2. wetheurban:

    SPOTLIGHT: Palestinian Artists Turn Smoke Into Thought-Provoking Illustrations

    Using the photos of smoke created by the devastating Israeli missile strikes, Palestinian artists Tawfik Gebreel, Bushra Shanan, and Belal Khaled, have sketched powerful images based on the silhouette of the smoke. 

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    (via sincerely-elsh)


  3. "an other gaza"

    in chaos one man collects

    his daughter into a plastic bag

       oh my god the bag is leaking

    one kisses a cave was baby boy face just this

    morning braids unplaiting phosphorous

    wordless exhaust smoke shock


    what is it that remains of us now

    then what is recyclable in us


    men’s beards carry their lineage

    refracted memory drones

    drummed ears echo frequency

    children call for siblings reborn

    skulls fracture eyes the color purple

    here the steeliest doctors weep


    the sea waves shelled boys

    sirens post explosions


    all is shrapnel and hunger

    none is safe all are waiting

    between wall and wait and sea

    and wall there is no day

    what are we

    flares rain metal escalation


    descent upon heads ladders of spine collapse

    night eats sleep the people hold fasts


    children of lightening no rain

    sewage into water skin flamed to ash

    the women’s faces track lifelines

    grief upon grief astronomical

    dust was people last night

    tunnel is the people now


    raising horizon in coffins

    there is no recovery


    she says they light the night with bombs

    she says that’s not the sun at all

    she says this is a crime against my heart

    she says nothing

       touch me

    she says listen


    we are shelter and target

    we are stars exploded


    the people run into themselves for refuge

    they catch up to their ghosts

    between devastate and displace

    what is destroyed again is everything

    what is created is a hole

    an other



                               suheir hammad

    (via thatonesuheirhammad)

  4. 5centsapound:

    Sam Nhlengethwa: Conversations (2012, Johannesberg) 

    Conversations is an exhibition of new work by Sam Nhlengethwa that portrays the scenes from the city of Johannesburg and its people.

    (via studioafrica)

  5. visiterlafrique:

    Abidjan Café.

    (via studioafrica)

  6. 13monthsofsunshine:

    Donayle Luna

    personal favorite. 


  7. acidoergossum:

    Pink Moon by Cathy McMurray

    (via irieli)

  8. silverslipper:


    “BLACK AMERICANA:  The Photo-Essay” 

    Vol. 1 - Island in the Sun

    “Black Americana” is a four part photo-essay presenting a commentary on Black American life and patriotism.

    When we weren’t marching, dodging fire hoses, and police dogs biting at our brown skin – when we weren’t singing songs of freedom, and training how to peacefully resist in southern sit-ins, we were doing what other Americans did – we went to the beach. “Island in the Sun”, a first installment in the ground-breaking series “Black Americana” re-introduces, and reclaims the image – the representation of free Black women and men living their lives openly and beautifully. The series seeks to offer a broader lens of Black American life not often seen – a restoration of Black bodies on a summer day in 1950’s America. “The beach setting is significant.” says Brandon Littlejohn, Creative Producer of “Black Americana”. “Beaches are visually associated with affluence in urban areas because of Black people’s limited access.” Littlejohn continues, “I wanted to capture Black young women and men in these spaces, because after all, this was a reality for Black people during this time.” This is the other side of the southern Black domestic worker; the other side of the Black male porter. This too was Black American life, in all of its splendor.

    - Geneva S. Thomas

    Creative Producer - Brandon Littlejohn

    Photographer - Rod Gailes OBC

    Wardrobe Design - Jamari Walker

    Makeup Design - Dominique Jenelle

    Hair Design - Shirlonda Brailsford

    Casting - Latrice Davis

    Women’s Bathing Suits designed by D’ Angelo Scott

    Models - (Tope Alabi, Desmond Amofah, Ngozi Assata, Tradell Hawkins, Stephanie Kyereme, Titilayo Mutushi, Robert Vance)


    Creative Producer, Brandon Littlejohn, and Photographer, Rod Gailes OBC, are collaborating to create a brilliant four-part photography series that showcases classic American settings through an Afro-Elite lens. The “Black Americana” series encourages African Americans to challenge societal messages about Blackness, while aspiring to higher levels of art and education on their own terms. Creating opportunities in the creative industry via a collective effort and artistically challenging the way African Americans have been conditioned to see themselves are two main goals of the “Black Americana” series. 

    -Taylor N. Lewis

    (Source: black-americana, via dynamicafrica)

  9. bedelgeuse:

    "heart of summer" anatomical cut paper collage by bedelgeuse. Brooklyn Fox installation coming soon-

  10. #latitude attitude