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Garrett Bradley’s “America” –Disrupting The Symbols and Iconography Of How America is Defined!

According to the Library of Congress, around 70 percent of all feature-length films made in the US between 1912 and 1929 no longer exist. In America (2019), artist and filmmaker Garrett Bradley imagines Black figures from the early decades of the 20th century whose lives have been lost to history. A multichannel video installation, it […]

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Surviving The White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll — a must read!

A stirring and powerful memoir from black cultural critic Rebecca Carroll recounting her painful struggle to overcome a completely white childhood in order to forge her identity as a black woman in America. Rebecca Carroll grew up the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town. Adopted at birth by artistic parents who believed […]

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The Timely Work of Creative Soul Photography

CreativeSoul Photography believes that everyone deserves to truly be seen, so we go beyond just capturing beautiful snapshots. We’re more than just photographers. We are artists and trusted business partners obsessed with unique, visual storytelling and capturing unconventional beauty. “Around 2017, we started our afro art series, a collection of photographs aimed to showcase the beauty […]

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Nigerian Artist Peter Uka’s Work is Bold, Bright and Expansive

Peter Uka’s (b.1975, Nigeria; based in Cologne, Germany) classical training in realistic figuration, images from his memory, are nostalgic, and simultaneously convey innate and timeless human emotion, breathing depth into dynamic portrayals. Scenes of growing up in Nigeria, the bright mannerisms and local customs are all captured in vibrant, visual narrative. Compositions also capture international […]

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BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

First published in 2015, Between The World And Me was written as a letter to Coates’ teenage son, and recounts the author’s experiences growing up in Baltimore’s inner city and his growing fear of daily violence against the Black community. The narrative explores Coates’ bold notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy. Based on the 2018 […]

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Segun Aiyesan –A Powerful Nigerian Artist

The self-taught artist relies on his spirituality, ability to be observant & experimental, as well as a liberal perspective of society and the world. Inspired by a curiosity and desire to understand the world that surrounds him, Segun has developed a point of view of the human condition that ranges from the mundane to the […]

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The Radiant Art of Tiffani G

Here at Nevah Black Down we love artists and art that represents the richness of our culture. Being black is powerful and beautiful. Tiffani G is just that kind of artist, powerful, beautiful and black. Her work jumps off of the canvas and draws your eye to look at her work. Her paintings tug at […]

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VIDEO: Black 101’ memorializes the innocent lives that poet Frank X Walker says are terrorized by white rage

Lessons from Ahmaud Arbery’s killing — that you already knew.   The killing of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia on Feb. 23 has punctuated what many African Americans already feel: Fear changes black bodies into threats. CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO This rendition of the poem ‘Black 101’ memorializes the innocent lives that poet Frank […]

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Takunda Muzondiwa Speaks

“Home is a concept that feels somewhat elusive to me because while I’m a resident in Aotearoa, coming from an immigrant family, I’m in a position that pushes outside of my social and cultural comfort zone. Like most immigrant families my parents migrated in search of quality education and success for their children.When I reflect […]

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Black Like Me — Paintings by Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe

Hailing from Ghana, Quaicoe’s lush and luminous oil paintings of black men and women, some strangers he encounters on the street or on social media, many others, friends and colleagues, stand as visual testaments to the resilience, power and strength inherent in African culture. His portraits reveal the complexities of human experience with both a […]

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Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century –September 27, 2019 – March 1, 2020 CAAM

In celebration of the pioneering apparel line and its enduring legacy, the California African American Museum has mounted an exhibit that chronicles the brand’s 30-year history: Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century. The show, jointly curated by Tyree Boyd-Pates, history curator and program manager, and Taylor Bythewood-Porter, assistant history curator, features original design […]

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Let The Healing Begin, Sampa The Great

I first came across Sampa The Great through a friend.  I was instantly taken both with her performance and her lyrical prowess.  She held me captive and made me sit up a little straighter.  Her determined delivery and unquestionable confidence gave rise to my own fearlessness.  I knew instantly that I would become a fan […]

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