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Afrofuturism?

Ari howard

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Although the exact meaning is not clearly defined, it could be useful to understand afrofuturism as the area of science-fiction being defined by black artists, and/or in addition, a cultural aesthetic resuscitating the history of african culture. Read more via Design Boom.

"DETROIT" film

Ari howard

"The Detroit Historical Society, through its Detroit 67: Looking Back to MOVE FORWARD community engagement project, has taken the lead to convene an unprecedented community-wide effort. An outcome of this multi-year project will be the creation of a model for bringing diverse voices and communities together around the effects of a historic crisis to find their roles in the present and inspire the future.

The Detroit 67 Project and its centerpiece, the Detroit 67 Exhibition, will cover a period of 150 years. We will look back 100 years – from 1917 to today and forward 50 years to 2067 and use an understanding of our collective history to inform and define our future. Those who engage with Detroit 67 will be able to better understand the events leading up to July, 1967, where we are today, and connect to efforts that are moving Detroit forward." Learn more

DYI mobile stock photos

Ari howard

 Taken with Samsung Note 5.

Taken with Samsung Note 5.

Sometimes you need a captivating photo but you're outta cash and don't own camera. I've got some tips to help you out with your projects by using you cellphone. Using my cellphone has been such a life saver, with some of these photo basics I hope this helps you out..

  • Depth of field

In a nutshell, its the distance between the nearest and the furthest objects that seem sharper than surrounding area. Aperture (f/11 or f2.8) determines how much light gets in. Now since mobile phones dont have that great of a distance but when positioned close to and object you can achieve the effect. 

  •   Rule of thirds

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Dividing and positioning important subjects in the image using two horizontal and vertical lines where they meet.

Clean you lens: Finger prints and lint can hugely affect the quality of your photo - make it a habit to clean.

Don't use zoom: digital zoom crops your image as you zoom in, This leads to loss in image quality.

Keep the camera steady.

Take multiple shots at different angles: Give yourself options

Don't put subject in front of light source: that darkens your subject so all you see is the outline.

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This is just a handful of tidbits that can help you when you need of a photo quick and in a hurry. Hope it helps!

Oakland Artist Avenue Coalition

Ari howard

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The Oakland Avenue Artists of Coalition (OAAC) is a grassroots community organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the transformation of Oakland Avenue into the [Detroit] North End’s art corridor. The corridor will feature a public art park and continuous performing arts events at varying locations along the avenue. MORE

HUBERT MASSEY

Ari howard

Hubert Massey is a Michigan artist who works in a variety of media to create large public art installations. Massey is noted for collaborating with communities to create art that tell their stories. His installations can be seen in Detroit at the Museum of African American History, Paradise Valley Park and Campus Martius. 

INSPIRATION: YESTERDAYNITE

Ari howard

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By the time he graduated high school in 2008, Smith had been diagnosed with epilepsy and his mother had lost her job, prompting him to opt out of further pursuing art school. But he continued to create, right from his living room.

The following January, Smith and Silva drew a portrait of Barack Obama and went door to door around their neighborhood selling copies. Noting the positive response, they traveled to Washington, D.C. and sold the portrait to attendants at the inaugural address. 

Smith says he is devoted to creating art that is heavily inspired by entertainment (primarily music and comedy), women and black culture. Smith says the presence of black culture in his work serves as a form of self-expression and education. Read more via his site

Young Black Detroiters Want To Resurrect A Lost Neighborhood

Ari howard

Unless you grew up in a black family with deep Detroit roots, I'm betting you've never heard of Black Bottom. It was a self-sustaining, all-black neighborhood that flourished on Detroit's eastern edge at the turn of the last century. It's largely forgotten today, replaced by a four-lane highway, but back then its mile-and-a-half main drag bustled with black-owned grocery stores selling produce from local black farmers. The soda fountain at black-owned Barthwell Drugs was always hopping with customers sipping on orange pineapple floats while their orders got filled. Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jackie Robinson were guests at the Gotham Hotel, a hot spot for black film stars, blues artists and athletes who were often barred from the city's white hotels. Read more via NPR