In late 2003 I started collaborating with RA RA Entertainment. I was introduced to the group by Olufemi /Khadija, whom I was working alongside with her, the Dancer Holly and a spoken word performer I was dating as they did shows the previous year.
It was all love. I was surrounded by Black, talented individuals with powerful names like A-Watts, Balance, Elament, J-PhunQ, The Watusi Tribe, Moses 7, Swingman, X-Man, Citoak, Elohim, Vibe-One, Phiyah, Lyric, Duwap, Rewop, Black Buddhafly, Young Syrus, Hakiym, Headed by the Charismatic Visionary Rok B., Diva Day, Mz. Nickee, Majesty, Cindee, ShaSun/(Islord) & Life.
Filming special events, model tagged alongside the group of 2 dozen plus at events. Clubs, Colleges, day or night, we were pretty busy considering we had day jobs, some had kids, spouses, etc. Many of the people I met would become longtime friends, clients, and collaborators. Though I may have had an earlier bad experience in Queens, I felt healed through the metaphysical connections to myself and to the others around me, and a connection to the Black self that I had ignored over anger and time.
The 8 ball magazine design came about as a reference from ROK & Ms. Nickee. Once again, this is where looking at your "Blues" before the final print comes in handy. Say the least, the off-site printer used my FPO's (for position only) pictures and NOT the photos in the folders sent via FTP! Ugh! Half of the images came out pixelated due to small (fpo)file size.
The Magazine was a hit and did sell out at the Kentucky derby of that year, but the editor/publisher was not amused and I lost my position with 8Ball.
Side Note: 8 Ball went on to throw a series of parties at The APPLE where I did back in the early 90's.
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I have a series of designs (Abstract, Floral & Geometric) on several products. Above, is the "Kitten Films" collage design on a 14-inch square, faux suede pillow.