Woman Wednesday: Kenricka Ox

 

 

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Kenricka was featured previously in an Art Feature back in 2015. She is a visual artist now based in New York City. Her artwork stems from a sociological perspective. With digital animations fit for Adult Swim, she documents her thoughts, the demons that we face, the current generation and the society that has molded us. She has curated unique In Loving Memory T-shirts and her own zine featuring her artwork. View more of her work below and on her website.k9 get this demon off my shoulder“Get this demon off my shoulder”

k10 party with the demons“Party with the Demons”

k12 You don_t want to know about me You don_t want to be around me Niggas want to call me family But they don_t ever be around me“You don’t want to know about me You don’t want to be around me Niggas want to call me family But they don’t ever be around me”

k5 voodoo on me i think she Haitian” Voodoo on me I think she Haitian”

k14 boy meets girl“Boy Meets Girl”

k1 whers the bud.jpg“Where’s the bud”

k2 j is for jugg“J is for Jugg”

k3 go 30. go 30“Go 30, Go 30”

k6 cover for sauceCover for “Woo” by Sauce McGraw ft. Sensei Smoke

tumblr_oms3enje9h1t9uh83o1_1280“Sneaker Bar”

tumblr_oqdp91xatt1t9uh83o1_1280“Hot Boy”

Watch Good Kill – animated film by killdkenny

 

 

Contact: kennykilld@gmail.com

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Style: An Interview with Andre, founder of D’escargot

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Andre Smith, founder of D’escargot

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D’escargot is a Miami-based skate and streetwear brand founded by Andre Smith in 2012. With products like skateboard decks, skate wax, hats, shirts, and hoodies, Descargot has been spotted with Tyreek Morrison and Drugrixh Peso. 

Andre talks about the beginnings of the brand and the importance of skate culture in the interview below.

 

How did the brand start? What was the first idea?

I’m a visual person. When I started the brand, I wasn’t doing much but I wanted more. In high school, I collected wallpapers with different designs like Pokémon. A friend said that I should take the designs and put it on a t-shirt. I tried to come up with my own idea, I thought what can I put on a t-shirt for a brand, a bee, a bear? None of the ideas came to me at first and I didn’t want my creation to be something that people just look at and bat their eyes to.

In the midst of frustration, God helped me and I thought “ice cream snail”. I rejected it at first because it seemed weird and odd. I tried to draw an ice cream snail but it didn’t come to life the way I wanted to. I went to Ross with my girlfriend and her mom and I explained my frustration. My girlfriend’s sister said she would draw the design for me. She drew my very first snail design and that was the beginning. I had to get some extra money, I worked at Abercrombie for exactly 2 months. I bought 50 t-shirts, sold them and flipped $300 to $1000. I felt great because it opened me up to a different sense of reality. I had a good feeling when I figured out that I can control my life.

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What inspired you to start the brand?

I started the brand in the direction of what I love. Skateboarding has always been something I liked. My overprotective Jamaican mother would never let me buy something that can hurt me. When I worked at Publix, I started hanging around someone who pushed me towards what I love/like and what I feel natural in. Being on my board feels liberating. It wasn’t something I cared for until someone opened my eyes.

What’s the meaning behind the name D’escargot?

To be honest, it was really simple. Escargot is the French word for snail and I threw a D in front of it. I thought, “I got an ice cream snail what do I call it, ice cream snail”? It couldn’t have been with an E or Z.

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How did the brand expand?

I started making skate wax and giving out my own product. My cousin helped me connect with people who skate with Lil Wayne. I thought of a strategy…product placement. I gave the product to people who have a platform and use it. The wax is easy and a cost-effective product. I thought that the skate community would appreciate it. Wax is necessary to grind on ledges, hit rails, and slide on sidewalks. I gave the wax to Vice Skate, Pretty SB in Georgia, and TFMIA in Miami. Customers appreciated the product. My wax is a twist top container where you can maintain its use and it doesn’t dry out. You can twist it out and retrieve it back in, easy and simple to use.

What would you like to do for the skate community?

To be honest I want to impact and be there for the skate community. The community is already solid and genuine. They know what they are, what they stand for and what they believe in which is skateboarding. Skateboarding is not just what juvenile delinquents do. It’s progressive for the mind, body, and soul. It teaches faith, consistency, and determination. When you learn that within, you can apply it to something else. You can apply that concept to academics. People don’t understand that a lot of prominent brands started with skateboarding like Stüssy, Supreme, and Billionaire Boys Club. Skateboarding has been the original trendsetter.

