Photos by Mwende Katwiwa and Denisio Truitt It’s that time of the year again! Essence Festival is right around the corner and your two friendly neighborhood Africans are here with a short list of some of our favorite black-owned and black-centered spots to get our minds, bodies, and souls right for this very special weekend.
Photos by Malcolm Johnson Post Soundtrack: On the Regular (Shamir) NOIRLINIANS NOTE: We would like this blog to celebrate and be representative of all of the mediums we create with, one of those being poetry. For me (Denisio) my English Literature degree was actually with a concentration in creative writing and poetry. So I’ve been writing poems for as long as I’ve been able to write. But when Dopeciety became more successful I abandoned my writing practices […]
Photos by Malcolm Johnson | FEATURED FASHIONS #JuaKali #DOPEciety Jua Kali: Still being founded by artist, pattern enthusiast & patternmaster Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, Jua Kali is a shapeshifting collection of Kenyan made clothing, jewelry and accessories for people of all genders and gender expressions. It is also one of many entrepreneurial effort to ensure Africans on the continent financially benefit from the recent resurgence of “African & African inspired”, and an effort to train young women in New Orleans in entrepreneurship […]
Photos by Reiana Essex-Simmons Special thanks to DJ CHRIS STYLES and NATTY BOOM for the Afrobeat vibes and shoutout to our wonderful cosponsors (below) Abstract NOLA | Africans in the Diaspora | Artist Journey Allen Studios | Atypical | CMHstyle | Noor | Verve Collective DON’T FORGET TO JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT AFROBEAT PARTY…a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR FELA!
#Noirlinians back with another Afrobeat party,another Afrobeat party,another Afrobeat party, this time though, its not just a party, it’s an anniversary celebration…
Photos by Dawnie Marie FEATURED FASHIONS – The Bombchel Factory: The Bombchel Factory is an African fashion wonderland that produces ethically made, high quality garments for sale in Monrovia, Liberia that was started by Archel Bernard, a Liberian-American whose parents fled civil unrest in the West African country. Our team of expert tailors and excited trainees can produce much more than we can sell locally, so we have set our sights on the rest of the world. This is […]
Photos by Dawn Jefferson (Dawnie Marie) Post Soundtrack: Control (Janet Jackson) Bunny Bread Factory, New Orleans East: So I’m from the East. Yes, New Orleans East. Literally born & raised in the East. So I’m a legit East Beast. I know its strange, but I am proud of that. I mean I can’t lie and say I’m from Uptown, I’d be found out so quick. I call the East many things: “the land that care forgot” “hood […]
Photos by Taylor DeClue Post Soundtrack: Human (Tank and the Bangas) Rooftop, Downtown New Orleans: Passion has been the word of the year for me . Tensions have risen high this year whether it be from the excess of murders i’ve had to witness to black men and women at the hands of police, the emotions of hate from these coming elections that have made racial tensions even higher and most of all taking a personal […]
Photos by Kobby Waiyaki | The Skate Park: The skate park is one of the very rare things to find in Kenya .Most people don’t even know if Kenya owns a skate park since it is at an unexpected location. I chose this as my location since I have seen it grow from the very first day when skate aid-a skateboarding organisation based in Germany came to launch that they will be constructing a skate park in Nairobi […]
Photos by Taylor DeClue | Jackson Square/ French Quarter: The French Quarter is one of Louisianas most popular attractions . It is what some would say the heart and soul of New Orleans . There you will find everything from artists to lovers. I chose this particular location because it is close to my heart . Around every corner you will find Spanish architecture similar to that of Latin American countries and musicians filling the background with […]
Photos by Aline Maia Ashé Cultural Arts Center: The Ashé Cultural Arts Center emphasizes the art contributions of people of African descent in New Orleans. Its focus is support programs, activities, and creative works. Because of these and others motives, it has become the stage for this photo shoot. After all, Mwende and Denisio are artists: they have been using body, clothes and thoughts to talk about themselves, and to explore fashion and identity in […]
'Fight the Power' explores the ways in which the Black History is often marginalized/erased, and why it is imperative that we fight to preserve and properly honor these sacred spaces. Featuring photography from visiting doctoral student Aline Maia
Photos by Lou Dorsey (Sci Academy) & Burnell Palmer (KIPP Renaissance) Post Soundtrack: I Am Not My Hair (India Arie) Armstrong Park/Congo Square: Congo square hadn’t even crossed my mind when I was thinking of a place to do this shoot. It was originally going to happen in Armstrong park, but as I was doing research on the park itself, I stumbled upon Congo square. The background and scenery of it amazed me. To live […]
Photos by Lou Dorsey (Sci Academy) & Burnell Palmer (KIPP Renaissance) Post Soundtrack: Back in the Day (Ahmad) Exhibit BE: De Gaulle Manor raised a part of our community and Hurricane Katrina killed this place, left it to rot. But Brandon ‘BMike’ Odums and his team were saviors, never in a million years would I have thought that particular apartment complex would rebirth in such a ingenious way. To see all those painters, photographers, poets, graffiti artists, […]
Visit the PhotoNOLA Noirlinians page for more info In conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2015, the McKenna Museum of African American art presents a photography exhibition in partnership with Noirlinians, an AfroFashion and culture blog run by Kenyan writer Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa and Liberian designer Denisio Truitt of Dopeciety. The exhibition features four photographers from the Noirlinians blog, Danielle Miles, Asia Vinae Palmer, LaToya ‘Blaze Like Fyre’ Edwards and Patrick Melon, of New Orleans based fashion blog Noirlinians, […]
Photos by Gus Bennett Makeup by Phoenix of Karmen Cosmetics Post Soundtrack: Mama Africa by Peter Tosh Gus: My studio is my sanctuary. It’s where I am most comfortable creating. Before opening my space, I had everything removed from the building. The space was blessed and I played classical and ambient music for about one month before actively photographing anyone or anything. I wanted the vibe to be that of peace and solitude. I wanted my subject to forget the outside […]
Photos by Blaze Like Fyre Post Soundtrack – No Church in the Wild (Jay Z+Kanye West+Frank Ocean) City Park (Botanical Gardens): When picking the location for this shoot, I thought about how to make the indigo pop. I knew that anywhere that we shot would have to have a colorful backdrop. Though this wall is not hyper-colorful, the muted orange hue accomplished the splash of color necessary to complement the indigo fabric. City Park was the location […]
Photos by Patrick Melon Post Soundtrack – Say It Loud (James Brown) Lot by Dbl Blk Cafe: This location is a place central to downtown New Orleans. It made sense to get some of the urban grit that makes any industrialized city recognizable as such. With the golden beams of the sun creating amazing highlight I was able to create a lot of contrast between my subjects and their environment.
Photos by Patrick Melon Post Soundtrack – You Must Learn (KRS1) Crescent Park: Crescent Park has a beautiful cityscape in the background showing the layout of the central business district. Its simple and clean cut design in stone is appealing to me in and of itself. My subjects wore their more easily identifiable ‘ethnic’ clothing in this area which I feel is fitting considering the existence of the park. Although the area is beautiful and I certainly appreciate it, […]