Check this out, Ankara Blvd is a new Black owned shoe company. Say word!!??
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
Bambu of "The Native Guns" and "The Bar". Too many lines to name, but some of my favorite songs are Like Us, America, Moms, Smoke smarter, Welcome to the party, and Info trip from the most recent album "Prey for the Devil" on Beatrock Music.
My good friend and collaborator Laurin Mayeno (author of One of a kind, like me) was on this cool Podcast "88 Cups of Tea". Give it a listen and check out the many authors and book people who've been on the show!
So this past month I got a chance to work with filmmaker Erica Eng and if I was you I would hire her. Not only does she have experience shooting, but she is a whiz at producing, editing, and overall project management. I got the chance to drive around the crew on this shoot and help out by acting in a few scenes for this commercial/kickstarter. Bookmark her under filmmakers on the west coast. Follow her on vimeo. And watch the kickstarter video from Aggregate watches for the new product "Masonic" which is a clean watch made with steel and concrete.
Had a chance to speak with journalist Roberto Santiago this past month about an online magazine he writes for called Latino Dad. We had a great conversation about fatherhood, being mixed kids, and my book. Please check it out and follow them.
Please check out this project, share it, and support it anyway you can. My wife did the typography and design for this book and I'm super excited to see this book get made.