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.
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Inspired by late photographer #GordonParks’ iconic image of Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver and Kathleen Neal Cleaver, our summer cover starring artists, collectors and activists @therealswizzz and @aliciakeys pays homage to the power couple’s efforts to preserve Park’s legacy through their impressive acquisition of works from the @gordonparksfoundation. Shot by @jamelshabazz, our cover is the first #SwizzBeatz and #AliciaKeys have posed for together. Like Parks, we believe history is made one image at a time. Stay tuned for more.
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