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Eye Candy's Blog – September 2015 Archive (54)

FEATURE: Super Natural - Illustrator Marcus Williams' New Comic Book Superhero

Meet Super Natural, the badass black superhero from outer space! The creation of Atlanta based illustrator Marcus Williams, Super Natural was originally created as a supporting character for Anthony Piper’s 'Trill League' superhero parody (pictured at the bottom of the page), and now Williams is giving this heroine her own series. In regards to the story, he says: "Super Natural is…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 30, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution' Exhibition

Until Oct 31, 2015, a new exhibition centered on political, social and cultural movements - entitled 'Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution' - is on display at the Rush Arts Gallery, New York; curated by Oshun Layne and Daniel Simmons, and featuring over 100 artists. Daniel Simmons…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 30, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "The year was 1900 & there was an Exhibition titled, "The Exhibition of American Negroes."

Dear, 1900: The Exhibition of American Negroes premiered in 1900 at the tip of a brand new century. Yes, the word "Negro" can scout out an inquisitiveness from a modern foundation, which would offer the mind into trying to stipulate what this particular exhibition was all about.  Well-known author, sociologist & civil-rights activist, W.E.B. Du Bois (Feb. 23, 1868-Aug. 27, 1963) was recruited by an attorney named Thomas Calloway (chief creator for this…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 29, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: 'When We Were Kings' Comic - Chapter 5

AFROPUNK exclusively publishes a new multartist web comic, 'When We Were Kings'. The series, created by Alverne Ball, is a post-apocalyptic story that examines the human nature of survival and its toll on the physical and mental stability of a former astronaut; exploring the perception of human connection, the loss of social laws, and the diminishing of natural resources as it correlates to modern-day life. The series will feature some of the comic industry’s…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 29, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE The 'Rewind' Exhibit - "Kente Cloth Klansmen and Paul Rucker’s Art That Provokes"

Take a look at the 'Rewind' exhibit, the latest work from acclaimed visual artist Paul Rucker. The Root says that the exhibition (which is currently on at the…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: ‘Classically Beautiful’ Filmed Discussion - Black Women "Addressing And Appreciating The Internal And External Beauty of Them Selves"

Check out 'Classically Beautiful', a filmed discussion between black women "addressing and appreciating the internal and external beauty of them selves" - as stated by its creators, Quest and creative collective Coal Crown. The team add: "9 months ago after hearing the speculation about the New York Times journalist who had referred to Viola Davis as less “classically beautiful” than Kerry Washington, Quest felt it in his spirit to provide a platform that would shed…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 28, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

ART: An Imaginative Take On Black Beauty - The Illustrations of Adeola Goodwin

Take a look at the striking illustrations of Adeola Goodwin - a New York artist focused on black empowerment and the quirky side of black beauty. The Philadelphia native tells us: "This year, I've been putting a more specified purpose into my art. I've been writing short, simple poems dedicated to the beautiful brown people who may need extra…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 28, 2015 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "A World Of Myth, Folklore, Fantasy and Legends From The Motherland" - The 'New Born Saga' Comic Series

Take a look at the 'New Born Saga' comic series - "a world of Myth, folklore, Fantasy and Legends from the motherland", states its creators. The fantasy story (which is set in the time when the ancient gods walked the earth) is illustrated by Peter Daniel and directed by Adeniji Jnr; and colored by Ikechukwu Obikwu, Femi Fatumi and Jide Olusanaya. Check out some images of the characters below. FYI the comic will be made available soon …

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Added by Eye Candy on September 28, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Representing The Different Shades of Black Beauty - The Ikuzi Dolls (By Indie Entrepreneur And Mother of 4, Ozi Okaro)

Take a look at the Ikuzi Dolls - the new toy series from Indie entrepreneur, and mother of four, Ozi Okaro. The Nigerian-American designer created the dolls (which come in 3 different shades of brown, with different hair textures) over the last year; co-created with her 7 and 10 year-old daughters. Okaro states. "Ikuzi Dolls will help teach black girls to love how they look and encourage them to challenge today's standard of beauty presented by the media. The word…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 25, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

