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Black History Month: Nina Simone

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So I didn’t know about this figure in Black History until today – her name is Nina Simone, and she was a singer and piano player who worked in a variety of music styles, from classical to jazz to pop.

The first song of hers I heard was “To Love Somebody.” Here’s a video of it:

But she was most famous for her work in the Civil Rights Movement, especially her songs in that period of time. One of her most famous songs is “Mississippi Goddam,” which was made in response to a Birmingham, AL church bombing that killed four girls. Here’s that song:

Know any other black history figures? Share them in the comments below. I would love to draw them.

Thank you for reading and listening!

You. Are. Awesome.

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More Black History Month Sketches

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The original plan to update the blog daily with sketches for Black History Month isn’t happening, unfortunately… but at the very least I’m going to post the sketches I HAVE done thus far, and will keep doing so throughout the month.

First, let’s start with Jackie Ormes, first African American lady cartoonist and stellar lady.

black history month jackie ormes cartoon sketch art

She was also one of the few people to address (at the time) modern black issues in cartoons at a time in history when people wouldn’t even touch the subject. Check out her comics and cartoons on her site┬áto see what I mean. Continue reading →

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An Open Letter to the American People

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Dear Reader,

I’m writing this open letter to unfurl some things that have been on my mind for the last week. I hope you find something in this that resonates with you and helps to keep you going.

First, things are going to get better. This will sound unbelievable, especially in this new and uncertain time where Nazis are coming out of the ash pile, Betsy DeVos is destined to ruin public education, and Trump is calling any judge who opposes his Muslim ban, essentially, an unpatriotic American. But things will get better. In some ways, things are already better. Continue reading →

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Black History Month: Queen Aminatu

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It’s Black History Month! To commemorate, I’ll be posting one illustration every day highlighting a black historical figure.

Today, it’s Queen Amina, also known as Queen Aminatu of Zazzau. Her history was told orally for centuries before it was written in the Kano Chronicle in the 1800s, which details the history of the Hausa people of north-central Nigeria. But in summary… Continue reading →

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‘Seeing Him’ Has a New Online Home

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Seeing Him is the story of Kate, a small business owner, and Adam, a trans male doctor, who fall in love and have adventures with their outrageous friends. It was a webcomic funded on KickStarter, then funded on Patreon to keep it going, and updated from June 2015 to December 2015 on Pink Dollar Comics.

However, Pink Dollar Comics is now gone. Which also meant that Seeing Him briefly disappeared.

Now, I’m bringing it back online.

seeing him webcomic kate yay

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