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New Exhibition In Los Angeles Celebrates The Black History Of Memes

Updated: Feb 24



Written by: Khalif Thompson


Today in Hip Hop News, we proudly showcase a new Los Angeles Instagram that will soon exhibit Black History of Memes that’ll display expression of black art and cultural impact of African American people through the evolution of memes.


The Black meme community has evolved from photos and GIFs to short videos, and it has become an important aspect of pop culture on social media.


The way Black people communicate memes has evolved over the last decade as an expression of ourselves — of who we are and how we feel at any set moment.


Alim Smith, an Afro Surrealist, is releasing a gallery of meme portraits at a Family Reunion Instagram pop-up exhibition.



“I feel like the emotions that I chose really capture pandemic energy. They capture how the world feels right now to me, at least, or what the world looks like to me right now,” Smith shared.


The new exhibit showcasing Black memes will debut on February 23 in Los Angeles to recognize our progress and cultural significance.


Kayla Nicole Jones, Kalin Elisa, Sweet Brown, Soulja Boy, Viola Davis, and other legends of Black meme culture will be recognized at the gallery.


Below are some of the photographs from the Black History of Memes exhibition. Visit the website here for additional information



Kalin Elisabeth's "Squat & Squint" Meme


Quenlin Blackwell's "Me Explaining To.." Meme


Colin's "Side-Eyes" Meme


Sweet Brown's "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That" Meme


Soulja Boy's "Draaaaake" Meme


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