S2E24 - BlackPowerBarbie (Illustrator & Animator)


Toronto animator and illustrator Amika Cooper, better known as BlackPowerBarbie, creates art that celebrates feminism and Afrocentrism in a playful way.

She's earned several notable commissions this year, including the Gardiner Museum's Yoko Ono-inspired installation, an animated spot for TIFF's Black Star programme, and a trailer for Shad's A Short Story About a War.

We sat down with Amika to talk about the politics and cultural significance of black women's hair, how her music taste ranged from neo-soul to emo-pop, and the low-key racism of the California Raisins.


Spotify Playlist

Featuring: Nicki Minaj, Mike WiLL Made-It, Jamila Woods, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Robert Glasper Experiment, Dwele, Esperanza Spalding, Gizmo, Nick Hakim, Thundercat, Solange, Sampha, Eryklah Badu, 112, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Monica, Bowling For Soup, Jojo, Alicia Keys, and Shad.

Jeff Woo