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.


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.

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Paint it Black series: 2/29 George Alcorn

George Alcorn is AMAZING!
He received the NASA inventor of the year award after inventing the
 "imaging x-ray spectrometer".  Along with that, he created 20 different inventions and was granted 8 patents. His most honorable accomplishment was when he was awarded a medal from NASA for recruiting minority scientists and engineers. 

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: 15/29 Mark Hannah

“In 1982, Hannah co-founded Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) with Jim Clark and five others, a company that went on to be well-known for its computer graphics technology. In 1986, he was named the company’s principal scientist for the creation of computer programs like Personal IRIS, Indigo, Indigo2, and Indy graphics that are used to create effects for movies like Jurassic Park, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunt for Red October, and Field of Dreams. George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic used Silicon Graphics’ technology to create Terminator 2.”

Paint it Black series: 1/29 Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson was a huge factor in the success of the 1909 North pole expedition, where he and his crew were the first to reach the geographic North pole.  Because of the ignorance at that time, Matthew wasn’t given credit for the 18 years of  life risking service he had given.  In 1930 he was made a member of the New York Explorers club and will forever be known for his brave efforts toward the discovery of the North Pole.  Read more about my “Paint it Black” series Here

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.