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🎨 β€œSoul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983,” is an exhibition celebrating African-American art and ar…

🎨 β€œSoul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983,” is an exhibition celebrating African-American art and artists from the stormy, revolutionary, momentous Black Power era. Today I saw this exhibit at the de Young Museum.
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This image of β€œThe Hero”, was painted in Berkeley, California in 1968 by Phillip Lindsay Mason. According to the placard this painting features a black comic-book-style figure painted to promote personal and cultural pride and collective solidarity empowerment, while making a political statement about social activism for black hero representation in the pop culture. Diversity in graphic novels was lacking then and 52 years later that’s still the case. For example, I am having a hard time finding comics written by and staring people of color. Illustration representation is not enough. I am inclined to believe this artist’s statement with this painting is still relevant today. Where are all the #ownvoices POC superheroes? πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ They sure aren’t mainstream…
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(Mic drop!🎀 )
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Somebody please prove me wrong!
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I want to be wrong!
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πŸ’‹ xoxo, Kat

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