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AFROCENTRIC pays ode to James Baldwin: His Voice, His Art

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924- December 1, 1981), was a keystone figure during the Harlem Renaissance who helped shed light on racial, sexual and class characteristics of Western society. His essays and works have influenced American culture that we know today.

The New Negro Movement sparked a new image of the Black community now after being freed from slavery. Blackness was vibrant and ahead of its time. The New Negro Movement, later known as the Harlem Renaissance showered America with cultural, social and artistic culture which fuels our American lives of today. 

“Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience you must find yourself at war with your society.” - James Baldwin

Model:  @_romeiro_ 
Photographer: @blackexcellenceseries  @divine_creativity
Created by: @_romeiro_ , @thamermaid@divine_creativity 

S3E10 'And the Woman Clothed in Sun' Notes

Hey, everyone!  Just wanted to mention this was a good episode.  I’d been getting a bit scared that, after the richness of the Italian arc, both in visuals and in narrative, this would seem paltry and threadbare in comparison.  Glad to see it’s ramping up again!

  • I know it’s supposed to be a horrific, ominous old house, but… I want that house.

  • *sigh*  Dolarhyde is adorable while driving… what is this world coming to??

  • Ooohhh, Dolarhyde visits Hannibal’s office!  Now we’re getting somewhere… I was beginning to think I was doomed to know all the details of the story before it played out.

  • *sparkly anime eyes of unfathomable emotion*  Dolarhyde’s perspective on the phone call!

  • O_O  YES.

  • Don’t we all see ourselves like that?  Seriously, though, if there were statues like that I’d have three on my lawn.

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Yellow Fever by Ng’endo Mukii

YELLOW FEVER mixes different media to bring to attention notions of race, self-image and self-worth. Trying to fit the mould imposed by western standards of beauty, African women attempt to erase their individuality by bleaching their skin and braiding artificial hair into their own. Animation and documentary blend with a battle-like choreography that envisions the struggle with one’s own reflection. Images of the great Savannah, projected on the dancers’ bodies are a reminder of the heritage interwoven in these women’s very skin, exposing the pursuit of a globalized standard of beauty as a negation of personal identity. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)

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The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art has a new exhibition and the lineup of artists is stunning: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, just to name a few.

The art, now worth billions, was bought in the 1970s under Shah Reza Pahlavi, whose coffers were overflowing with oil revenue at the time. The shah sought to modernize and Westernize the country in general, and put his wife, Empress Farah Pahlavi, in charge of acquiring the art.

The result was considered by some to be the greatest collection of contemporary Western masterpieces outside of Europe and North America. The trove includes works by Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh and roughly 30 by Pablo Picasso.

“The latest things that were available in Western galleries, they were bought for the collection here. All the big names from the beginning of the 20th century until the ‘70s, you know, we have them,” Faryar Javaherian, one of the curators of the exhibition

Hidden For Decades, Pollocks, Rothkos And More Go On Display In Iran

Photos: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Title Painting. Portrait of a woman.

Creator LESAGE Pierre Alexis (1872–1932)., artist

Date XIX–XX century.

Description (Young black woman, dressed in high-necked blouse, turned three-quarters to the right.) 

Photo source: Menil Foundation/ 

Photographer: Mario Carrieri,

Repository NANTES., Musée des Beaux-Arts. 

Source The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

CALL FOR ENTRIES #QTPOCzine

We are looking for all types of media for an upcoming zine that challenges the current stasis in the queer community. We are very interested in all spectrums of sexuality and visual 2-D media, so please feel free to submit poetry/prose, sketchbook scans, text pieces, short stories, essays, opinion pieces, reviews (art, music, film, books, theory, etc), experimental writing, concrete poetry, photographs, digital images, documentation, visual pieces, etc. If you’re dying to call out the whiteness of radical queer culture, share some trans poetry or artwork, or tackle the prison industrial complex, then this is your space to do so. This is a demo zine and will be printed on tan paper with black ink. You will be compensated for your work and the turn around is pretty dang soon.

Deadline: December 16th, 2015.
Email entries + questions to: demian.dineyazhi@gmail.com

Introducing a forthcoming Queer zine dedicated to art, culture, literature, critique, & resurgence. Because the contemporary gay rights movement is not enough. Because queer cultural representations are often dominated by Western perspectives that have been anglicized & propogated through centuries of colonization, political & religious persecution, & societal pressures to exert gendered traits in stereotypical/easily identifiable manners. Because radical queer politics are not enough. Because homosexuality is a Western construct that does not need to impose its values on other countries or communities. Because we understand that cultural diversity begets ®evoltion. Because we come from diverse cultural backgrounds/traditions. Because we are divisive & our aspirations have led us to create & survive. Because we come home from queer parties feeling even more alienated & alone. Because we were not exposed to positive role models. Because we are struggling with negative forces & want to learn to love ourselves. Because we are artists, activists, visionaries, allies, & alive. Because we wish to learn more about HIV/AIDS, Trans Politics, and Indigenous Queer cultures in order to feel informed & empowered so we can dismantle stigma, patriarchy, & colonization/genocide. Because we grew up in small towns. Because all we know is urban decay. Because we want to rewrite the future. Because we are not doing enough to understand one another. Because the internet will never be big enough to contain our dreams, desires, identities, & realities.

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Rechargeable by Bilvy (@bilvee)

Summary: Rechargeable is a sci fi webcomic which updates Mondays and Fridays. This slice of life/drama follows a crew of queer Australians who live and work in the underbelly of New Portland, a fictional city in Western Australia. Their lives revolve around their work dealing black market goods and building illegal weapons, otherwise known as CHIPs.

Notes: This is one of those comics that makes it immediately obvious it’s going to be a big thing, though that’s not exactly a difficult conclusion to come to considering it was building hype before pages even started going up. The art style is pretty much what you see in the preview image - attractive, and including some character designs that have clearly had a lot of thought put into them. The setting and premise sound interesting, too, so I’m looking forward to seeing where this one goes.

I’m not sure exactly what kind of queer content there will be, but in just the handful of initial pages there seems to be at least some m/m, f/f, and a character who uses non-binary pronouns. It’s a fairly large main cast, though, so I’m expecting there’s still more yet to be revealed there.

The comic is rated 18+ and warns for violence, death, use/mention of drugs and some sexual references.