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Serena Wins Wimbledon, Her 22nd Grand Slam Title: Pictures

England

Biles Leads After Day 1 of US Gym Trials: Pictures

Playwrights

How Podcasting Got Better

The hosts of two POC-helmed and women-anchored podcasts discuss how they created a home for listeners.<p>The first-ever podcast hit the internet in …

Candice Hoyes Sings Blackness, Womanhood And History On Her Debut Jazz Album

When Candice Hoyes sings, she's channeling a legacy of black women like Eartha Kitt, Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne, all of whom helped shape the modern musician-cum-activist role. Hoyes knows that tradition well; for her, becoming an artist meant working to understand the fraught, complex history of …

North Carolina

Modern African Women Don Their Ancestors' Clothing, Because The Past Matters

Photographer Joana Choumali resolved to document young, contemporary African women and their relationships to past generations.<p>"Resilience is the ability to return to the original form after being bent, compressed, or<p>stretched; elasticity," photographer Joana Choumali told The Huffington Post."The …

Africa

I Moved My Family to the Ghetto to Have a Better Life

I know this sounds not only counter-intuitive, but also tortuous. I mean why would someone who has a decent shot at middle class living choose to go back to the "'hood" and raise a family? In the African American culture especially, you are taught that your education is your ticket out of even the …

White Feminists, Come Get Your White Women — Their Gaze Is Doubly Victimizing Us

Mabel Jansen, a White South African judge has sparked some necessary outrage after claiming that rape is a part of Black culture. It came to light earlier this week that Jansen had written that Black men find the rape of a “baby, daughter and mother a pleasurable pastime" during a 2015 Facebook …

Feminism

100 Naked Women Will Welcome Donald Trump to the Republican National Convention

Artist Spencer Tunick discusses his art installation near the Quicken Loans Arena in July.<p>At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July, 100 naked women will stand facing the Quicken Loans Arena holding large, round mirrors. They'll be part of artist Spencer Tunick's latest …

Government

Why the Women Always Outperform the Men on 'Naked and Afraid'

"We certainly haven't come up with the answers for it, but...overall, the women seem to be more badass than the men."<p>The premise is so simple it's practically idiotic: A man and a woman are purposefully placed in an uninhabitable environment for 21 days–without food or shelter ("afraid") and …

Street artist Daku reveals graffiti powered by the sun - CNN Style

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Graffiti

Michael Brown's Mom Explains How Beyoncé's Mom Helped Her

Since the death of her son Michael Brown in August 2014, Lezley McSpadden has met with countless sympathetic figures, from fellow mothers of sons who …

My Most Important Photo: Glenna Gordon, Nigeria, 2012

A bridesmaid collects "spray"-Naira notes and sometimes U.S. dollars thrown at the couple as they dance. While spraying<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Glenna Gordon<p>1 of …

Metropolis: 5/7/16

This Week's Playlist<p>Tourist, "Run [Range Remix]" (Monday)<br>• Kaytranada, "Track Uno" (XL)<br>• Kaytranada, "Bullets (feat. Little Dragon)" (XL)<br>• Kaytranada, "Breakdance Lesson N.1" (XL)<br>• Marcus Marr & Chet Faker, "Learning For Your Love" (Downtown)<br>• Offaiah, "Trouble" (White Label)<br>• Shapeshifters, "Chime [Moudaber's …

Dance

Talking to Artist Sean Scully About Addiction, Death, and Ai Wei Wei

We went to Nanjing to hang out with the famous Irish painter, and talked state censorship, grief, and why he's skeptical about China's most famous dissident artist.<p>After his grandfather killed himself, Sean Scully and his family left Ireland for north London. "He was going to be shot for …

Art

New Walls and Canvases by Pichi & Avo That Mix Classic Greek Imagery With Graffiti Writing | Colossal

<p>Although Pichi & Avo (previously here and here) have continued to focus on their signature style of classic Greek gods and mythology intermixed with …

Meet the Artist Using Superheroes to Highlight Racism

We caught up with artist Markus Prime, a graphic illustrator who is using his talents to explore issues of race, class, and representation in his new book, “B.R.U.H.”<p>Graphics illustrator Markus Prime's B.R.U.H.: Black Renditions of Universal Heroes comes out today. In <i>B.R.U.H.,</i> Prime reimagines some …

