Arts + Culture

These Illustrations of Solange, Janelle Monáe & Malcolm X Will Brighten Your Day

Illustrator Prince Eric Nichols creates colorful images of black public figures that you won't be able to keep your eyes off.

On certain days you just need some bright colors in your life, and at times like that, Prince Eric Nichols has got you.


His vibrant illustrations of black public figures are uplifting and engaging; flashy enough to catch your eye, but full of detail to hold your attention. He may not actually be a prince, but he's certainly familiar with the features of royalty.

While he creates images whenever he sees fit, some even get the blessings of his subjects once they're done, like Janelle Monae, who reposted her portrait last year.  If you want to buy a print, just DM him on the Gram and he'll hook you up.

Solange

Janelle Monae

Versace, Versace, Versace

Jay Z

2Chainz

Malcolm X

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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