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What’s next for D’escargot?

I’ve got to say this shit is a process and I thought about what my end goal is. I want to keep my brand going. If everything works out with clothing, I can expand to technology or something automotive. There is always room to learn something else and to grow. I’m just trying to be a wholesome person. The real goal is to inspire other people to aspire, especially young black men. I strongly believe in the “I am my brother’s keeper” concept.

The one message I do want to spread to everybody is that everyone forgets that you are your brother’s keeper. In order for one man to get to the next level, he’s going to need help from another man. The same thing goes for women and I see a really big support movement where all women uplift each other and empower each other and I see them turn out better for themselves. I just want the same for my brothers, my black brothers.

 

Shop D’escargot. Follow D’escargot on Instagram to stay updated on sales and events. Check out their Soundcloud for mixes.

Contact: Descargotinc@gmail.com

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Short Film: Papa Machete

I had the honor of seeing Papa Machete at Homeless, a pop-up exhibit located in Miami. The exhibit curated by Axel Void featured local and international artists ranging from film to watercolor on canvas.

Papa Machete takes the viewer on a voyage to Jacmel, Haiti where Alfred Avril teaches the Haitian art of machete fencing also known as Tire Machèt. The subsistence farmer also teaches the history of the machete which was used in the Haitian Revolution to gain victory over the French. The machete has many uses and carries a theme within Avril’s life. It is used to fight within Tire Machèt and also to fight agricultural globalization when used as a farming tool.

 In 2015, the film made its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The short film was produced by Third Horizon and directed by Jonathan David Kane. Third Horizon is a Miami-based collective of Caribbean creatives. The collective displays and supports Caribbean filmmakers at their own annual film festival. The Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival will take place at O Cinema and Pérez Art Museum Miami from September 28 to October 1st.

Learn more about Haitian machete fencing at https://www.haitianfencing.org/

 

 

 

Woman Wednesday: Betty Davis

 “I’m very aggressive on stage, and men usually don’t like aggressive woman. They usually like submissive women, or woman that pretend to be submissive.”

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Betty Davis is a 60s-late 70s funk, R&B, and soul singer who was known for her free expression. Davis is the first NastyGal, known for her progressive, carefree image that was too advanced for the misogynistic media. Before becoming a singer and lyricist, Davis was one of the few international models of color at the Wilhelmina Agency. As an artist, she stood bravely in her female sexuality. She was fearless, unique and daring. Betty is responsible for Miles Davis’ experimental phase; she introduced him to new fashion and music trends. She is the force behind Miles’record,  Filles de Kilimanjaro (featured Betty’s face as the cover) and Bitches Brew (M. Davis’s first gold record). Betty was ahead of her time with her sex-positive lyrics and raunchy stage presence. She stepped out of the boundaries of the submissive woman.

Betty Davis deserves a great amount of acknowledgment. She created her own genre, influenced Miles Davis’ reimaging , fueled M. Davis’ creation of Jazz Fusion, introduced him to Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, and Sly Stone,wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, inspired the NastyGal brand and most importantly cracked the barrier for women in music to assert their sexuality freely.

Without her, we wouldn’t have artists like Lenny Kravitz, Peaches, JDavey, Outkast, Madonna, Erykah Badu, Prince (RIP), or Beyonce. Davis paved the way for many artists and was unsung. Thankfully, she has returned to the spotlight to share her story. The NastyGal film will be released in early 2017.

Watch the trailer below:

 

“…be true to your artform. And by that, I mean do what’s in your heart more so than what’s in your head.” – Betty Davis

Enjoy Davis’ 2nd studio album, They Say I’m Different :

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Short Film: Summer Before Spring’s End

 

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Photo via Charles Trainor Jr

In response to gun violence in Miami, Terence Price II and Reginald O’Neal team up to make the short film, Summer Before Spring’s End. In Miami-Dade County, an average of 30 children and teenagers are killed by gun violence annually. So far in 2016, 13 have fallen victim.

The film brings awareness to the dark and light of Overtown. The light and happy feeling of Spring’s transition to Summer, juxtaposes the pain caused by gun violence. Price and O’Neal both direct and edit while O’Neal lends his art, poetry, and activities to showcase a tender view of his home.

Music – Reginald O’Neal / John Coltrane / Gary Baptist / David Maldonado

Rest In Peace Richard Hallman Marlon EasonKing CarterRoderick Sweeting, Osmand FallsFamekeem Johnson, and Alexandra Dean