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Paint it Black series: 22/29 Angela Davis

an American political activist, scholar, and author. Davis emerged as a nationally prominent activist in the 1960s, when she was associated with the Communist Party USA, the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interests; she is the founder of “Critical Resistance”, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department.  Her research interests are in feminism, African American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular music and social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons.

Her membership in the Communist Party led to Ronald Reagan’s request in 1969 to have her barred from teaching at any university in the State of California. She was tried and acquitted of suspected involvement in the Soledad brothers’ August 1970 abduction and murder of Judge Harold Haley in Marin County, California.

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Here’s a business card I made for my good friend and Malaysian radio host, SheFah Szetu. I met her while working with Spike Lee and she comissioned me to make her a business card. her fav animal is the Black cat! she ended up using the illusration with the globe.

Would you like your own customized CGEsperanza business card?! contact me @ Charles@CGEsperanza.com! $120 for 50 full color business cards with an original illustration of whatever you wish! delivered to your front door! give em out to business partners, at social events! to that pretty girl on the train! Nothing says “remember me forever” like a contact card with a kick ass CGEsperanza Illustration!!!

Paint it Black Series: 29/29 Charles George Esperanza

An American artist, director, writer, composer and philanthropist from the South Bronx, NYC.  Charles has received much recognition for his work, such as the caldecott award he received for his first published children’s book “Red, Yellow, Blue and a little bit of White”, which also inspired the academy award winning film he directed by the same title.  Charles established a chain of schools in the Bronx which specialize in the visual and performing arts as well as academics.  The success of these schools greatly increased the overall academic status of the Bronx and helped Charles earn a nobel peace prize.  Charles’ first amusement park “Bodega Land” was opened in the Bronx in late 2025.  This theme park also serves as a museum, chronicling the important role The Bronx has played in American culture.  Today Charles lives in an elephant sanctuary in an undisclosed area. 

Paint it Black series: 17/29 Mike Adenuga

After working to pay his own tuition at Pace university as a taxi driver, Mike Adenuga returned to Africa where his telecoms carrier company Globacom launched a 4G network.  the process of launching this network consisted of  a submarine cable connecting Nigeria to the rest of the world. He is now a Billionaire and is one of (if not the) richest man in Africa and the wealthiest Black person in the world.   He also owns a stake in the Equitorial Trust Bank and chairs Niger Delta oil exploration firm Conoil. Adenuga is a soccer devotee and sponsors a number of tournaments.

Paint it Black series:19/29 Earl D. Shaw

Shaw helped develop the free electron laser, infrared lasers, and tunable lasers. Tunable lasers are important because, unlike conventional lasers, the wavelength of the emitted light can be changed, or tuned, for a particular application. Shaw has applied his studies of tunable lasers to research into the physical properties of DNA and other biologically important molecules.