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Visual artist Deni Dimochka’s illustrations mix pop culture with Afrofuturism and fantasy

Digital artist Deni Dimochka’s illustrations are both unusual and playful mixes of fantasy and Afrofuturism. Drawing inspiration from icon black figures like Grace Jones (below) and nerd culture, Deni conceptualizes diverse characters that bend gender norms, defy odds, and storytelling norms. I can’t get enough of Deni’s warm us of color and her moody, almost underwater-esque palettes. See some of our favorites, below, and follow Deni on…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 14, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino and Chris Rock added to Dave Chappelle's Radio City shows

Dave Chappelle fans rejoice! The comedian has just announced a ten show Fall residency at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Running from August 1 to August 24, the shows will feature an all-star cast of special guests, including Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino, Chris Rock, the Roots, Trevor Noah and Ali Wong, with even more to be announced in the near future.



In 2014, Badu and The Roots…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 13, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Black acrobats center queer narratives at the Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus

A spectacular performance of acrobatics, Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus is a multidisciplinary circus arts production that centers queer stories and that subvert traditional ideals and norms of beauty, gender, sexuality, and power. Initially a singular event, Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus has evolved into a consistent and supportive space for queer, trans, and nonconforming…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 12, 2017 at 1:32pm — No Comments

New photo book features Solange-inspired testimony from 61 Black women about their 'Seat at the Table'

Seher Sikander is a New York-based photographer & creative architect whose latest project, Testimonies From the Table, is a collection of portraits and firsthand narratives "honoring the lived experiences of 61 diverse black women in America." Inspired by Solange's race-themed album, A Seat at the Table, and her follow up interdisciplinary performance piece at the Guggenheim Museum,…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Black Panther poster references iconic Huey P. Newton picture

Marvel’s first Black Panther trailer and poster are full of Easter Eggs for comic book fans and the pro-black crowd that’s converging for this highly-anticipated superhero film. So far, the film looks wonderfully black as hell with its gorgeous black cast and Afrocentricism. But one of our favorite shout-outs to black history and black culture is from the film’s new poster which features Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther sitting on a throne verrry reminiscent to the iconic…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 12, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

Independent film project brings Indigenous cultures, spirituality and MMA together for a groundbreaking adventure

Derek Jay Garlington is a New York based writer, filmmaker who published his first novel Souls of a Kindred Flame last year. The book follows a character named Divinity who convinces her cage fighting boyfriend to join her in meditation, only to be thrust onto a spiritual journey full of enlightenment and adventure. Now Garlington hopes to bring the story off the page and onto the screen.…



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Added by Eye Candy on June 9, 2017 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Afro-Italian and Cameroonian models get delightfully weird in ‘The Strangelings’ editorial series

F*cking. Obsessed with this wicked editorial series featuring some breathtaking (albeit unrecognizable) Afro-Italian and Cameroonian models Brenda Beaux (insta: @msbeaux) and Etionsa Agbontaen and shot by photographer and creative director Lucy Feng for Glassbook. ‘The Stranglings’ is just that, a super moody,…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 9, 2017 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Afro-Brazilian artist Annie Ganzala's graffiti paintings celebrate the world of Black lesbians in Salvador de Bahia

Annie Ganzala is an Afro-Brazilian graffiti artist who develops watercolor and graffiti paintings about the universe of Black women and lesbians in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The artist tells Catracalivre.com that she became fascinated with exploring identity in her work after experiencing violence from her non-Black and lighter…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 9, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Black-owned accessories and clothing line Miscê draws inspiration from Afro-Brazilian culture and Brazil’s tropical climate

Miscê is a Sao Paolo-based accessory line was co-founded by Bruna Rigato and designer Kelen Lima. No doubt inspired by the tropical climate and fusion of African cultures in her home country of Brazil, Miscê is a diverse collection of multi-use wraps, backpacks, cross-bodies, and wallets created with vibrant mixed print and textiles. Lima's gorgeous fabrics used to make her larger wrap pieces can be re-purposed and worn as shirts, skirts,…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 9, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Editorial series ‘Dióscuro’ plays on the greek mythology of Castor and Pollux

It’s no secret Kelvin Yuleis one of our favorite up and coming editorial photographers coming out of Brazil. Naturally, Kelvin is in high demand shooting sumptuous looking campaigns and editorials, like this one. The series, Dióscuro, was shot for Lewis Magazine in the UK and is inspired by the…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 8, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Projeto cria linha de bonecos negros e quer levar representatividade positiva a mais crianças negras no Brasil

A “Era Uma Vez O Mundo” nasceu em 2013 no Rio de Janeiro com o objetivo de criar brinquedos simples, mas representativos, para crianças negras do Brasil. A ideia pegou e a empresa tem lançado bonecos de uma linha inspirada em grandes personalidades da comunidade negra no país. Os brinquedos não apenas levam representatividade, mas também um reflexo positivo da negritude para nossas crianças.



