Kwesi Abbensetts… seven minutes on willoughby st

a little photoshoot… just seven  minutes… on Willoughby St. with Stephanie G. Sometimes… its just cool like that. Kwesi Abbensetts is a South American born photographer, hailing from the country of Guyana.  In 2006 while in his final year of film school at Brooklyn College, Kwesi purchased a FUJI 5600 digital camera and from thereon his love for photography blossomed.  Photography gave him the immediacy that was missing from film.  A self taught photographer, Kwesi had no prior formal training. Having...

pgp299: CHD:WCK… beauty of the real

“i often find myself in awe of how much variety there is to the feminine form and how it can all be beautiful in some way… and while i appreciate the typical standards of beauty that we see in western society, very few women are beautiful in that way. i hope to see the day when everyone embraces the beauty that is theirs.” – an excerpt from CHD:WCK’s Artist Statement There is an unique afrocentric aesthetic that flies in the face of the conventional eurocentric standard of  today. It is bold, broad and deep and it speaks to a beauty that is both inside and out. As...

pgp298: (c) Kwesi on being…Post-black?

(c) Kwesi Abbensetts Who is the joke and who is the Joker. Am I really of “Post-Black-ness”? Is that my new heritage? Post-black art is a phrase that refers to a category of contemporary African American art. It is a paradoxical genre of art where race and racism are intertwined in a way that rejects their interaction. I.e., it is art about the black experience that attempts to dispel the notion that race matters. It uses enigmatic themes wherein black can substitute for white.[1] Some suggest the term is attributable to the 1995 book The End of Blackness by Debra Dickerson. In 2001 the phrase...

Artist Statement: CHD:WCK!

i think the human form is incredibly interesting, but i find the female form is especially beautiful. i often find myself in awe of how much variety there is to the feminine form and how it can all be beautiful in some way. I see thin women, fat women, tall women, short women, dark women with rich undertones of color in their skin, golden brown sun-kissed women, as well as women with creamy fair complexions. There are fit women with chiseled physiques, soft women with squishy parts, busty voluptuous round women, long lanky linear women, women with large butts, young women with firm bodies, older...

WGO? Erykah speaks out. Should we delete the Flaming Lips feature?

Erykah Badu is NOT happy. The video that we shared with everyone earlier this week is not the one she is happy with. Most online spots like YouTube had pulled it down as a result. Its a raw and daring piece of work BUT as she stated, it is not collaborative vision and was broadcast without her or sister’s approval. So should we pull it as well. We’ve already dropped the link to the video itself. Should we delete the feature altogether? As many of you may have already seen, Badu took to Facebook to let everyone in on the open response to Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne. ‎3:33pm...

pgp:297 UdoU… Indigo, an undercover afrosensual

I draw inspiration from the midnight sky. Beneath the deep blue and violet sky I create. I am a sensual earth mother. Perceptive. Intuitive. I am Indigo. A divine amorous nature spirit..nymph. My body is most comfortable infront of a lens. I pose for the camera as if my lover is operating it. Through nude self-portraits I have gained a deeper understanding of myself and my body. What pleases me, what doesn’t. It is almost like masturbation, self-love..self-discovery. When my lover blinks and the light flashes there is immediate release. This is my therapy. I am both uninhibited and bashful. The...

Black Venus, Vol. 1 – an artist’s statement

“From Harlem, New York to Togo, West Africa, the portraits in this book were created in celebration of the black female, represented by women who are amongst the Venuses of the world. Wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, rebels — they are exposed yet wrapped in the memories of their past, the histories of their ancestry. They bear the individual cloaks of their present and future as women of color. The project puts emphasis on women who do not trap themselves in the artificial societal ideals of beauty and who take strength in their body and heritage.” Maxim Vakhovskiy The...

Artist Spotlight: N’Dambi Siva

N’Dambi Siva is an emerging photographer that received the first camera as a gift from a close personal friend at age twenty-two during a road trip from California to Texas.  With that chance that was available, this just happened to be every day.  To this day, Siva still owns and actively uses that camera, and draws great inspiration from James Van Der Zee, Roy Decarava and Carla Williams. Ukweli (Swahili for “Fact”) is the first semi-nude/nude series of Siva’s young career, which focuses on the raw imperfections of people’s perfect selves. Shot with digital and film cameras (And even...

