When did you get your start with Art?
I have been creating art since I was 2 and never really stopped. Through the years my style has changed multiple times but after my parents purchased a desktop computer when I was in middle school I began to experiment with creating art utilizing Microsoft Paint with a mouse and I’ve been using this technique of creation ever since.
How would you describe your artistic style?
Since I am of Haitian descent my art is naturally colorful. Big hair and African features are seen in mostly all of my pieces. I also try to purposefully instill some form of content to get the viewers imagination going as to what the image means or says to them.
Where do you draw inspiration for your work?
The African diaspora. I take my inspiration from the love, struggles, happiness and pain of people of African descent. Most of my painting are of Black Women and I try my best to display her in her complete beauty, strength, resilience, passion, pride, and sometimes even vulnerable states. I’m also inspired to create an image of people of color that is usually not depicted within mainstream media.
What was the first art piece you sold?
The first art piece that I ever sold was to a local musician. The piece was of him playing his trumpet and although I didn’t sell it for much it felt gratifying to know that something that I created from a mere thought in my head was worthy of someone spending their hard earned cash on.
What has been your most notable collections?
One of my most notable pieces would be “Something Beautiful”. The piece depicts the side profile of a black woman the locs smelling lilies. Hanging from the woman’s hair is a Klan’s man. The piece has many meaning but one is that truly being at peace and loving your natural self over powers any form of hate. “care Free” is another notable piece. It shows a black couple walking undismayed through a crowd holding signs. The crowd and the signs are somewhat of a time lapse displaying the oppressive words against people of color including modern versions of these signs shown in the front. This piece holds many meaning as well but one of the main is “Same signs different time.” Even the cruelest of these signs were seen as just and normal during their time of existence.
The woman on the current cover of Rolling Stone is Paris Jackson. She is the daughter of the late music icon Michael Jackson. In the cover story Paris says that she knows for sure her father was killed. That may or may not be true but that’s a story for another time. This post is about the fact that Paris says in the interview that she considers herself a black woman. Of course social media went crazy over this story. In the interview she says:
“He is my father. He will always be my father,” she said. “He never wasn’t, and he never will not be. People that knew him really … say they see him in me, that it’s almost scary.”
She even expounded a bit more, saying that because of the “Smooth Criminal” singer’s instilling words, she considers herself a Black woman.
“I consider myself Black. [Dad] would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re Black. Be proud of your roots,'” she said. “And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad. Why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.”
Despite what her father told her, she said the outside world still sees her as white: “Most people that don’t know me call me white,” she said. “I’ve got light skin and, especially since I’ve had my hair blond, I look like I was born in Finland or something.”
Let me be clear,Paris is NOT a black woman. Anyone with eyesight can see that. I don’t give a damn what her father told her. She looks purely European to me. From a biological standpoint,she is more European than anything else. I personally believe that Paris and her two siblings are not biologically related to Michael Jackson. I think Michael used the sperm from a white man to impregnate Debbie Rowe because he didn’t want his children to look even half black. I went to school with plenty biracial kids and most don’t look like this woman. Let’s be honest here,Michael Jackson was a very gifted singer/dancer. I can’t take that away from him. But he had serious self-hate issues. I think Jackson hated himself so much he didn’t want to see a reflection of his blackness. I still can’t believe he married that ugly white woman Debbie Rowe. That woman is hideous! But that shows his self hatred(anti-blackness) was really deep. I saw black people on YouTube arguing in defense of Paris saying she was at least “culturally black”. I have heard this term many times before. I knew a white girl in high school that was adopted by a black couple. She listen to rap music and dressed in hip hop clothing. She told me she liked soul food,dated only black boys and spoke in a certain “black vernacular”. So many would say she is culturally black. So some may put Paris Jackson in that category. But Paris and the white girl I knew in high school are still not black women.
Some like to say that being black is a mindset. But I disagree. You either have African genes are you do not. You have melanin or you don’t. It’s that simple. This type of mentality diminishes the black experience and insults our ancestors. We are blessed to have African DNA in us. And we have to get away from worshipping whiteness and being ashamed of blackness. This is the mental illness many of us suffer from. Many of us can’t appreciate our blackness unless it’s close to whiteness. That’s why some us have interracial sex so we can have mixed babies. And then say “Isn’t this a beautiful black child?” This is why you have black fools saying “Paris should be allowed to call herself black.” This is an insult to authentic black people. It’s an insult to dark brown,dark skinned blacks with African textured hair. Paris has none of the physical traits of a black person. If she does have any African genes she must be about 0.000001 % black.
This picture(above) is Paris with her brothers Michael Jackson Jr and Prince. They are pictured with their grandmother Katherine Jackson. These children may have been raised around black people but that doesn’t make them black people. And we as black people have to stop giving everyone a pass. We must stop making blackness all inclusive. It makes us look stupid. They are making a mockery of our beautiful blackness. It’s because many of us don’t have the courage to create a definition of what is an African person. By allowing people like Paris to be considered is black is an insult to our intelligence. Paris or anyone that looks like her is not black. Michael Jackson told her to “be proud of your roots”. He must’ve meant her European roots.
