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ChevonMedia and Soulful Sips Teamed Up To Take 4 Little Brown Girls To See Kehinde Wiley’s Art At The Brooklyn Museum – Watch Their Reactions

Can seeing faces that resemble yours in art function as a form of self care? Can committing to take a group of girls to the museum be a form of self care for you (and them)? ChevonMedia and Soulful Sips set out to answer these questions and were delighted by the art, and the girls earnest reactions to each Kehinde Wiley piece. At the end of the video, tell me if you catch the moment where one little girl seems to realize that she, like the women in a painting, will need to team up with other black women for protection in this world. Watch her eyes.


The Ruse x Leisure Life NYC Mural and T-Shirt Release Party Was Jammin’ With Music From DJ J.Period

Reflecting on his life inspired by art, music, fashion and travel, Charnier Corey created Leisure Life NYC to provide creative business professionals aspirational living with an edge. I dropped by for the Ruse x Leisure Life NYC mural unveiling and t-shirt release jammy jam. The back yard was so cozy.

An inside, the store offers meticulously curated selection of vintage clothing and accessories, mixed with their in house brand. The physical space is a reflection of the products they sell; the room pulsating with a classic, intellectual feel.  The vintage pieces and main label pieces have stories. The space has stories. Charnier has stories. Visit the shop to hear some.

Leisure Life NYC Address: 559 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 | Phone: (347) 725-3167


Attention Visual Artists, Filmmakers, Writers, Dancers, Thespians and Culture-Bearing Griots Engaging in Social Change: Apply For Funding From The Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation works to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States. The 2015 Artists Engaging in Social Change program will accept online applications between Monday, September 15, 2014 and Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Please note that applications will only be accepted via the online process.

Through this RFP, Surdna will support compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities’ specific challenges, and will also fund the projects of artists whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as “activist.”

Successful applicants will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 over one or two year periods, with a maximum total award of $150,000.  The Request for Proposals is on the Surdna Foundation website:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Projects must be artist-led.
  • Projects must demonstrate a deep commitment to a community, demonstrated by the process through which the work is developed and the theme or themes it focuses on.
  • These funds are designated for one-time project support and cannot support organizations’ ongoing programs, operations, capital or endowments, although up to 15 percent administrative overhead is allowed.
  • These funds cannot support curricular work.
  • Applicants can be at any stage of their careers, but must have a track record of developed work that demonstrates their capacity to complete the proposed project and to manage the level of funds requested.
  • Eligible disciplines include traditional or folkloric arts, visual arts, literary arts, dance, theater, film/ video, music, performance-based arts, and interdisciplinary/ hybrid arts.
  • For architecture or design-related projects, please refer to our Community Engaged Design guidelines,  here.
  • Proposal must make a clear case for the arc of change envisioned by the project, based on the applicants’ own criteria for defining and measuring impact.
  • Individual artists and groups of artists and organizations without 501(c)(3) status must apply through a fiscal sponsor, which they will list on their application as the applying organization.
  • Applying organizations (including fiscal sponsors) and the project for which funds are requested must be based in the United States.

Eligible disciplines include:

  • Traditional or folkloric arts.
  • Visual arts.
  • Literary arts.
  • Dance.
  • Theater.
  • Film/ video.
  • Performance-based arts.
  • Interdisciplinary/ hybrid arts.



You May Sit Beside Me: Visual Narratives of Black Women and Queer Identities opens at Restoration’s Skylight Gallery in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

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You May Sit Beside Me: Visual Narratives of Black Women and Queer Identities, is an exhibition of intimate photographs accompanied by spirited conversations that explore the complexities of living as queer Black women.

March 30 to May 24, 2014
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM, Saturday, 1 PM – 6 PM

  • Thursday, April 10th, 6:30 PM Panel discussion with women from the exhibition
  • Thursday, May 1st, 6:30 PM Queer community film screening
  • Thursday, May 22nd, 6:30 PM Closing reception and queer film screening

1368 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY 11216 | Phone: 718-636-6900
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza’s Skylight Gallery
A/C train to Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.


2014 Scope Art Fair NYC Will Feature New Work From Celebrated Art Director Cey Adams


Cey Adams is set to debut new artwork at the SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show in New York from March 6th – 9th, at Booth E17. His new artwork will be shown in collaboration with RushArts Galleryb and Blackbook Gallery.

The event will include the artists listed below! Follow the art fair via the #scope2014 hastag.
Ravi Zupa(US), WK Interact(US/France), Hari & Deepti(US/India), Ben Eine (US/UK), Morning Breath(US), Cey Adams(US), Max Kauffman(US), El Gato Chimney(Italy), Martin Whatson(Norway), CYCLE(US), James Reka(Australia), Cope2(US), Indie184(US), Shepard Fairey(US), Judith Supine(US)

More info: SCOPE ART FAIR | MARCH 6-9 | NEW YORK 2014


Brooklyn Kicks Off Black Artstory Month Art Exhibitions in Fort Greene & Clinton Hill

Taking inspiration from Richard Wright’s Native Son, written in Fort Greene, the 2014 installment of Black Artstory Month is entitled Native Sons and Daughters.

