The National Black Arts Festival is an annual event in Atlanta that provides amazing programming highlighting arts disciplines such as music, visual arts, performance arts and much more. This year’s season focuses on dance! Y’all know I’m hype right?! The festival kicked off in July with a beautiful gala and continues through September with tons of events celebrating generations of dance and dancers.
One of the events I’m super excited yet bummed about is the Step Afrika performance on August 29! I’m excited because I would love to the see the first performing company dedicated to stepping but I’ll be out of town that weekend. There are at least two events every weekend until September and I plan to attend at least two of them!
Are you going to any of the events? Let me know if the comments.
One of the reasons I started this blog is to give graphic designers of color a platform to share their work. As a graphic designer of color, I know the struggle of showcasing your designs to the world. I also couldn’t find a space that celebrated us in the art, design and culture space. I’ve been told if you don’t see what you want, then create it.
Kicking off this feature is graphic designer Jason Dempsey based out of Atlanta. I found his work through Alex Elle’s company with her daughter called Balm and Co. The product branding is what lured me in. The aesthetic is so clean and modern. It feels like a mainstream luxury brand. Of course, I had to see more where that design came from and the excellence continued.
Of course this is my favorite of his designs! Not only is the quote one of my favorites [Quality not quantity], but the type treatment is just DOPE!
Check him out for yourself on his portfolio site: www.jsndmpsy.com or follow him on Instagram: @jsndmpsy! He’s available for hire so let him get your brand identity together!
Images Courtesy of Jason Dempsey’s Instagram
The past Audible Pleasures features have been solely focused on music but that’s not the full scope of Audible Pleasures. You can expect anything audible pleasant for this feature. Enter: podcasts! I am a huge fan of podcasts! When my commute was over an hour one way, podcasts saved my life because if you know anything about Atlanta traffic, you know you are one minute away from having negative Jesus! One evening on my way home, I decided to give Heben and Tracy of Another Round a listen and these ladies did not disappoint! They are both unapologetically black and I am HERE for it! It is inspiring! When I listen to them in my car, I laugh uncontrollably or I am screaming yassssss girlah!
You can expect: hilarious stories from Tracy with a strong co-sign from Heben, awesome guests like Chirlane McCray, Issa Rae, and Desus Nice and drunken debates! It feels like I’m listening to conversations that I have with my friends from serious issues to latest news in pop culture! Convinced to listen yet? You should! You can find Another Round on SoundCloud or you can subscribe via iTunes!
Take a listen and comment below with what you think!
Prior to my new current position, I worked for a performing arts center and I loved it! I learned so much about the theatre culture and Broadway. I also learned that they were few people of color that occupied the theatre space. I came across this theatre festival and was intrigued! The National Black Theatre Festival starts today with their Opening Night Gala in Winston-Salem, NC! The festival continues through August 8th, showcasing over 120 productions performed by black theatre companies from across the country.
Festivals attendees can also expect workshops taught by professionals for aspiring playwrights and youth activities to encourage and foster their interests. The festival was founded in 1989 by the Leon Tamlin and is produced by North Carolina Black Repertory Company. If you are in the Winston-Salem area, get your tickets to attend this awesome festival!