Art News

A light-skinned Black woman with type 3C hair walking down a dirt road that cuts through a grass plain. The woman is walking towards the camera, yet looking beyond it. She is wearing an olive green bomber jacket on top of a light grey knit top.

By Jonita Davis

January 7, 2022


Why this film from 2019 is worth several watches now that it's available to stream on Netflix. Codeblack's Fast Color stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lorraine Toussaint.

IMAGE OF GUGU MBATHA-RAW COURTESY OF LIONSGATE.

A brown hand holding up the black and white zine in front of a leafy green hedge. The cover of the zine features falling leaves and the title, "isang mahal."

By Christine Pasalo Norland

January 5, 2022


We're wishing you a happy new year with our first micro-press effort: A 16-page zine featuring the first print reproductions of our 2021 comics series as well as original written and illustrated works.

Text in a centered black box says, "Everyday is a good day to support and buy from Black artists. www.blackartistdatabase.co." The box is layered on a slightly larger box that's marbled in black, white, and green. Both boxes on a black background where BAD outlined in white appears on repeat down the left side of the graphic.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

December 7, 2021


Also known as B.A.D., this free and independently-run platform counters the systemic inequity of the mainstream music industry by helping Black musicians, labels, producers, artists, and creatives find, connect, and work with each other directly.

IMAGE FROM B.A.D.'S INSTAGRAM & DESIGNED BY BETHAN DADSON.

Banner on a concrete light post on the campus of San Diego State University. Text on the banner says "You are learning on Kumeyaay land." The text is on photo of a dirt trail with a view of brush, trees, and distant hills.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

November 12, 2021


Native American & Indigenous students, faculty, and staff at San Diego State University hosted a series of events throughout November to celebrate Native American Heritage Month 2021, including a conversation with Tongva writer, illustrator, and comics artist Weshoyot Alvitre.

PHOTO FROM SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY TWITTER FEED.

Production still of brown-skinned character Zelda interviewing a colorful, multi-armed ghost named Chete at a table in a Korean BBQ restaurant. Chepe is in the center, flanked by Zelda to the left and a brown-skinned character on its right. On the table are bowls of kimchi and steamed white rice, and a Fisher Price-like voice recorder and microphone.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

October 20, 2021


Why more people should watch and fan the popular Netflix animated series by creator Elizabeth Ito.

IMAGE COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

Cast onstage behind microphones and sheet music stands. A transparent photo of Larry Itliong at a United Farm Workers meeting is superimposed on top of the cast photo so that his image lightly appears above the musical cast.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

October 12, 2021


The creative team behind the musical about Filipino American activist Larry Itliong is raising funds towards the production's premiere at the historic Brava Theater in San Francisco.

Round color photos of Black cartoonists Barbara Brandon-Croft, Bianca Xunise, and Steenz are layered over the bottom of a black and white photo of Black woman cartoonist Jackie Ormes, all appearing on a purple background. Text in light purple says, "Celebrating Jackie Ormes. Live stream, Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST."

By Christine Pasalo Norland

October 9, 2021


Hello Barkada and Women in Comics Collective International (WinC) present "Celebrating Jackie Ormes," a free virtual panel that took place on Thursday, October 28, and features cartoonists Barbara Brandon-Croft, Bianca Xunise, and Steenz. Replay link in the article!

Filipina American fine artist Mary Jhun reviewing a painting from the exhibit.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 28, 2021


Filipina American surrealist Mary Jhun exhibits new works at the Thumpbrint Gallery in La Jolla, California, during October.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY JHUN.

Illustrations of Breena Nuñez Laneha and Lawrence Lindell Laneha flanking their small press mascot, House.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 20, 2021


Cartoonists Breena Nuñez and Lawrence Lindell discuss healing by way of their new animated series, comics, and coffee.

ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF LANEHA HOUSE.

Three Latinx cousins in the middle of a pinky swear.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 13, 2021


Who's ready to keep up with the Morales'? The next season of Netflix's Latinx dramedy premiered this November.

PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

Characters Xialiang, Shang-Chi, and Katy from the Marvel movie "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 8, 2021


The Marvel blockbuster adds to the growing tapestry of Asian representation in American popular culture. Just bare in mind: We don’t all know martial arts.

PHOTO FROM MARVEL.COM.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 6, 2021


Mingei International Museum reopens in San Diego's historic Balboa Park. Dedicated to folk art, craft, and design, the renovated museum offers new indoor and outdoor spaces including a new restaurant, and forever-free admission to its first floor.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM.