31.10.16

Reading at LitQuake







Its pretty dope to have been a part of Lit Quake. I got a chance to read and talk about what I do in front of many classes of elementary school children in San Francisco. The kids were from all over the city and they were brought to the downtown SF public library to hear some authors show their books and to talk about how they do what they do. It was cool to be on that stage with some authors who were published by major publishers and here I am, the independent up there with them! I met Katrina Goldsaito ( The Sound of Silence), Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Also an Octopus), and Isabel Campoy (author or way over 100 books!) Check out some of the photos of kids getting books signed and the authors speaking. Big thanks to Christina Mitra who I had met previously and is an awesome librarian at SFPL. And thanks to Summer Dawn Laurie who coordinated us getting up there to share. For more info visit LitQuake!

27.10.16

Inktober 18 - ESG

Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold is a band of sisters, there was a brother in there too. They are from the Bronx, NY and to stay out of trouble their parents got them musical instruments and encouraged them to play. They released a record in the early 80s which bent genres of funk, rock, techno, and some sounds that couldn't be described as anything but new. I wrote about them for Muphoric Sounds back in 2011 for the "In the trunk" series and the thing I love about them is that they're a family, the are still playing and recording new music, and their style was striped down and to the point. No extra BS on top, just raw music. In some ways discovering them and listening to their sound through samples first, then through the original songs is quintessential New York because it is about dancing and having a good damn time. Shout out to Mister Bouncer who played songs like "Erase you" and "Ufo" for me first.

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25.10.16

Inktober 17 - Sheila-E

Born and raised in Oakland and one of the best musicians to come out of the Bay, Sheila has recorded many albums as a band leader and as a collaborator with other musicians. She has been performing since she was in elementary school and has toured the world playing music that is influenced by funk, jazz, salsa, country, and hip hop. She is a treasure to the Bay Area and is not only still playing, but is giving back by mentoring younger musicians and giving to music programs in schools. Some of the notable artists she has worked with are George Duke, Herbie Hancock, her dad Pete Escevedo, Marvin Gayem Gloria Estefan, Prince, and Beyonce. She is one of the best drummers in the world and plays multiple instruments. This is one of her playing the "timbales".

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24.10.16

Inktober 16 - The Royal Jesters

The Royal Jesters I found through Madlib. Chicanos have always had soul. Influenced by African American musicians of the 50's and 60's many Latinos (men and women) began to form groups in California and Texas. One of the gems of the 60s is the "Royal Jesters" a band from San Antonio Texas. Some of their hits in english and spanish are "I won't love you", "Wisdom of a fool", "You succeeded" and "Yo Soy Chicano". Check out the reissue of their works on the Numero Group label called "English oldies".

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23.10.16

Inktober 15 - Indigena

Indigena, meaning a woman who is indigenous to the land. I guess it could be a woman from any where in the world. But I'm referring to women from the Americas, Las Indigenas.

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21.10.16

Inktober 14 - Raza


Raza. Simply or more complexly meaning "the race". The human race? Not really. More like the race of Latinos, the mixture, pride, love, and history all in one. I don't know the root of the word and where it came from but I remember the first, second and most recent time I heard it. The first was from an MC known as Frost from L.A. (I grew up in Northern Cali-hanging mostly w/ African American kids until jr. high and high school) The second was from a beautiful teacher that I had a crush on in high school named "Ms Luna" who described it with a smile. Mot recently I heard it in the lyrics of Bay Area MC Deuce Eclipse in the song "Que Pasa?" Can you remember the first time you heard this term? I know its more of a west coast thing, but I'd call myself Raza any day over "Spanish". I might have some traces in my blood but I am not Spanish.

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20.10.16

Inktober 13 - Mestizo

Mestizo is a word that was created to describe the mixture of Native indigenous peoples from the Americas and the caribbean and Europeans. Most of the time this was done through rape figuratively and literally. Some people use the word to mean a mix between black and white, or dark and light skinned Latinos. I just take it to mean "mixed" because Latinxs come from African, Indigenous, and European roots and traditions; some more than others. But its all mixed in there.

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Speaking on a panel-Berkeley Public Library

So as part of a series of panels, I will be speaking alongside artists Liz Mayorga (above art), Avy Jetter, Thi Bui, and Kayan Cheung-Miaw. I had the chance to speak with Kayan who organized the panel a earlier this year and I had the pleasure of meeting several comics artist. I recently started on a graphic novel project and now understand the huge challenge that comes with writing or illustrating a comic or graphic novel. I will be there talking about my work, self publishing, distribution, race, and more.  Come check it out on November 13th from 2-5pm.

19.10.16

Inktober 12 - Idalys Ortiz


Idalys Ortiz is an Afro Cuban Judo practitioner who has not only competed all over the world, but has either won or placed in over 20 championship matches including the Rio, Beijing, and London Olympics. She was 18 in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is one of the youngest fighters to win.

