April 16, 2014 africanartagenda

africanartagenda:

Happy Women’s Day

to celebrate we feature the work of a great Kenyan artist James Njoroge from his “Mwanamke ni effort” series (roughly translating to it takes a lot of effort being a woman or the more succinct “woman IS effort”)

James Njoroge aka Kimoshire

Country: Kenya

Style: Realist/ Digital Art

Fun Fact: I am a fine art student in Kenyatta University. I love doing illustrations and playing around with design software.

Quote:

Works

1. Haki (Right)

2.Nywele (hair)

3. Chama (association)

4. What it feels like to be a girl

5. Mama Soko (market Woman)

6. Nywele (hair)

7. Mother Makmende (SuperMom)

8. Ndio Sababu Hajanichoka (It’s Why She’s not tired of me)

9.Nywele (Hair)

10. Taji (crown)

more at https://www.behance.net/kimoshire

www.kimoshire.deviantart.com

FOLLOW HIM AT: http://kimoshire.tumblr.com/

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April 14, 2014 yasboogie

In most male dominated mediums[,] you’re always sure to find a woma[e]n here and there doing groundbreaking work. [SUPERSELECTED | h/t]

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April 14, 2014

AMSTERDAM STAND UP… <3<3

PAA KOFI - AFRICAN IN EUROPE.  

Im loving the vibe in the video.. <3

April 14, 2014

AMSTERDAM STAND UP <3<3

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April 14, 2014

AMSTERDAM STAND UP <3<3

G.O.D.I.S [EP]

M E L A N I N K R I S

Vocals by SalyLene x Melanin Kris x Poet AF Black
Beat by : Des Beatz
Produced: II AWEARNESS

Sounds like: #MELANINKRIS

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April 14, 2014 sirrealphoto

sirrealphoto:

Model: Kendra Schaffya - paradoxjain
Photography by Dexter Ryan Jones
© All Rights Reserved

Instagram: sirdexrjones

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maidsofbondstreet:

Grace Bol at Vivienne Westwood, fall 2014
April 14, 2014 maidsofbondstreet

maidsofbondstreet:

Grace Bol at Vivienne Westwood, fall 2014

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April 11, 2014 dynamicafrica

dynamicafrica:

If you are in any way acquainted with the collections of noted Malian fashion designer, the late Chris Seydou, or pay attention to depictions of Africans and Afrocentric characters in American popular culture, then these unique designs and textiles, known more commonly as ‘mud cloth’, are probably an iconic aesthetic that you are familiar with.

Originating amongst the Bambara people of Mali whose name for this style of textile-making is Bògòlanfini, these handmade mud-dyed cotton fabrics have become a symbol of Malian cultural identity that is used in dressing, design and art. The process involved with the making of bògòlanfini textiles is an organic eco-friendly activity that uses all natural substances.

Traditionally the textile is made using narrow strips of cotton cloth woven on looms in the villages producing ca 15 cm wide cloth, which is then sewn together by hand to produce a fabric wide enough to make into clothing etc. This base fabric on which the designs will be painted is first dyed either a rich red from a dye obtained through boiling the bark of a special tree, or in fresh yellow tones obtained through soaking the dried and pounded leaves of another tree.

 Once the fabric is dyed it is ready to receive the mud, often applied with the help of a toothbrush and painted free hand or using stencils. The mud comes from the river Niger, and through a fascinating process of oxidisation it reacts with the natural dyes , producing a rich black when it has dried and been washed off the fabric. This process is also traditionally done on the banks of the river Niger or its tributary the Bani where the fabric is spread out to dry in the sun.

- See more at: http://www.malimali.org/what-is-bogolan/#sthash.pdBQtgFS.dpuf

 (sources 1; 2)

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

April 11, 2014 mocada-museum

mocada-museum:

Ivan Forde

theunderbellygroup:

"Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”
~Billie Holiday~
April 10, 2014 theunderbellygroup

theunderbellygroup:

"Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”

~Billie Holiday~

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