Just on a first glance of Newsome’s website, I get a butterfly of excitement. Here is a young Black man making art, seemingly of Black culture, for Black people. It is not merely that Newsome is Black or that I don’t consume Black culture [because I do, I am hella Black], nor is it that his pieces are beautiful and unique, it is that all of this is true, and there is something calming about that for me.
Consider the piece “Fitted Crown,” an elegant snap back hat with a crown as the head piece. There is no denying the impact of hip hop and street ware culture on art. And this piece beautifully brings together artistic design and political position.
Rashaad Newsome “AA024802 (Converted)”
This video of a stage filled with a cast of Black woman creating music, sound, language, or whatever you want to call it is such a beautiful depiction of how the ordinary can be so extremely beautiful.
This piece is so stunning with its vibrant shades of color. The mix of melanin brown, red, and rusted gold of the mask give the aura of warmth and youthfulness.