Curated by Daonne Huff, #BlackArtstory month features a thought-provoking blend of multi-disciplinary artists, media and ideas. Look for events and experiences for all ages created in collaboration with Aisha Cousins, Act Now Foundation, FOKUS, SONYA (South of the Navy Yard Artists), and Try Harder NYC, as well as art exhibitions in ten different Myrtle Avenue businesses from more than 20 artists!

Artwork by Teri Sanders at Pillow Cafe

February 1 – February 28
Pillow Cafe-Lounge,

505 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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A new exhibition by painter Teri Sanders is up at Pillow Cafe-Lounge on Myrtle Avenue! The exhibition, titled “Art at Work”, will be on view until the end of February. Being a classically trained portrait painter, Teri’s philosophy is that no matter how “processed” the result is in a publication, it all comes back to the brush on canvas. This exhibit gives the viewer a rare insight into those sources: the raw work on canvas. A prolific painter and art…Find out more »

Climate Change: Opening Reception

February 6 @ 7:00 – 9:00
Gnarly Vines,

350 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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TryHarderNYC presents Climate Change, an art exhibition at Gnarly Vines featuring Steven Mosley and Jose Baez, during Black Artstory Month. The exhibition will run throughout February, with a FREE opening reception on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm. Try Harder NYC  is a Brooklyn artist collective. Through photography, art production, and collaborative projects, TryHarderNYC is documenting the experience of creative individuals from an urban perspective.  Find out more »

Storytime Art with FOKUS

February 8 @ 12:30 – 2:30
Ingersoll Community Center,

177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

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FREE A Black Artstory Month event for families! All are invited to join FOKUS for the reading of “Sofie and the City” and “Saladino Colour of Home.” Following the reading of these tales of migration and longing for home and family, bring your own personal tales to life through a chalk drawing activity. Art supplies and light refreshments will be provided.  Find out more »

Black Artstory Month Film: The Wonder Year

February 12 @ 7:00 – 10:00
Ingersoll Community Center,

177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

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Black Artstory  Month brings you a FREE screening of  The Wonder Year, in partnership with Act Now Foundation and the Ingersoll Community Center. A year in the life of CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder. The Wonder Year follows one of soul music’s most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between. About ActNow Foundation Since it’s founding in 2005, ActNow Foundation has… Find out more »

How Much Longer Till We’re Home: An Evening of Storytelling

February 13 @ 7:30 – 9:00

415 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY United States

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FREE Black Artstory Month brings together Storytellers at Splitty! Whether by boat, foot, or if you’re lucky – Jet Blue – everyone has a story of traveling across America. Sometimes we have migrated across coasts, but other journeys have been more local – many of us have traveled to cities or boroughs or even cross streets where we can feel more at home. “How Much Longer Till We’re Home” will bring together incredible storytellers with separate stories about finding “place”… Find out more »

Community Mural: Local Heroes

February 16 @ 1:00 – 4:00
Hadas Gallery,

543 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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Black Artstory Month enlists artists from SONYA to lead participants of all ages in the creation of a Community Mural featuring images of Local Heroes, and inspired by the artwork of local students from PS 20. All supplies provided. Wear your paint clothes! Find out more »

The Influence of the African Diaspora on Fashion

February 21 @ 6:00 – 8:00
Leisure Life,

559 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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FREE Join FOKUS for a conversation at Leisure Life featuring tastemakers in the world of fashion as part of Black Artstory Month.  Speakers share their views on the African Diaspora’s impact on fashion, as well as how their own migratory experiences influence their work. Wine provided by Tipsy, with a tasting at Tipsy immediately following the event. Featuring:  Ana Kata (Uchea Nwabuzor), Brandice Henderson (Harlem Fashion Row), Jennifer Nnamani (Beau Monde Society) and Charnier Corey (Leisure Life NYC).  Find out more »

Native Sons & Daughters Remixed: Live Music

February 22 @ 8:00 – 11:30
Five Spot Soul Food & Supper Club,

459 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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A Black Artstory Month showcase where musicians representing various genres reinterpret and salute African-American musicians with Brooklyn roots. $5 suggested donation. Featuring: James Hall, Emily Ruth Hazel and Sebastien Ammann Ayoinmotion Hot Hands Igor Lumpert and the Innertextures DonChristian.  Find out more »

Cypher, A Night of Spoken Notes

February 27 @ 7:00 – 8:30
Pillow Cafe-Lounge,

505 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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FREE Black Artstory Month celebrates the tradition of Spoken Word at Pillow Cafe-Lounge.  Drink Specials. Participating artists: Ishmael “Ish” Islam Brittany “Blue” Bellinger Reynold Martin Dean Brown Victor Arumemi.  Find out more »


TTK’s ‘Crates to Canvas’ on Frank151: Life Of A Drug Dealer

Ask anyone who knows TTK, and they’ll say that he’s just as knowledgeable about records as the most avid collector. The Brooklyn-based visual artist draws inspiration from cover art that he’s catalogued and stored away in his mind, using the vinyl as reference points for his own art.

Fellow FRANK columnist and legendary street Ricky Powell is a big fan of TTK’s work, and so are we, which is why we asked him to come onboard as a monthly contributor. Read up below as TTK explains the connection between the sonic and the visual in his column, Crates to Canvas.

For this month, my inspiration didn’t necessarily come from the crates, but from the iPod and the current state of hip-hop music. Continue to story >>


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