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“Its not about rejecting other standards of beauty. It’s about celebrating the Afrocentric standard. The Pangea’s Garden Project celebrates, with pride, Afrocentric and natural beauty, adorned or bare without shame, inhibition or exploitation. Its all about love, respect and adoration for visions of Afrosensuality.”It started with a conversation about hair.A beautiful sister was under the impression that men were intimidated by her locs, apparently, not realizing that her loc’d beauty was probably what got their attention in the first place. It was her intelligence, charisma and grace that intimidated them. She was not a woman one would step to. She was one to step up to. She, and so many others were the inspiration for Pangea’s Garden.
It was started in February of 2009 as a simply blog designed to share one photographer’s (Vincent Christie) experimental vision of the form of beauty that he felt was being ignored; or so he thought. Vincent discovered rather quickly that he was not the only photographer nor artist who found the natural beauty of Afrocentricity alluring and inspiring. Visionaries like Saddi Khali, Gus Bennett, Maurice Evans and Tamara Natalie Madden are just a few of the talents featured early on in that simple blog. The blog matured into an online community so that it could accommodate the written and spoke verse, the music and motion, the festivities and fashions that all cultivate the beauty of the natural, Afrocentric woman.
And the experiment continues. No longer the single vision of a lone artist, the Garden is an interactive spectrum of visionaries and patrons alike. A nexus for all things Afrosensual, Pangea’s Garden seeks to be that place where we share our works, thoughts and celebrations of the Black, Natural and Sensual.
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