pgp376: thirty minutes in the Garden with GréLuna

There’s a saying that I, as an artist, live by: “Art, like morality, starts by drawing a line somewhere.” Usually, after researching a photographer’s body of work, I can easily tell if working with them will either help or hinder the image I wish to portray as an art model. It wasn’t hard for me to deduct after reviewing Pangea’s site and social media, that overall I would NOT be satisfied with the end results. So then, why did I model for the site anyway? Before completely dismissing the entire site as Afro-centric soft core porn, I wanted to see just what he...

WGO?: The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams attacks the Army’s ban on natural hairstyles

From TheWire.com Back in April, the military banned several specific hairstyles almost exclusive to black women, including twists, dreadlocks, and several forms of naturally grown hair. The currently available options – straightened (or “relaxed”), wigs, weaves, microbraids, and cornrows – are costly and require hours in a salon. Williams decided to take the issue to the streets, first educating one Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cheever about the issue. While Cheever, a military blogger, started the segment by defending the military code (“Soldier, it’s time to suck it...

pgp375: a look back at Serene on the tracks

On a day like any other, some years ago, we took a little stroll down the railroad tracks with body painter Abu Art. Abu, Serene and I were three of a group of creatives on a little excursion. And while the project did not work out the way we’d initially planned, I was fortunate enough to create a few captures that I like from our little mis-adventure. It has been a while since earthSista Serene’s images graced the Garden. The young beauty has been quite busy pursuing a her goal to be a fashion designer. Much love and fortune to her. I will keep an eye on her so that one day, soon,...

pgp374: a taste of Apache…

While all of our features are for everyone, this one is a special note for the artists and photographers who partake in the experiences we have every 2nd Monday (tonight!) at the Apache Cafe in Atlanta. There’s an ambiance in the place; a play of light and shadow that works with the location’s decor to create truly unique backdrops for potentially extraordinary images. Because of the low light many photographers use their flashes to create extraordinary images of color and form but they miss the opportunity to use the shadows to create captures filled with emotion and drama. Everyone...

pgp373: Black Americana II: my strength, my allure, my WONDER

“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender. “Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.” ~ William Marston, creator of Wonder Woman                     Tanisha Lynn Pyron aka (PRETTYFIRE) ACTRESS / COMMERCIAL MODEL/ CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER/ VISUAL GRIOT/ POET/ DIRECTOR/...

Black Americana I: Afrika the Great – America the Beautiful

Images by Saddi Khali Photography AMBIVALENCE : The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea. I put myself in conversation with the flag, with the context of my HISTORY. There is a history in this country my skin has been seen as dirty, my beauty cheap and base arousing only sensual desire. I ASSERT that I AM pure in MY SKIN, my nakedness, my beauty. I will STILL be OFFENSIVE to some and in my modesty i cover that which is most precious. Do u see birds hiding there beauty, are the flowers ashamed of there splendor. Neither am I. I AM...

pgp372: TBT… a rooftop art party

It was a night that was so great that you knew you would have to do it again but, alas, we took it for granted. The roof was cool and the skyline made for a beautiful backdrop. Three more sistas stepped up prior to event wanting to be painted and two of whom would later become earthSistas Off in the cut there were spectators who drank, enjoyed the music and curiously peered at the earthSistas whose bodies were being adorned in bright beautiful colors by the painters, Cheo Admini and Plando Clayton and whose faces ritually and creatively decorated by Liberation. It chaotic, creative and fabulous....

pgp371: him by PrettyFire

I remember him and you do too. Him when you first met him…. and that BIG fight you had on the last day of school. OR. The following fall when tag, red light green and kick ball. Turned into playing: Doctor, Momma and Daddy & catch a girl kiss a girl. AND When & If HE chased you, you ran…cause you KNEW…. if he caught u he was determined to be your first to kiss you. EVEN….if you slugged him. OR HIM. The cutie pie from Jr High the one you were always getting into fights over…..the one with that good hair, light skinned and them green grey eyes. OOHHHH you loveddddddddddd you...

pgp370: TAJ in an Apache interlude

You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. ~Maya Angelou For me, the day leading up to Pangea’s night at the Apache Cafe was a tense one. It typically is; bringing together the earthSistas, getting everything together, letting everyone know that what’s going and not knowing, until you are in the middle of it, that it’s all working out. Yet as the night continued and everything seemed to be going okay, the unexpected happened. TAJ walked into the door. A rebel leader, a true earthMama,...