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17.10.16

Projects worth supporting-Comics & Children's Books

EXO is on their third project!!So cool to see this brother continue to make more comics from a Nigerian American perspective
 
Maya Gonzalez is an OG in the game and was one of the first people I asked advice from over 10 years ago. Her and her partner Matthew have succeeded in not only making books themselves, but nurturing many authors to do the same. This is your underground, bubbling up movement. Please share and support.
 
So Blood Orange Press is re-launching this project campaign. I did not receive enough funds on kickstarter, but we are confident we can reach the $15k goal here to get one diverse children's book made. If things go well and the project is over funded they can make more. Please support this project here and if you already dontated, please consider re-donating here on Indiegogo.

Inktober 11 - Mariana Pajón

Mariana Pajón is a BMX rider/racer from Colombia. She's 25 and she's a gold medal winning rider who has competed internationally in the US, Brazil, London, and Denmark!

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14.10.16

Inktober 10 - Carla Esparza ( Mma fighter)

Carla Esparza, Mma fighter. Just dug the pose.

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Inktober 9 - Janel Martinez


I relate to Janel a lot just hearing about the mix of cultures she grew up with and having to "explain" to people who you are w/o constantly getting asked "what are you"? For those that are not up on her work, she is a young Journalist out of the Boogie Down who works in culture, current events, tech, etc. She writes about her culture too making it more possible for other young brothers and sisters too identify with both their African and Latino roots and to be damn proud of it. The difficult part of this is not just explaining it to white people, it's breaking it down for Latinos and for African Americans and getting a better understanding of who "Afro-Latinos" are. Self love first. Check out the work she does with her business and blog "Ain't I Latina?" On the social media platforms and blogs she not only talks about her experiences but highlights those of other Afro-Latinas in the world; past and present. This is dope because it lets everyone know that folks have so many more dimensions and complexity to them. And it allows people to follow many more change makers and successful entrepreneurs. Right on Janel.

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13.10.16

Inktober 8 - Arturo Schomburg


The way I first heard about Arturo Schomburg was from living in NYC. And I was 26/27 when I first moved to NYC. One of the reasons I think ethnic studies is so important in all schools at all levels is that both white and children of color are getting a fraction of their history. Imagine how many people still don't know about him, the center, or his work. This brother was Afro-Latino. What does that mean? He was born in Puerto Rico, spoke spanish but was Black. Why? Because Africans were stolen from the continent and dragged to work in slavery in the US and caribbean and South America. Arturo was a journalist and a scholar who collected articles, papers, and books about who Blacks and Afro-Latinos are. He collected so much of it that it became the basis for a library in Harlem where countless people have gone to research and go back to find out who we are. One of the reasons why he searched for our history is because a teacher told him that he and his people had no history. And if you look out most forms of media today that depict or retell history-it is like they're saying the same thing. One day we'll see a narrative film about him.

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12.10.16

Inktober 7 Rosa Clemente

I appreciate Rosa. I appreciate her commentary because whether its a political, hip hop, or cultural issue and she's speaking...I want to hear what she has to say. She's sharp, on point, and is proud of who she is.  I know being proud to be Black and Latinx confusing some people still, but the fact that she claims both in her identity signifies a tiny part of a much larger changing tide. If you're not familiar with this scholar/activist look her up. She ran for vice president with Cynthia McKinney in 2008 as a Green Party representative. She has written many articles as a journalist and I love that she loves hip hop and will challenge it. Respect for working on police brutality with the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement as well. 

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11.10.16

Inktober 6 - Joel Rayon Paniagua

Keep dancing. I imagined Joel soaring through not only the dance floor but the sky. Keep flying.

This goes out to all the family members who lost a loved one to this summer's tragedy at a sanctuary for dance, music, love and life. My heart goes out to you and all those who've been bullied or hurt physically or mentally by a society who does not truly understand who you are. I can't say that I truly understand, but I can say that I see you and I support your right to love and to dance without fear. When starting my residency with Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, during a morning exercise I was handed three names of people who passed away and I'm drawing an imagined vision of those three people. Keep dancing.

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10.10.16

Muphoric Sounds 42- Press Rewind

Yo! I'm happy to announce that i am back to writing about good music over at the Muphoric Sounds blog. I started writing for the blog w/ the founder Vanessa Warren 6-7 years ago-writing about soul, funk, jazz, salsa, and so much more through the eyes of a hip hop head. I will continue to do that and I've added a new section called "Press rewind" which is about beats from the past that you might have missed if you're not a DJ or vinyl collector. Anyway, enjoy the 2nd installment of it here http://muphoricsounds.com/press-rewind-funkdoobiest-rock-b…/ and please subscribe to the site!

