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America ... – Reimagined by Naimah Thomas and inspired by Nina Simone

Art and Action

Can’t you see it

Can you feel it

It’s in the air…the virus is in the air

We can’t stand for your treachery under pressure

Under fear that the time is near, to reckon with stories told

Of Black bodies sold

Somebody say a prayer

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Create Protest: How Artists Frame Dissent and Hope

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Create Protest: How Artists Frame Dissent and Hope

Create Protest: How Artists Frame Dissent and Hope -

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Three artists: Man One, Naimah Thomas, + Florencio (Flo) Zavala will share how arts can help reimagine the future and be used as a tool for protest and political power building.

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Artists And Creatives Can Learn How To Launch A Business At Woodlawn Academy

Artists And Creatives Can Learn How To Launch A Business At Woodlawn Academy

Written By Block Club Chicago's Maxwell Evans@afrodip WOODLAWN — Artists and creatives interested in building a business or growing their career can join the newest session of an arts-focused Community Business Academy in Woodlawn. Woodlawn-based Sunshine Enterprises will host 21 participants in its arts and makers academy, which begins Wednesday. Topics covered include budgeting, marketing, bookkeeping and pricing strategies. Applications will be accepted online through Wednesday, Sept. 16 or until the course is full. Interested artists can apply for the upcoming course here. The fee for the course ranges from $175–$325 based on a person’s ability to pay, and applicants can request financial assistance...

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Fighting Injustice One Cup at a Time

Fighting Injustice One Cup at a Time

A familiar coffee with a new mission. Introducing our new special-edition Lyon coffee featuring  artwork titled “I Matter” by Chicago-based artist @naimah_creates that celebrates Black lives everywhere in honor of those fighting for justice and equity in our community. A reminder that the impact of this coffee is larger than the taste.  About the Cause We are proud to support the ACLU, who fight for our civil rights and civil liberties. As a part of our commitment to fighting for social justice, $2 from every box sold will support the ACLU in defending the rights guaranteed to all of us by the...

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Meet the artists behind the powerful Black Lives Matter artwork being shared across social media

Meet the artists behind the powerful Black Lives Matter artwork being shared across social media

Naimah Thomas chose calm colors to depict the softness of Breonna Taylor, the woman who was shot eight times by an officer and killed in her home. Teddy Phillips opted for bold, bright colors to draw a viewer's gaze to his subject: George Floyd, the man who died in police custody after an officer pinned him to the ground and held a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes.  Dani Coke and Jill Cartwright are intentional about the words they choose. They want their message to hold weight and depict the truth. As people flood their streets in protest against police...

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