There’s another trend going on. The attack on black love is very real. I told you what they’re doing to black women in part one. Now I’ll show what they’re trying to do with brothers. This picture(above) is from the Fox drama Rosewood. It premiered back in September 2015. It stars Morris Chestnut in his first leading role on television. He plays a doctor on the show and he is paired with Puerto Rican actress Jaina Lee Ortiz. She plays a Miami detective. There is a beautiful black actress in the show as well played by Gabrielle Dennis. But she plays the sister to Chestnut’s character. She also plays a lesbian with a white girlfriend no less. Black people playing homosexuals and lesbians is something I’ve covered many times in the past. That’s a whole different subject. But this post is about a trend I’ve noticed a lot in the last twenty years or so. I have seen a steady increase of latina actresses playing the romantic interest to black men in countless films and television shows. Although in Rosewood, Morris and Jaina have not officially “hooked up” they flirt with each other in nearly every episode. It is only a matter of time before they eventually get together.
The first time I can remember seeing this was in the film Money Train. This was way back in 1995. It starred Wesley Snipes and Jennifer Lopez. I remember this because I believe it was the first love scene Lopez ever did.
Then I remember seeing Cuban actress Eva Mendes with Denzel Washington in Training Day(2002). She also played his ex-wife in the film Out of Time. And she also played Will Smith girlfriend in the film Hitch(2005).
In that silly ass comedy Boat Trip(2002),Roselyn Sanchez played the love interest for Cuba Gooding Jr. They had absolutely no chemistry together and the film wasn’t even funny. But I think this is a disturbing trend. I know some people will say that it’s no big deal sense these are “women of color”. But this is nonsense to me. It doesn’t matter if many Puerto Ricans have 15%-20% African ancestry. The fact remains that most of them have over 60% European ancestry. They are mostly white. Theses are the facts! They may speak Spanish or Portuguese but they are not African women. We need more roles showing black love across the board. These Latinas are being used to promote race mixing as a better alternative to black love. It’s also a way to show that Latinas are better for black men. All this “love has no color” crap sounds silly to me! Hollywood is terrified of black men and women loving one another and creating beautiful black babies. They seem to promote anything that can further divide black me and women. I get the feeling that black people loving each other is their biggest fear.
In the film Four Brothers(2005)singer/actor Tyrese was the love interest for Colombian actress Sofia Vergara. I remember thinking they were such an odd pairing when I saw this film. They film was okay as far as action films go. But in the film Tyrese was adopted by an old white woman. And he had three adoptive brothers. Two of them were white guys. One of them played by Mark Wahlberg. It was really silly. You know how Hollywood likes to show blacks who were raised by whites as “decent negroes”. It was truly a waste of film. I wish I could get my money back.
South Beach(2006) was a television drama starring Odette Annable and the late Lee Thompson Young. Annable has a Cuban mother and her father is French/Italian. So that would make her…….white right?
In 2010 there was the television show The Event. It starred Blair Underwood as the President of the United States. The First Lady was played by Puerto Rican actress Lisa Vidal. In the show Underwood’s character’s name was Elias Martinez. He was an Afro-Latin man so I guess that’s why his wife was a Latina right? But why not a more black looking Afro-Latina then? I think you know the answer.
Also in 2010 there was the film Our Family Wedding. It’s about a black man(Lance Gross) marrying a Hispanic woman. The woman is Honduran actress America Ferrera. It’s a comedy about the blending of different races and cultures. This video clip is my favorite scene in the film. It shows the Hispanic grandmother fainting when she sees her grand daughter’s black fiancée. It’s kind of funny but also very realistic. Mainly because this is how many of these old(and young) Hispanic family members truly feel when their daughter/niece/grand daughter is marrying a black man. It’s done in a comical way but underneath is the truth of their anti-blackness. Which runs throughout Hispanic/Latin culture.
Do you recognize this man? That’s John David Washington. The son of legendary actor Denzel Washington. Not sure if many people know that he’s acting on the comedy television series Ballers(2015). He plays a professional football player character named Ricky Jerret. In the series his fiancée is Cuban actress Anabelle Acosta. In his first starring role you would think he would be cast with a black woman. But then again Denzel was paired with Cuban actress Eva Mendes in Training Day. Like father,like son right?
This is a picture from the upcoming comedy Meet The Blacks. It stars comedian Mike Epps and his wife is played by Colombian actress Zulay Henao. Once again the black woman is left out. The black woman in the pic is his daughter. The title of the film is supposed to be a play on words. But it’s insulting because they’re called The Blacks…but the wife isn’t black!! How ridiculous is that??