New Prints up in the store

Please check out some of the prints that I have up in my store. And please share with friends.






CAAM- Joe Bataan



Caam is an Asian American focused film fest! If you cant go, at least check out the line up of great films!! Check out this article written about Joe Bataan.

Inktober 5 - Amanda Alvear

Keep dancing.  Rest in peace Amanda Alvear- I imagined you swinging your arms and legs wildly to the music. 

This goes out to all the family members who lost a loved one to this summer's tragedy at a sanctuary for dance, music, love and life. My heart goes out to you and all those who've been bullied or hurt physically or mentally by a society who does not truly understand who you are. I can't say that I truly understand, but I can say that I see you and I support your right to love and to dance without fear. When starting my residency with Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, during a morning exercise I was handed three names of people who passed away and I'm drawing an imagined vision of those three people. Keep dancing.

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7.10.16

Inktober 4 - Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz

Keep dancing. This goes out to all the family members who lost a loved one to this summer's tragedy at a sanctuary for dance, music, love and life. My heart goes out to you and all those who've been bullied or hurt physically or mentally by a society who does not truly understand who you are. I can't say that I truly understand, but I can say that I see you and I support your right to love and to dance without fear. 
When starting my residency with Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, during a morning exercise I was handed three names of people who passed away and I'm drawing an imagined vision of those three people. Rest in peace Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz- I imagined you grooving to the beat. Keep dancing.

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6.10.16

Book Zone-Life is Living Oct 8th


This Saturday at the Life is Living festival I will be selling books alongside authors and artists Avy Jetter Breena NuñezPeralta Simon Abramowitsch Tiffany Golden Hafrocentric Comic Kriyani Comics and several Youth Speaks alumni. I hope to grow this zone as an integral part of the fest w/ more kids books, zines, comics, novels, and more books. ALSO-We will have a small table for zine making so come through. For the parents, there is a book reading in the “kids zone” happening throughout the day. Check the schedule at www.youthspeaks.org/lifeisliving/

5.10.16

Inktober 3 - New World Water

"Man, you gotta cook with it, bathe, and clean with it
when it's hot summertime you fiend for it
you gotta put it in the iron you steamin' with 
its what they dress wounds and treat diseases with
the rich and poor, black and white got need for it
and everybody in the world can agree with it"

"There are places where tb (tuberculosis) is common as TV
cuz foreign based companies go and get greedy
the type of cats who polute the whole shoreline
will have it purified and sell it for $1.25"

-Mos Def 
New World Water

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4.10.16

Laurel Bookstore - Showing original art


Hey all this Saturday after Life is Living I will be showing some original art from "Furqan's First Flat Top" at Laurel Bookstore in downtown Oakland. If you can make it, come through and see some of the paintings up close and personal. I will be selling prints from the book there as well. 

Address: 1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Inktober 2 - Water is Life

Throwing another up for the folks in Flint Michigan who still don't have clean water to drink, bathe in etc. Here's to the many tribes protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. To all the folks actively dealing with water shortage, dirty and contaminated water. We can't drink oil. We won't drink empty promises or excuses. Another world is possible.

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3.10.16

Inktober 1- Solidarity w/ Standing Rock (No DapL)

It's Inktober! I'm finally getting started for maybe the 3rd or 4th year doing this drawing exercise using ink only, no erasing or editing. This one is for the folks holding it down up there at Standing Rock, which is an Native American reservation on the border of North and South Dakota. There is a corporation called "Energy Transfer Partners" which is illegally building a pipeline to carry oil to a refinery from North Dakota to the state of Illinois. The Native folks started a protest back in April of this year I believe to demonstrate against this. Why? The corporations have not gotten the Native communities which they plan to build in and over to agree to this. Why don't they agree? Because they do not want this pipeline going through a river there which is a primary water source for so many people, or the companies desecrating Native land (which they've already done). If the pipe breaks or ruptures it will poison the water. I encourage you to do research on your own in corporate owned media and media that is community funded to make up your own mind about this protest.  What has been done to Native Americans from Canada to South America in terms of genocide, theft, and exploitation is not just historic, it is present. It has been happening since European Americans got here. What I mean by that is the US government has over the centuries supported practices that kill Native people, take their land, or exploits them. Or, they have looked the other way while European Americans or Immigrants did so. This is not an argument, this is a fact. One thats left out of perspective when discussing this historic protest. And it is historic, not in decades have we seen so many different tribes/ nations come together to fight against this. If you're interested in seeing more artwork in support of the protest go to here  to Melanie Cervantes. Then if you wish to donate to the camp of folks who need supplies and support go to https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf  . If you do not support this corporation building this pipeline on Indian land sign this petition as well www.change.org/RezpectOurWater

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