earthSistas… hookahs, spliffs, 420 and smoke

April 20 is Weed Day, a day  dedicated to the celebration and consumption of cannabis (in case you did not know it already.) As an homage, several of the earthSistas (RavenDesdemona, WildOrchid and JadeFox) were joined by new earthSista, GréLuna in kickback that served as afrosensual inspiration for some provocative images. According to the Urban Dictionary, “the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos, who are now pushing 50. The term was shorthand for the time of day the group would...

pgp362: Primal Paint at the Bohemian Circus…

The earthSistas always strive to provide an provocative and stimulating escapade on our Monday nights at the Apache Cafe. Last month, Bobby Williams (the artist behind WillowBMedia) joined with the muses of the Garden to share a unique artistic experience with Apache’s patrons. And it just that; an experience more than a technique. We first got a peek at Bobby’s unique approach to the process when he shared the captures he created with earthSista-in-waiting KieraSati. But the most interesting thing about the Primal Paint experience is how the approach lends itself to a variety of interpretations,...

pgp361: 30 minutes in the Garden with Ororo

“Hey let’s go on a trip!” I was tricked. Next thing I know I’m standing in a boat getting pictures taken of me. I’ve never been photogenic. I rarely take selfies. My close friends were there, though. And with their encouragement and advice I finally opened up and had a good time. The occurs revealed a side of myself that I hadn’t really seen before. That was the best part. – earthSista Ororo Ororo was, cautiously, open. Maybe it was because she’d been an artist’s model in the past or maybe it was because she was surrounded by some of her closest...

Yemeya… a goddess’ homage

Bodacious intelligence fuels the diva swagger of this natural earthSista. On a bridge amongst tall trees, swaying in high breezes as if to dance, bemused by the conceit of the beauty’s chosen name… Yemeya, the Orisha goddess mother of all living things, the owner of the oceans and the patron diety of sailors and fishermen. And as she took in the whispers of the leaves, the scents of the trees and the sounds of the trickling stream below the bridge, the earthSista found solace and exuberance in the homage she paid to the goddess whose name she chose. Caught up in a moment of sensuous stimuli,...

pgp360: earthSistas and primal paint…a preview

The earthSistas made an appearance at Apache Cafe again this month. This time earthSistas Ororo and WildOrchid were joined by visitor Kaia who dipped her toe in the Garden this month to see how it felt. These are but a preview of the images coming VERY SOON to the Garden… When it comes to art, food, fashion, health, fitness music, culture and society Pangea’s Garden continues to bring you the culture that cultivates. We actively strive to be your Afrosensual nexus of ideas, images, commentary, participation and events that inspire, provoke, entertain and actively engage...

pgp359: Jai… beauty at sunrise…

“No more dimming your light, no more playing small, and no more hiding the gifts you were given.” Model: Jai Vaughan Makeup Artist: Jai Vaughan Stylist: Jai Vaughan Words: Jai Vaughan Photographer: Poet Williams I no longer focus solely on glamour and sexiness and I don’t try to cater to the mainstream. My style has become more about art, personality, story-telling, and concepts. ART is an EXPRESSION of life. It’s constantly evolving.  —————————————————————————————————————————————————— No...

Pierce me, baby

WildOrchid Been copycattin’ everybody’s image lately. My tattoo artist has two tongue piercings side-by-side. The most creative sh*t I’ve seen. He inspired me to give my tongue  two piercings. Why pierced downward instead of side-by-side? More tongue action can go a long way *winks* Was I nervous? Hell yeah, from beginning to the bloody end. Which piercing did I expect it to hurt the most? My tongue. Which one ended up hurting the most? My right tittay. How am I coping with the pain? I can’t cope. Sadly I won’t be able to eat like I want for two weeks. I truly...

Andre3000, Hendrix… All is by My Side

The Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side, starring Andre Benjamin, made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and will make its USA premiere at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival this month. Thus far the film has been mired in controversy. The feature film is written and directed by John Ridley, and it’s centered around the early, pre-fame days of the legendary rocker.   Ridley, who’s been at the center of some alleged dispute with his 12 Years A Slave director, Steve McQueen, is at odds with the estate of Jimi Hendricks. This Hendrix project didn’t...

