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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.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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