9.8.16

Character 116 - Tito (Stand and Deliver)

Tito was the coolest dude in Jaime Escalante's class. I wondered what kind of a band he played in and what his character did on the weekends when not in school. Of course, he looks like he was in his twenties. Tito is a character from a late 80s a film called "Stand and Deliver" that gave me a gift. As a child watching this film I recognized some of the characters, but didn't know so many of them.  This is a rare portrait of latinos in East LA at the time. In Hollywood films Latinos were and still are tropes, stereotypes, and tired shells of characters if they are seen at all. Most of the time Raza are invisible in film, but in "Stand and Deliver" we get to see a variety of nuance, layer, and subtlety because the teens in Mr. Jaime Escalante's class were not one type. They were jocks, nerds, princesses, rockers, thugs, students, and kids who could not be categorized. If you have never seen the film, or if you haven't seen it since you were a kid I recommend re-watching it. The genius portrayal of a Bolivian math teacher who challenged and inspired a generation. The effects of his work to teach algebra than calculus are still being felt. 

8.8.16

Furqan's First Flat Top UPDATE 12 - Great Blog reviews

Yoo, so far I have been reaching out to media, blogs, radio, and tv. It is super difficult to get a review with anyone and some people just flat out don't get it. And many in the publishing world don't care, which explains why it looks the way it does as a whole. It's ok the change is coming and I will continue to seek out those who "get it" because I know they're out there. Case in point, here are two awesome book reviews; one who I reached out to and one that came to my story. So much gratitude to these two great bloggers/ book lovers.

1. At Home Librarian! By Elizabeth Wroten
This is such an awesome blog with tons of book reviews of all types of books. Grateful for Elizabeth's words because she "gets it". 

2. The Nerds of Color by Shawn Taylor
Wow, I have been following this blog for quite awhile and love that they pull no punches in calling out bullshit and at the same time highlighting and celebrating great work. Shawn "gets it" too.

Please check out both of these blogs and share the posts that you like.


4.8.16

Character 115 - Ana Delgado (Stand and Deliver)


I loved Ana's character in the film. She was so quiet and seemed to be showing only the tip of the iceberg when it came to her personality. Working in her family's restaurant and not expected to do anything more than what her parents did before her; she rises to the occasion in Jaime Escalante's calculus class. Ana is a character from a late 80s a film called "Stand and Deliver" that gave me a gift. As a child watching this film I recognized some of the characters, but didn't know so many of them.  This is a rare portrait of latinos in East LA at the time. In Hollywood films Latinos were and still are tropes, stereotypes, and tired shells of characters if they are seen at all. Most of the time Raza are invisible in film, but in "Stand and Deliver" we get to see a variety of nuance, layer, and subtlety because the teens in Mr. Jaime Escalante's class were not one type. They were jocks, nerds, princesses, rockers, thugs, students, and kids who could not be categorized. If you have never seen the film, or if you haven't seen it since you were a kid I recommend re-watching it. The genius portrayal of a Bolivian math teacher who challenged and inspired a generation. The effects of his work to teach algebra than calculus are still being felt. 

Blacks in the Arts- Blog Feature

Go here to read the interview
Please go check out “Blacks in the Arts” a project/blog of two Howard students working in film. The blog is starting out and has interviews and profiles of black artists working in various mediums. I’m honored to be a featured guest there.

3.8.16

One of a kind, Like me 1-New book


Check out the cover of the new book I illustrated called "One of a Kind, Like me", coming out this fall. Book Art from One of A Kind, Like Me / Único como yo by Laurin Mayeno. Illustration copyright 2016 byArt of Robert Liu-Trujillo.
Danny thought the best way to describe his costume for the school parade was to draw it...
Pre-order your copy before 9/20/16 and receive 10% off the cover price! http://bit.ly/2aRR4Zs
Published by Blood Orange Press

1.8.16

Character 114 - Angel (Stand and Deliver)

