Are you from Brooklyn and looking to spice up your Instagram life? We’ve scoured the popular media-sharing site and have come up with 10 black artists, designers and creators currently living it up in the area. If you’re the artsy and creative kind, these people are your ticket to keeping up with Brooklyn life.
1. Joshua Kissi: @streetetiquette
Kissi is a popular artist, photographer, fashion blogger and the co-founder of Street Etiquette, a fashion and cultural movement brand that aims to create a menswear style site with an urban perspective. Street Etiquette has been featured in various popular magazines such as GQ, Complex and Vice, and has been named by The Guardian as the “Best Men’s Style Blog.”
2. Kehinde Wiley: @kehindewiley
Wiley is a portrait artist who is well-known for his very naturalistic paintings of people of the African Diaspora. His works have been displayed in various public collections in museums around the world.
3. April Walker: @iamaprilwalker
A noted social entrepreneur, April is the founder of Walker Wear, a pioneer brand in the urban fashion industry. She is noted for being one of the few women who have made it big in the menswear category of fashion.
4. Beverly Bond: @djbeverlybond
Bond is the founder and executive director of Black Girls Rock, a youth empowerment and mentoring organization for women of color. Not only that, she is also blazing trails in the social entrepreneurship, music and entertainment industries as one of the most celebrated DJs around.
5. Kerby Jean-Raymond: @kerbito
Jean-Raymond was featured in Forbes magazine’s 2015 30 Under 30 list, celebrating success stories of people under the age of 30. He is the founder of Pyer Moss, a popular street-style fashion brand making noise in the industry. His number one celebrity fan? Usher.
6. Rachel Eliza Griffiths: @rachelelizagriffiths
Griffiths is a photographer and a poet with tons of recognition from notable personalities and organizations. Her visual and literary works are both recognized and published by magazines, journals and other media. In 2011 she was featured as an emerging poet in the first ever poetry issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
7. Jay Corbin: @sneakersensei
Corbin is currently responsible for brand engagement on Pepsi’s Creator team, a brand new division dedicated to identifying and executing against the latest and greatest cultural trends in entertainment, music, food, sports and gaming, as well as the go-to Sneaker afficicando currently featured in the Brooklyn Museum of Art Sneaker Exhibit “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” and BET’s Sneaker show “How to Rock”.
8. Kadia Blagrove: @casualmuse
Casual Muse is a literary site created to celebrate modern communication through means of creative visuals and soulful stories. It was founded and is run by Blagrove, a Jamaican-American writer and artist who has already been well-noted among media influencers within just five years of starting her career.
9. Lesley Ware: @creativecookie
Ware is an author, blogger, fashion educator and the other half of photographer and curator Kamau Ware. Add to that an art gallery owner, artist and zine maker — she’s definitely a Jill of many trades!
10. Kamau Ware: @warehousegallery
Kamau is a visual storyteller who creates stories through his photography. He is also the resident curator for Warehouse Gallery. When he’s not doing artsy curator stuff, he is working on his graphic novel series about African Diaspora in the city of NY. He is the Jack to Lesley Ware’s Jill of many trades.
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