A closer look at one of my paintings shown during my show at the @playsandplayersgallery
early this year. This piece features various people I found in magazines and newspapers, as I like for people to see thenselves in my paintings. One notable figure in this painting is Andrea Constand, the brave woman who was the first to make her sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby known to the public, for which Cosby was ultimately found guilty in April this year. Women like Constand are empowering other women to not be afraid to tell their stories. The narrative for women is changing, slowly but surely.
Happy birthday, Ida B. Wells (b. 1862), pioneer and activist who raised consciousness to end lynching of Black people in the U.S. This one’s for all those who are working to end the violence on Black lives, whether it is through displacement of housing, mass incarceration, police brutality, family separations, lead poisoning, school closures. “Lynching was a way for white people to maintain social, political, and economic control over black people” (Mariame Kaba), and Ida B. Wells championed and fought for the end of it. There is currently an ongoing fundraising campaign for the construction of a monument to Ida B. Wells (www.idabwells.monument.org)