This is Forest Whitaker with Mexican actress Eva Longoria. They played husband and wife in the film A Dark Truth. It always cracks me up when I see Mexicans and blacks playing lovers in films. Mexican culture has a strong anti-black sentiment. I’ve had Mexican co-workers over the years. They treat me with respect and don’t give me a hard time. They’re cool with you in the workplace but they keep a social distance. Dating them is an entirely different story. I know for a fact that most Mexican men hate seeing their women with black men. They find it very disgusting and think they are better than black men anyway. I even know some that wont even date a Mexican woman if she’s dated black men. That sounds like extreme hatred to me. That sounds like the mentality of a racist white redneck. I’m telling you that most Hispanics/Latinos as a whole don’t like black/African people. Most of them that come from Cuba,Brazil,Mexico,Puerto Rico,Colombia…are raised on white supremacy. They believe that light skin,light colored eyes and straight hair is the beauty ideal. So naturally they will hate black people. Many Latin countries even have a term called “blanqueamiento”. It’s a term many have never heard. Blanqueamiento, or whitening, is a social, political, and economic practice used in many post-colonial countries to `improve the race` (mejorar la raza) towards a supposed ideal of whiteness. The term blanqueamiento is rooted in Latin America and is used more or less synonymous with racial whitening. So you can see where their hatred of dark skin comes from. I know black men who have dated some of these light skinned Latinas and their families usually don’t accept the black man. Since they believe “whitening” the race is better,why would they want to darken their race? They have to think of their children right?
Also just as a side note,many of these Latinas are in these booty model magazines. Don’t get me wrong these magazines are very degrading to women. I used to read them as a young man myself. But I matured and grew out of them. They have these women in very degrading poses,all oiled up with,rubbing their G spot with a come hither look in their eyes. Degrading as they may be, these are still magazines catered towards black men. So why are Latinas on the cover? Why do they have “Latina lovers ” editions? I don’t see black women plastered on the cover of magazines for Hispanic men. This is really pathetic. Black women even take a backseat behind Latinas in magazines geared toward black men. And the black men who are the publishers of these magazines should be ashamed of themselves. These clowns are hyping up other races over black women. Shameful!
This is actress Jessica Alba and Mehki Phifer. This is from the 2003 film Honey. In the film he flirted with her until he won her over. In the film actress/model Joy Bryant plays Alba’s best friend. Joy is a gorgeous black woman..but of course they have Mehki’s character hook up with Alba. Not to mention that Joy is much prettier than Alba by a mile.
Here’s a video from the George Lopez show. This was back in 2010. Lopez did a DNA test on Alba. Her mother is a blonde white woman and her father is a Mexican. The results were not surprising to me. Alba found out she was 87% European. And she seems pretty disappointed about it. I can understand her frustration a bit. She sees herself as a “woman of color” so this was a wake up call for her. I know many people see her as somewhat exotic with dark hair and full lips. I actually saw her in person in 2014 at a social event. She walked right by me. She may not have blonde hair, blue eyes and pale skin but at the end of the day….she’s a white woman. In the film Honey the stylist had her hair permed to give it some curl. This was an attempt to make her appear a bit more “ethnic” because she obviously doesn’t look black. I find this interesting because I remember reading years ago that Honey was a role written for the late r&b singer/actress Aaliyah. When she died tragically in a plane crash in 2001…they gave the role to Jessica. So this proves my point that this role and many others should go to black women. But Hollywood wants to erase the image of the black woman. They want to keep the dark skinned African looking woman away from her rightful place….with the black man. But keeping black men and women separated is what Hollywood does best. Even when a black woman has a starring role she is linked with a either a white partner or lover. I have seen this in shows like Scandal,Sleepy Hollow and Minority Report. This is a way to kill two birds with one stone. By putting Latinas in these roles they are saying that they are a better match for black men. Which of course is a boldface lie. And secondly it promotes race mixing and making pretty little “exotic babies”. Which is brainwashing us into believing that looking less black is better. This is another reason we need our own television studios and production companies. That way we can promote black love and show that strong black relationships are what’s really important. Yes I know there are dark skinned Hispanics from Brazil,Cuba,Mexico,Puerto Rico and Colombia. I have met some really beautiful Afro-Latina sistas. I’m not speaking about Latinas that are clearly of African descent. If they have a African textured hair,black features and have a dark brown complexion they are obviously black women. I’m talking about these straight haired,light skinned women with obvious European features. If you look at it from a genetic standpoint they are mostly European. I know people don’t want to admit this but it’s the truth. Like I said before,it doesn’t matter what language you speak. What matters in this world is race,heritage and culture. And although culture is very important,in a system of white supremacy race is the MOST important. So don’t be fooled by these white looking Latinas in films with black men. This is not progress for black people at all. These are interracial relationships. You have to call it what it is. Some might have a little Africa in their bloodline but they are still NOT black. And any black men saying it’s okay because they are “women of color” is just saying that because they want to date non-black women. I’m very hip to that term so don’t even try it. Hollywood is doing this on purpose to make us view Latinas as more acceptable because they are not “too white” but yet “not black” either. Doesn’t matter to me. It all comes down to promoting race mixing and dividing black men and women further apart. This is what their whole agenda is about. And one more thing,these Latinas get their hips,thighs and nice butt from the African woman. That’s why many Cuban,Colombian and Puerto Rican woman have nice shapes. Yet they want to erase the image of the black woman?? This is very insulting!! Give the original woman her props! Why go for a cheap imitation of the black woman? When you can have the real thing.
Part 3 coming next! The wrap up!