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

All Access into Dorota Liwacz’s Intergalactic Art

Although her pieces are quite together, they highlight the torn nature that we all have within, struggling with emotionality, connection, spirituality, and even the existence (or lack-there-of) of aliens. Featuring women independent of objectification, the viewer is presented with feminism and female empowerment in each work. Continue reading All Access into Dorota Liwacz’s Intergalactic Art

DHANTÉ Drops “Can’t We Smile” and Meditates About His Future

Today is Valentine’s Day to all, but to 19-year old emcee DHANTÉ fans, future and present, it’s his birthday and the day he drops the visuals to “Can’t We Smile.” DHANTÉ grew up on Long Island and in Flatbush, Brooklyn to a Guyanese father and Jamaican mother with soca, reggae, and dancehall being played in his household. Outside of the house, BK impacted his music, drawing influence from Pro Era. At first he was a singer, but he fell in love with emceeing almost immediately after a studio invite. Continue reading DHANTÉ Drops “Can’t We Smile” and Meditates About His Future

You’re Ghana Need to Follow the Artistic Ethos of Samuel Blankson

Hailing from Ghana, 24-year old graphic designer Samuel Blankson aka @themanyphacedgod uses his savoir-faire of digital art and love of black skin as a way to paint mortal men as God-like entities. Drawing from hip-hop and r&b culture, Blankson uses his artistic gift as a way to pay homage to pop icons who make dark features as beautiful as they always have been. Continue reading You’re Ghana Need to Follow the Artistic Ethos of Samuel Blankson

Power to the Paintbrush, Tatiana K.’s Delightful Artwork

The empowering art of Tatiana K. aka @phoenixaaart of Florida, is full of beautiful black faces expressing the emotionality of the human experience. Tatiana says that all she wants to do is something that “radiates peace and tranquility and a sense of something more than just this reality” and her art already has done so and will continue to do so as she grows ever stronger. Continue reading Power to the Paintbrush, Tatiana K.’s Delightful Artwork

Dolce Paganne’s Macabre Art Will Give You Goosebumps and Make You Howl at the Moon

Dolce Paganne is a 37-year old surrealist who has a love for creating larger-than-life, macabre, and intricate dreamscapes composed primarily of Victorian-garbed girls and women. She has an affinity for horror stories and lives in the wooded town of Tervuren in Belgium. While she creates her oeuvres, she often listens to electronic music as the sunlight peeks through her windows. Continue reading Dolce Paganne’s Macabre Art Will Give You Goosebumps and Make You Howl at the Moon

Tender Kid Drops Melancholic “Few Missed Calls” Music Video, Speaks Of Art & Love

Few missed calls features Spring and was recorded Lewis’ studio, Silence Wireless. With Madeintyo, Spring, JMP, Killy, Andy, Big Man Alex, and Lovely Nils keeping him company in the stu, Lewis decided that the infectious riff that was stuck in his head for the better part of the day needed to be projected sonically and permanently, as quickly as possible. While his label-mate and friend, Spring, was in the booth, he jumped on the instrumentation and recorded the introductory vocals. Continue reading Tender Kid Drops Melancholic “Few Missed Calls” Music Video, Speaks Of Art & Love