2018

The List: Mercy Sang

by Shantel Pass | published: Nov 16, 2018

Photograph By: Stephanie Cammarano

The List: Mercy Sang

By: Shantel Pass | Published: November 16, 2018

“The List” is our exclusive series highlighting select artists and the various, random things they’re currently into and inspired by. With featured guests from all creative facets, this series shall serve as your go-to for all things visionary and artistic.

Upon finding inspiration in her observations of Australia’s promising talent, Mercy Sang branched out from her role as a model to highlight overlooked and underrepresented creatives within the fashion, art, film and photography circuit. But this would be more than a marketing “conversation starter” for sure. She would become the chief architect of culturally diverse experiences that marry who the creative world lets in and who it leaves out. Thus, People of Colour Collective (POCC) Magazine was born and it’s already stretching aspiring gratefulness into deserved pride for Melbourne’s young artistic community.

In this edition of The List, Mercy shares current muses and influences from Malick Sidibe’s life-giving photography to her own reconnection with her Kenyan heritage – all of which help chart the design of her ever-evolving blueprint.

Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus is my absolute favourite film. Ever since discovering it, I see it quite possibly once a week. Everything about the film is breathe taking, and every single shot looks like a painting.

Malick Sidibe

Ever since coming across Malick Sidibe’s photographs I instantly became obsessed. I quickly started collecting as much of his work as I could. He captured the unexplainable African flare.

Sory Sanle

My other favourite photographer is Ibrahima Sanle Sory from Burkina Faso. I was introduced to him by my mother and was gifted one of his books and was hooked ever since.

Blood Orange – Negro Swan

This album has been on repeat ever since its release, and looks like it will be my summer album, as it should.

Prada

If I were able to wear Prada at all times I definitely would. Yes, at all times.

Fela Kuti

I listen to Zombie by Fela at least once a day, especially in the morning as I get ready for my day. It puts me in the best mood.

Short hair

I finally gathered up the courage to cut my hair short and now wondering why I never did it sooner.

Kenya

I recently traveled back home to Kenya for a few months after a few years and the trip was non describable. No doubt, the most impactful trip I have ever had at a very important and particular time in my life. I was able to reconnect with not only my family but my heritage. That one particular trip will stay with me forever.

2018

The List: Aweng Chuol

by Asia Burris | published: Oct 30, 2018

Photograph By: Lee Whittaker

The List: Aweng Chuol

By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 30, 2018

“The List” is our exclusive series highlighting select artists and the various, random things they’re currently into and inspired by. With featured guests from all creative facets, this series shall serve as your go-to for all things visionary and artistic.

20-year-old South Sudanese model Aweng Chuol is globally known for her ethereal beauty. On this edition of The List, she shares the various concepts that envelope her beauty both inside out. From her latest reads to fashion tips, read her full list below.

White luxury shirts from Absence of Paper

I was appointed as muse and director of Absence of Paper, a luxury women’s shirt brand, and having a steady supply of such a foundational article of clothing has been fantastic. I love being able to connect to the brand’s philosophy of re-inventing the classic white shirt for the modern woman.

Music

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Kiana Lede, especially her song “Ex”. I feel like it speaks to my own love life in a way. But that’s me saying too much.

Books

I just finished rereading The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein and it’s still one of my favourites. It always gets me thinking about the state of society today, how it’s changed and how it’s stayed the same. Sometimes it’s a depressing read and sometimes it’s what keeps me going.

Colored Wigs

As a kid, I had always dreamt of being able to change my hair color whenever I wanted, but I always worried about how it would look. Here I am 20 years on, living, breathing, and enjoying a colored wig as often as I am (professionally) allowed.

Pose

Pose is hands down one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Set in 1987 New York City, the TV series follows a diverse group navigating life in and out of the gay ballroom scene. I laughed, I cried, I attempted to vogue, I cried some more. Having seen too many narratives centered exclusively around black, gay, and trans pain, Pose was truly a blessing. It is a show vibrating with life and ultimate hope, something especially necessary today.

Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt shoe

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out if shoes are a girl’s best friend. And when one travels as often as I do, I’ve realized that good shoes are a girls only best friend. Currently, my favourite pair are the Daisy from Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt. They are shoes you can live in.

Galleries

I love looking to different media to educate and inspire me, especially art. An interesting little gallery I stumbled across recently whilst on a shoot in London was the Gallery of African Art. It was great to see the work of African artists showcased to new audiences within the art world and beyond.

Beauty

In an industry that has traditionally been so static and rigid in its standards of beauty, I am determined to keep disrupting these structures. My recent work with Dazed beauty has been such an interesting opportunity to do exactly this.

By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 8, 2018

2018

The List: Ghetto Gastro

by Asia Burris | published: Oct 23, 2018

The List: Ghetto Gastro

By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 22, 2018

“The List” is our exclusive series highlighting select artists and the various, random things they’re currently into and inspired by. With featured guests from all creative facets, this series shall serve as your go-to for all things visionary and artistic.

