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

🎨 “Soul 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.

This image of “The 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? 🤷🏽‍♀️ They sure aren’t mainstream…

(Mic drop!🎤 )

Somebody please prove me wrong!

I want to be wrong!

💋 xoxo, Kat

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