Flick of the Wrist Fridays: LAGOM Watches, a Swedish and Hong Kongese Reverie

“A Swedish man and a man from Hong Kong walk into a watch shop and search for a watch that best suits their aesthetic” sounds like the beginning to a really lame joke, but a piece from LAGOM watches is the sort of wrist-candy that both fellows, seemingly from different worlds, would choose. Continue reading Flick of the Wrist Fridays: LAGOM Watches, a Swedish and Hong Kongese Reverie

“How it Feels to be a Negro” by Walter White, Insight into How it Felt to be Black in 1938, Transcribed from Liberty Magazine

The following, I presume, was written by Walter Francis White, former head of the NAACP from 1929 to 1955. It’s a presumption because I cannot find its archival provenance nor the article in digital form after scouring the internet for … Continue reading “How it Feels to be a Negro” by Walter White, Insight into How it Felt to be Black in 1938, Transcribed from Liberty Magazine

Patricia Figueiredo Answers the Question “Who’s Your Dada(ist)?”

In explaining her heavily dadaist inspired pieces via email with Blackfists, Figueiredo stated, “the possibility to give new meanings to images and change their places and context is fascinating! It is about embracing the infinite value and symbols that can be created when connected to one another. And that has a very strong power to change the perception that one has about colors, shapes and meanings.” Continue reading Patricia Figueiredo Answers the Question “Who’s Your Dada(ist)?”

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

Q&A with Professor of Photography and Kamoinge Inc. Member, Gerald Cyrus

Gerald Cyrus: Jazz has historically played a major role in the culture of Harlem. Some of the most famous jazz clubs (such as Minton’s Playhouse) were based there, and countless musicians have been residents. When I moved there in the early 1990’s, there were several neighborhood bars and lounges where live music was featured nightly with no cover charge. Almost all of those places are gone now, replaced by condos and upscale restaurants and bars. I moved out of Harlem in 1997 and live in Philadelphia now, but I’m always amazed at the changes that have taken place since then. Continue reading Q&A with Professor of Photography and Kamoinge Inc. Member, Gerald Cyrus

The Creative Power and Afrofuturism of Katia Herrera

Despite Herrera being a self-proclaimed introvert, her artwork is remarkably loud in a world trying to quiet black voices. With titles like Black Woman, You Own the Moon, Earth Goddess, Forever, and Universe Protector, Herrera’s legacy will be marked by her passion for highlighting the endurance and perseverance of black folks of old and present to contrast the narrative that black skin should only be associated with slavery. Continue reading The Creative Power and Afrofuturism of Katia Herrera