During my time at MING Utility and Entertainment, I worked to devise and re-brand the identity, program, print collateral, and signage for Innovate46, an annual landmark event held by The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in New York.
THE BLACK FUTURES PARTY takes influence from past black political movements that fought for the emancipation of ethnic minorities by any means necessary. We are youthful, intriguing, determined, hopeful–firm, but not unwilling–and above all, we are fully committed to using the political arena as a platform to fight against anti-black rhetoric and the terrorizing systems of a white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal society.
The visual language of THE BLACK FUTURES PARTY is multi-faceted and a direct reflection of the young black men and women who make up the political party. The color scheme is dynamic and progressive. Red and blue have always been traditionally associated with politics; however, these colors when combined with black, take on a new meaning. It was also imperative to have a color scheme that reflected THE BLACK FUTURES PARTY social culture. Pulling inspiration from the Pan-African flag, a vibrant green, deep orange and black were selected as a second primary color scheme.
We are ready to radicalize the way blackness is perceived. Black is now. Black is abundant. #TheFutureIsBlack View full presentation here.
DearWhiteAmerica is a collection of 10 newspapers that explores the idea of the black body as America’s #1 threat and target. Each copy is addressed to the most powerful system of oppression in today's society, white supremacy. Each copy contains a short body of writing and is signed with the full name of an individual who was unrightfully slain by the police. The form of the newspaper transforms into a poster with a full bleed image of the victim at her/his time of death.
I was very deliberate in the selection, editing and cropping of these images. It was important to show the victims in a state of extreme vulnerability, just moments before their deaths. All of the images were pixelated and saved at a low resolution to comment on the fact that these victims were of little to no importance to the system/society/oppressor. Finally, some images show those who have inflicted trauma on the victims (e.g., the police).
Curated Culture is a quarterly publication that explores and showcases the work of talented black artists living and working in New York. This magazine features visual artists; some up and coming, some already established, some painters, some photographers and some fine artists. Black artists are often times overlooked or simply unheard of. With that said, one of the aims of this publication is to make known black artists, particularly those who address issues of race, sex and the historical identity of African-Americans in contemporary American culture.
A mobile app was created to support the printed publication, and to cater to our digital readers. Explore Curated Culture for mobile.
Curated Culture hopes to land itself in the hands of those who are inspired by the artistic legacy of the black community. "If you gotta ask, you'll never know." – Louis Armstrong
Curated Culture Annual Edition
Curated Culture Annual Edition is an exploration of contemporary American art. It highlights paintings, illustrations, sculptures, performances, photographs, installations and videos created by 30 African-American artists since 1970. The works of art that were selected to be a part of this edition raise questions of what it means to be a contemporary artist and an African American in today's society and culture.
Artists featured: Nina Chanel Abney John Bankston Jean-Michael Basquiat Mark Bradford Iona Rozeal Brown Nick Cave Robert Colescott Noah Davis Leonardo Drew Renee Green David Hammons Barkley L. hendricks Rashid Johnson Glenn Ligon Kalup Linzy Kerry James Marhsall Rodney McMillian Wangechi Mutu William Pope.L Gary Simmons Xaviera Simmons Lorna SImpson Shinique Smith Jeff Sonhouse Henry Taylor Hank Willis Thomas Mickalene Thomas Kara Walker Carrie Mae Weems Kenhinde Wiley
001 Cuba is the debut edition of a bi-annual publication dedicated to sharing the untold stories of hardship(s) and resiliency of people from conflict-affected countries in Africa and the Caribbean. The name of this publication varies with each printed issue to reflect the issue # and location (city or country). 001 Cuba explores the lingering social and economic effects of the Cuban Revolution as seen through the lifestyle and home interiors of the people of Cuba.
This issue is dedicated to Cuba in light of its' re-established relations with the U.S and to the millions of Cubans in celebration of a new beginning.
Mary Jane & Co.
All men wonder....nevertheless, the secret lies not in us, but in her. She, Mary Jane. Her presence in a room is enough to turn the heads of all men, seizing their attention and tenaciously capturing their gaze. Her scent, powerful. She, natural and pure. But that's just half the fun of it....hours will go by and you will ponder upon the idea of her. Hesitant, you may be, but she's not just any woman and we're not just any company. Dare to be bold. Dare to join us. Upgrade to a life of sophistication with Mary Jane & Co.
The Marijuana Society is an organization that is dedicated to changing the negative stigma associated with marijuana culture. This organization would host social and informational events, build pop up shops, sponsor medical marijuana dispensaries, and advocate for the legalization of marijuana. The Marijuana Society runs through it's flagship store, Mary Jane & Co., located in Tribeca, New York City. This store provides cannabis enthusiasts with the most up-to-date materials, research, tools, edibles and gear that couple with cannabis. Mary Jane & Co. is passionately dedicated to elevating the perception of marijuana through lifestyle and culture. View full presentation here.