Blavity is in New Orleans this week exploring New Orleans, enjoying music at the Essence Music Festival and meeting local creators. Tune in to the site and social media to see what we’re finding and who we’ve met. If you’re headed to new orleans this week come kick it with us! Thursday night we’ll be at Noirlinians kick off event with local artists, activists and creators. Friday Blavity is having an intimate brunch for millennial women with featured speaker Kim Roxie, Creative director of Lamik Beauty.
Check out the list below of some of the local creators who will be at the Noirlinians x Blavity kick off event!
Learn about Tank and the Bangas
Go DJ, & Head of the #Awayteam, RQ Away is a New Orleans bred lover of music and positive action. Currently searching for the proper next step in making a positive effect on the things around him, he has made somewhat of a name for himself as and administrator of good vibes via his hands and the works of vernacular artists. The #Awayteam is a New Orleans based brand and support collective that strengthens the community via social events, community focused activities and workshops
DOPEciety (pronounced Dope-Ciety) is the brainchild of artist Denisio Truitt. Denisio is an accomplished Liberian-American painter, writer, photographer and clothing designer. Daughter of a Liberian immigrant mother and an African American father, Denisio draws on her West African heritage to create her artwork, tackling issues of gender and dual identity, particularly as they pertain to both traditional and modern African communities. The oft-used Deangle mask is from the Dan Tribe of Liberia and is used in masquerades and various rites.
Learn more about their natural skin care line here
Aya Designs was founded out of a desire to turn a hobby into a business. Aya Designs uses natural stones, turquoise, coral, agates, jade, fluorite, quartz, prehnite, and many many more stones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver and silver plate.
Wildseeds is a feminist-of-color collective that uses speculative fiction and art as a resource for social change. Our work, steeped in Black feminist traditions of survival and healing, engages Octavia Butler and other speculative, sci-fi, and fantastical authors and artists of color. We use their creative outputs as tools to engage in social justice work, cultural arts programming, collaborative art-making, and community building.
Douriean, a wearable artist, has a mission is to support women to reveal their beauty by telling their stories through adornments. She uses the original purpose of jewelry, a non-verbal communication tool to tell others who we are, believing it is needed now more than ever. She believes its an ideal way for women to define their beauty on their own terms and express themselves authentically.
Mwende & Denisio (Noirlinians)
#Noirlinians is an AfroFashion blog exploring the relationship between culture, clothing & identity in the diaspora.