Jan 31, 2023
Hey y'all, this is an appreciation post about some of the folks I've run with, worked with, and learned from. Some of these folks I've known since I was a kid, some I met in college or as an adult. All of them have given me a tremendous amount of love, support, ideas, game, and support and I'm happy to work with them.
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. Trust Your Struggle Collective- (Bay Area, NYC, int'l) Crew of Graffiti writers, educators, muralists, organizers, etc who create large scale murals, gallery exhibitions, and educational workshops. Founded in 2003! I'm a proud co-founder of this crew. Learn more here.
2. Social Justice Children's Book Holiday Fair- (Bay Area) This is a kids book fair founded by authors, illustrators, teachers, organizers, and book lovers in 2017. This fair champions books featuring People of color, queer folks, and social justice minded creators to serve our community. See some photos from past events here.
3. Tone/ Umber: (Bay Area) Both magazines were founded by an incredible designer, artist, and father Mike Nicholls who has been going since 2016 I believe with Umber magazine. A journal to celebrate Black and Brown stories relating to manhood, sports, music, lifestyle, and more. I was briefly a part of Tone , a magazine dedicated to Black men which is currently dormant, but you can see Umber here.
4. Rad Dad Magazine- (Bay Area) Founded by Tomas Moniz in 2005. Rad Dad was a zine and magazine dedicated to helping fathers of all stripes share their experiences, triumphs, and challenges as dads. Read more here.
5. Muphoric Sounds- (NYC/London) Founded by Vanessa Warren in 2008 MS functioned as a booming part of the music blog landscape. We wrote about new and old music primarily focused on Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Electronic, and House. Read some of the pieces here.
6. The Bull Horn Blog/ M is for Movement- (Boston/Bay Area). This is a blog founded by Innosanto Nagara, Alison Goldberg, and Janine Macbeth that highlighted children's books from multiple age groups featuring stories by people of color and social justice minded creators. Read posts here.
Dig this? Check out my interview with Avy Jetter of Oakland Creates
Jan 26, 2023
The book features both artwork, essays, and poetry by artists and writers such as Alicia Garza, The Black Cultural Zone, Greg Morozumi, Leslie Lopez, Robin D.G. Kelley, The Bay Area Mural Program, Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith, Kufue, Keena Romano, Timothy B, Zoë Boston, Maisha Quint. DonJuan Carter-Woodard, Amiri Baraka, The Illuminaries, Inbal “Bali” Rubin, Dime, Chris Granillo, Pancho Pescador, Oree Originol, Shi Shi, TDK Crew, DeVante Brooks, and words from JK Fowler of Nomadic Press and Elena Serrano of East Side Arts Alliance!
Dig this? Check out this video where I talk about some of my favorite art books
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Much props and respect to Elisa "Sol" Garcia who is an awesome book seller from LA. She operated her own bookstore called Imix Books which curated a huge list of books by and about people of color. When my book Furqan's First Flat Top came out she was the first bookseller in LA to carry it and I have never forgotten that.
Jan 8, 2023
Stuff Ive been listening to 21: Raps
Stuff Ive been listening to 17: Soul
Stuff Ive been listening to 19: UK Artists
Stuff Ive been listening to 20: Remixes
Jan 5, 2023
1. Snapdragon by Kat Leyh (graphic novel) Witches, Queer identity, etc
2. Eve Ewing (Author/Educator) writes about super heroes, school closures, and science
3. Vamos! by Raul the Third (Picture book) Bilingual literacy, Latinx, kids lit
4. A Tradition of Violence by Cerise Castle (podcast) LA Sheriff gangs, journalism, police brutality
5. Sebastian Mikael's new EP Phileo (Soul Music) Soul, hip hop
6. Pinocchio by Guillermo Del Toro (Animated film) stop motion,
7. Alvin Irby founder of Barbershop Books (Interview) activism, literacy, black boys
8. I am the Subway by Kim Hyo Eun (Picture book) train, humanity, working class
9. Nala Sinephro's album Space 1.8 (Jazz music) jazz, experimental jazz, harp
10. Abel Cruz's fog nets (Water) BBC, World hacks, water crisis, fog nets, peru
11. Sibylline Meynet (Artist) illustration, gouache, artist
12. Afu Chan's Outer Darkness (Artist) comics, illustration
13. Ovarian Psycos (Documentary) cycling, women's rights, trauma, women
14. Noni Sessions (Activist) East Bay Permanent Real Estate Coop, coop's, land, activism
15. Coop Conversations (Podcast) Cooperative housing, podcasts, coop's, alternative housing
16. Teach the Children the Truth by Marisa Villegas (Podcast) Ethnic studies, Raza Studies, education
You can purchase my book "Art of Rob" here
Jan 4, 2023
461 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607E14 has been rocking with me since Furqan's First Flat Top debuted. They are a project and offshoot of the EastSide Arts Cultural center in East Oakland and they featured clothing, jewelry, art, toys, and books. Every year they host an array of local talent through gallery shows and vendor events. Go check them out. Brown and Black owned!
Jan 2, 2023