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AFROTECH Conference 2023: Dawn Richard Says She Is Providing 'Proof' That Black Animators Exist

It’s important to nurture your inner child, and artist Dawn Richard has done so through her passion for animation.

Nov 9, 2023

Meet Preston Mutanga, A 14-Year-Old Who Was Hired To Animate A Scene For 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse'

The magic of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” comes from many artists. While watching the movie in theaters, a scene that may blow you away is a uniquely rendered animated LEGO sequence that surprisingly was created by Preston Mutanga, a 14-year-old high school student.

Jun 9, 2023

This Illustrator Worked With Ivy Park, Nike & More. Now, He’s Making Room For More Black Creatives

The celebration of Black creatives over the last year has been abundant for many finally seeing the recognition for their work. Unlike those who have been receiving their flowers most recently, illustrator and animator Thaddeus Coates is someone who’s been around for awhile and is using his platform to create more space for Black creatives in the digital world. Coates — a Washington D.C. native and New York-based content creator — seemingly broke the internet last summer amid the protests for the murder of George Floyd and others. His art became a trend of viral sensations calling out the injustices in America while also showing outstanding support for his community.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Thaddeus (@hippypotter) Coates has always been a creative kid at heart, but now he wants to share his success with other Black creatives looking to get their shine from a wider audience for their work in the digital space. His go-to motto “representation matters” has...

Feb 10, 2021

South Africa's First Woman-Led Animation Studio Gears Up For First Release

Black women are continuing to create solutions to problems that have nearly been ingrained into society. One of the latest to do so is Thandiwe MIauli, founder and CEO of Studio Yezi, a South African development and animation studio on a mission to challenge Hollywood’s models of animation. According to their website, the name is inspired by the isiZulu word “inkanyezi” which means “Star.” Thus the company aims to be a “symbol of hope and light [and] serve the world with our storytelling.” She tells IOL News she feels the current landscape of the South African animation world does not accurately represent its audience. As a teenager, she fell in love with Japanese animation and “wanted something to connect her to [the characters].” “Black people have been fans of fantasy, superhero, comic-book inspired stories,” she said. “And yet writers seem to forget us when they create.” MIauli decided to create a whimsical fantasy adventure animation titled “SOLA” starring a brown-skinned, afro...

Aug 20, 2020