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

My collage style comes from designing fliers for punk shows in the 90s! I started booking shows because I wanted to participate, wanted to be more tangibly involved with the music I was listening to, and I just kind of fell in love with it. The flier was like, the packaging for the show, was this artistic representation of the moment you were curating, like an album cover. So it all stems from wanting to create a unique visual idea for events I was planning, and it just evolved over the years and spilled out until it became its own thing. 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

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