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The perks of being a black artist: 2 Oakland photographers to watch

1. Karl Reeves “It seems like there’s a trio of what black men shoot: Video vixens, black and white pictures of kids in the ghetto, and event photography at rap shows” says Karl Reeves, an Oakland transplant from Wisconsin. But Reeves has broader ideas, and wants to shift the common narratives of the black experience through his photography. “Historically I was shooting art...

Africa rising: Fashion and pride across the diaspora

The perception of Africa is evolving as an increasing number of people across the African diaspora choose to embrace the fashion and culture of the long misrepresented continent. In the midst of growing African trends,  an interesting question has been raised by blogger Zipporah Gene in her article “Black America, please stop appropriating African clothing and tribal markings.” In it...

Headed to the Bay? Check out the 1st Festival Celebrating Black Love

“Love is resistance and it’s important that we work on healing before continuing this struggle.” https://vimeo.com/125641127 The Black Love Festival, organized by China Pharr, Leigh Davenport, and Etecia Brown; provides an example of love being used as an organizing tool to build bridges, share resources, and create healing spaces for and by black people. It takes place on...