Photos: Newcomer Awol Erizku

Meet Awol Erizku--Ethiopian born, Bronx-raised photographer on the rise. Erizku specializes in a sort of new-age portraiture that is creating buzz throughout NYC’s art scene as well as the city’s young creative elite. The 24-year old Cooper Union grad has photographed the likes of Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Travis Gumbs, and Joshua Kissi of the style blog Street Etiquette, and white-hot newcomer A$AP Rocky and his A$AP Mob enclave.

Erizku had the opportunity to intern under famed photographer David LaChapelle, who inspired him to begin taking photography seriously. Since then, Awol’s work has fostered a huge following on his Tumblr page titled Thank you, Come Again and has also been picked up by the Chelsea Gallery. Erizku closed his first solo show July 20th at the Hasted Krautler Gallery that has been on view since June 14th. Awol’s second solo showing opened on July 19th downtown at Rivington Design House and will be on display until September 6th. The show consists of Erizku’s classical inspired portraits—vivid snapshots of young New Yorkers of color against a black background staring into the camera. His subjects can be seen donning Louis Vuitton scarves, bamboo earrings, Versace, and some even appear nude. Awol’s images immortalize a movement of young, black, stylish, beautiful creators in this city.

With two official showings under his belt and a host of cool kids in his corner, Awol Erizku seems to be well on his way to photography superstardom—however, that will have to wait as he will be packing his camera up this fall to head to Yale University where he as been accepted to study in their Visual Arts MFA program. We’re positive that this move to the Ivy League will only bring Erizku back to the city with an even cooler and more polished eye for the lens.





Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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Eswatini Is Trying To Dethrone Africa's Last Standing King

Africa's last absolute monarchy is being challenged by pro-democracy protests and an army of youths ready to fight back.