The Astounding Ways Aretha's Home Going Connected Our Past and Present

Aretha Franklin
By Brenda Alexander

We have all heard, or watched, the multi-day memorial plus 8-hour funeral in celebration of our beloved Aretha Franklin. Her life and legacy goes far beyond music. As Rolling Stone put it, “Aretha’s voice sang across decades of change and turmoil for black America.” Her mission outside of music to fight for the advancement of our people will be forever cherished and integrated in history books beyond her vocal catalogue. The musical tributes and eulogies were for the books, but analyzing it from a conscious standpoint, you’ll come to realize just how monumental her death is. As a pioneer in the fight for black freedom and equality, Aretha was no ordinary entertainer. Here are the ways in which Re-Re’s passing brings our ancestry full circle.

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Caribbean-Born Dancer Kyle Patrick is Naturally Glam!

Kyle Patrick
By Onicia Muller

Caribbean-born model/actor/dancer Kyle Patrick was spotted performing at the Pornceptual stage during Amsterdam's MILKSHAKE Festival. The multi-genre dance music festival promotes diversity, respect, and the freedom to let Ones’ guard down- regardless of sexuality, gender, or race. He’s statuesque; having the right balance of leanness and sculpted muscles. His dark skin is just as interesting as his ever changing looks. See why Kyle Patrick is this week's naturally glam pick!

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Meet the 18-Year-Old Artist That's Painting Black Women as Fairies

Artist Sumaiyah Jones via IG
By Winnie Gaturu

When you think about fairies, names like The Fairy Godmother or Tinkerbell instantly come to mind. They are part of most children's childhood and are often associated with magic, femininity and beauty. Perhaps the most outstanding thing about most fairies is the fact that they are white. This has been the case for decades. However, many artists are seeking to change this narrative by reimagining fairies to reflect diversity. Among them is 18-year-old Sumaiyah Jones, an artist that reimagines fairies as black women. It's hard not to fall in love with her work therefore it comes as no surprise that she has gained more than 70k followers on Instagram!

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5 Ways A'mara la Negra Has Inspired Us To Rock Out in 2018!


A'mara le Negra
By Michelby Whitehead

If 2017 was the year of Cardi B, then one can only nod in agreement that 2018 will be the reign of A'mara la Negra, the breakout cast member on Vh1's Love n Hip Hop Miami. I don't know about you, but the way A'mara's skin glows makes me want to say "Hey girl! Can you be my life coach? Because obviously you're doing something right!" While we wait on the beautiful one to take us under her wing, here are 5 ways A'mara la Negra has inspired us to rock out in 2018!

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How Dianne Smith Turned A Domestic Violence Incident Into Art

Artist Dianne Smith 







 Domestic Violence Month
 “He pushed me on the bed, pinned me down, and started punching me in the face,” recalls Harlem-based artist Dianne Smith, the night her 6’6, 270 lb. boyfriend assaulted her. It was the first time anything like that had ever happened, and when she asked him to go, he refused. She considered calling the police, however, she couldn’t risk them coming to her apartment and potentially killing this ‘big Black man,’ which would only make the situation worse. Besides, she had an important meeting in the morning regarding an art piece she was creating for the 40-year anniversary of the play, ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf.’
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