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Eye Candy's Blog – August 2016 Archive (57)

Dynamic sibling duo Willow and Jaden Smith go post-apocalyptic-chic for Interview Magazine’s September issue

Dressed in all black perfection, Willow and Jaden grace the cover of Interview Magazine’s September issue. The magnificent spread, shot by Steven Klein, captures the multi-talented youngsters doing what they do best—being themselves—everything from the defiantly perched peacock locs, unshakeable air of self-confidence, and that trademark quiet coolness that seems to follow them everywhere. The editorial is accompanied by an interview with Pharrell Williams, to boot. Check…

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

L.A.-based photographer Celeste Talbott-Rivera visualizes lavender-toned intergalactic badassery in ‘Afro futurism’ editorial

L.A.-based photographer Celeste Talbott-Rivera visualizes lavender-toned intergalactic badassery in ‘Afro futurism’ editorial. The futurist-themed project features model (and Celeste’s mother!) Ladawn Talbott, who is decked out in chrome-like, warrior-esque costume and gorgeous white-violet braids by Gloria Diggs. Check out the fun cosplay shoot below.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…



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

‘Skank’ comic book co-creator Bobby Joseph returns with black cop graphic novel project ‘Scotland Yardie’

Best known for his cult publication, Britain’s first satirical black culture comic book ‘Skank’, Bobby Joseph has recently collaborated with illustrator Joseph Samuels for a new graphic novel project called ‘Scotland Yardie’. The project follows an aggressive, drug-abusing, “Jamacian-styled” cop, out in the streets, doing whatever it takes to enforce his screwed up sense of justice. ‘Scotland Yardie’ comes out Oct. 6 via Knockabout Comics, and you can pre-order it…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 29, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Dominican artist and Moro Studio co-founder Welinthon Nommo makes waves with colorful character illustrations

Welinthon Nommo is a Barahona-based Dominican artist and illustrator. Nommo is an alumni of the Graduate School of Arts of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, co-founder of a sequential art and illustrations company called MORO STUDIO, and has worked as an illustrator and colorist for Susaeta publishing art director at the Izone-Education. The award-winning artists creates everything from sumptuous landscapes and scenarios to quirky character illustrations that are…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 29, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Florisval Neto beautifully emphasizes the necessity of nature in latest series 'Ohun Adayeba'

In times of cultural strife, it is wise and rejuvenating to ground oneself; to return to the earth and reflect. In the illuminated social climate of Brazil, its nesting creatives are heeding the call for release and grounding- creating works of art that not only inspire hope and pride, but recognize the cruciality of nature.

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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 5:34pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Willow Smith poses for Bruce Weber in electric CR Fashion Book editorial

Armed with her trademark effortless cool, the Chanel brand ambassadress Willow Smith posed for an edgy editorial for CR Fashion Book shot by their legendary Bruce Weber. NBD. Also true to form, Willow’s unique brand of eccentricity and Weber’s warm, theatricality shine through in this dynamic collaboration. Check it out below!



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…





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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

FEATURE 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddviel

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 August 26, 2016 at 11:57am — No Comments

The life and times of writer/public intellectual James Baldwin gets docu treatment in ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

The life and times of novelist, activist, and public intellectual James Baldwin is getting the documentary treatment in filmmaker Raoul Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’. Based on the notes from a book Baldwin was never able to finish, ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ was to center around three critical black leaders whom were each assassinated: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. As …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Evelyn Luna captures the boundless freedom of the new generation in beautiful new series 'Afro Carioca'

This latest series from Brazil-based photographer Evelyn Luna provides a thrilling glimpse into the revolution that is the youth- the new millennials. In this explosive era of self-actualization and gender fluidity, the younger generations are reclaiming their power and making themselves known, and Luna's series- 'Afro Carioca'- is a beautifully…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 25, 2016 at 11:56am — No Comments

BOOK: QTPOC org bklyn boihood’s long-awaited anthology ‘Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity‘ available for pre-sale

It’s here! bklyn boihood’s long-awaited anthology Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity is now available for pre-sale.



bklyn boihood launched in 2009 and has been a strong pillar of the queer people of color community…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 25, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Unlabelled x AFROPUNK: Post-apartheid Youth Subcultures in South Africa

From Unlabelled Magazine: "In the last two decades, South Africa has seen the documentation of various subcultures; many of which have existed before they were documented. Many of these subcultures, unable to conform to or identify with dominant and commercial culture, create and represent minority or divergent ideologies and identities most observable through music, fashion and language."

