Black Art Matters: Africa Forecast

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I’ve been super lazy with the photo sharing of all the beauty I’ve captured these last few months, but yesterday, my phone told me my storage was almost full.. so, you know why I’m here.

I visited Spelman for the second time this year. [It’s still dope.] I’m happy to say that the college frequently hosts interesting and thought provoking events and exhibitions not solely for students to enjoy, but the entire community. For free. Seriously, Black people, we are not lacking in the creative department! We have it on lock, actually. Whoop! And the arts are so necessary; they’re such a great outlet for self expression for the doer and a source of inspiration for the viewer. We need to foster and celebrate it.

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Contellations II, Constellations I, Constellations III – Lina Iris Viktor, 2016

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to announce AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life, an original exhibition that will launch its 20th anniversary. The exhibition will position fashion through two overlapping perspectives: an ever-changing global marketplace and the unique ways that black women throughout the African Diaspora construct their lives. AFRICA FORECAST features work by black women artists and designers who shape, imagine, and redefine the impact of lifestyle in highly imaginative ways.
For the groundbreaking artists and designers in AFRICA FORECAST, style serves as endless inspiration for new approaches to dressing, social relationships, and activism. They stretch the boundaries of fashion’s influence in art and design, reflecting its ability to communicate complex social and cultural perspectives. As a result, the exhibition will encourage visitors to explore fashion’s changing shape in art and in their daily lives. AFRICA FORECAST will provide a dynamic snapshot of this global reflection on style through garments, photography, video, painting, and sculpture.
AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life is curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D. and Erika Dalya Massaquoi, Ph.D.

If you’re interested, click on any photo above + take the time to learn about the exhibition and the artists.

Oh and the soundtrack was that new Solange. Unedited! Perfectly fitting. I kick myself for not hearing about Africa Forecast until its last week! And then I didn’t make time to see it until the last day! It was really my cup of tea with all that brown skin, colorfulness, Solange and fashion. Knowing so many young Black ladies will see themselves in art-in a positive light-puts a smile on my face.

It really was beautiful. My camera phone doesn’t do it justice, but I hope you enjoyed. As always, thanks for stopping by.

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40 comments

  1. Tareau Barron · December 5

    Ok we will give you a pass on your laziness hahahahaha. Naw great photos, and don’t kick yourself too hard, life happens ya know.

    Liked by 3 people

    • kelley · December 5

      lol I have been slacking way too tough! I still have two more exhibitions to share but.. life.

      Thanks for tuning in!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Pumpkin · December 5

        wow those photos are beautiful, i didn’t know spelman had this exhibit. I’d love to see it.

        Liked by 2 people

        • kelley · December 5

          Yes last day to view was Saturday, but they are always making magic so I’m excited to see what’s next.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Tareau Barron · December 6

        Ok we gonna be on you then. You better give your fans what they want hahahahhahaha.

        Liked by 2 people

  2. tunisiajolyn84 · December 5

    Love!

    Liked by 2 people

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  4. soulanceblog · December 6

    Speechless. ❤

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  5. Darryl Walker Jr · December 6

    Absolutely stunning exhibits! I agree : black art is an excellent avenue for self expression. So many pearls of wisdom and ideas for a more humane society are embedded in the work of artists – but they are typically dismissed because we think only scholars/politicians can do that work. I am glad you see its value =D

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    • kelley · December 6

      No joke, I’d be an empty vessel without art. It NEEDS to be in schools, in the streets- everywhere! For everyone.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. 25, Black, and Alive · December 10

    I agree with Tareau, you definitely have fans. If you’re not already you should be getting paid for your writing. Paid really well. You have put so many of us onto people, places and things that we would have never known of.

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · December 11

      Thank you. That means the world to me!

      But.. how?

      Liked by 2 people

      • 25, Black, and Alive · December 11

        I don’t completely know how myself. I think i told you before but your book needs to be coming soon. And you can start @’ing your articles/ post to some of these big magazines. Or start @’ing famous people that you think want to see black people doing big things. I want to do that, I’m just not into social media but I know that what I’m saying and writing needs to be heard and read by the people. They’ll hopefully read and like it, then give you a call or shot out. Bringing more energy your way.