Roots of the Garden: Sycha Mubiaya and New African Fashion

Fashion is at the root of the culture that cultivates an Afrosensual Aesthetic. And few things exemplify that statement more the Helen Jennings book, ‘New African Fashion,’ which featured Congolese model Sycha Mubiaya on its cover. From Africa-inspired to African-made, this book acted as a guide to a new wave of fashion designers who are emerging on the global stage. Helen Jennings, editor of award-winning ARISE magazine, offers in this book a brief history of African fashion, beauty and style, follows its influence on modern designers, and spotlights the best designers, photographers,...

pgp358: Sweaters, stockings, garters; Oh My – part 2

WildOrchid (Sindel) Ladies, ever heard someone tell you, “You should be a model.” But you never knew where to start? Well, its never too late. I made sure I have give the key to a few of these ladies who were confident, compassion, and motivated to model for the Garden. With a lot of patience, it took time to get these ladies together under one roof—mine. With the help of the Gardener, and his friendly neighbor, Bobby W.  we managed to create a well-around photo shoot of five models in two spaces. I am pleased to inform the world, that there are new faces, eager and blossomed...

pgp357: GEO’s hood…

a few excerpts from moments of struggled expression   conflicts within one’s self and transient breakdowns that appear as if she is becoming completely undone. but maybe what actually cracks is the ego; that ephemeral shell of false confidence born out naiveté and fear.   When it comes to art, food, fashion, health, fitness music, culture and society Pangea’s Garden continues to bring you the culture that cultivates. We actively strive to be your Afrosensual nexus of ideas,...

a LuvJonez Valentine…

Darius Lovehall: Say, baby… can I be Your slave? I’ve got to admit girl you’re the shit girl…and I’m digging you like a grave. Now, do they call you Daughter to the Spinning Pulsar… or maybe Queen of 10,000 moons? Sister to the Distant yet Rising Star? Is your name Yemaya? Oh, hell no. Its got to be Oshun. Oooh, is that a smile me put on your face, child… wide as a field of jasmine and clover? Talk that talk, honey. Walk that walk, money. High on legs that’ll spite Jehovah. Shit. Who am I? It’s not important. But me they call me brother to...

pgp356: the southern afro charm of Teyonah Parris

Teyonah, initially, came to our attention with her appearance on Mad Men. Sporting a ’60′s style wig and secretarial attire, she joined the staff as the first African-American  hired by the fictional ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Price.  Her character’s role broadened the perspective of the, until then, myopic view of culture and society of the ’60′s. But it was at the season launch parties for the show where she stood out. Sporting afrocentric fashions and a huge afro, the young thespian stood out amongst her fellow talents, outshining them all. The up-and-coming...

pgp355: a blues for nina…

Say baby, can I be your slave? I’ve got to admit girl, your the shit girl And I am digging you like a grave   Now do they call you daughter to the Spinning Pulsar Or maybe Queen of 10,000 Moons, Sister to the distant yet Rising star   Is your name Yemaya? Oh hell nah, it’s got to be Oshun… When it comes to art, food, fashion, health, fitness music, culture and society Pangea’s Garden continues to bring you the culture that cultivates. We actively strive to be your Afrosensual nexus of ideas, images, commentary, participation and events that inspire, provoke, entertain...

A night of FELA at Apache Cafe

Vincent Apache Cafe has always been my joint. If you’ve been here in Pangea for a while then you know that Monday nights at the Apache were one of the founding influences on the cultivation of the Garden. So when the opportunity for the earthSistas to have a Monday night of their own, I thought it was great. Last month, earthSistas came together to create a FELA-inspired night that, to me, was pure magic. And I was not the only one, as the previous feature of some of the other photographers’ works showed. earthSistas… FELA… and the Apache Cafe. A beautiful blend of afrosensuality,...
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