Nomi Ruiz is on the precipice of world domination. The Nuyorican multi-hyphenate is thriving as a songwriter/producer, performer, writer, poet, podcaster, activist, and now actress, using her multiple disciplines as a platform for her advocacy in the trans community.
Ruiz is best known as the musical force behind Jessica 6, a New York-based electro-pop band she formed in 2008 with Andrew Raposo, Morgan Wiley, and drummer Jim Orso. Their 2011 debut album, See the Light, went on to become an in...
“I’m not looking at other pop stars when I think about my ideas or what I believe in or what set I’m going to play. I’m creating my own world,” Venus X proclaims on a Friday afternoon in early October. The founder of the roving, iconic New York underground dance party GHE20G0TH1K, which has brought queer, black and brown folks to soul search on the dance floor under innovative DJs for nearly a decad...
MECA international art fair persists no matter what you throw at it.
The budding contemporary art fair launched last June, one month after Puerto Rico declared a form of bankruptcy. It returned this month, November 16-19, 2018, in Old San Juan, fourteen months after the island-wide disaster of Hurricane Maria. In the face of all this, what does this small but mighty fair have to offer?
Mickalene Thomas’s studio is in boxes. Cardboard cubes hold wildly patterned ottomans, floral throw pillows, and stacks of books by Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shange. These items make up the ‘70s rec rooms that appear inThomas’s photographs and installations. The spaces are an ode to her upbringing in New Jersey, surrounded by her mother, aunts, and other strong women.
Over coffee at the swanky saloon-like Hotel Jerome in Aspen, I speak with the venerated artist and native Chicagoan, Rashid Johnson, the recipient of the 2018 Aspen Award for Art held at this year’s ArtCrush.
Lauren Velez Broke The Mold On ‘New York Undercover’ — And Shaped My Identity As A Budding Afro-Latina Feminist
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In the early fall of 1994, I was rebellious 14-year-old, starting my freshman year of high school at a mostly all-white, Christian boarding academy in Pennsylvania. I was a first-generation, Dominican-American, self-proclaimed loud-mouthed chick from Jamaica, Queens, whose Seventh-day Adventist mother decided a religious boarding school was a better alternative than going to a high school with metal detectors. I was saved from becoming a potential s...
How Firelei Báez Uses Yoruba Myth and Her Afro-Caribbean Heritage in Her Profound ‘Joy Out of Fire’ Murals
“When I was I was growing up, I’d be the one who’d be drawing the paper dolls for everyone in the neighborhood,” the artist Firelei Báez explains to me over refreshing San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa drinks in her live/work atelier in upper Manhattan. “Like these really gorgeous gowns—Aretha would’ve been proud.”
Báez’s space has the cool colors of the Caribbean flowing sweetly throughout: Sunny yellows, soft pinks, and watery sea greens permeate both the canvases on the walls and the decor of...
Raul Lopez with two looks from fall/winter 2018. Photo: Elvin Alvarez/Travis Gumbs
Solange and Rihanna have both worn designs by young Dominican-American designer Raul Lopez, and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has named his label LUAR one of their ten finalists for 2018. But Lopez, who showed his SS 2019 collection yesterday, has set his sights higher than a career as just another designer: “I want to leave a legacy when I die,” he tells the Cut.
On a sunny Thursday afternoon six days before the...
Members of Brujas (clockwise from left: Ripley Soprano, Sarah Snider, Arianna Gil, Taj Williams and Antonia Perez) at Riverbank State Park Ice Rink in New York.
On a warm Sunday afternoon in mid-March, myself and various members of Brujas, including its co-founder Arianna Maya Gil, are gathered uptown in Washington Heights. Gil and her Brujas family, including Taj Williams, Ripley Soprano and Antonia Estela Perez, and others, have just come from a photoshoot at Riverbank State Park. I’m g...
Beautiful Darling: A Conversation with Jeremiah Newton about Candy Darling
Photography by Brandon Maxwell & Jessy Price, starring model Vanessa Moody; makeup by Michelle Clark for MAC Cosmetics; hair by Franco Gobbi; special thanks to Lauren Pistoia.
“I think you have to figure out, as a creative person, how to navigate the balance between building a business and staying true to yourself,” says designer Brandon Maxwell. “The past six to eight months of my life have been a real journey to finding that peace, solitude and a contentment that was not there. I think that...
“When we want to talk about diversity, it’s not a binary—it’s intersectional,” says New York-based artist Elia Alba. “There is diversity within diversity.” Her words arise as we discuss her upcoming exhibition “The Supper Club,” which opens late September at The 8th Floor in New York. Alba’s new show is a multi-layered project that began in 2012 when she, a black-identified Latinx artist, wanted to connect with fellow artists of color in her community and give them a voice.