GJ ART, BEATS + LYRICS WITH DJ QUIK ATLANTA OCTOBER 25, 2013

Weeks later, the art work is still on my mind. Here are some of my favorite pieces and moments from that night. Enjoy!

Devon Lee, mikeflo and staHHr. Photo by Carlos Bell

Devon Lee, mikeflo and staHHr. Photo by Carlos Bell

artist: WAK

artist: WAK

Piece by Kazilla

artist: Kazilla

artist: Miya Bailey

artist: Miya Bailey

Unbreakable.. like the Wawa Aba

In the Akan culture, the Wawa Aba is the symbol of someone who is strong and tough.

As I approached my solar return, I began thinking of a ways to express visually the last few years of my life .. the highs, lows, growth, transformations, triumphs, trials and tribulations.  This quest led me to the Akan Adinkra symbol system. Visual alchemy has long since been a way that indigenous people have communicated and the Adinkra symbols have spoken to me strongly since I first discovered them some years ago. I have a Sankofa symbol tattoo; a constant reminder to learn from those not so wise choices of my youth and not repeat them. The Wawa Aba is an Adinkra symbol that represents “the seed of the wawa tree”. It is symbolic of strength, perserverance, hardiness. This seed is extremely hard and in the Akan culture it is a symbol used by those that are strong and tough. It inspires the individual to persevere through hardships. This symbol and it’s meaning leapt off the page … the connection was made. Visually, this symbol speaks to my inner strength, quest for more stability, resilience .. the epitome of being unbreakable … the Wawa Aba. Ase!

COOL STUFF I LIKE AND WANT: ADIAMA AFRIKAN LIBERATION APPAREL

NKYINKYIM-ADAPTABILITY

BESE SAKA-ABUNDANCE

DWENINI MMEN- INNER STRENGTH

FAHODIE-FREEDOM

SASA WO SUBAN- TRANSFORM YOUR CHARACTER

Adiama Afrikan Liberation Apparel specializes in “Clothing Designs for Revolutionary Minds”. Their line is a collection of Adrinka symbol design and Afrikan-centered images, for t-shirts, hoodies and other accessories. The above are a few  of my favorite designs. Supporting our grassroots Moorish/Asiatic/Afrikan etc. businesses is a crucial piece to freedom and liberation; which does start with economic freedom in this day and time. Salute to the family. Click the Adiama link to shop to your hearts content. Adiama