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Video: This Kenyan Fashion & Beauty Photographer Is Capturing Melanin In All Its Glory

Get familiar with the work of Kenyan fashion and beauty photographer, Thandiwe Muriu.

Do yourself a favor and get familiar with the striking and colorful work of Kenyan fashion and beauty photographer, Thandiwe Muriu.


Muriu's work is a breath of fresh air in the international beauty photography sphere. Her photos challenge the domination of Eurocentric beauty ideals, by unapologetically showcasing the blackness. The artist's work celebrates Kenyan stories, and glorifies melanin.

"I realized that I needed to start celebrating the beauty of my people, so more and more of my work has shifted towards only shooting dark skinned models and just celebrating the beauty of the African woman," says the artist.

"I'd love to become known as the woman who photographs dark skinned people best."

Watch the video below to learn more about the photographer, her journey, and her mission to create a space where African beauty is celebrated in the fashion and beauty scenes.

PERSPECTIVE - THANDIWE MURIU from African Speakers and Artists on Vimeo.

Photo by Nii Kotei Nikoi.

These Ghanaian Women Artists Publicly Chart Paths to Healing from Sexual Violence

Mixtape Notes To The Shadows is a collaborative mixed media exhibition that uses art to show the complex process of healing.

How do you trap a shadow? How do you hold onto to something that slips out of your hands and appears when you step into the light? In Ghanaian society, which is predominantly patriarchal, issues like sexual violence and harassment are treated as shadows, suppressed and left to brood in the dark, unspoken and unaddressed. Despite the undocumented number of people who are tormented by these shadows, it's hard to confront something that society does not believe exists in the way that you experience it.

Dr. Sionne Rameah Neely and Josephine Ngminvielu Kuuire, who are artists and survivors of sexual violence, decided to draw out these demons and shadows by leaving notes for them through art. Mixtape Notes To The Shadows, their collaborative mixed media exhibition and performance, was an open surgery on sexual trauma inviting witnesses as they chart their respective journeys to healing.

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This Documentary Takes You Inside South Africa’s Biggest Trap Movement, ATM

Watch the Emtee-directed and produced documentary about ATM.

South African rapper and singer Emtee and his producer Ruff started a movement when they released "Roll Up" in 2015.

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EL’s ‘BAR 4’ Is One of the Strongest African Hip-Hop Releases of the Year

Ghanaian rapper EL declares himself the best African rapper for the fourth time, and we are tempted to believe him.

Prolific Ghanaian rapper El's Bar mixtape series is on its fourth iteration in just three years.

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