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Eye Candy's Blog – July 2016 Archive (37)

FEATURE: 'Outcast Forever' the much anticipated motorcycle documentary finally released on demand

An Outlaw Films production, the much awaited documentary 'Outcast Forever' has finally come out on demand. First featured on AFROPUNK in 2011, the then work in progress follows the Outcast Motorcycle Club: the oldest all-black motorcycle club in…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Atlanta-based photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden explores black masculinity, colorism, and identity with powerful projects

Joshua Rashaad McFadden, an Atlanta-based photographer and SCAD graduate. Currently, Joshua’s work centers around the concept of intersectional black identities and the ways in which society interprets and treats them. With his ‘Come to Selfhood’ series, available in book form, McFadden explores what black masculinity by juxtaposing contemporary…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Tatu Garcia and collagist Lola Dupre collaborate to produce new beautifully edgy series 'Hedonismo'

When two artists combine to create one piece, the outcome is- most often than not- some of the most creatively constructed and intriguing works. 'Hedonismo', for REMIX Magazine- the most recent collaboration of photographer Tatu Garcia and collagist Lola Dupre lives…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Chicago-based photographer Lawrence Agyei builds brand with organic portraits

Today’s RAD CREATIVE shout out goes to Chicago-based photographer Lawrence Agyei. Rooted in editorial and portraiture, Agyei’s work is recognizable for its cool toned palettes and non-traditional staging that tends to position subjects turned slight away from the lens, creating images that appear more organic in a way that captures the essence of a subject in-the-moment. Check out some of our favorite shots from Agyei down below.…



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Added by Eye Candy on July 28, 2016 at 11:34am — No Comments

FEATURE: New editorial 'BLURED' from Jon Leão shares the beauty of contrast and detail

São Paulo- based photographer Jon Leão shares his most recent editorial project 'BLURED' and offers a beautiful perspective of light and contrast. Utilizing the blooming curls of his model (photographer and friend) Kamila Oliveira, Leão is able to amplify the beauty of the afro, while simultaneously highlighting the prominent hues of the piece. With obvious purpose, the model is place in the center of…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 27, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Prague-based artist and dancer Kristián Mensa shares lighthearted, mixed-media illustrations

Kristián Mensa is a Prague-based artist and illustrator and dancer. The multi-talented creative publishes work under the banner of World by Kriss where Mensa uses commonplace items to create humorous, mixed-media illustrations. These playful illustrations poke fun at everything from pop culture to politics to the plain silly. When he’s not drawing, Mensa flexes his creative muscle through breakdancing. See him bust a move at a London dance contest, down below.…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 27, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

(H)Afrocentric: The Comic - Activist Naima demonstrates the importance (and frustration) of nuance in cheeky strip

This is our third installment of Juliana "Jewels" Smith's (H)Afrocentric: The Comic. Written by Smith with art by Ronald Nelson, the on-going series follows radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper. In this particular strip speaks to the discomfort of allyship from an 'Oppressed' position. Incorporating the realities of modern black culture and stereotype, Naima comically insinuates the frustrations of protest and representation- all with a smile on her face. This comic in…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: New film Afro Punk Girl tests the barriers of race and gender leaving audiences reflectively engrossed

Britain- based filmmakers Annetta Laufer and Shobu Kapoor are raising the bar with their new short film "Afro Punk Girl". Starring actress Danielle Vitalis and Larrington Walker, the Sci Fi film takes place in a dystopian, apocalyptic England, where "everyone has become migrants and are trying to escape to the 'New World.'" The team originally viewed their concept as futuristically out of this world, yet after Brexit and it's eminent repercussions, the idea is not as…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 26, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Malaville by Mala Bryan doll company Toys sets new standard for black beauty and positive representation for brown girls everywhere

Mala Bryan, South African model and creator of Malaville Toys, is revolutionizing beauty standards with her beautiful- and exclusively- black dolls. While providing a fresh platform for black worth, Bryan continuously offers little brown girls a reflection of their beauty- being all too scarce in modern toys. Of course, there is no progression without resistance, and Malaville has been targeted or 'called out' by costumers for one doll in particular: the darkest…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Six-part afrofuturist superhero webseries “Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha” gets July 31 premiere date

Set in the superhero universe of ‘Rise of the Orisha’, “Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha” is a six-part series created by Nosa Igbinedion that follows neurotic junior doctor Amina whose life spirals downward after the accident death of a politician’s son, in her custody. Soon after, Amina is possessed by the water goddess Yemoja. Faced with both predicaments, Amina must fight to clear her name and salvage her sanity before it’s too late. The afrofuturistic series borrows from the…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 26, 2016 at 11:56am — No Comments

