James-Brown

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The side of Michael Jackson they don’t show you: his ACTUAL RACE.

On 6th February 1984, after winning an unprecedented number of AMA awards Michael spoke to black publication JET magazine about people in his life he was thankful for; Stevie Wonder, who expresses pride of race in his music.

“That’s why I love Stevie Wonder’s album called Songs in The Key of Life… He had a song called Black Man and I just jumped up screaming when I heard that record because he’s showing the world what the Black man has done and what other races have done… He named it Black Man and all these people who have got the album sing it. And that’s the best way to bring about the truth.”

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So I’ve been overwhelmed by the black panther comicon appearance and I’ve been dwelling on how revolutionary the black panther movie is going to be, what it’s going to mean to countless people when this movie comes out and how long we still have to go, So I decided to put this short photoset together to illustrate exactly how big of a deal it is and how it is bigger than one person.

it’s so bittersweet because when I was younger (especially growing up where I did, a black kid in Finland) I really wished I had more access to imagery and media that reflected who I was because it would have made my life radically different for the better and I wouldn’t be at 26 (STILL) doing damage control but on the flipside, I’m so in awe of all of the beautiful talent in 2016 that younger black kids are able to see and be inspired by.

I think I was like 4 years old when I conciously picked up race and color via watching Disney’s “Aladdin” and I noticed how Jafar, the evil royal guards etc the villains were more ethnic looking or a shade darker than the “good” characters.

it’s insidious because you’re seeing something but at age 4, you don’t have the comprehension skill or knowledge to break it down and see it for what it is (Colorism, Societal bias against black people which is rooted in centuries of white supremacist doctrine, society associates things that are dark/darker colors with evil, danger, ugliness, dirt etc) and reject it.

so you pick it up and see it on a surface level and you think to yourself “well darker must mean ugly, criminal and less human”…then what happens when you look at yourself in the mirror and find out that you are black?


  how is that going to impact how you see yourself?

and guess what? if a 4 year old black kid can pick that up and internalize that about him/her/themselves….then a white kid can sponge up the same language and imagery that dehumanizes black people too (subconciously/conciously)…what happens when when these people grow up? become teachers, doctors, law enforcement etc? what kind of impact is that going to have?

I’m going off on a tangent and that’s just one personal example but society does that on a global grand scale and it is largely unchecked.

but honestly though,look at the photoset and think about how many talented people out there that we love and respect….who would NOT have achieved the things they did if it wasn’t for another person before them inspiring them to reach their goals and acting as trail blazers when it seemed as though it was impossible….then think about the flipside and how many people, with all the potential in the world, never lived to become great because they were met with more images dehumanizing them than ones uplifting them…this is why the fight for HONEST representation is important and it continues.

argh, I didn’t plan on typing anything but I got in my feelings after watching this again

…anyway, here are some pictures to make you smile, the next gen gives me hope

and if none of that gets you going, here is a video of Michael Jackson surprising James Brown on stage and then thanking him for being his biggest influence (BET awards, 2003)

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A MERRY BLACK CHRISTMAS SEASON FROM JET MAGAZINE!

Somebody forgot to tell Jet magazine that Santa is white! Long before FOX News declared it a “historical fact” that Santa Claus was a Caucasian man, Jet was running an annual black Santa cover, featuring noted music and comedy celebrities. Here are 10 of our favorites, with cover appearances by Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sherman Hemsley, Esther Rolle, Bill Cosby Richard Pryor, and more.

Top to bottom:

Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Esther Rolle, Bill Cosby, Redd Foxx, Sherman Hemsley, Richard Pryor, Emmanuel Lewis, Black Santa, Soul Santa

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Here are the new dances I animated for season 4 of Teen Titans GO! Which just aired on Cartoon Network. Let me know which one is your favorite and be sure to follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hayk_art/

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Celebrity Biopics to look forward to:

1. Jesse L. Martin in the Marvin Gaye biopic tentatively titled Sexual Healing

2. Toni Braxton will play legendary vocalist Darlene Love in a forthcoming biopic. My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story is set to premiere in December on OWN.

3. Don Cheadle will begin shooting the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, in Cincinnati this summer. A release date is not yet known.

4. The upcoming MLK biopic, Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, will feature actress Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King and David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

5. Andre 3000 plays Jimi Hendrix in the biopic All Is By My Side (out September 26th)

6. Chadwick Boseman is set to portray James Brown in the biopic Get On Up, which opens in theaters August 1.

7. Queen Latifah will star in and produce the HBO biopic Bessie about the legendary blues singer Bessie Smith.