These are just a few images from O. Obaga‘s gorgeous photosream. They’re a part of a series called Architecture Nairobi. Check him out on Flickr to see more from this series and more from him.
Ikem Smith is a Jamaica-based artist and filmmaker producing amazing work.
The title says it all. If you know someone headed to college or already in college, this is an amazing resource from the Black Girl Project. My brother’s going to start applying this fall and I’ll be forwarding this to him, so I’d say it’s not just for Black girls. Please share this widely!
This ambitious project on 8-Rock.com is well on its way to documenting 1001 Black Men in the form of drawings. Each post is accompanied by a short description of where the real life Black men where encountered.
What I love most about this series is the drive to destroy the single story that’s been told about Black men for decades. The artist sees “past entrenched stereotypes to create images of Black men that reflect the wonderful complexity of African American lives–our history so deeply embedded in our present, our celebrations so often tempered by grief and, yes, the pleasure and danger we find in so many many of the people, places, and activities that give us joy.”
The drawings are accompanied by highly symbolic images, from excerpts of radical texts, to icons of weaponry and adinkra marks; all very intricate and detailed parts of the each story. Check out the website for the rest of the images and follow @8_Rock on twitter.
Kayobi Clothing has created this New World Africa collection “inspired by Aricans and lovers of Africa who are spearheading the African Renaissance.” I love the vibrant colors, tongue-in-cheek sayings and overall attitude of the collection. Shout out to Kwabena for the work he’s doing with this line! Head on over to the shop to get your pieces right now! (But, uh… that red Oh! Chale shirt? Mine! :] )
I always wonder about the term “ethnic” and how it’s used in various media to mean all manners of things. From the “tribal” African to the “earthy” Black woman, the term is rather generic and loaded at the same time. But this Behance project is beautiful executed, generic signifiers notwithstanding. Enjoy the curious contradictions!
I love a good story. Rachel Benjamin‘s short titled ‘The Missing Peace‘ does an amazing job of capturing a coming of age story in such a short space. Check it out below! It’s based on story by Edwidge Danticat and it takes place in Haiti. This is Rachel Benjamin’s fifth short film. Support the artist! Leave your feedback below and follow Rachel on twitter.
Today we kick off a series of posts on the Horn of Africa, the people, the culture and yes, the famine, too. We’re really excited to share this with you and we’ve set up a special section on the site to house the posts. We have a few guest posts lined up for the section as well as many, many links, blogs, twitters and stories to share with you.
If you would like to do a guest post, please let us know as we have a few more slots available for the duration of the summer. In the meantime, we welcome your links, images, sounds, and insight for this project. Head over to the Horn of Africa section to check out the pieces that are up already. See you there!