While watching Colin's Black & White on Netflix, one theme was following your passion, despite how others define you.
Ernie Barnes (football) and Romare Bearden (baseball) were athletes, as well as artists. They both followed their passion.
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Mae Jemison
'Trust your power'- Colin Kaepernick
So many racial stereotypes have historically defined Blackness, especially for Black boys. How do we reimagine curiosity, passion, exploration for Black children to define and reimagine their identity and agency?
You can be more than one thing and more than how others see and define you.
The 15-year-old artist and author's new book, 'We Can, Portraits of Power', shows his brilliant portraits of people who have inspired, influenced, and encouraged him to be brave.
He discusses how he became a painter and with each profile explains the characteristics each person profiled possess that provided him with inspiration.
Following in the footsteps of @gordoncjamesfineart , @jerrypinkneystudio @floyd.cooper.4 , and @brycollier, we hope to see Tyler Goron write and illustrate many more books sharing his artwork and stories with young readers.
I would like to credit Dr. Cooke and her 12 year-old son Roman for suggesting this title.
Javaka Steptoe, author and illustrator of Radiant Child, a biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat used collage elements to capture Jean-Michel’s multi-faceted visual style. He used paint, paper scraps, paint tubes, and photos on wood panels.
Check out the book to see if you can pick out the different materials used in Javaka’s collage work.
Our next few posts will show art, as requested by @g.is.for_great, an 8 year old budding artist.
Today we will show the incredible artwork and picture book illustrations of Black males by Ekua Holmes whose work was on display in the Boston Museum of Art.
Ms. Holmes makes art collages using newspaper, photos, fabric, and other materials to create colorful amazing art
What is collage?
Collage, is a French word, meaning 'to glue,' and is an artistic style using gluing and different materials to a flat surface.
You can use fabric and ribbon scraps, paper scraps, yarn, buttons, pasta, stickers, nature items, AND glue.
@g.is.for_great, can you create a collage? Let us know and we will post your art!
Next post...more artists who collage!
"I wanted to show that an African-American artist could make it in this country on a national level in the graphic arts. I want to be a strong role model for my family and for other African-Americans" --Jerry Pinkney
You did that and more...
Thank you, Mr. Pinkney.
Publisher & author Wade Hudson, author Tony Medina, Illustrator Gordon James, Patrick & Tiffeni from We Are Here Lit, discuss literacy narratives, writing, the state of literacy and Black boys, visual literacy, libraries, and encouraging words for young Black males.
J. Cole On Reading, Exposing Kids to the World Outside of Fayetteville
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.