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        • kelley · December 11

          That’s the thing, Cliff! I don’t even like people. In general. I can’t think of a way to sell myself without selling myself, if you know what I mean.

          If/When I figure it out, I’ll be giving you big big thanks.

          Liked by 3 people

          • 25, Black, and Alive · December 12

            “I don’t even like people. In general.” I’m laughing but I’m thinking about how trill you are for that! I’m glad you said it. I be trying to be nice. I don’t know if it’s working, but I be trying. No need to thank me. You put out exceptional work, that should be recognized. The credit goes to you.

            Liked by 1 person

          • kelley · December 12

            Thank you.There are just so many people faking it these days, whether it’s who they are or their intentions. So it’s like torture for me to deal.

            But I feel as if I’m wining already with readers like you.

            Liked by 1 person

          • 25, Black, and Alive · December 12

            Wow! That’s how I’ve been feeling too. You’re about to shake your head at me, but I’m just now as in a month ago downloading the wordpress app. Extra late, I know. But I would rather deal with people that actually read, write and think critically than deal with any of these robots out here. Everybody that’s vibing on the same level must be feeling the same. Because I have been trying to make myself be out there with the robots but then I think about you and a few other people and be like I’m good!

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          • kelley · December 12

            Ha! What if I told you I don’t have the app at all!? Well I don’t! I might if I get a new phone.. might not 🙂

            I’m just too old for small talk or celebrity gossip. I mean it’ll pop in here + there but a whole conversation? Nah. Cannot. Will not! I’m like you-let’s build, let’s reflect, let’s talk about real things that will mater in five years!

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          • 25, Black, and Alive · December 12

            I know you’re in Atlanta but WHERE ARE YOU!?! Geez Louise how come I can’t meet and converse with people like you every day? 😳

            Liked by 1 person

          • kelley · December 13

            I know right! Too many people avoid the heavy, constructive conversations. There’s a quote I like by MLK Jr., something like “rarely do we find who men willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.” It still holds true. People don’t want to face all the ugly that’s been swept under the rug for centuries. The system is working perfectly to keep the herd complacent and distracted.

            Just be glad you have digital Kelley 😛

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          • 25, Black, and Alive · December 13

            So true! And you can scratch the digital. I WILL meet you in person, some day soon.

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          • kelley · December 13

            Yes! I look forward to it.

            Liked by 1 person

          • kelley · December 12

            And I always always always look forward to your feedback, Cliff!

            Liked by 1 person

          • 25, Black, and Alive · December 12

            You’re going to make me blush through comments. 😍

            Liked by 1 person

          • nosyjosie · December 27

            omg I didn’t know you felt this way about people. I only like blog people (as if they aren’t real people lmao). I feel so close to you now *grabs a chair to sit closer to you* hah!

            Liked by 1 person

          • kelley · December 28

            Aw that makes me smile! One because you only like blog people and two because you feel close to me. The feeling is super mutual, Josie! Trust.

            Liked by 1 person

          • nosyjosie · December 29

            Like

      • nosyjosie · December 27

        I totally agree! You are the master of enlightenment lol. Maybe create a FB page that’s dedicated solely to these things? I don’t know – I know its tricky but give it some thought because its definitely worth it!

        Liked by 1 person

        • kelley · December 28

          I hate FaceBook! lol I cannot deal! Cannot!

          Thanks so much guys. You are appreciated! I will make it happen.

          Liked by 1 person

  7. nosyjosie · December 27

    Black people are just SO dynamic and multi-talented that I can’t take it. WHO does it like us? Seriously…we are so innovative, strong, creative, expressive, resilient, and just beautiful beings!

    Liked by 1 person

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  9. the Wanderer · January 5

    Great reflection of a beautiful exhibit!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. motivatioinparadise · 23 Days Ago

    Reblogged this on The African Paradise and commented:

    I love African art & craft

    Liked by 1 person

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