Disassembled Typewriters Become Larger-Than-Life Human Sculptures

Jeremy Mayer makes intricate, hand-assembled sculptures from old typewriters.<p>Sculpture with found materials has been a staple of contemporary art, but Jeremy Mayer focuses his practice specifically on one type of pre-made object: the typewriter.<p>The artist rummages for these vintage objects at flea …

Art

Celebrating 30 Illustrators, Painters, and Artists of the African Diaspora

1. My name is Odera Igbokwe. I am a fantasy illustrator and you might know me from projects such as my redesigns from the cast of Sailor Moon/Melanin …

Diversity

GLeo, the new promise of Latin American street art

One of the most proposing and freshest names in the Latin American street art, is GLeo, a Colombian young artist, born and raised in Cali, who …

Latin America

Here's how an artist built a 2,000-gallon lake in an art gallery

Toronto-based artist Steve Driscoll has 25 solo exhibitions to his name, but only one that requires a pair of wellies. <i>Recovered Shores,</i> on now until …

North Carolina's Abandoned 'Wizard of Oz' Theme Park Will Haunt You

Don't go looking for rainbows here...<p><i>This article originally appeared on Creators.</i><p>Written as a novel by L. Frank Baum in 1900, the <i>Wizard of Oz became</i> an acclaimed Technicolor film in 1939. The success of that film led to the exploration of prequels and sequels desperately seeking the fame and …

Meet the Instagram Duo Giving Art Fairs a Run For Their Money

Aureta Thomollari and Jordan "Watts" Watson first met a few years ago at a mutual friend's party in Los Angeles. At the time, Watson, 36, was building a following with his Instagram account, @love.watts and Thomollari, 34, was doing the same with her personal, @aureta, which was an extension of a …

Social Media

Instagram @music’s Monthly Hashtag Project: #MHPdance

<i>Monthly Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @music on Instagram.</i><p>For this month’s hashtag project, #MHPdance, we’re looking for photos and videos celebrating the best dance moves, from ballet to breakdancing. To get started, head to a concert, dance hall or even a pop-up street performance and capture the movement on stage and in the crowd. Better yet, try using our …

Amanda Batista Robaina, 16, during a class at the National School of Dance in Havana, part of the National Arts Schools, an avant-garde architectural project conceived not long after the 1959 Cuban Revolution but never completed. The dance taught there — “técnica cubana,” a hybrid of American modern dance with ballet and Cuban tradition, both Spanish and African — comes from that time as well. Técnica cubana is an under-recognized invention, but it can seem rather like the 1950s Chevys famously still cruising Cuba’s streets: gorgeous, miraculously maintained, and way behind the times. However, as Cuban-American barriers tumble, Cuban dance companies are performing in New York, working with American choreographers and anticipating change. @lisettepoole took this photo of Amanda while on assignment in Havana.

A High School That Demonstrates - Once Again - That Some Educators Have the Know-How to Turn Schools Around (Part 2: Improving the Culture)

<i>Last week, I talked about a high-poverty high school that has improved tremendously in the last 12 years. Today, I report on one aspect of that improvement: school climate and culture.</i><p>Members of the Class of 2016 announcing that they are headed to college.<p>Almost 12 years ago, Sergio Garcia became …

How Beyoncé said 'boy, bye' to black respectability

It was October 2008: Barack Obama was about to be elected president, Bill Cosby was still America’s dad, and Oscar Grant would be alive for another …

Meet the travel blogger who made 6 figures writing about her vacations

The 36-year-old started her blog Ordinary Traveler back in 2011 after a six-week vacation to Southeast Asia with her boyfriend. Fast forward to 2016, and Woodrow made six figures last year off of her travel blog.<p>"The bigger travel blogs are people who quit their jobs and became nomads — you don't …

Where to Stay, Explore, and Party in Iceland

Cynthia Rowley shares highlights from her recent trip to Björk's homeland.<p><b>This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of ELLE.</b><p>Over the course of her career in fashion, Cynthia Rowley has designed dresses and handbags, obviously, but also wet suits, office supplies, and even beds (her …

5 Historic Must-Visit Sites in New Orleans (And 5 Cool New Haunts You Probably Haven’t Heard Of)

New Orleans seems to exist in perpetual renaissance mode—it just keeps getting better. Indeed, in the more than 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, the city has emerged into the public consciousness as a place that won’t be defined by disaster. As summer approaches, and the heat steadily rises, NOLA …