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7 Dope Questions for Architects and Angels …Marc Marcel by Epiphany Castro

Orator.Wordsmith.Producer.Lyricist.Motivator.Animator.Philosopher.Performer.Author.Artist.Hum an.Architect…He is many,many things-He loves many things and detests few,he is complex but simple,he is kind yet may appear cruel. He is brilliant but can feign ignorance.He is a sort of walking palindrome… Definitions from Oxford Languages · Learn more pal·in·drome /ˈpalənˌdrōm/Learn to pronounce noun What did you expect??? Hell,he is a POET. I chewed the fat with […]

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The Inspiring Work of LA Artist Calvin Clausell Jr.

Growing up in Los Angeles, art has always been first for Calvin. From childhood he found himself sketching every chance he got. Loving the idea of bringing life to paper, he gravitated towards charcoal and graphite. Teaching himself shading techniques by observing human expression and emotion. He began oil painting after reading the book “The […]

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The Magical Photography of Awuku Darko Samuel

Born in 1997, Awuku Darko Samuel is a conceptual photographer from Suhum, Ghana. He Began studying visual arts when he was in Senior High school, which he graduated from in 2017. He borrowed smartphones from friends to take photos until he was gifted with his own. He began to explore photography and various mediums in […]

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The Captivating Works of Uzo Njoku

Uzo Njoku’s works rejoice in unions despite her subjects being mostly isolate. Her paintings are a fusion of fine art and design and celebrate the blend of her Nigerian- American cultural upbringing. Njoku, with skill and a considered softness, creates another harmonious alliance between the human bodies present and the decorative. Once deeply informed by […]

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Dawoud Bey: Photography and The Black Subject

Since the mid-1970s, Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) has worked to expand upon what photography can and should be. Insisting that it is an ethical practice requiring collaboration with his subjects, he creates poignant meditations on visibility, power, and race. Bey chronicles communities and histories that have been largely underrepresented or even unseen, and his work lends renewed […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Dave McClinton is a Visual Communicator

In the African American community, we are slowly rediscovering our history that has not been fully illustrated. It’s my job as a visual communicator to review historical information and inform the community by bringing these concepts to life and help visually define our identity. And to distribute these stories about the strengths and trials of the […]

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GETTING TO KNOW HAITIAN BORN WRITER IBI ZOBOI

Ibi Aanu Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is a graduate of the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Her short story, “Old Flesh Song”, is published in the award-winning Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, a collection of African American speculative fiction. Ibi received an award from theWomen Writers of Haitian Descent for her short […]

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