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These Black Artists Are Making Beautiful, Affordable Art

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Photos courtesy of Joy Miessi, Tabitha Brown, Sabren Khadija, and Alexander Ikhibe

You can buy it all online

It's not enough to simply appreciate art in a museum, or like it on Instagram if it happens across your feed. For artists to survive, we have to buy their work. And while far too few art institutions are representative of the diverse art community, it's easy enough to find an abundance of great art by people who aren't straight white men if you know where to look.

Need help on your search? In celebration of Black History Month, we're highlighting nine Black artists whose work is beautiful, affordable, and you can buy it online. Check the list out, below, and consider starting your collection by buying one from one of the following artists.

Photo courtesy of Alexander Ikhide

Alexander Ikhide
"My practice as a visual artist explores various themes and ideas dealing with identity, culture, and history, bringing up questions of representation of the Black body in a contemporary context. I am interested in ways in which the 'other' is perceived or portrayed in society, and the impact that has on a wider view or understanding of difference."

Photo courtesy of Loveis Wise

Loveis Wise
"It's very important for me to focus my creative energy on illustrating QPOC and POC enjoying who they are, finding love in themselves, and creating space for us in my work."

Photo courtesy of Joy Miessi

Joy Miessi
"I paint, write, and create with whatever is around me and draw inspiration from my everyday life. Some pieces reveal personal stories and some comment on current social-political issues—I respond to the environment around me. Overall, my work is about preserving memories, feelings, and thoughts by translating them into mixed media artworks."

Photo courtesy of Sabrena Khadija

Sabrena Khadija
"As an artist and woman of color, a lot of my work is focused on providing visibility to women who identify with that as well. I try to contribute to the representation I want to see more of in the art that we consume, so I'm constantly looking for ways to create eye-capturing illustrations that can make others feel seen and inspired."

Photo courtesy of Tabitha Brown

Tabitha Brown
"Black women aren't often shown in art as normal human beings, doing everyday things. I like to put Black women in patterns and colors, joyously going about their daily lives."

Photo courtesy of Kasmir Jones

Kasmir Jones
"My work explores the identity and futurity of Blackness—examining, appreciating, and reimagining Black figures through future narratives. The focus is not to erase a past, but to liberate a people to reach beyond, imagine anew, and radically shift the way Black art is presented.

I feel the work I do is indispensable. Although I don't—and could never—discount what my ancestors endured for me to be here, the fight, and the fight we are STILL fighting, I hope to invoke a sense of future that impels an aspiration for Black people to not underestimate the power of the imagination. This work is liberating."

Photo courtesy of Cesar Ngabo

Cesar Ngabo
"My goal is for my work to hopefully be enjoyed and recognized, even when I'm gone—to share sentiments and thoughts. I want my art to light a candle in the dark and to be a lookout for others who might need encouraging."

Photo courtesy of Sola Olulode/Von Goetz Art

Sola Olulode
"In my work, I use figure painting to capture Black bodies in movement, focusing on Black women and nonbinary people's expression of individuality and exploring the strength and intimacy of the relationships that appear in their lives. The scenes are set in the midnight blue and glowing light of London's QTIBPOC nightlife scene."

Photo courtesy of Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson
"To me, creating anything from imagination and bringing it to life is a form of alchemy. My invariable search for the golden truth through my work is what drives me, and I'm sharing with the world what I discover as I go. I like to believe I'm a modern-day alchemist."

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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