Forgive me for the things I may do.
Forgive me for the things I comprehend
Forgive me for reading to seek.
Forgive me for the moments I want to lose control but hide behind my eyes to possibly spare your soul.
I've grown cold,
To only be warmed in grace by something greater than the one that I was limited to be.
truthfully, I think I'm getting closer to heaven
Not the words tainted and preached by the reverend.
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Tobi Makinde is on a roll with his latest collaboration with Nahdra Ra Kiros. The two have combined to create and unforgettable editorial for "The House of Nahdra," a collection designed by none other than Nahdra Ra Kiros herself. The models Phili Bonyo, Akou Diabakhate, and Abdouramane Ba are stunning in vibrant colors and beautiful prints. We love to see this much melanin radiating in one place, enjoy the photos below!
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Instagram is a goldmine for Black artistic talent and Joshua Mackey is making major waves on the app with his illustrated portraits. The St. Louis based artist is extremely talented with the pen and focuses his energies on uplifting Black men and women with his talent. The
By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor
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There is no replacement for rawness in punk music. To me, it is the defining characteristic that makes punk special, the je ne sais quoi that catapults the ethos from safety to truth. In this regard, F U Pay Us, the LA punk trio from South Los Angeles, is a bold addition to the vigorous tenacity punk represents. Three femmes producing fearless, relentless music, overflowing with political commentary and feminist jabs. In their debut show video “Femmes To The Front,” lead…Continue
Yo, I can’t lie, sometimes being a queer woman or femme of color just sucks. Between the mix of racism + misogyny + queerphobia that’s served up with intersecting identities like some kind of twisted jackpot, the struggle to find other people like you, and then the impossibility of being able to just take a break with some comics without the intrusion of heteronormativity, male gaze, and whiteness? I mean Bast knows how we made it this far.
Thanks to the…
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The youth are taking over! But you already knew that.
A fresh wave of artistry is making itself known, as young creatives- specifically young creatives of color- reclaim their heritage with essentially potent expression. 17 year old, Toronto-based photographer Jeremy Watson stands at the frontlines of this movement with his latest series "Afro Blue".…Continue
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Here is this week's Mokshini illustration! Meet model Tina Johnson (@imightbeher00).
By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor
*Nadeesha Godamunne is a fashion illustrator from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York - and the creator of fashion illustration blog Mokshini / Instagram:…Continue
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Yannis Guibinga, the Gabonese photographer based out of Canada, is invoking the spirits of the orisha Oya in her new photo series. “Ode To Oya” is a series surrounding African traditions and spirituality. In the Yoruba mythology, Oya is known as the goddess of winds and tempests. This photo series is meant to highlight and celebrate this traditionally African deity in a culture that seems to now have forgotten about them, but their power transcends time and space. Because…Continue
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As is the case with all fashion houses, the inspiration for their collections has to come from somewhere and in their new collection entitled TILOCOTO, GUERAS FATIM went straight to the source. Visiting Japan, Jamaica, and the Maasai people of Kenya, all of their silhouettes and color palettes help to inform the designers in their construction of their garments. With kimono inspired pajamas and beaded accessories, this collection is for the international trendsetter, a…Continue
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Adut Akech Bior is drop dead gorgeous as the face of Ryan Storer Jewelry. We’ve all seen editorials where melanin isn’t appreciated or presented as beautifully as it could be, but Jay Exposito doesn’t disappoint in his use of lighting and angle with the stunning Adut. It’s a remarkable time in fashion--there’s so much conversation around representation that we don’t always think about the simplicity of Black women’s flawlessness without a political lens. I encourage you to…Continue
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Meet 19-year-old visual artist Gabriella aka @based718x, a digital artist rendering some badass fan and original afro-futurist illustrations. Gabriella's technicolor portfolio centers around metaphysical spirituality, energy, and unseen empowerment. Symbols of enlightenment, Pan-Africanism, and the occult adorn the majority of Gabriella’s characters, creating powerful and positive energy, confidence, and Black heritage pride. See some our favorites, down below, and…Continue
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Brazil is brimming with fresh-faced and innovative creatives making their mark with digital spaces. Photographer Leandro Lima is hoping to empower and uplift Black women by using icons to inspire and inform the work. Taking a nod from jazz greats like Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald as well as the strength, grace, and power of the feminine orishas, this powerful series is overflowing with Black girl magic! View the photos below!
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As far as men’s fashion is concerned, it’s rare to see designers break the mold. Sure, they’ll use “feminine” colors or play with texture, but really bold decisions rarely make it into the final collection. Enter Rich Mnisi, owner of menswear brand in his own name and an original aesthetic in his own right. The LISOF graduate and Africa Fashion International young Designer of the Year award recipient is catering to the idea of aspiration, young and free at heart, exploring…Continue
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All comic book heads know that fan fiction is the best fiction and Marcus Williams is taking Avatar: The Last Airbender fan fiction to the next level. The incredible illustrator and comic book artist, loved the Avatar series so much that he decided to reimagine the characters as Nigerian folks! In Avatar: The Legend of Abioye, Williams created a new chapter in the multiverse that follows the next avatar, hundred years after the iconic, Korra. With names like Iya, Ikenna,…Continue
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Afrofuturism is alive and well and photographer Tobi Makinde is making sure that Black women are at the forefront with this sexy photoshoot. The series is of an unnamed bionic character from the depths of his imagination. Tobi said, "This image came around the time where I wanted to create ideas and imagination is based on comic books and graphic novels that I had read in the past. I didn't just want to re-create a look I wanted to imagine one. I used broken materials such…Continue
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The Black girl magic in the art world is at an all time high! Tumblr’s Shocasky is making sure that the cartoon and illustration world knows that Black girls are the perfect subjects for fantasy drawings too! Even her more realistic drawings have a certain touch of enchantment to them. Peep her work below!
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Calling all Blerds! How would you like to have a Marvel comic book cover with the most fly superhero in the multiverse? Well it looks like you just have to be groundbreaking comic book shop owner Ariell Johnson. She's been collecting comic books for more than a decade, but she'll soon add one with a very familiar face. The 33-year-old founder and president of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc. in fair old Philadelphia will appear on a variant cover of "Invincible Iron…Continue
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In 2009, street style was fairly new to the fashion industry, but Hannan Saleh had an eye for the beauty of the concrete jungle. When presented with the opportunity to curate a weekly segment for Essence Magazine, she started covering the everyday people she’d encounter and eventually, her column became a hallmark and started to shift the conversation from the runway to the street, thus helping to usher in the era of the fashion blogger and influencer. To celebrate the…Continue
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Queer pride is growing internationally and Batekoo is proof that Brazil is leading the charge. Batekoo is a party and social movement encouraging black empowerment, inclusivity, and sexual freedom. Its camp say: "BATEKOO is a festival of black, returned to the black public. It aims to empower black people and sexual freedom.” In this editorial collaboration with Brecó Replay, they aim to show the unity of the models, as well as the strength and self-esteem found in…Continue
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Illustrators the world over are flocking to Instagram to show their work and the mysterious @duchess365 is no different. Olivia posts drawing every day, ranging from celebrities to some of her Instagram followers to imaginative political statements. Peep her artwork below!
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