Monday, August 20, 2018

JaFLEU Rises At Miami Art Competition Addressing "Climate, Jobs & Justice"

350 South Florida put together a Art Competition called "Miami Rising For Climate, Jobs and Justice". It was held at Naomi's Garden Lounge & Restaurant hosted by poet, artist, activist Dita Devi.

Several visual artist's took to canvas to create a piece that interpreted "Climate, Justice & Jobs"





I was nervous about competing, plotting my idea on the ride down of what to paint. Only to get a bit more nervous upon hearing one of the judges was legendary Haitian artist Jude Papaloko. Someone who I've admire low-key for years. As well as Artist, activist and editor and chief of "Two-Spirit Times", Houston Cypress.





The winner would receive a cash prize, and the artists works would be on display during the "Miami Rising/ People's Climate Movement" concert on Sept 8th, The National Day of Action at Bayfront Park.

I've only participate in a "art battle" only
once before, years ago and that got rained out. So yeah butterflies flew. But as Pusha T says, I believe in the luxury of time. Meaning I believe in my skills artistically. So I just put in my headphones and went to work.

There was a poetry slam competition and while I didn't compete in that, I did get the opportunity to touch the stage and perfrom.




And when the moment of Truth occurred...


You gotta believe I was completely stun to hear that I was the winner amongst all the amazing works.



The conversation with Papaloko & Cypress as to way they gravitated to my piece left me humbled and inspired.

I titled it "If Justice Could Only See..."



In it I had Lady Justice blindfold slip and she could see all the people of color and how the world was being ruined. I feel like our governments by choice are blind to our struggles and need to truly see.



I'm working of an Illustration of it to really flesh it out.

This was an honor and I had a truly Treal time!

Friday, August 17, 2018

REST IN POWER ARETHA FRANKLIN X TWO NEW "KOLORED GIRLS"

Yesterday, the incomparable Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed. I personally no longer try to look at someone passing as sad because no one is ever truly God. To me she has now become a powerful ancestor.




I have so many very distinct memories of listening and watching Aretha performing, obviously through tv and the radio. My mother and Aunt are massive fans





Back in my "rapper" days, on one of my earliest projects I recorded a song to this crazy "R.E.S.P.E.C.T" sample and remember a performance I think in kindergarten where they had us perform her music.



Needless to say I love Aretha. In fact, one of my first paintings was of her. I stumbled on it because someone liked it. It kinda trippy that in a way I kinda remade it unintentionally.





I pray that her family and friends are ok, know she with them. One of the Beautiful thimgs about artist's is what we create will always out live us. And when you do it at the highest level it'll always keep us alive.

May the Queen rest in Power.

Poster Available Here


REST IN POWER, ARETHA

Two New "KoloRED Girls"


New editions to the series.

When I'm Around



Her Reign






All "KoloRED Girls" Posters Available Here

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Spike Lee Takes On The Klan & Nicki Exacts Revenge in Treal Toonz

It's a good day for some Treal Toonz! So here's some new ones for you all to enjoy.

BlacKKKlansman In Theaters Now


Spike Lee's latest film "BlacKKKlansman" is playing now and receiving rave reviews! The story of a black police officer join the KKK sounds straight out of a Dave Chappelle sketch but is actually a true story.








Nicki Minaji's Revenge


You ever been just minding your own and then boom suddenly your social media has blown up because your ex is bombing on you? Me either but VH1's Love & Hip Hop's Safaree can't say the same. As he was one of the targets of Nicki Minaji letting the chopper sing on Twitter.







I found the particular spat interesting enough to turn into a Toon. I thought it was kind of ironic because she was going off on others for being on Love & Hip Hop but in her doing this on social media she basically was on Love and Hip Hop and we all were the viewers via our phones.



Monday, August 13, 2018

Cartoonist New "KoloRED Girls" Series Highlights The Beauty Of Black Women

With his newest series of paintings entitled "KoloRED Girls", Cartoonist JaFLEU aims to highlight the beauty of Black Women. But not just any, opting to intentionally paint colorful portraits of women he personally knows in tribute.

"Put some colored girls in the MoMa" a line
Jay-Z spat has been stuck in the artist head for years. Where the rapper speaks of adding more images of diverst women in The Museum of Modern Art.  Now feeling he grasps why.

"It of been eadeto just go and paint black women who are celebrities like Beyonce and so on. But the personal aspect means more. Because this allows me to honor people that mean a lot to me and in turn shows them how I see them."




The series is on going and posters will be released soon. And some of the original artwork is available for sale here.









Commission/ Book JaFLEU to live paint info : info@trealtoonz.com

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Breakfast Club as Treal TOONZ

Charlamagne That God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy make up the host of one of my favorite radio shows The Breakfast Club. And I just wanted to show love by turning them into Treal TOONZ.