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This Artist Went From 80-Hour Workweeks To Using Social Media To Rake In Up To $267K/Year From Her Artwork

Domonique Brown, the creator of DomoINK, is leading by example on how to work smarter, not harder.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 19, 2022

Meet Lana Denina, The 24-Year-Old Who Made Six Figures While Prioritizing Representation Through Her Artwork

When you discover your passion as an adolescent, it often becomes something that never leaves you, regardless of where life takes you. From painting and making digital art to now recently creating non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Lana Denina has yet to shake off her adoration for art. Since she took her craft to a professional level at age 19, she has continued to find ways to bring Black representation into the space. Inspired by tribes around the globe and their features, Denina is all about showcasing their beauty in a field where for ages its mainstream art has been centered on European standards. “When I was young, I was telling myself that I wanted to be an artist. And I wasn’t seeing like a lot of Black artists in museums and art galleries,” Denina told AfroTech. “Growing up when I was exposed to a lot of art, I was living in France and it was really mainly white male French painters. I didn’t feel like it was representative enough of what art can be. So, that’s why I want to...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 29, 2022

James Madison University Set To Go Digital With The Nation's First Academic Center For Black Poetry

Our stories are going digital. According to a press release, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation presented James Madison University (JMU), located in Harrisonburg, VA, with $2 million to complete the Furious Flower Poetry Center. It will be the nation’s first academic center dedicated to Black poetry. “It is really gratifying to know that this grant from the Mellon Foundation will help us to nurture, recognize, and support Black poets by building a sustainable digital framework for the Furious Flower Archive,” said Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin, Furious Flower Executive Director and Professor of English in an official statement.

Shanique Yates

Jan 5, 2022

Solange's Saint Heron Announces Free Digital Library Of Rare Black Literature

Solange made it clear with her widely acclaimed album “A Seat at the Table” that she’s dedicated to protecting what Black people own, and she’s just announced her inaugural free library that does just that. Under her studio and platform Saint Heron, the singer has revealed its new community library filled with rare books and art by Black creators for research, study and exploration, Variety reports . As previously reported by AfroTech, Saint Heron’s mission is to preserve, collect and uplift the stories, works, and archives of Black and brown artists within our creative communities. “The Saint Heron Library continues the work we have been building by preserving collections of creators with the urgency they deserve,” Solange said. “Together we seek to create an archive of stories and works we deem valuable. These works expand imaginations, and it is vital to us to make them accessible to students, and our...

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 14, 2021

How Timing And Going Viral Just Changed One Artist's Life: 'Five Days Ago I Was Homeless'

A random store run on Easter Sunday changed this man’s life forever! Richard Hutchins was once an artist who lived on the streets of Los Angeles, but now he’s turning his life around after landing his paintings in the right hands. According to The Grio, Hutchins began living on the streets due to his art studio burning down a few years ago. That all changed during a trip to Ralph’s grocery store when Hutchins met Charlie Rocket, a philanthropist and founder, who just so happens to be the former manager to the rapper, 2 Chainz. In an interview with TMZ, Rocket explains the moments that led up to meeting Hutchins. “I went into Target, and I’ve never seen Target closed before, Walmart, Target, they’re just always open,” said Rocket. “So I was like, you know what, let’s go over to Ralphs, we pull up to Ralphs, and this guy is sitting on a shopping cart with amazing energy. [Richard] said, ‘Nephew, I like your car let me drive it.’” For Rocket, meeting Hutchins was fate. “I was like, ‘I...

Shanique Yates

Jul 6, 2021

Old Navy Teams Up With Diverse Artists to Imagine a More Inclusive World Through Art

More of this, please! Old Navy just announced the launch of Project WE — a collection of graphic tees designed by various multicultural artists.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by oldnavy (@oldnavy) In an effort to imagine a more inclusive world through art, the WE tees honor cultural moments and movements that include Black History Month, Juneteenth, International Women’s Day, and more! To continue the celebration, the retailer will donate $1 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support youth arts programs all over the country. “Project WE is an artists’ collaboration with a mission,” said Old Navy’s Executive Vice President of Design, Sarah Holme, in a press statement. “We wanted to give these incredible artists a canvas to share their visions, and we hope the works will inspire and spark conversation with our community.” This month, in honor of Black History Month, artist Reyna Noriega kicks off Project WE with a special edition tee design. “I let my own...

Shanique Yates

Feb 4, 2021