This New California-Based Photo Exhibit Is a Love Letter to Women of Color

Photographer Amanda López and multidisciplinary artist Tanya Melendez aren’t just looking to change the perception of multicultural art—they’re painting it gold. The two artists are teaming up to put on a photo gallery based on the beauty of women of color and their accessories called Adornment. Taking back the unpopular and ignorant “ghetto” distinction of styles such as braids and big hoop earrings, they are celebrating the regal (and real) stories of the women behind them. Speaking with Remezcla, Melendez went deeper into the strange double-standard between urban style and high fashion: “They’re seen as ghetto or you know the larger the hoop, then the more promiscuous you are, the more sexualized you are…not until they get their hands on it and they make it hip and cool or trendy [is it acceptable.]”

 

The exhibit started its in Chinatown in March, and was met with rave review but not because of the pictures. But because it’s a powerful snapshot of culture and the betrayal of problematic cultural norms. “We’ve been using these adornments to elevate ourselves, to say that we are worthy, to say that we we have status, we have class,” Melendez added. “And in a way, it connects us to our ancestry. Adorning yourself with all this gold to shine bright to say that yes I’m a queen. I’m a goddess. I am important. I am somebody. And so we wanted to flip that and work with door knockers basically to reclaim it and to elevate it.” Adornment is moving to Sacramento, CA this July, so check it out if you’re in town.

Diversity Grows in the World of Oscar

As the Hollywood favorite “La La Land” continues to dominate the award season, it came to no surprise as the film brought in 14 nominations. But one major aspect to celebrate is the rise in diversity in the nominees. After receiving harsh criticism with #OscarsSoWhite last year, the Academy made major strides to diversify.

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IG’s Hatecopy Speaks to the South Asian Diaspora

As of 2015, there are 41 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States, of which the majority are from Latin America and Asia, with a small number arriving from Europe and Africa. Diasporas are more and more commonplace, with more people never feeling 100 percent connected to the place they live or the culture they come from. Toronto’s Maria Qamar, a daughter of Pakistani immigrants, has taken on the challenge of capturing the whimsical yet utterly real nuances of South Asian diasporic life in her hilarious Lichtenstein-inspired pieces.
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Latino Urbanism During the Civil Rights Movement

During the time of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Chicano culture was going through their own struggle for cultural identity. Originally it started in politics through protesting, but eventually evolved into public art.

Latino urbanism goes beyond creating great public spaces. It also includes cultural identity, which is shaped by needs, desires, and imagination.

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The Ava DuVernay Barbie Doll Is A Big Win On Several Levels

If you didn’t score your Ava DuVernay Barbie on the day of release, expect to pay a hefty premium over the $65 MSRP. Despite all the fanfare and attention, DuVernay has been able to keep things in perspective. “People have really been kind talking about why they are embracing this doll, but it’s certainly not about me. It’s about the image. That’s what they’re responding to,” DuVernay said in a phone interview on Monday morning with BuzzFeed News. “It’s about balance. It’s about the full spectrum of who we are. It’s not enough even to have one black Barbie … because black women are not a monolith. We have all different kinds of hair, all different kinds of occupations, all different kinds of passions, so I think what folks might be responding to is the variance.” On top of her level head, DuVernay will be donating all her proceeds from the doll to civil rights advocacy group ColorOfChange.org and human rights nonprofit Witness. Click here to read more.

Looking At The YG x RVCA Collab

RVCA is one of the leading lifestyle clothing brands out in the market today. They specialize in board-sports with the beach, surfing, and skateboarding being a huge part of their identity.  In attempt to expand their niche and brand, they teamed up with Compton native, YG.

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Emojis Finally Gets Some Color

The Unicode Consortium, the group that governs the emoji standard, came to their senses and addressed emoji diversity. Click here to read more.

Some Things To Know Before You Apply For Art School

Statistics indicate that it may be more difficult to make a living as an artist if you are a person of color. We say the heck with stats and pursue your dreams, but it doesn’t hurt to arm yourself with info to help you get there. Click here to read more.

What Would Black Jesus Do?

Aaron McGruder is not shy about tackling racial issues within his work. As the creator and head writer of the Boondocks series, he has shown a consistent knack for creating controversy through his content — from his feud with the BET Network after labeling them an evil empire to his claim that Ronald Reagan was responsible for funding the terrorist plot behind 9/11. However, his criticism to date will surely pail in comparison to the backlash he will receive for his new project, Black Jesus — set to air Thursday, August 7th on Adult Swim.

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