Life is Living 2016
2014 Life is Living Fest
this year i'll be participating in the fest for the 2nd time as the organizer of the Book Zone, which coincides with Emily Butterfly's "Kids Zone". Bring your children to do activities , hear story time, and just chill. RSVP HERE
Hey folks, I'm sure you know that I'm a father, husband, artist, and children's book creator.
I would like to invite your family to join me and hundreds of other parents @ Life Is Living, It's the 10th year anniversary. Likely to be the best event in all of Oakland that day. Can you join us? If so, RSVP HERE and tag other parents who might be interested.!
// My family has attended Life Is Living for the last 10 years.
We attend because it is a place to see friends, meet fellow creatives, and to manifest community building. It's been a great space to meet new people, to catch up with folks, and introduce my son to so much–skating, visual arts, poetry, healthy food, an event with a vibe filled with love. This is our second year as more than just attendee's. Last year we organized a book zone. That was fun, so we're doing it again. This time, with multiple story times throughout the day!
We've organized a host of local authors to lead story time through out the day. This years focus is on stories about children of color and some stories about queer kids too.
Hear the stories with your kids, meet the authors, collect a book, get author signatures, and connect with literacy some advocates like the Oakland Public Library.
We hope to gathering over 100 Parents throughout the day at the Book Zone, which is part of a much larger KIDS ZONE run by artist Emily Butterfly.
There will be many activities for children such as face painting, silk screening, mural painting, and there is a Labyrinth and obstacle course!
OCTOBER 14TH 10:30am-5:30PM, Defremery (Bobby Hutton) Park 1651 Adeline St, Oakland, Ca 94607
This is my quarterly inspiration board. Been doing it for years now. Just music, books, film, games, etc that are inspiring. From left to right/ top to bottom: Ankara blvd-black owned shoes company, Defend Puerto Rico-multimedia proj, Soldiers w/out Swords-Black media Documentary, Jen Wang-illustrator/comics artist, Blacksad-Incredible graphic novel, Tundae-LA photographer, Gabriel Soareszz-illustrator, Inside-creepy/cool video game, Charlotte Dos Santos-Cleo LP, Red Cap Cards-greeting card company, Molly Egan-illustrator, Crom Cristian Ortiz-illustrator, Atlanta-tv show, Revision Path-podcast abt Black designers, The Stoop-podcast abt African/Afro Amer topics, and Kendra Foster LP
this is board 27
Hey folks! Ok all my children's book lovers, authors, illustrators, librarians, bk sellers, advocates....come closer. This book is at 202 backers. We need to get it to 250. Doesn't matter if you donate $1 or $500. Let's get this book by a two POC authors made. Not only is it written and illustrated by them, it focuses on gender and what it means-especially for young students preschool to elementary school age. Put this on your networks and follow the page and
here is a link to the kickstarter
Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel is one of a kind. She is part of the reason so many young women of color will see their reflection. She is a superhero who happens to also be Pakistani and Muslim. But beyond those boxes, she's a regular teen with everyday experiences. If you haven't read it or showed it to your kid, check it out!
I had the chance to work with a cool design company this past month called Elefint, based in San Francisco. They are the design team leading a project for the northern California ACLU called "Meet your DA (District Attorney)". This project aligns well with my values, Elefint's, and the ACLU's because it uses design and illustration to make sense of the justice system and how to fight for young peoples rights. Specifically the rights of young people of color who are the most caught up in it. ///////
Here is a link to their final design briefs and to the project website
Check out some of the illustrations