Whats "Cal-Culus" ? This character is "Angel" who is not what he seems. You might see thug or cholo, and that is part of his character. But in the film we get to see so much more of who he is. In the late 80s a film called "Stand and Deliver" gave me a gift. As a child watching this film I recognized some of the characters, but didn't know so many of them.  This is a rare portrait of latinos in East LA at the time. In Hollywood films Latinos were and still are tropes, stereotypes, and tired shells of characters if they are seen at all. Most of the time Raza are invisible in film, but in "Stand and Deliver" we get to see a variety of nuance, layer, and subtlety because the teens in Mr. Jaime Escalante's class were not one type. They were jocks, nerds, princesses, rockers, thugs, students, and kids who could not be categorized. If you have never seen the film, or if you haven't seen it since you were a kid I recommend re-watching it. The genius portrayal of a Bolivian math teacher who challenged and inspired a generation. The effects of his work to teach algebra than calculus are still being felt. 

Character 113 - Cobe ( Cease Fire)

Cobe handled a situation with a young man who was about to go get involved in some funk incredibly. He calmly talked to the brother, took his mind to other options, and he checked up on him regularly. Cobe seems like the family man. As part of the Cease Fire crew, he like all of them are putting their lives on the line when intervening between hostile situations.
 I re-watched the ITVS documentary “The Interrupters” about a team of Black and Latino ex-gang members and cats called “Ceasefire” who lived the life and are now acting as agents of change. They find situations where there is evidence of long standing beefs, an insult, a stare, a look, anything that could set it off-and they step in. I don’t claim to have a complete understanding of “Ceasefire”, but what they and so many others have been doing to stop us from killing each other is inspiring. Don’t let anyone tell you people of color ain’t out there trying to stop the violence; that we only get upset when a cop murders. It’s not true. Please watch the Interrupters here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/interrupters/


28.7.16

Character 112 - Ameena (Cease Fire)

This a caricature of Ameena. She's one of the "Interrupters". She grew up with a father who was heavy into the gangs of Chicago which date way far back. She was in the life, selling, partying, and wilding out. Ameena's courage and gift of gab impressed me in the documentary. Speaking as someone who was also banging she speaks from experience and with authority that folks just listen to. I re-watched the ITVS documentary “The Interrupters” about a team of Black and Latino ex-gang members and cats called “Ceasefire” who lived the life and are now acting as agents of change. They find situations where there is evidence of long standing beefs, an insult, a stare, a look, anything that could set it off-and they step in. I don’t claim to have a complete understanding of “Ceasefire”, but what they and so many others have been doing to stop us from killing each other is inspiring. Don’t let anyone tell you people of color ain’t out there trying to stop the violence; that we only get upset when a cop murders. It’s not true. Please watch the Interrupters here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/interrupters/

Character 111-Eddie (Cease fire)

Eddie is one of many guys who lived, took life,  is giving back life, and survived "the life" (violence) in Chicago where hundreds have died yearly. I re-watched the ITVS documentary "The Interrupters" about a team of Black and Latino ex-gang members and cats called "Ceasefire" who lived the life and are now acting as agents of change. They find situations where there is evidence of long standing beefs, an insult, a stare, a look, anything that could set it off-and they step in. I don't claim to have a complete understanding of "Ceasefire", but what they and so many others have been doing to stop us from killing each other is inspiring. Don't let anyone tell you people of color ain't out there trying to stop the violence; that we only get upset when a cop murders. It's not true. 
Please watch the Interrupters here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/interrupters/

22.7.16

ACLU Illustration-Realize the dream


I am extremely honored to work with the American Civil Liberties Union. Here in Northern California and all across the US, the ACLU has helped regular everyday people who dont have million dollar lawyers to fight back against people and institutions who infringe or violate their rights. Their work has involved gender, race, hate crimes, police brutality, issues of privacy, and racial profiling. This particular project was brought to my attention by media strategist Catrina Chaos and designer Gigi Pandian. 

This specific poster illustration was used as a way to engage activists at a conference focusing on ways to protect the rights of people caught up or wrongfully held in the criminal justice system! Please check out the ACLU for more information about their work. Check out some of the process.