An Afro Future In Nature

The Black Constellation — is a creative entity comprised musically of Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction, and visually by artist and director Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes. This is the premiere of their latest short film (Sparkles)…Recollections of the Wraith as part of their larger work, Ode to Octavia. We really appreciate the lushness and visual images of folks,…

Homecoming: Discovering Great American College Art and Architecture

Hello Outdoor Afros: My name is Morgan Powell and this is my fourth blog here at Outdoor Afro.  I’m the founder of Bronx River Sankofa – a documentary series on Cable TV and Facebook featuring African-American environmentalists from New York City’s greenest borough.  This meditation on the sprawling college campus as outdoor museum will be…

Environmentalism: Nothing New for African-Americans

Submitted by Morgan Powell, a landscape designer, who edits Bronx River Sankofa on You Tube and Facebook.  He is passionate about New York’s Bronx River and its African American heritage. Here is his third submission in a series to highlight the generous yet delicate resource of the Bronx River and African American engagement with our environment…

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Upside

Created by Lauren Kelley, the animated short Upside was completed while she participated in the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artist-in-Residence Program (2009-2010). From her website, “In Upside , bitter sweet pathos is elegantly explored.Told from the vantage point of a child, the main character assesses her family’s lot when frolicking at a pool party that goes awry.” Narrated…

March Bird of the Month

By Douglas “Birdman” Gray, Outdoor Afro Contributor Last month’s Bird of the Month was a duck (American Black Duck), and my birding over last month somewhat compels me to remain with this family of birds (anatidae). As winter is winding down, and temperatures are trending upward, ducks returning north stop at once frozen waters for…

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

By Tupak Shakur (1971-1996) Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping it’s dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no…

African American Landscape Artists – The Highwaymen

Twenty-six African American landscape artists of Florida were known as “The Highwaymen”. These men (and a few women!) painted their native Florida landscape and would evolve to become a social group of itinerant artists who ventured along local Florida highways (hence their name) to sell works to hotels and businesses for $25 a piece. The…