Sudan Archives: Selfish Soul

Sudan Archives (aka Brittney Denise Parks) recently released “Selfish Soul,” a vibrant, joyful ode to Black women’s natural beauty—specifically their hair. It comes accompanied by an equally vivacious video—directed by Trey Lyons—wherein a bunch of women play in the mud, hula hoop and dance; and the LA-based artist plays her violin upside down. The singer-songwriter says in a statement, “I feel like there’s an American standard …

Lorna Simpson Collages

Renowned American artist Lorna Simpson collates and embellishes advertising photographs of Black women from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines to place hair, gender and race in a different context. In the book Lorna Simpson Collages, 160 of these surprising and powerful artworks, layered with found photography and ink swirls, attest to Simpson’s distinct eye. With an introduction by poet, author and scholar Elizabeth Alexander …

Queer|Art’s $10,000 Grant for a Black Trans Woman Artist is Now Open

From Queer|Art—a New York non-profit that formed in 2009 to “support a generation of LGBTQ+ artists that lost mentors to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s”—comes the Illuminations Grant, a $10,000 annual award given to a Black trans woman or trans femme visual artist. Applications are open from now until 12 June. The winner will also receive career development resources as a way to mitigate …