Kehinde Wiley in Cleveland this Afternoon @ the Cleveland Museum of Art

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In just an hour, artist Kehinde Wiley, widely known for depicting young Black male subjects in poses derived from old master paintings of saints, kings, emperors, prophets, and military leaders, will be speaking at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium at 2 p.m. This presentation is absolutely free and worth checking out. 

Kehinde is popular for replacing the lily white images that we often see in renaissance art with brown faces. You can love it or hate it, just go!

Honestly, I haven’t decided what I think about the necessity for people of African descent to mimic any life or any history outside of that of our ancestors. I see us in our own light. However, I do believe that it is important to see positive images of Black people in “contemporary art.” Our art should reflect our journey and our faces. So much of our history and so many of our stories have been hidden and manipulated to keep us submissive, making exhibits and presentations like this beneficial to our struggle.

It is the responsibility of the scholar, Kehinde, to make the connection between self-awareness and self-empowerment, and the struggle of Brown people descending from the cradle of civilization, especially that of our young Brown boys. We, the descendants, are still reconnecting our dots and tracing the greatness within us. If Kehinde is on board with uplifting Brown people, than I say, yes! We MUST begin to see OURSELVES again.

Furthermore, I believe that brown people were everywhere in history! The cradle of civilization really dies lie within- on the walls of Pyramids, our spirits never die.

Peace and love,

i am Kush

Relevant reading:

Let me know what you think!

2 Days Until AfroPunk: Come as You Are

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Feel the music, express yourself, free your mind, join the movement.

AfroPunk BannerIn just 2 short days, AFROPUNK 2015 is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park, also known as City Park, for a weekend of live music, vibrant art and good vibes on August 22 & 23. Described by the New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” the word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open­minded, non­conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.

COME AS YOU ARE!!!!

YOUR VISION. YOUR LEGACY. GET INSPIRED.

WHO STARTED AfroPunk?

WHO ORGANIZES AfroPunk? As of 2008, Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper

I embrace and support AfroPunk because it is about restoring the identity of Us descending from Kemetians, Egyptians, Nubians, Afrikans. etc. … Us!

Whatever the tribe, the region, the origin, only by knowing ourselves, will we survive the struggle.

Find out who you are and love that person til death! Peace and Love.

I am Kush QueendomShila

Intrigued by Beauty

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Love Yourself FIRST:  Enjoy these images of the Khoisan people of Southern Africa, from whom all modern humans descended.

The Khoisan people are an indigenous hunter-gatherer people of Southern Africa whose roots are literally ancient. Khoisan are one of the 14 people groups from which all humanity descended and Khoisan tools have been found dating back to 44,000 BC. They are spread across Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Information courtesy of blackgirllonghair.com

Please feel free to conduct your own research. It feels wonderful to acknowledge the greatness of these people, my people. See yourself in their eyes, and stop searching for Yourself in material possessions while embracing Eurocentric philosophies that work against who You really are. Love Yourself FIRST

Let peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learned,

Kush Queendom

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Us Afrikans

 

Septum Ring Statements

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AFRIKAN RITUALS: The Septum Ring

… and beyond…

If I could explore this accessory, I most definitely would, but my sensitivity to piercings has made it difficult!

I am Kush

Shila Iris

AfroBeauty

9 Days Until AfroPunk: Capturing the Beauty of Black Brazilian Women & the Sundust Goddess Series

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AfroPunk BannerDiasporically Speaking: AfroPunk is known for its online editorials that capture and acknowledge the movement of Black people from the continent of Afrika to other places all over the world. In March of this year, AFROPUNK.COM featured the work of photographer Vini Souza and artist Janaína Grasso in a series of photos named: Capturing the Beauty of Black Brazilian Women.

Capturing the Beauty of Black Brazilian Women was inspired by visual artist, Sara K. Golish’s Sundust Goddess series:

Can You see the inspiration? I too, am inspired by the work of other artists, ancestors, family, etc. Aren’t we all? It’s all good! Peace and love!

→ Full article here.
→ Sara K. Golish here.
→ Vini Souza here.

You will see a whole lot of Afrikan Black beauty at AfroPunk from people to art to spirit.

See you there!

i am Shila Iris 

Shila Iris

11 Days Until AfroPunk & The Iconic GRACE JONES

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Saturday, August 22 (BROOKYLN, NYC) 

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I am certain that this will be a euphoric experience. My eyes sparkle with anticipation of Grace Jones’ AfriKan Essence. Whoooo-hoooo! Can’t wait. See you there!

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Why is Grace Jones perfect for AfroPunk fest?
AfroPunk is a movement that gives voice to thousands of multi-cultural kids fiercely identifying with a lifestyle path-less-traveled. Founded in 2002 by visionaries Matthew Morgan and James Spooner, it explores the indie rock/punk/hardcore scene beyond the predictable Caucasian audience. The word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music. Isn’t that what the life and music of Grace Jones represents?  

Afro Punk BROOK

i am Shila Iris

Art & Fear

Brother, Sister, Hold On To the Real Things, That Matter. Stand Up, Be Strong!

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I know it is taking a lot for us to survive this struggle, but remember, I got your back. The things I SEE. The things WE see. The things I FEEL are the things WE feel. I am trying my best to be Strong and I hope You are too. Let’s do it together. Let’s make Our move.

Don’t you let your young life get you down
It always had a certain mystery
Many changes come to everyone
About the time that they turn seventeen

Grandma said, at times you’ll feel a sting
There’ll be sharp turns and uphills and closed doors
Then she said, hold onto your faith
‘Cause in this world you’ve got to go and get yours

So you stand up be strong
Go out there and hold on to the real things that matter
‘Cause no one’s gonna hand it to you on a silver platter

There’s no need to feel you’re on your own
Just let your intuition guide you through
Take one step toward what you believe
Don’t be afraid to make your move

In my head those words remind me
What Grandma said, at times you’ll feel a sting
There’ll be sharp turns and uphills and closed doors
Then she said, hold on to your faith, don’t be scared go out there

Just stand up and be strong
Go out there and hold on to the real things that matter
‘Cause no one’s gonna hand it to you on a silver platter

Stand up and be strong
Go out there and hold on to the real things that matter
‘Cause no one’s gonna hand it to you on a silver platter

Don’t be scared go out there, just stand up and be strong
Go out there and hold on to the real things that matter
‘Cause no one’s gonna hand it to you on a silver platter

Stand up my brother, stand up my sister
Stand up my brother, stand up my sister

So you stand up and be strong
Go out there and hold on to the real things that matter
‘Cause no one’s gonna hand it to you on a silver platter

Stand up my brother, stand up my sister
Stand up my brother, stand up my sister

I am Queen

The Key:

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