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Spike Lee Drops The Trailer for His Highly-Anticipated ‘Chiraq’ Film

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee has released the trailer for his highly anticipated new film, Chiraq. The film centers around gang violence in Chicago and is inspired by the Greek comedy Lysistrata, in which women tried to end the Peloponnesian War by abstaining from sex with their husbands until they signed a peace treaty. In Chiraq, the women of Chicago…

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Justin Adu Digitizes The Black Revolution For Art Exhibit

African Americans of today live in very complex and trying times. Since the beginning of the television and radio age, the media has been portraying African Americans as the dangerous and unstable majority. We are rarely highlighted for our accomplishments and are often made a mockery at the white man’s expense. Morning talk shows would…

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This Photo Series Celebrates the Beauty of Black Children Hairdos

Black hairstyles have always been an inspiration for many artists and designers as they create entire looks for the catwalk. London photographer Emily Stein has recently been inspired by the creative hairstyles Black children sport around in her own neighborhood, and has decided to share their beauty with the world. “The Hairdo” photo series features adorable children…

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This ‘Suffragette’ Film Marketing Strategy Deserves A Side-Eye

As a Black feminist, I have a complicated relationship with the first initial wave of feminism. On one hand, as a woman, I’m glad that I can vote; but on the other hand, the Suffrage movement was marred by racism. Suffragettes like Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, and Mary Church Terrell were mistreated during the…

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Paris’ Fashion Scene Is Having A Multicultural Spike

Paris’ fashion scene — with dashes of R&B — seems to be weaving a multicultural spike. It was recently revealed that Ethiopian model Liya Kebede will cover Vogue Paris’ May 2015 edition,  which makes her the first black model in five years to do so. Though it’s been a minute , the cover spot proves Paris is…

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February James Participates in ‘American Survey PT:1’ Exhibition

Illustrator February James‘ work is currently on display within Papillion’s American Survey Pt: 1 exhibition. Located in Los Angeles and dedicated to emerging artists, American Survey  is a three part curatorial idea that aims “to understand the consciousness of a country by asking or answering the following questions; What is the consciousness of a county? How do we push…

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Support Julie Dash’s Culturally Rich ‘Travel Notes of A Geechee Girl’ Documentary

Director Julie Dash‘s latest documentary, Travel Notes of A Geechee Girl, delves inside the fearless life of Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor. As a native of South Carolina’s culturally rich Gullah Geechee community, Vertamae connected the world to Geechee culture through culinary arts. At the age of 18 she sailed to Paris and landed in the heart of…

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Dave Chappelle May Be Coming To HBO With A Comedy Special

Rumor has it that Dave Chappelle may have an HBO special in the works. Comedy Hype speculates that Chappelle tapped a stand-up special at Austin’s ACL Live in Texas. If the word is true, this will be his first solo special in 10 years. So far, there’s no official release date for the special. In…

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The Studio Musuem’s ‘Salon Style’ Exhibit Puts Black Beauty on a Pedestal

Photography by Malick Sidibe. The Studio Museum in Harlem may be the only spot where you can witness a sculpture inspired by Olympic athlete Florence “Flo-Jo” Joyner. The museum’s current Salon Style exhibit celebrates the artistry and self-expression of Black beauty through nearly 2,000 works of art. Organized by Hallie Ringle, the interdisciplinary showcase combines…

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This Photo Diary Captures Everyday Lives in New York City’s Projects

New York nonprofit organization Seeing For Ourselves set out to alter the perception of public housing tenants through their “Developing Lives” project. Through the program, resident adolescents and senior citizens were taught photography techniques with a disposable camera in a 12-week course. In return, they captured their surroundings within everyday life. Now, shots collected between…

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First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks At Black Girls Rock

BET recently wrapped up the taping of this year’s Black Girls Rock installment with Hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. The program is one of BET’S most cherished as women of color throughout education, social justice, music, literature, and film are celebrated and honored for their achievements. The program’s most special moment included an…

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Hank Willis Thomas Explores Feminine Identity in ‘Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015’

Hank Willis Thomas’ exhibition Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 will show at NYC’S Jack Shainman Gallery beginning April 10. Known for his conceptual works which focus on perspective identity, media, and popular culture, his exhibition focuses on advertising’s power to communicate how the ideal female identity is to be perceived. Thomas’ Unbranded… is…

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