officially replace Peter Parker to become the next primary Spider-Man, making him the first black character to be Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics universe. Morales, the son of an African-American father and Puerto Rican mother, has been featured as a version of Spider-Man for the past four years in Marvel's 'Ultimate' offshoot. Brian Bendis, the co-creator of the character, …

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Added by Eye Candy on June 23, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - Eartha Kitt

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is called 'Eartha Kitt' - a badass tribute to the iconic performer and activist. Check it out below! 

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Added by Eye Candy on June 22, 2015 at 10:56am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Paintings of Brooklyn Based Visual Artist Ntangou Badila

Take a look at the vibrant creations of Brooklyn based artist Ntangou Badila. Through her work, Badila celebrates womanhood, african adornment, and creative sheroes. She tells us: "It is very important for our people to touch base with their culture even though for most it's so removed".  Explore her paintings below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 22, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Dallas photographer Nicolas Harris unearths the journeys of North Texas creatives at ‘Emergence’ exhibition

On June 11, Dallas photographer Nicolas Harris debuted an exhibition that further connected the art scene in North Texas. Though this was his first exhibition, it was hardly about focusing on his talent. This photo exhibition was about celebrating the long journeys that 26 creatives have been on…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 22, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Black Life Through A Black Lens - Young Photographers Taking Control Of Their Images And Their Careers

We will take one trillion photos this year. DSLRs will hang from the necks of professionals and novices alike, a gateway drug to more lenses, more accessories. Our camera phones will continue to convince us a masterpiece is a filter away. Image making has become a part of our daily…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 22, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Live Your Life Don't Sell Your Soul - Guadeloupean Visual Artist Anais Verspan Talks About Her Art

Meet Anais Verspan, a 35 year-old visual artist from Guadeloupe (French West Indies). She may be from a small island, but Anais possesses a deep soul and she is constantly looking for balance and self-fulfillment.

By Debbie Jonas, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Eye Candy on June 19, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Representation Matters! - Photographer Austin Willis' "Natural Melanin" Project

My name is Austin Willis. I'm a visual artist from Hayward, CA. I choose to express my message through fine art and portrait photography. I went to college for graphic design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco before leaving because of personal reasons to pursue my dream full-time. After leaving school my passion for visuals arts grow deeper as I submerged myself into becoming a student of the craft and build a portfolio that is visually compelling…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 19, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Tamara W.' - Photographer Marko Vuorinen's New Documentary About Transgender Woman

Take a look at the trailer for new documentary 'Tamara W'. A film centered on transgender woman Tamara Williams, and described by its director as "an honest, stripped-down, and highly visual look into the world of voguing, escort business, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and being a transgender girl". The film, which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at Portland Film Festival 2014, is documentary photographer Marko Vuorinen's debut film. Watch the trailer below and…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 18, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Capturing Beautiful Moments - Canadian Visual Artist Kendal Blake

Explore the work of Canadian illustrator and painter Kendal Blake. Blake, whose work is primarily focused on black subjects, tells us: "Through my work I try to capture beautiful moments. Lately my work my work has steered in the direction of only black subjects. I feel that it's because my work is becoming more and more personal it's starting to become a reflection of my beliefs." She adds: "I find a lot of inspiration for my art work from images of black women and…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 18, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: AFROPUNKS of the Carolinas - Explore Commentary Visual Art by Antoine Williams

Antoine Williams’ art is doing exactly what he created it to do. He creates it to send a message that begs viewers to question. Question the status quo, question societal ideals, and even question the artist. Williams honed his skills as a visual creative through the UNC higher education system with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from UNC Charlotte and a Masters in Fine Arts from UNC Chapel Hill.

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Added by Eye Candy on June 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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