"One of the newest and most controversial…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: I'm creating My Own African Superhero Comic Book Universe

The YouNeek YouNiverse: A comic book universe packed with diverse superheroes

The comic book industry has been in existence for over 75 years! And while it has had it’s ups and downs, there’s no denying the lasting impact it has made on global pop culture. Comic books are at their finest when it comes to superheroes. In fact, it can be argued that no single genre/industry has contributed more…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 24, 2016 at 12:06pm — No Comments

FEATURE: UK-based filmmaker Ayesha Ramsay translates the modern black girls struggle with natural hair in beautiful new film project 'Pull Tag Knot'

In the latest mini- film from British-born creative/writer/director/filmmaker Ayesha Ramsay, the relationship between a Black girl and her hair is put into chilling perspective, leaving all the feels hanging out to dry. Viewers are swept into the dominant reality of natural hair, and society's influence on the Black girl's internal narrative. With her goal being to unearth the continuous pressures to conform to Western beauty standards, Ms. Ramsay is able to…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 23, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Art from Malawian visual artist Wickson Tonde redefines interactive art as his subjects jump off the page

As digital art becomes more common and accessible, the concept of hand drawn, grass-roots creation is shifting into a rarity- or at least a road less traveled. Yet, with artist such as Wickson Tonde, the medium is making a beautiful, boundary-defying comeback. Born in Malawi, and based in Botswana, the artist has made it his self-proclaimed duty to create beautiful, realistic works of art. Using an incredibly life-like technique, his subjects seem to transcend the…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 23, 2016 at 2:42pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Jarriel Jones distinctively melds sensuality and purpose for latest photo series 'Tinct'

The line between sensuality and art is merged in this new series from Dallas-based photographer Jarriel Jones. As he explores various color palettes, textures, and patterns, his series 'Tinct' proves the perfect combination of fashion, and 'Textured' sensualism. Highlighting the model …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 23, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: New video game 'Ananse's Well Rescue' based on Ghanaian folk character combines culture, education, and entertainment for the ultimate experience

In this video-game, media-driven society, the concept of 'education is fun' is falling by the wayside. Mediums like the old-fashion educational video games, and sing-alongs are turning to dust, as games like 'Call of Duty' and 'Grand Theft Auto' are pulling the attention of audiences growing younger and younger. Where is the game that not only excites, but fuels, and informs- all without being viewed as 'Just another educational game'?

Well,…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 23, 2016 at 11:58am — No Comments

(H)AFROCENTRIC: THE COMIC- In this week's strip, Naima Pepper is back with a new, revolutionary take on the modern makeup tutorial

Here is our eighth installment of Juliana “Jewels” Smith's (H)afrocentric: The Comic strip. Written by Smith with art by Ronald Nelson, the on-going series follows radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper "(who has a White mama)" as she navigates undergraduate life at PWI Ronald Reagan University and deals with the contradictions of her own allyship and activism. For summer 16, look for a new (H)afrocentric comic strip every Monday on Afro Punk. Connect on…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 2:10pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Take a look back on São Paulo's beautifully powerful Natural Hair Pride march

Some weeks ago, it happened in São Paulo, Brazil, the 2nd Natural Hair Pride March and it was awesome! As the first march (we already talked about it…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Instagram naturals, models, and make-up mavens get immortalized with gorgeous illustrations by @katyaaaar

Loving the crap out of these gorgeous illustrations of natural haired black babes and men folk by Russian artist @katyaaaar. To paraphrase the artist, Katya gets inspiration from creeping on beauties on Instagram and through submissions. A visual feast, Katya’s illustrations immortalize beauty trends (peep the luminous highlight), boost representation of black and brown girls and show off the artist’s unreal talents working with a medium, that looks a lot like,…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 12:28pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Faces: Black Beauty Through Black Eyes- Richie

When people see my work the common question is why do I feature black men so prominently as my subjects? I am not a black man. I cannot tell you what it means to exist as him or to experience the world from his perspective. As a black woman I have an adjoining view of the world. He and I share similar experiences, and yet we face differing challenges. Our views are side by side... but separate none the less. It is that exact gender divide which gives me a certain…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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