As Women’s History Month wraps, it’s only right that I feature 5 women slaying in their art discipline. Ranging from graphic design to acting, these women are incredibly talented and ones to watch.
Known for the creation of the first portrait of Michelle Obama and designer of Solange’s True album cover, this woman is an artist extraordinaire! Her work balances iconic and contemporary themes to create masterpieces. Her depictions of black women as powerful and beautifully crafted beings is inspiring and embraces femininity. You may have also seen her work on Empire this season, which does a great job of showcasing black visual artists. She released her first monograph, Muse, and I want to get my hands on a copy. Her recent exhibition just wrapped up in New York City and I can’t wait to see what she does or she goes next. *cough* Atlanta*cough*
She is the jazz genius of our generation. I first learned of Esperanza when she beat Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 2011. I was like who is this beautiful black woman with that big afro and it took one listen then I fell in love. Her music blends R&B, soul, jazz with Brazilian influences to create hits like Black Gold and Radio Song [my personal favorites]. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she’s released 5 studio albums and performed at the White House, Oscars and Nobel Prize Ceremony. She just released her newest album, Emily’s D+Evolution, earlier this month so check her out!
Her mom is Phylicia Rashad so you know she’s diva in her own right. Like her mom, Condola got her start on stage with Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Ruined, earning a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in 2009. With two Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations, she’s been crushing it since her debut on stage. Trying her hand at small + big screen, she’s landed roles on the Good Wife, Smash, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Sex in the City 2. In my opinion, one of her best roles was in the black adaptation of Steel Magnolias as Shelby. You can catch her now on HBO’s new show, Billions, as Kate. I’ve heard that she’s killin it too!
I’ll have to say Andrea Pippins is one of the reasons why I pursued graphic design. I had never seen another black woman graphic designer until I stumbled upon Fly Girl Blog back in 2008. Andrea Pippins is an educator and artist that specializes in illustration, pattern design and collage making. Her work has been seen on Hallmark Cards, TV Land and Nickelodeon. And her curls are always poppin! She recently released her coloring book about hair, I Love My Hair and has been on a world tour ever since. I can’t wait for the opportunity to meet her one day!
If you know who Brittany Howard is, kudos to you. If not, let me make the introduction. Brittany is the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Alabama Shakes. I was introduced to Brittany and Alabama Shakes during this year’s Grammys. Their performance was sooooo good! A mix of rock, soul, country and funk! Brittany’s voice is so strong and distinct that you can’t help but fall in love with it. Like Esperanza, she has performed at the White House for Smithsonian’s celebration of Ray Charles and accepted Billboard’s Women in Music Powerhouse honor in 2015. I hope she continues to make music for a very long time because she has a fan here at Cultured Mosaic.
Image Sources: blackfilm.com | esperanzaspalding.com | NY Daily News | flygirlblog.com | NPR
Cheers to an amazing Women’s History Month! Were these women new to you? Comment below let me know what you think.