Baroque-Inspired Portraits Of Young Black Girls Highlighting Their Natural Hair Is Nothing Short Of Amazing

Afro Art is a series of stunning portraits that mixes the striking beauty of natural hair with elaborate clothing, inspired by the Baroque period

We are all full of natural beauty, we just need to bring it out. Regis and Kahran, a husband and wife team behind CreativeSoul did just that, only for young black ladies. Focusing on their hair, the duo created Afro Art, a series of gorgeous portraits that has cast a spell on everyone’s eyes.

“Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not ‘good enough’

”It aims to remind young girls across the world to embrace their true selves“We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media”

“And we hope that girls around the world will be inspired to love their unique differences and beauty within”

“And [it] often forces kids to have low self-esteem”“We hope that viewers will see the beauty and versatility of afro hair”

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Exclusive Interview : BET Actress Nicolette Ellis on Makeup x Breakup , Favorite Role , and Upcoming Projects

The state of Maryland is more than two hundred miles from New York, home of Jada Pinkett Smith and emerging actress/writer Nicolette Ellis. Nicolette Ellis is the star of BET New Digital Series Brooklyn. Blue. Sky and my personal favorite Makeup x Breakup recently chatted exclusively with eccentricglow.com to discuss her recent projects , favorite role and more

What can we expect from your character Brooke in Season 2 of Makeup and  Breakup?

Brooke in Season 2 is something I don’t think the audience will see coming, you begin to really understand WHY Brooke is the way she is and what made her into thinking the way she think is actually okay. I definitely appreciate that from the writer Eric Dickens for expanding not only Brooke’s mindset but everybody else’s. So you all in for a totally treat for the story as a whole in Season 2 of Makeup and Breakup!

You are a great actress in Makeup and Breakup , Mistakes and Situationships. What has been your favorite role so far? 

Wow, my favorite role is probably Brooke. Even though I created Mistake, the character Maddie, I can still discover things about that character I never knew before. With Situationships, Robyn is a firecracker so she was super fun to portray. But Brooke in Makeup and Breakup has actually taught me not only things about myself but romantic relationships and friendships as a whole. So Brooke is definitely fun to dig into! 

What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet? 

Wow, I would love to play the young attorney on her grind to get to the top one day. Definitely! 

What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on set?

Wow, I actually have more than you think, because you know its all trial and error! I think one time I was doing a reunion show and was totally late, running everywhere to get to the destination on time, was so frazzled, and I didn’t have anytime to get myself together so totally went with the flow and was more honest on things than I expected! So, with that being said that totally caught me off guard, unexpectedly!

Tell us about your future projects?

Well I’m starring in the new BET Digital Series Brooklyn. Blue. Sky. as Charisse set to premiere on 11/21 so PLEASE look out for that, I’m heading to Pittsburgh to be in the play The Girls of Summer as Laura James and writing some shorts and season 2 of Mistake, thats about it!

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Barbie Just Launched Its First Hijab-Wearing Doll

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is making history again!

Mattel says that Muhammad, like Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay before her, is a “shero.” Her doll is part of Barbie’s “Sheroes” collection, the company’s effort to create dolls after real-life role models. 

“Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” said Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie’s vice president of global marketing. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”

As for Muhammad, she is more than excited at the honor. Having had to sew hijabs onto her dolls when she was a child, she is happy to see this landmark moment. 

“When I was growing up, I didn’t have many options of dolls that looked like me,” she told the audience  at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit. “But today, we’re changing that.”

Muhammad is also the first Muslim-American woman to win an Olympic medal, taking a bronze in team saber at the 2016 Olympic games.

The Muhammad doll will be available starting in 2018.
 

 

Meet The 6 Black Models That Will Make Their Debut At The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Victoria’s Secret has chosen 61 models for this year’s fashion show. Out of the 61, they’re introducing 17 new models to the catwalk, and six of them are Black! See which six Black models made the cut below, and be sure to catch the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will be held on November 20 in Shanghai, China, on November 28 at 10pm ET on CBS

Alécia Morais

At age 20, this Cabo Verdean model has already walked numerous fashions shows for top designers like Chanel and Dior.

