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All of it is a political expression…White people have all kinds of archetypes, from Brad Pitt to Al Bundy, everything in between. The cultural paradigms that are aggressively promoted to young black people and young poor people are extremely narrow.

Yasiin Bey (via thedandylionproject)

(via thedandylionproject)

(via thedandylionproject)

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Renee Cox, “AMERICAN FAMILY”, Fur, 2001

Triptych: Wangechi Mutu

(Terence Nance, Director, Barron Claiborne, Co-Director & Shawn Peters, Director of Photography)

The Triptych: Barron Claiborne

(Terence Nance, Dir. and Shawn Peters, Dir. of Photographer)

My homies, the Aquemini duo that is Terence Nance and Shawn Peters, were enlisted to created this triptych of 3 contemporary artists - Sanford Biggers, Barron Claiborne and Wangechi Mutu.

For Love Of Ivy (1968)

Starring | Sidney Portier                                                                                                     Co-Starring | Abbey Lincoln, Beau Bridges, Nan Martin, Lauri Peters and Carroll O’Connor Soundtrack | Quinsy Jones

#4 - Nina Simone

Musician. Jazzist. Vocalist. Pianist. Activist. Priestess. Need I say more?

Photo by: Teenie Harris,

Octavia Bulter Cover art, Parable of the Sower

#5 - Octavia Butler

If Sun-Ra is the Father of Afro-futurism, than it’s mother would have to be Octavia Butler. Highly influenced by the fantastic, sci-fi and a nuanced reading of the history of Black people in America, Octavia fused elements from ancient Africa, the modern and the future state to develop a manipulated metaphorical, social critique of race, class, gender, spirituality and sexuality. As a MacArthur genius, she was the first science fiction writer awardee.

The death of a teenager in Florida has raised several questions about race and the burden placed on black boys.

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