It’s been over 400 years since the Trans-Atlantic slave trade occurred & throughout African Americans & Blacks’ struggle for equality, the mental idea of freedom is still blurry within the African diaspora. The world as a whole has quickly developed as a chess board for the most influential leaders to play on, as we the citizens take on the attributes of pawns and puppets. This system is even more present in the billion dollar prison industry. In his paintings &…Continue
Nigerian born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest book Americanah is a vivid tale that illustrates the complexity of life in the US for many Africans. The story centers around the life of Ifemlu and Obinze, two bright college students who fell in love at a young age, the two are forced to part ways and leave their country due to unrest in their area and university strikes. The two are separated when Ifemelu moves to the US to continue college, and Obinze heads to…Continue
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The height of Black giants larger than life, surpassing clouds while odd looking beasts and ﬁsh roam the earth is nothing far from the imagination; especially when you have the gift to be able to recreate the exact image of some sort of surreal, spectacle in your mind. The beautiful part about these spectacles shared is that they're ambiguous- open for one’s own interpretation. So who's to say that artist Mattahan’s (born Paul Davey) illustrations are not a force to be reckoned…Continue
What happens when African culture and Pop art mingle and explode in the non-traditional art scene? You get Afro Pop Art! Dubbed the King of Afro Pop Art, Lemi Ghariokwu has created numerous album covers for the likes of Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba and most notably, the legendary Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. Commanding the eye’s attention, the vibrant colors, social commentary, and figurative characters dance with the messages of equality, freedom from social dogma in…Continue
There's an obvious contrast between men dressed in bandanas, Nike sneakers, Timbaland boots, baggy pants and bright-colored floral patterns, French Rococo backdrops. Kehinde Wiley is the one to thank for these genius creations! Who would ever think men from the inner city walking horses through the remote sands, and posing before riding off into the sunset would be so beautiful? Every portrait is different. Wiley focuses on painting people of the African diaspora in…Continue
Galactic powers have birthed an artist of magnificent stature. His hand reigns supreme in all his illustrations maintaining hold of a metaphysical and whimsical structure. Meet artist, Mshindo I. Kuumba, who is a comic creator for the likes of Jaycen Wise, Ebony Warrior, and Advent Comics just to name a few.
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My name is Laura and I am a mother, musician, educator, and filmmaker. I’ve written and directed a short film titled 'Milan’s First Day'. It is a story about a young girl first day in her new school. The making of this film was a necessary act. This film is for all the nerd and geek girls who are searching for images of that reflect them.
Back in the day I was a hard-core Black Rocker. I was in the pit…
Laina Dawes is a music critic, heavy metal enthusiast, and author of What Are You Doing Here: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Laina took the time to speak with Jamie creator of Black Girl Nerds and contributor to AFROPUNK about her life of metal and the struggles of being a black girl loving this genre and embracing who she was and what she liked in spite of what everyone else was listening to.
Interview by Jamie…
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There has been a lot of talk surrounding 12 Years a Slave recently and after seeing the movie and reading the story of Solomon Northup, a free man savagely kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, I completely understand why; it is a vivid firsthand account of his life as a slave and his quest to be reunited with the family that he was so unjustly taken away from. Solomon Northup’s account of slavery is unique in that he is able to tell two very distinctive tales, one…Continue
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Race in America is too important to ignore and Black representation in classical artwork is scarce to none if acknowledged at all. Artist Dareece Walker makes sure he creates a tone for those muted and ignored, through communicating his honest opinions, struggle, peace and freedom in his artwork, forcing viewers to engage in dialogue about social injustice and issues he chooses to represent.
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Art is beautiful in its fluidity, in how it can lead so many interconnected and parallel lives. I once heard someone say there is no difference between the sounds musicians make with their instruments and the movements dancers make with their bodies. The dance is just the music in another form, dance is music incarnate and both give life to each other.
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Art is one of many great channels to provoke thought and evoke emotion; emotion that many times we don’t understand or can’t put into words. For a human being to be able to create illustrious visuals mirroring man is undeniably great, which shows that there is God in man. The use of pencils, charcoals, and pastels is all Artist, Babjide B. Olatunji needs to create perfected Realism.
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