Here is the site of the guy who made those ubiquitous (my new favorite word) Obama graphic icons that you see all over Facebook.
Its called Obey the Giant (thanks to Jamhuri Wear blog for that) and I love the tag "Manufacturing Dissent Since 1989". Classic. Here's some stunning pieces from the renowned artist behind the work Shepard Fairey:
"'My motivation for being a stone sculptor
is the love of it," Benhura says. "Somewhere in my heart I always felt
that stone was my future.'
Founder of the Harare-based Dominic's
Studio that houses at least 30 male and female sculptors, Benhura says,
"I am one of those people who have been lucky enough to spend the
better part of my life doing what I enjoy." -ArtMatters
Here's an interesting post on Stereohyped about former model and agency owner Bethann Hardison even on Wednesday, January 23rd. It was the Out of Fashion Forum and it was meant to address the lack of opportunities for models of color in the fashion industry. Its a good read, and kudos for Ms Hardison for holding such a forum.
“They’re not going to look for as many black girls as they are white.
That’s just commonality. It’s a white man’s industry – if you decide to
be part of that you know you’re not going to be in the majority with
them. You expect that.”
Here is an amazing designer out of South Africa. Big up to Yaya's blog where I first saw her beautiful designs. You can find some of her Collection on this site(UPDATE: I am not Bongiwe Walaza), please refer to her website for more info! But check out the stunning dresses:
I really like where African fashion is right now. It is a fusion of so many influences now.
Love this brand. Jamhuri Wear is just what an Afropolitan brand should entail, including love for the motherland. Check out their line of clothes African hoodies including Dakar, Soweto, Kenya, Addis Ababba. The label is the brainchild of designer Jeffery Kimathi and all these items can be purchased from the link above.