Ghetto Gastro:

Jon Gray
Malcolm Livingston
Lester Walker
Pierre Serrao

Women in the Art World Killing Shit

I was made by a woman and raised by a community of strong black women so it’s no mistake that my best teachers and my biggest inspirations are women of
color and it’s a amazing time to see other folks recognizing the shine. When the intellect and style combines, its a finesse fest.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Wangechi Mutu
Adrian Piper
Toyin Ojih Odutola
Faith Ringgold
Joeonna Bellorado Samuels
Naiomy Guerrero
Karen Wong
Eungie Joo
Courtney Willis Blair

‘Quincy’ Documentary

The man has done the work of 10 legends in his lifetime and still puts in pain. I see some of my obsessive straights in Q, but I’m also reminded that I’m slacking in these streets.

Now Playing

I’m jumping between Miles Davis and Quincy Jones live in Montreux and Shyne’s first LP.

My Not So Guilty Pleasure 

I’m feeling like another Black Golden Age of TV is upon us. We love how Donald Glover is moving on his polymath vibe. He’s from ATL, but his pops is from the BX. Lets not forget the roots. Melina Matsoukas, who is from my hood, Lena Waithe, Issa Rae and Shiona Turini. It’s really dope to see the
creative expression from the writers room, the directors chair and the costume department form like Voltron.

Politics As Unusual 

Life’s a trip because I was literally at a dinner table with a C-suite executive when I got a call from my brother, who is facing crazy numbers, to bail him out. Living between the two worlds is a trip. A few weeks ago my brother got snatched up by the FEDS and a few days later I was giving a talk at the MoMA. Shits wild. With that being said here are some things and people that keep me a bit hopeful.

Alexia Ocasio-Cortez

Bail Project

BLK Market Vintage

HealHaus

Green Garden Health Food in BX

The Lit. Bar

By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 8, 2018

2018

The List: Phoebe Collings-James

by Asia Burris | published: Oct 15, 2018

The List: Phoebe Collings-James

By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 8, 2018

“The List” is our exclusive series highlighting select artists and the various, random things they’re currently into and inspired by. With featured guests from all creative facets, this series shall serve as your go-to for all things visionary and artistic.

Audre Lorde – ‘The Berlin Years’

As her body weakened under the stress of cancer, Lorde’s mind appeared to sharpen with increasing urgency. All of the documentaries on Lorde are interesting but as this one speaks to a uniquely European position, it resonated with my experiences of growing up in the UK with Jamaican and British family. Whenever I am lost I can come back to her words to ground myself.

Beverly Buchanan

She is my number one. I don’t think there is an artist I feel quite as close to and moved by. Her hustle, humour, attention to the fabrics of our lives – burning her own work only to re-make, continued movement and transformation. Bad with a captial B.

Ciara – “Ride”

If I could move like this one day, I would die happy. I recently spoke about this video with my oldest friend and accomplice, Jamila Johnson-Small, as we were preparing for our own performance, Sounds 4 Survival. Discovering that it was also one of her favorites solidified its potency for me.

‘Sounds 4 Survival’

Jamila Johnson-Small

Jamila can dance like that “Ride” video & has been top of all of my lists since we met at school. Her shows are overflowing with a frenetic energy that is challenging and comforting to me in equal measure. Recent works are made under the name Last Yearz Interesting Negro.

Doyle Lane

My love for ceramics developed into a full blown obsession in the last year since I learned to throw on the pottery wheel. Discovering Lane was a turning point, seeing how he finessed the possibilities of philosophy, style, colour, and texture within the art form has been a vital influence for me.

Joan Armatrading

I was like, Sade or Joan… but I guess for the big dyke energy, Joan has to be on this list. Her voice, her vibe, her power is SO impressive. And she reminds me of my parents’ generation in London so there is a complicated, love filled nostalgia too.

Simone Rocha

10 years ago I was working in DSM Londonthe, the shop where she sold her first collection, and it has been a love story from the beginning. Ha. I would wear it daily if I could. We have bonded over admiration for the same artists and the way that she weaves those inspirations into her collections is always exciting.

Tokyo


I visited Tokyo for the first time this year. The care taken with even the smallest of aesthetic decisions is incredible. And the food!! And the people! I would love to spend a lot more time there.

By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 8, 2018

2018

The List: Junglepussy

by Asia Burris | published: Oct 11, 2018

The List: Junglepussy

By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 2, 2018

“The List” is our exclusive series highlighting select artists and the various, random things they’re currently into and inspired by. With featured guests from all creative facets, this series shall serve as your go-to for all things visionary and artistic.

‘Support The Girls’ 

‘Support The Girls’ movie = my acting debut in theatres now:)

‘Random Acts of Flyness’ & ‘Pose’ 

The two most important shows on television.

Kari Gran Natural Lip Balm

First of all, hooray for clean beauty. Second of all, it never gives that cakey white stuff + they’re all pepperminty!

My Current Wig
First of all, it never gives that cakey white stuff + they’re all pepperminty!

I’m obsessed with my current wig! I can’t stop talking about it: 20inches deep kinky curl, color 27 rainbow ombré, dream hair for a dream girl 🙂

Lush’s Chocolate Lip Scrub 

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

Keeps me looking supple and feeling fancy, a daily necessity! + It smells so good!

Virgin Mojitos

They just make me happy!

By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 2, 2018