For better or worse, descendants of the African diaspora all share a common bond. That bond symbolizes a history of displacement, persecution, perseverance, and creativity. The descendants of the Dark Continent have illuminated the world with various forms of artistic expression. While many of these individuals lack direct knowledge of their African ancestry, they’ve nurtured their own unique customs that retain elements from African culture. Jamaican artist Bernard Hoyes, for instance, fully embraces his cultural roots, which is reflected in his artwork. Ever since Hoyes was a child, he’s been fascinated with Jamaican traditions and creating art. Many of his pieces feature bright colors and depict cultural, spiritual, and religious gatherings. The sheer vibrancy of his paintings vividly convey the heritage of the Jamaican people and African diasporic kinship.

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