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Heuy Newton was once quoted, “We have to evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both.” And Malcolm X stated, “if you’re not careful the newspaper will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” No man or child should be discriminated against because of the color their skin. A badge does not give a man the power to take a life or pass judgment due to social class and ethnicity. Nor does the media have the right to dehumanize or belittle a victim’s worth because of the color of their skin. We live in a democratic nation, thus we should all be treated equally……This isn’t just about the unlawful killings of Mike Brown, Kimani Gray, Kendrec McDade, Timothy Russel, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, Sean Bell, or any other unarmed black male who “fit the description.” It’s about justice. No black male should live in fear because of the color of his skin…….

Heuy Newton was once quoted, “We have to evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both.” And Malcolm X stated, “if you’re not careful the newspaper will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” No man or child should be discriminated against because of the color their skin. A badge does not give a man the power to take a life or pass judgment due to social class and ethnicity. Nor does the media have the right to dehumanize or belittle a victim’s worth because of the color of their skin. We live in a democratic nation, thus we should all be treated equally……This isn’t just about the unlawful killings of Mike Brown, Kimani Gray, Kendrec McDade, Timothy Russel, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, Sean Bell, or any other unarmed black male who “fit the description.” It’s about justice. No black male should live in fear because of the color of his skin…….

“Too many Basquiats not enough new artist”
Artist, American Queen TJD

In today’s media we are conditioned to believe that mediocrity is acceptable. We are conditioned to follow and not lead. We are conditioned to believe that money equates to success. Our women are taught to believe that their only chance of success is to be beautiful, to sell their bodies, to dumb down their minds, and to marry into wealth. Our artists are conditioned to believe that true artistry is defined by likes and followers. I must admit living in a society where we are constantly over saturated with the same hypocrisy; I was bit skeptical of American Queen TJD. However, my doubts were soon erased as I entered the “Too many Basquiats not enough new artist” exhibit. Her use of bold colors and striking imagery instantly allures you. The positivity of each image speaks to each viewer. In a way you can feel the artist energy shake your soul with each piece. Each piece capturing a different emotion and a different thought. Each piece forcing you to look within to allure to your own greatness.

Please visit AmericanQueenTJD.com

Illustrator, Ron Ackins
Pablo Picasso once stated that an artist “is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world; shaping himself completely in their image.”  With a society so consumed by reality television, designer labels, and social media; we tend to lose sight of life.  And occasionally there comes along another Da Vinci or Dorothea Lange; someone who has the conviction to challenge the safe route. Someone who has the resilience to follow their own passion. Someone like Philadelphia-native Ron Ackins.

Illustrator, Ron Ackins
Pablo Picasso once stated that an artist “is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world; shaping himself completely in their image.” With a society so consumed by reality television, designer labels, and social media; we tend to lose sight of life. And occasionally there comes along another Da Vinci or Dorothea Lange; someone who has the conviction to challenge the safe route. Someone who has the resilience to follow their own passion. Someone like Philadelphia-native Ron Ackins.

“The inspiration behind my vision comes from growing up reading comics books [shout out to my dad, JFB, for formerly introducing me to comics], watching Saturday morning cartoons, sci fi movies, action movies, anime and martial arts films. The older I got the more my Blackness and the rich Black culture that I’ve inherited became an inspiration behind my work. I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum. As an artist I’m not too concerned about fitting into anyone’s category.”
~Ron Ackins, www.diggys_daily.tumblr.com

“Art for me while growing up was always a way to escape. An outlet I’d use to escape my life and just live in my imagination and create what I wanted to see or dump what was stuck in my head. There really wasn’t any pivotal moment that made recognize my love for art because it’s something I’ve always done and loved. I really can’t remember not creating.”
~Ron Ackins, www.diggys_daily.tumblr.com

“I just want to create imagery and stories that I like. If I don’t dig it, then I don’t expect anyone else to. If other people like what I’m doing that’s like the cherry on top. I do want to create images and tales that stimulate, excites and entertains my own people as well. I think about that a lot. I’ve noticed that a lot of influential and successful Black public figures either don’t give a shit about Black people or they hide what positive things they do for their own.”
~Ron Ackins, www.diggys_daily.tumblr.com

“I just want to create imagery and stories that I like. If I don’t dig it, then I don’t expect anyone else to. If other people like what I’m doing that’s like the cherry on top. I do want to create images and tales that stimulate, excites and entertains my own people as well. I think about that a lot. I’ve noticed that a lot of influential and successful Black public figures either don’t give a shit about Black people or they hide what positive things they do for their own.”
~Ron Ackins, www.diggys_daily.tumblr.com

….the taste of your life depends on the flavors you use to spice it……

….the taste of your life depends on the flavors you use to spice it……

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start to remedy this kind of poverty." ~Mother Teresa

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start to remedy this kind of poverty." ~Mother Teresa

"Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul." #beauty

"Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul." #beauty

"Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul."

"Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul."

"Men’s fashion has a certain heaviness in the fabrics and construction. But also there is a heaviness in the mentality."~Hedi Slimane 

Model: Kalief

"Men’s fashion has a certain heaviness in the fabrics and construction. But also there is a heaviness in the mentality."~Hedi Slimane

Model: Kalief

"The world doesn’t need another clothing company. But it does need a certain funk"~Andre Benjamin 

Model: Kalief

"The world doesn’t need another clothing company. But it does need a certain funk"~Andre Benjamin

Model: Kalief

"Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly"

"Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly"

Self-Portrait of Dom: I am imperfect. Permanently and inevitably flawed. But those flaws and imperfections make me, me. And it defines the beautiful I withhold within. Because without it I wouldn’t be Dom.

Self-Portrait of Dom: I am imperfect. Permanently and inevitably flawed. But those flaws and imperfections make me, me. And it defines the beautiful I withhold within. Because without it I wouldn’t be Dom.