FEATURE: Artists flex their skills in 17-year-old Autumn Massaquo’s #StyleChallenge

Okay, but who doesn’t love a viral trend that shows off black excellence? The #StyleChallenge hashtag, created by 17-year-old Autumn Massaquo, a student from London. After her version of the challenge, where the artist sketched stylisticlly different versions of cartoon illustration next to her own, went viral, it didn’t take long for others to…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 26, 2016 at 10:39am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Meet the composer behind your favorite cartoons: Sebastian Evans

What makes our favorite animated series so great? While many nerds will tell you it’s the artistic style, the relatable dialogue, or the engaging stories that cement shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ben 10: Omniverse, or Transformers: Animated as cartoon classics, these titles also have one other very important thing in common. Meet Sebastian Evans, one of the few Black composers in this field whose superpower is moving you to tears, sending shivers down your spine,…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cast of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ make first appearance at Comic Con

The main cast of the best Marvel movie ever made their first appearance together at Comic Con this past weekend, much to the internet’s delight. Joining Chadwick Boseman (as T'Challa / a.k.a. Black Panther) is Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia—body guard-turned-possible-love-interest from a rival village), Micheal B. Jordan (as villain Erik Killmonger), and Danai Gurira (as friend of Nakia). The film is being written and directed by Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler and is slated for…

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

OP-ED: Writing Mali Into Light: photographer Seydou Keïta’s celebration of the black body on exhibition at Paris’ Grand Palais

These days I am often thinking about the Black body. I am thinking about Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the way this list of bodies will be longer by the time I'm done writing this. I am thinking about the camera and what it takes to make you see. I am thinking about the camera and what it means to look, what it means to attend to history, what it means to attend to violence you cannot stop, what it means to attend to violence the Black body has lived through…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Art Hoe Collective: self care in the black community in the midst of all this anti-black violence

Who mourns every day for strangers as if their own brother was killed? Who lives in constant fear for loved ones, strangers and for themselves? Who tenses and prepares for the worst every time they hear the words “did you hear about…”? The black community.



The pain that we, as a community, feel with each black person murdered isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination. Racism, manifesting in various ways, has been a truth that we’ve had to live with for…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 22, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Meet Jay Walton, Chicago-based illustrator using his art to empower, excite, and influence

In times such as these, it is important for our artists to also be our activists. For Chicago-based artist Jay Walton, activism comes in the form of cultural empowerment and influence. Illustrating primarily black pop culture references, his nostalgic imagery elicits a feel-good reminiscence and a sense of pride. As he transfers his drawings onto clothing (shoes & hats), customers are then…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: My journey as an indie young Black female sci-fi filmmaker

Some of the films I love include, The Green Mile, Equilibrium, The Matrix, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Photographing Fairies and TV series, In The Flesh.

These films are very different in their own right. However, what has always inspired me with the intelligent, Fantasy/Sci­fi/Horror genre, is the use of current/past issues within society and creating a brand new environment/setting to tell the story. It’s akin to the grotesque in fairy tales,…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 21, 2016 at 1:11pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Photo-documentarian Brittani Sensabaugh captures forgotten communities with powerful 222Forgottencities project

Today’s RAD CREATIVE is Oakland-raised, NYC-based photographer and documentarian Brittani Sensabaugh. Sensabaugh’s unique documentary-style of photography and *222Forgottencities* project that documents, rather than depicts. That authentically captures the look, feel, and history of communities that have had little true life representation. “My Overall Mission is to Document Communities that have been forgotten and people who feel they have no voice. I Shoot to bring…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 20, 2016 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Black feminist Naima comically demonstrates the modern day ironies of activism in this weeks (H)Afrocentric: The Comic



This is our third installment of Juliana "Jewels" Smith's (H)Afrocentric: The Comic. Written by Smith with art by Ronald Nelson, the on-going series follows radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper. In this particular strip speaks to the discomfort of allyship from an…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 18, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Meshell Ndegeocello joins forces with Ava DuVernay as composer for DuVernay's new series 'Queen Sugar'

In wake of it's pilot release at the Essence Music Festival earlier this month, 'Queen Sugar'- the new dramatic series from Ava DuVernay and Oprah- has been gathering national attention. It's most recent spark though, has been in response to DuVernay's excited announcement of the show's composer: Meshell Ndegeocello. The critically acclaimed and 10-time Grammy nominated musician is the cherry on top of this black female- driven production. 'Queen Sugar' is set to…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 18, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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