Jay Faabulousone: A Muse on the Move

A word to the wise:  Never, ever tell 34 year-old model/actress Jay Faabulousone that she cannot do certain genres in modeling or acting because of her size.  She will make you eat your words by showing you that she can and will take it to the next level.  Jay makes it known that she is unapologetically proud of the skin she is in and her full-figure will not deter her from her goals. The 5’10” curvaceous Philly stunner is a chameleon when it comes to her modeling.   Artistic nudes, beauty, erotic, fashion, runway, commercial…this lady does it all and with a smile on her lovely mocha...

MoreEssence… fun with bangles

Playfully exuberant, earthSista MoreEssence (MoEss for short) gleefully marveled at the exquisite hand-crafted artistry of Moebanga bangles. MoEss started this photo shoot in her favorite HarvestGirl design. And as the late morning sun bounced brightly off the white Egyptian cotton sheets, she laughed and smiled in awe of the creative variety that artist-photographer-cinematographer (an all-around creative) Maurice Evans had spawned. MoEss was sassy, provocative and beguiling. She was also delightfully mischievous and frankly lighthearted; a true free-spirit. When we created these images, I was...

pgp287: Amazones of Soul by Thierry Le Gouès and Paco Rabanne

Amazones, a project born in 2001 between PACO “Iron Man” RABANNE and photographer, Thierry Le Gouès, is a collection of reflections with the light and metal and skin that sparks concepts of futuristic imagery. Thierry “armed” the Amazones with the Paco’s creations for an imaginative set of shoots on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, cliffs of Etretat, Brazilian beaches of Nordeste, the desert of the Sahara. In union and homage to his first book “Soul” (first published in 1998,) Thierry Le Gouès’ Amazones are rising generation of black fashion divas: Nina Keita, Kadija,...

Jirard’s Velvet Painting Series blossoms

Jirard: I’ve been shooting a nude series for a little over 5 years & I want to to publish a collection of coffeetable books derived from the work. My “Velvet Painting Series” is designed to be beautifully arousing… celebrating the sexual potency and freedom of wonderfully diverse women. “The Velvet Painting” started as one book… but has evolved into a series of books. After submitting my books to some art book publishers, I was told that they were unable to find a place for these types of projects in their book schedule. And the closing of many bookstores...

Stepping Your Game Up for The Autumn Season (The Spruce)

Thinking of a new way to rock those old fashions? Have some clothes, shoes or accessories that could use some sprucing up? Here’s an idea for the CCCreatively Conscious individual who knows that with a little cccreavity, what was once old can be made new again. R U R.A.R.E.? Creative Culture Collective and House of Blended Ink Yadiyda Present… A R.A.R.E. Experience : R.AW A.RTISTIC R.ADICAL E.CCLECTIC: Interactive FashionArt Experience Featuring… CCCustom Apparel & Jewelry With: Jeffrie St James & AsHaUnTi ThOmPsOn of Amore Kreative & Asante Wa Designs. Live CCCollage...

Adebonojo opens the doors & windows

Adebonojo on himself: “Filmmaker, photographer and long time New York City resident. “I am a director of photography in a hotly competitive market engaged mainly in commercial productions and promotions for major cable networks and affiliates, as well as a documentary filmmaker and camera operator on movies and television projects. “My body of work is extensive and has involved a lot of travel over the years. I am also an active photographer who shoots portraits, personalities, live music, fashion, sports and chronicles of day to day life and travel.” Adebonojo’s...

The Black Allure… reflecting on a Vogue Italia’s photo feature

Some weeks back we featured another story from Vogue Italia; it’s Tribute to Black Beauties. Featuring the photographic works of Ellen von Unwerth, it was modern, irreverent look at the beauty and glamour of fashion’s black models. Its tongue-in-cheek humor and appeal was upbeat and adorable. However, a few months before, Vogue Italia featured the works of Emma Summerton. This feature was called Black Allure and it was opposite of Tribute. It was 1920s vintage, elegant, moody and very high class. From the article in Vogue Italia:  The black allure photographed by Emma Summerton...
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