Sekhmet… Newport100s

Kicking back in a creatively deconstructed pick-truck, earthSista Sekhmet (formerly known as BelaMenina) drew longs drags on her Newport100s. Dressed in nothing more than an old, worn button-down man’s shirt and a pair of knee-high boots, the nubian posed contemplatively. She was unabashed and atypically unadorned. Soft pre-rain clouds diffused the sun rays as they danced politely on this earthSista in the raw. Delapidated brick walls adorned with wild overgrown vegetation offered a backdrop for her poses. Somber and thoughtful, Sekhmet had grown a lot since her last poses in the Garden. Changing...

F&GN: Robynhood’s Closet puff puff girl

“The glasses are borrowed from my friend Jessi Jae Joplin but I feel like these can’t be too hard to find….although, I’m not so sure many people would wear these out often…..but hey….maybe I’m crazy 0.o” -Robyn Still rockin with my faves from http://o-mighty.com  check out all their styles!! Puff Puff Puff Girl Halter - http://o-mighty.com/products/150/all/3367 For my skirt I decided to go with something from uber cool site http://americandeadstock.etsy.com Almost Famous Silver Long Crushed Velvet Maxi Skirt -http://www.etsy.com/listing/150420970/almost-famous-silver-long-crushed-velvet?ref=shop_home_active Shoes...

pgp369: 30 Minutes in the Garden with JadeFox

I’ve always wanted to be a part of a sensual collective such as Pangea’s Garden. My nature is naturally playful, and I love the chance to wear and embody different personalities and different costumes. I describe myself as expressive, flirtatious, and impulsive. My shoot encapsulated that for me. It was an experience I couldn’t resist! I got to showcase my energy, my hobbies, my very heart. There’s a part of me that is a country girl–outdoors, riding horses, shooting guns–but there’s a part of me that is very much mysterious, urban, worldly. The shoot gave me a chance to...

pgp368: TBT…a moment of praise to the body scientist

Makeda Voletta is the afrosensual scholar. When we decided to cultivate Pangea’s Garden into the online community we are now, one reason was to share the insights of other Afrosensualists like Makeda. She grabbed our attention with her sensual strength training seminars and held it with her dissertations on nutrition, sexuality and fitness. She’s always been enthusiastically positive and supportive of the Pangea’s vision. An earthSista in her own right, we take a gander at Makeda’s past contributions to the Garden as we look forth to sharing more from her in the future.

Bohemian Circus Reloaded: Dangerous, Wicked, Hypnotic

Miss JadeFox lives. A couple of weeks ago the earthSistas performed a theme at the Apache Cafe–posing for artists and photographers. VoodooChile. We each inhabited different incarnations of the woman of magic. We brought totems, masks, candles to allow ourselves to get into a trance. On the back patio, in the cool night air, we dress each other, paint our bodies, as if the act of prepping was a ritual in itself. Wild Orchid covered in body in white paint which seems to speak of the dead. animal print drapes her breasts, orange head scarf adorns her hair, yellow fabric rests on her hips and...

pgp367: Behind the scenes of a lakeside stroll

Early Mother’s Day and the sun was not yet high in the sky. And while the chaos of all of us coming together for this lakeside stroll seemed organic, I have to say it was not. It was a bit clumsy with awkward moments, late starts and communication stresses but the planning for this morning had been long in the making. The photographers/artists and the earthSistas were ready for this. The surprises that added to the adventure of the day ranged from the banal to the memorable. Photographer Rodney, who was one of Pangea’s Meet&Greet ambassadors, accidentally locked his keys in his...
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