Hey, I'm excited to be joining these authors for a panel. The Independent Black Creative (IBC) crew will be hosting a virtual panel October 4th, 2pm, live on Facebook. Our discussion will focus on the love for literacy, illustrations and building community through the arts. We look forward to sharing with you and thank you for your continued support.
Fam, I’ve been invited to read aloud for Celebrity Story time, an online benefit for Children’s Fairyland! They have big plans to better represent *all* families at the park w/ a digital library. And they're celebrating the 70th anniversary of Fairyland which I went to as a child and took my son to. I've also had the chance to read at "Turn the Page". An annual event held at Fairyland to share great stories and Bay Area storytellers with their loyal attendees and supporters.
Tune in at 6:30 p.m. PST on Saturday, September 26th. Register now at bit.ly/Fairyland70 – it’s free! You can go to Facebook to get in: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensFairyland
And if you're on Twitter or IG the handle is @FairylandCa
Some of the folks who will be there Cathy Camper, Zeke Peña, Raul The Third, Isabel Qunitero, Javier Hernandez, Lalo Alcaraz, and more.
Well crafted, deeply personal, and vulnerable. Big shout out to Quelle on the beat and Homeboy Sandman for some raps that don't sound like bragging (I needed to hear something different)
The SÕL-CON Expo Day consists of four creator roundtables featuring comics creators, multimedia artists, & scholars in conversation.
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. EST
Moderator, Morgan Podraza
Featuring Juan Argil, Xavier Lopez, Lexi Ramos, Jules Rivera and Maxi Rodriguez
Panel B: Creators in Conversation
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST
Moderator, Jennifer Caroccio Maldonado
Featuring Ness Garza, Sloane Leong, Breena Nuñez,
Cristy Road Carrera, Nicky Rodriguez
Panel C: Sustaining the Momentum: Comics & DIY Culture
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EST
Moderator, Katlin Marisol Sweeney
Majed Badra, Dr. Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, Ronnie Dukes,
J.M. Hunter and Robert Liu-Trujillo
Panel D: Form-ing Ideas: Creators Talk Impact of Styles and Mediums
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Moderator, Peyton Del Toro:
Featuring Khaila Carr, Zalrix Franco, Lawrence Lindell, MariNaomi and Zeke Peña
For this image I thought it would be dope to juxtapose Papel Picado (historic Mexican art form ) with an outline of the continent of Africa where humanity originated. If you're Black and Mexican please let me know if I did this justice. If you approve please cop two. One for you and one for a friend. Thanks for reading. Just out here trying my best to make work that means something to me culturally.
3" x 3" Paper Sticker
If you missed Inspiration board 35, here's the LINK
You can see the last "Stuff I've been listening to" HERE
Follow Robert Mossi Alexander here at Hood 2 Higher Education
Wanna see more? Here's the last Middle Grade cover I illustrated.
Here's a photo my friend Melissa took of me performing in one of the Zebra Records DJ battles. I attempted to DJ parties, events, make mixtapes, and entered DJ competition (Zebra, ITF, UC Berkeley) but I was never really that great at it. But, I had so much fun. I participated in a hip hop club started by Hodari Davis at Berkeley High and I learned so much from watching people who were truly passionate about the art of DJing, Mixing, party rocking, music, and competing as turntablists. There were many lessons I took away such as originality, stage presence, timing, innovation, cultivating community, looking for the next thing to inspire you, etc. But above all I learned about generosity, love and discipline. Doesn't matter how good you think you are, you can always improve. And what point is there in hiding your talent? Share it so the next generation can be inspired, so they can inspire you, and so on.
Shout out to Zebra Records-a pillar of the San Francisco/ Bay Area hip hop community that not only sold records and DJ equipment but created a church/community center where young people like myself could share, grow, and learn. Shout out to DJ Wisdom, Israel, Alan Corazon, and all the incredible DJs I met at Zebra such as Mista B and Teeko of 41Funk, Goldenchyld and Cutso of The FingerBangers, Nuttz, so many many. I went by "King Tres" back then btw. I still dig for new music, and I occasionally buy vinyl. Wish I still had my Zebra Records slip mats.
Here's a video of a reunion they did in 2010 w/the creators of Skratchpad (Celskiii & Deeandroid)
What is a "mixed kid"? To me, it is a person who comes from a background with mixed heritage. They can be Black and White, Latin@ and Asian, Indigenous and American, Caribbean and Australian, so many combinations of people are in the world and we all have an interesting story to tell about who we are and where are families come from. There are mixtures of heritage within one ethnicity or skin color, and there are people whose family are from various racial backgrounds. This is for all of you. Me personally I am African American, Korean, Mexican, and Apache and this phrase means something to me.
Cop a sticker HERE
If you missed it, here is the Blasian sticker and this is the original "Mixed Kid" painting this one is based off.
This was a great interview about their work and historical knowledge about the Tom Feelings , Pat Cummings, Black creators for children, and so much more. This series is interesting because they interview some OGs in the children books world.