Quatro anos depois, agora a empresa inicia uma…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 8, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

International photographers unite for Multipack exhibition in London

Is an upcoming exhibition by a group of very talented artists of color, Multipack—free-form creative agency geared towards building a dialogue between artists in NYC, DC, and London. Co-curated by Undine Markus and art director, Rachel Honeybone and features snaps by Rigo, Cam Robert, Naomi Wong, and Amarachi Nwosu, of the first Nigerian skate crew, WAFFLESNCREAM, sticking editorial series, street photography, and much more. This diverse, show-stopping exhibition is set to…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 8, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New sci-fi series tackles racism and sexism through an all-knowing 9-year-old Black girl protagonist

What would you do about oppressive systems if you knew everything about them? "Little Apple", a new series by Riley Wilson asks just that, delving into the mind of an omniscient 9-year-old Harlemnite named Apple. Blending sci-fi, drama, and comedy, the series follows Apple as she develops "claircognizance," similar to clairvoyance, and must decide whether or not to take a stance as she becomes increasingly aware of racism, sexism, and gentrification. …



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Added by Eye Candy on June 7, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Hit web series 'Brown Girls' snags development deal with HBO

When the web series Brown Girls was released in February, there was flowing critical acclaim for the show's groundbreaking portrayals of the lives of women of color. Written by Fatimah Asghar and directed by Samantha Bailey, Brown Girls follows two young women, Leila, a South Asian-American writer coming into her queerness, and Patricia, a Black, sex-positive musician who struggles with commitment issues. Now, the hit series is joining the big leagues,…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 7, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

British-Nigerian fine artist Kelvin Okafor spellbinds with hyperrealistic portraits

British-Nigerian artist Kelvin Okafor is, by anyone’s standards, a hyper-realism portraiture master. His unreal skills recreate with razor-like precision, the contours and imperfections of his model’s features using pastels, graphite, colored pencils, and charcoal. But more than his mastery of re-producing imagary, Okafor’s work aims to capture the ‘aliveness’ and emotional realism of his subjects. Truly incredible work, check out some of my favorites, down…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 7, 2017 at 11:31am — No Comments

Digital illustrator and Georgia State student @Haodan celebrates body positivity with bold drawings

Stop what you’re doing and check out inclusive digital illustrations of Danni aka haodanart. A 21-year-old Georgia State University student, Danni mixes sci-fi/fantasy and horror with imagery inspired by African heritage. Her bodacious original characters celebrate powerful femininity, body positivity, and that gorgeous melanin. The budding artist also…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 6, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Plus size Brazilian models captivate in editorial campaign for Julia Plus’ Fall/Winter collection

Straight up swooning over Brazilian photographer Kelvin Yule editorial collaboration with plus-size fashion label, Julia Plus. The killer campaign showcases looks from the Julia Plus Fall/Winter 17 collection which features deep royal navys, brunt oranges, and neutral greens that pop against the softer pastel pieces and prints. Models Nahuane Drumond, Bell Rocha, Isabella Bispo, and Kamila Oliveira seemingly effortlessly show off the…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 5, 2017 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

South African performance artist Manthe Ribane heads to AFROPUNK Joburg

Say hello to Soweto-based performance artist, Manthe Ribane. Ribane, a lifelong artist and performer once performed for her the late Nelson Mandela, at just 8 years old, is a creative wunderkind. Known for her Pantsula dance skill and body movement performances for artists like Okzharp and as a muse for a NOT x Chris Saunders fashion campaign, Ribane is one of the stand out faces in South Africa’s urban creative collective scenes. "There are times when I cry on stage," she…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 2, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ivorian artist Latetia Ky sculpts real hair into hands in astonishing new photo series

Côte d'Ivoire-based artist Latetia Ky is proof that Black hair can do everything. The daringly creative model's latest project shows her turning her locks into an additional pair of hands, taking self expression to a whole new level. The hair-hands are shown holding her glasses on her face in one photo,…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 1, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: Jean-Michel Basquiat collaborator Bomb-One revives SAMO & reveals exclusive pictures

Nearly 40 years after the "SAMO© IS DEAD" pieces went up, friend and collaborator Al Diaz, aka graffiti art pioneer Bomb-One, has revived the legendary moniker, posting new messages through the streets and subway stations of New York City. SAMO©’s timely resurgence comes in this time which perhaps most closely parallels the socioeconomic and political decay from the 1970s when SAMO© was born. Working in …

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Added by Eye Candy on June 1, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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