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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz pay homage to Gordon Parks and the Black Panther Party on the summer issue of Cultured magazine. Photographed by Jamel Shabazz as Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver, the couple spoke about taking ownership of Black culture via their philanthropic art organization, The Dean Collection. This is also the first magazine cover Alicia and Swizz have posed for together.

“The collection started not just because we’re art lovers, but also because there’s not enough people of color collecting artists of color,” Swizz told Cultured. “We don’t own enough of our culture. So we want to lead the pack in owning our own culture and owning our own narrative instead of waiting for someone who’s not part of the culture to tell our story for us.”

Their collection includes work from Gordon Parks, Nina Chanel Abney, Dr. Esther Mahlangu, and more.

Read the cover story.


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