Maurice James Jr.
self taught Contemporary Artist and Graphic Designer.
A cinephile and avid collector of baseball cards and comic books himself, James Jr challenges the false narrative of what mainstream power and beauty looks like by placing heroic Black icons and fictional characters in prominent roles.
His work provides a glimpse into an alternative reality where Black Culture and Folklore is American Pop Culture.
Early 2021 BWSM came across some phenomenal artwork challenging the mainstream medias depiction of Black Women and a wholesale reproduction of Comic Book History as we know it, through 11:Eleven gallery. Join us on our first ever BWSM Podcast as we speak with Maurice James Jr., the Philadelphia born, Washington, DC based Artist and self proclaimed Activist.
James Jr. talks to us about the inspiration behind his artwork and why he has made it his mission to correct the Black narrative whilst documenting Black History, Black Love and Beauty
A True Black Experience In Comic Books
There are black comic book heroes,
but none ever looked like me | Imani Lateef
Imani Lateef is a designer and founder of the Black Comix Arts Fest, an annual celebration of black comic book artists and their collections, as well as Peep Game Comix, a digital comic website that exclusively sells independent comics by international black authors. In this talk, delivered at TEDxToledo #WhatNow, Imani presents the current landscape of how black people are stereotypical represented in comic books, and how he’s working to change it.