The New Black Renaissance: Alex Smith On Afrofuturism And His Many Artistic Endeavors

Anyone who’s had a reasonably good history teacher in their life can talk about the Harlem Renaissance. The then-called “New Negro Movement,” an explosion of brilliant and innovative work by Black creatives in the 1920s and ’30s spanned every artistic … Continue reading The New Black Renaissance: Alex Smith On Afrofuturism And His Many Artistic Endeavors

Taylor McManus, a Black-centric Body-Positive Artist Championing the Redefinition of Beauty Standards

Taylor McManus is a body-positive illustrator in a world where many are ostracized based solely on their physical appearance, McManus is a force of good, bringing to the forefront full-bodied, naturally curvaceous, and unashamedly, beautiful Black women in each oeuvre. Continue reading Taylor McManus, a Black-centric Body-Positive Artist Championing the Redefinition of Beauty Standards

Mama Kea’s Handwoven Footwear Will Pull on Your Heartstrings

Mama Kea is a Johannesburg, South Africa-based footwear company that is quite the contrast to the fast fashion brands of today in its approach, each pair of woven shoes are made by hand and equipped with a comfortable sneaker sole. They’re made in conjunction with elders and millennials working symbiotically, and some pairs don African pride colors that mirror both nature and the flags of sovereign nations. Each shoe is more unique than a haute couture brand and is way more sustainable than any sneaker made in a factory. You can even get your own pair with your own color selection and pattern! Continue reading Mama Kea’s Handwoven Footwear Will Pull on Your Heartstrings