Amilna Estevão

The 18-year-old model hails from the African country of Angola, and was discovered when she was only 14.

Mayowa Nicholas

From walking various designer runways to serving as the face of Calvin Klein’s underwear line, this 19-year-old Nigerian model has been one to watch ever since she was scouted at age 16

Grace Bol

This 27-year-old South Sudanese model has been modeling since age 19, but this year marks her first time walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Aiden Curtiss

At 19, she’s the daughter of famous French model and Yves Saint Laurent muse Katoucha Niane, and made her debut in the Roland Mouret Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show

Samile Bermannelli

Hailing from Brazil, the 18-year-old model walked her first fashion week in Paris for the Spring/Summer 2017 season.

New VH1 Series ‘Teyana & Iman’ is All About ‘Black Love’

Teyana Taylor, husband Iman Shumpert, and their adorable daughter Junie are coming to reality TV.

“Not just Black love — it’s to inspire love period. There’s nothing more special than showing young folk that you can be in love and be married…

Andre 3000 Release Sneaker Line With Tretorn

The 42-year-old half of Outkast is a long-time fan of the brand, reminiscing of the days he wore Tretorns in the halls of Tri-Cities High School.

In a statement from the brand, André 3000 said, “Growing up, we’d all put our personal stamp onto the blank canvas of the Nylite and I’d sketch out my own designs. This collaboration felt like fun because it brought me back to that place of personalizing these original designs.”

The collection features 10 unique designs that were also inspired by Tretorn’s prep heritage and feature updates to classic styles from the label. Styles range from Velcro high tops to rugby-like striped shoes to quilted suede sneakers.

The footwear collection, which debuted last week at ComplexCon, is now available at tretorn.com. The shoes range in price from $85-$250.

Artist Tamara Natalie Madden

Tamara Natalie Madden is a Jamaican-born painter and mixed-media artist working and living in the United States. Madden’s paintings are allegories whose subjects are the people of the African diaspora.

Bio

Madden was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She moved to America from Jamaica permanently when she was an adolescent. She attended the Frankfield Primary School in Manchester, Jamaica, and Rufus King International High School in Milwaukee, WI. She studied at several universities including University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Madden became ill with a rare disease for women and African-Americans called IgA nephropathy in 1997 and suffered immensely during that time. While living on the dialysis machine, Madden found art again. Art helped her to heal emotionally, so she decided that it was important to pursue it further. She received a kidney transplant from her brother in 2001, and participated in her first art exhibition that same year. Her first solo exhibition was in 2004, and it garnered her an interview with the late James Auer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Madden’s recent solo exhibition with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust garnered positive feedback from local art critics and observers. Her exhibition entitled, “Out of Many, One” (the Jamaican motto) sought to expand the visual repertoire of viewers and their perceptions of Jamaica and its people. “Ms. Madden’s recasting of the poor and neglected may remind an observer of Kehinde Wiley’s regal portraits of inner-city black men, currently on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. What distinguishes Ms. Madden’s work, however, is the specific focus on Jamaica.”[10] Madden’s work was featured at Art Basel Miami with Mocada Museum and International Visions Gallery. In an interview with Okay Africa, Madden, and several other artists talk about the inspirations for their works. 

Madden’s influences are varied, and include Gustav Klimt, Milwaukee Artist Ras Ammar Nsoroma, West & East African Royalty, Egypt, Asia, and the clothing worn by native African and Indian women. She chooses to paint imagery that represent the people of the African diaspora.

Several of her pieces are in the collection of different departments at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. She is also in the permanent collection of Alverno College in Milwaukee and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Her exhibition at Syracuse University in New York yielded a positive review from the Syracuse newspaper, The Post Standard. Madden’s paintings have been featured in the New York Times, The Morning News,Upscale Magazine published by Bronner Bros., the Gleaner Company,The Huffington Post , and On-Verge | Alternative Art Criticism. In 2014, Madden was named as one of 40 black artists to watch by MSNBC’s The Grio.

On November 4 , 2017 Tamara passed away , she
resided and worked in the Atlanta area and was a fine art professor at Spelman College. All of Tamara paintings are extremely amazing.

May this Queen Rest in Paradise