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Black History March: A Project By Anthony Bila

Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist teamed up with the Love Is African collective (with Loux The Vintage Guru) on 'Black History March.'

Always on our radar, JHB photographer Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist joined forces last month with recent Namibian fashion blogstar Loux The Vintage Guru on Black History March. Shot in Joburg's Alexandra, Bila's photos (above) capture the Love Is African collective (itself a collaboration between Loux the Vintage Guru and Joburg creative ensemble Khumbula), posing in vintage three piece suits and fedoras in an "ode to black history." Black History March, with its atmospheric sepia tone textures and powerful gazes, celebrates 60s style and the power of looking back, whilst embodying a critique on the brevity of Black History month. On why the series launched after Black History Month actually occurred, Bila explained:


"I purposefully launched this project a month after the Black History Month actually occurred, it’s traditionally held in February but I wanted to dispel the notion that black history needs a ‘special month’, the shortest month of all no less, dedicated to it as commemoration and remembrance of the rich incredibly vast history of Africa and it's peoples. My thoughts about black history are that it should be venerated just as any other significant part of history is, at every given opportunity. The name of the series is a double entendre. March being the month we are in and march in the sense that we soldier on, as a people moving forward but never forgetting to reflect and look back at where we have come from. Something I believe we should all do, regardless."

Black History March is the first in Anthony Bila's ongoing series commemorating various time periods in African history through words, motion picture and still photography. Take a look at the gallery above and find out more about the project here.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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