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Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite April 11–September 1, 2019,​ @ Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

Inspired in part by the writings of Marcus Garvey, Kwame Brathwaite, his older brother, Elombe Brath, and the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) popularized the phrase “Black is Beautiful” in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Brathwaite and Brath did their part to spread this idea through Brathwaite’s writings and photographs, as well […]

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Photographer Bruce Talamon and his book “Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972–1982” show us black love and music!

Get down with such legends as Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, the Jackson Five, Diana Ross, James Brown, and Chaka Khan in this collection of largely unseen images from the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk.  This XL volume gathers all of the glamour and groove captured by photographer Bruce W. Talamon. Bruce W. Talamon saw it all during the golden age of […]

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Featured Event: Barron Claiborne “ILLUMINADOS” The Luminous Black Saints — Photo Exhibition August 24th – September 9th, 2018 in New York City

The images in this exhibition comprise 33 photographs shot by Barron Claiborne in 8 x 10 Polaroid format, starting in 2001. The series includes Saints (Muurmaidens and Orisha’s) Venus Aurea (The Female Form), the Twins (Double Duplication), and Cara Negra (Black Face). This collaboration with +81 Gallery will offer Limited Edition products featuring Barron Claiborne’s […]

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Featured Video: Nevah Black Down is about Love!

Nevah Black Down is about using your art, your gift, your words and your image to speak your truth! Creative Direction: Karen Gibson Roc Photography: Cisco ‘Street Lenz’ Collaboration: Plinth & Scratch Clothing (featured bandanna) Music: J Dilla ‘Life’ instrumental #NEVAHBLACKDOWN

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Omar Victor Diop: Photography Unparalleled

I was pleasantly caught off guard by the power in these images.  I held my breath and failed to inhale.  I found my way onto Omar Victor Diop’s website by clicking a link from an article I read.  I was mesmerized.  The images are palpable, they seem to penetrate your aura and leave you wanting to […]

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Cisco Street Lenz Photography

  It all started when I saw a few images on Facebook.  I kept watching after I had made a connection with his page.  He made a connection with my page and sent me a request to photograph me.  I was cool with that so we set a time and made it happen.  It was […]

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