Another racist incident? In America?? What a shock.lol Maybe black people need to support their own businesses more often. That way we’re not begging to spend money with our oppressors so much. Here’s a link to black owned coffee and tea shops. Support black businesses! https://shoppeblack.us/2018/04/black-owned-coffee-tea-starbucks-alternatives/
Mshindo Kuumba is an amazing visual artist. But he’s also a very intelligent brother. In this video(above) he explains the importance of your legacy and not letting others control the narrative. Be sure to check out his work on the internet. He’s also on Facebook and Instagram. https://mshindo9.deviantart.com/
There are also a lot of black women that are independent artists and creators. This video(above) is of Regine Sawyer. She is at the Black Comic Book day convention. She believes that it’s important that young black girls see positive images of themselves. She has her own production company as well. These are the type of artists and graphic novel writers we should be supporting. Instead of throwing our money at white owned films like Black Panther. Here’s the link to her page: http://www.lockettdown.com/
So I wanted to take the time to list a few talented artists and writers. These are independent creators writing and drawing from the black experience. Not white-owned companies like Marvel and DC comics. They may not have the big machine behind them but they are really gifted individuals. So be sure to check out their links. Many of them are selling books and their artwork.
This video(above) features freelance graphic designer Imani Lateef. Lateef is the creator of Peep Game Comix. Peep Game Comix is a digital comics platform that features black themed comic books. It’s good to see a black person that owns and creates their own vision. Be sure to check out his site. http://peepgamecomix.com/
Loyiso Mkize is the creator of Kwezi Comics. Mkize is a graphic designer/artist from Butterworth,South Africa. http://kwezicomics.co.za/
A lot of black film goers and book fans don’t realize there are so many black men and women out there writing scripts and drawing black characters. There are so many out there creating black heroes with Afrocentric themes and storylines. Many of us tend to forget how powerful the media can be. Little black boys and girls want to see themselves as heroes too. Our children are bombarded with white superheroes that push the idea of European power. And this is all by design to keep us in a state of inferiority. Like Mshindo Kuumba said in the interview,we can’t let others control our narrative. We need to tell our own stories from our perspective. A lot of black children are excited to see the film Black Panther film. But we must remember that he superhero was created by Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. This great African hero was created by two white men. This is the way Europeans operate. They create a black character then they can make him be what they see as a “good black man”. That film should be very interesting. But I would say if you like comic books,graphic novels,afrofuturism and science fiction then you should support the people I listed on this post. If you have children that like comic books then tell them about these artists and creators. At least that way your money will be recycling the black dollar. We have to start speaking with our collective wallets. If you really want to see the Black Panther film then download it on the internet. There are plenty of sites out there where you can get new released films. Another option is to watch it on bootleg. But we have to stop giving these people our money. It’s time to support our own. This is just a short sample of black creators and artists. There’s a lot more out there. Here’s some links to creators in the US and Africa as well. If you want to see more check out a few of these sites:
Yes Black Heroes do matter! Take care family.
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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.