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Eye Candy's Blog – December 2014 Archive (15)

FEATURE: The spiritual exploration of Avant-Garde filmmaker Dawn L. Hall

Check out the work of Avant-Garde and experimental filmmaker Dawn L. Hall. The self taught filmmaker and independent film actress and writer is noted for her exploration into spirituality - describing her work as a source of psychological and spiritual healing. Of her films, Hall writes: "My intimate experiences with the lack of authenticity within the church motivated my…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Dookie Squad' - the new webseries

Check out new web series, 'Dookie Squad' (yes, I said "dookie"). The series is written and directed by creator Angela Palmer, and follows hospital janitor Robin (played by Palmer) as she deals with life, crazy co-workers and the hospital hierarchy. Watch the episodes, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o to Star in indie drama 'Americanah'

Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo is set to join Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o in Americanah, an indie screen adaptation of the 2013 novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants as they adapt to a new life in the States, facing the trials of keeping their relationship in tact in their new surrounding.

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Added by Eye Candy on December 26, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Toni Morrison Set to Release 11th Published Novel in 2015

Much to the contentment of literary enthusiasts, celebrated author and cultural icon Toni Morrison will release a brand new project next year, titled, God Help the Child. The 11th published piece from Morrison, God Help the Child augments her long career of distinguished works, including Sula, The Bluest Eye, Tar Baby, and most acclaimed, Beloved, the novel that inspired the Academy Award winning 1998 screen…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 26, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: A conversation with transgender actor Kingston Farady

Black lives matter. ALL black lives matter and it’s imperative that the discourse around justice include ALL black lives. Black queer lives matter. Black children. Black men. Black women. Black elders. Black disabled bodies. This inclusionary message is one Kingston Farady, an activist, among other things, believes in and wholeheartedly exercises through his outreach. Kingston and I chatted some weeks ago and boy did he speak some…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Black Feminist Blogger' - the new Web series

This year, there has been a number of Web series that have followed in the vain of  Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl' and shown that black women can play roles beyond those stereotype placed upon them - and dare I say it, that black women can be "quirky". On this note, check out this new series 'Black Feminist Blogger' - from creator Aph Ko. Watch the first three episodes, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Erykah Badu and 'Black Dynamite' set to address police brutality in special episode

'Black Dynamite' - the animated series from Adult Swim -  is reportedly set to air a special one-hour musical episode that will address the police brutality that has dominated news s and conversation since the fatal shooting of Mike Brown on August 9th. The satirical show - which is based on the 2009 Blaxploitation film of the same name - will feature guest appearances from Erykah Badu and Tyler, The Creator in the upcoming episode - titled 'The Wizard of Watts'.…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 22, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Celebrating legendary New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr.

To mark the retirement of legendary New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr, AFROPUNK would like to celebrate both the photographer and his work - a photographer known for his iconic photographs, such as the one above of Maya Angelou dancing with Amiri Baraka at the Schomberg Center (dancing over the ashes of Langston Hughes). Check out some more of his most notable images, below; and read his own words …

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Added by Eye Candy on December 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Queen of Glory', the upcoming film

Nana Mensah of 'An African City' fame - the hit youtube series - is set to direct and star in new film, 'Queen of Glory. Apart of the 'Black Girl Quirk' genre (pioneered by works such as Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl'), Mensah's film will continue the dialogue that black women can play outside those stereotypical roles usually given to them. The synopsis of the film is as followed:  “a dark comedy about a Christian bookstore,” the film follows Sarah Obeng, a PhD candidate…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 12, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

ART: An interview with visual artist Kamille Jackson

At a moment in which social media directs and shapes daily interactions, artist Kamille Jackson converges the digital with her traditional practices of painting and drawing. Pieces she begins on canvas or paper she then scans, converts and distorts in Photoshop through a series of interventions that draw on both pop art and psychedelic aesthetics. A Northern Virginia native now living in Richmond, she recently graduated from Virginia…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 11, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

EVENT: Join acclaimed artist Wangechi Mutu for the 'Africa's Out' afterparty

Calling all you brilliant, fly, creative, unique, makers and breakers of interplanetary hearts. Join Wangechi Mutu Studios at Putnam's on Friday, December 12 for a holiday after party honoring their new initiative, Africa's Out! hosted by Wangechi Mutu. Celebrate courage, pride, and sheer "queermazingness" as we work to strengthen, support, and shout out for the rights, lives, and love of our African LGBTI family! Music by DJ Underdog (upper…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 9, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual Artist/Illustrator/"EclecticWeirdo" Nadya Nickels Shares Her Story

My name is Nadya Nickels, I’m 18 years old and I currently live in Orlando, FL. I’ve been painting and drawing since I can remember but I started taking it seriously at 11. I predominantly do portraits, I like expressions they can you tell a lot about what's going on and what someone's thinking. Though I find it still allows room for people to form their own interpretation. Because I think we all try to connect to someone else's expressions with our own emotions. My art is a…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 8, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FILM: 'AFRONELL' - new feature film about a young black woman in the L.A. punk scene of the 1970's

Check out new feature film project 'AFRONELL'. Currently in its early stages, the film tells the story of a teenage musician from South Central, Los Angeles, and the L.A. punk scene of 1979 that she struggles to establish herself…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 3, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

EVENT: 'Fade to Black', a celebration of contemporary Black art at Art Basel Miami

For those lucky enough to be at Art Basel Miami, look out for 'Fade to Black' this saturday. In partnership with MoCADA, AFROPUNK will celebrate contemporary black art's most important and emerging names - featuring the work of artists such as Tim Okamura (pictured).  Check out the information, below.

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Added by Eye Candy on December 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Legend of the Mantamaji' - the comic with a multicultural cast and African American leads

Many in our community have expressed their frustration at the lack of diversity in the comic book genre, but some are now turning their frustration into action by publishing their own projects. Working with a talented team of artists, television director Eric Dean Seaton has done just that; and is now set to launch the second book in his graphic novel series, 'Legend of the Mantamaji'. Using his experience as a director on hit shows such as NBC's 'Undateable' and…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 1, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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