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

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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…

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Aretha Franklin: 7 Unforgettable Moments from a Queen

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Aretha Franklin By Brenda Alexander By now the world has learned and is mourning the passing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. For the past 60+ years, she’s provided a musical soundtrack crossing as a backdrop to an ever changing world. Donned one of the greatest voices of all time, her gift crossed multiple genres, generations, racial, political, social…

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Caribbean-Born Dancer Kyle Patrick is Naturally Glam!

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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…

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

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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…

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7 African-American Visual Artists To Watch

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Artist Miles Regis By Nikki Igbo “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” French impressionist artist Edgar Degas once made this statement and it could not be truer when considering the contributions of visual artists throughout history. Visual artists, through their work, clarify, expose, underscore and inform in ways that transcend age, ethnicity, language and…

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How Dianne Smith Turned A Domestic Violence Incident Into Art

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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,…

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Visual Artist Erin Mitchell Explores Black Joy Through Portraiture and Fashion

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Pictured, Erin Mitchell. Chicago-based art educator and visual artist. Photo by @michiojames Have you ever to just enjoy your Black Life without always entertaining or debunking a political debate about what value it has or doesn’t have? I’d like you to meet Erin Mitchell, the amazing artist behind the new, captivating, and aptly titled visual art collection The Black Joy…

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