ART: Virginia Based Artist Justice Dwight's New Series On Headwraps

Check out the new paintings from Virginia based artist Justice Dwight, a new art series centered on headwraps. Justice tells us: "This collection focuses on women with head wraps. It has been said that your hair carries a lot of energy and that head wraps can protect you from negative energy. I…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 25, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Acclaimed Journalist And Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Penning Marvel's New Black Panther Comic Series

In what will come as exciting news for fans of African Marvel Superhero Black Panther (aka T'Challa), acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is set to pen the new series of the Black Panther comic - titled, 'A Nation Under Our Feet' (with artwork from Brian Stelfreeze). Axel…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 24, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Prince, His Purple Badness As A DC Comics Superhero"

In 1991, Prince was immortalised in an epic comic book series titled 'Prince: Alter Ego' (available …

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Added by Eye Candy on September 24, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "Black Goku" - The Animation Student Whose Striking Hair Went Viral

Meet "Black Goku", aka Shaquille Dent, an animation student at the Cleveland Institute of Art who's anime inspired hairstyle has made him an internet sensation. Buzzfeed quotes Shaquille as as saying, "It’s funny — the reason this went viral was because of all of the haters. They…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 23, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: 'Mumu Juju' - The Hilarious Nigerian Comic Book That Is All About The Power of Friendship

Check out Nigerian illustrator Etubi Onucheyo's 'Mumu Juju', the new comic book series from creative content company Vortex (the first in a line of graphic novels and comics to be released by the African company). Somto Ajuluchukwu (Vortex's founder and creative director) states: "'Mumu Juju' is an exciting new…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 23, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Festival of Stories" - The Matatu Festival is back in Oakland This Week (September 23-26)

The Matatu Festival is back! Taking place this week from September 23-26, the Oakland based festival is set to be even bigger than last year. The Matatu team state: "Re-centered as the Matatu Festival of Stories, the multidisciplinary festival works to amplify the spectacular walk of ordinary people by way of film, music and performance. Saul Williams will host a dinner party reading from his new book, 'US(a.)', while Afro-Vegan Chef/Author Bryant Terry DJ's the…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 22, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Black Superheroes Of Atlanta Based Illustrator Dubelyoo, aka "The Art Bishop"

Check out the illustrations of Atlanta based artist Dubelyoo, aka "The Art Bishop" (co-founder of Art, Beats + Lyrics, one of the largest traveling urban art exhibitions in the US). The artist's recent work center on Black women and superheroes, and each drawing is a must-see. Explore below. Also, you can see more of Dubelyoo's art at the…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 22, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan' - The Upcoming African-Fantasy Action Video Game

Check out upcoming video game 'Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan' - the African-Fantasy Action RPG (role-playing game). Using hand-drawn and animated African-style graphics, 'Aurion' centers on the adventures of action hero Kori-Odan; and includes over 20 hours of gameplay - "heavy with combat and combos", state the game's camp. The team behind the game are twenty young Cameroonians, led by principal project developer Madiba Olivier (founder of Kiro’o Games, the first…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 22, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

ART: "Femmes de Couleurs" (Women of Colors) - French-Guinean Artist Sekou's Latest Work

Take a look at these stunning paintings from 20-year-old French-Guinean artist Sekou. The Lyon based painter and 3D animator recently exhibited his work in a solo show called "Femmes de Couleurs" (Women of Colors), featuring the first painting below - a piece which Sekou titled 'AFROPUNK'. Check it!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 22, 2015 at 7:53am — 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." This week's post features Ayesha via @eeshaa_xo …

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Added by Eye Candy on September 18, 2015 at 10:42am — No Comments

FEATURE: The 'Healthy Roots' Dolls - Teaching Girls of color self-love through "education, diversity, and positive representation"

Check out Healthy Roots - the doll and book series that is teaching girls of color self-love and the best ways to care for their natural hair. The brainchild of illustrator Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Healthy Roots stars best friends Zoe, Dara, Gaiana and Marinda; girls that represent different cultures of the African diaspora, that are from different walks of life and passionate about learning and creating good for others. Yelitsa says, "Growing up, I…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 18, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

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