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Spotlight on Black History Month

We are excited to showcase the achievements of the Black Community in science & research, as portrayed by visual artists from the Black Community at RecPhilly

Kiana Williams

Creative Entrepreneur
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Creative Entrepreneur
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kiana Williams is a Creative Entrepreneur based in Philadelphia, PA. She is a well-rounded visual creative originally from Springfield Gardens, NY and is of West Indian descent with roots in Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana. Kiana currently freelances as a photographer, professional dancer, and independent model. She enjoys her time both in front of and behind the lens. She specializes in portrait and fashion photography serving the tri-state area of NY, NJ, and PA under her visual arts business, KSW Visuals, LLC. For more of her work, please visit www.kswvisuals.com or www.kianashanay.com

The scientist Kiana chose to photograph is Dr. De’Broski Herbert from the University of Pennsylvania. She thoroughly enjoyed his research subjects and his passion for mentoring and helping underrepresented students interested in scientific innovation and academia. 

This portrait is representative of when we are given the right tools, we can achieve anything we set our mind out to achieve. 

Kiana Williams

Creative Entrepreneur
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Design by Kiana Williams

Junior Lambert

Mixed Media Pop artist
Elizabeth, New Jersey

Mixed Media Pop artist
Elizabeth, New Jersey

My name is Junior Lambert and I am a mixed media pop artist, based in Elizabeth, New Jersey. As an artist I use different mediums beyond their simple forms to create unique and colorful portraits. 

My passion for art started at a very young age. Since a toddler and throughout elementary school, art has been something that I had experienced on the daily while being raised in Haiti. I was surrounded by so many genres of talent, however, I was more focused on watching artists who used to create masterpieces right outside my home. They were dope, different colors, and the creativity was unmatched. Since then, my creativity started to expand and it took on a beautiful journey of  bright, colorful, and pop style works. I have even participated in two pop-up shops thus far. I am inspired by cartoons, anime, street arts, and graffiti. Some of my work can be found on Instagram @jaayytheartist or online at jlambert.org

The scientist I chose to paint is James Andrew Harris. James Andrew Harris was the first African American in history to discover elements on the periodic table. He was a nuclear chemist who was one of the co-founders of the two elements on the periodic table, element 104 and 105.  Element 104 which is Rutherfordium. This element is only used in laboratories for research, nuclear power and medicinal purposes. Element 105 which is Dubnium. Dubnium is a synthetic chemical which is highly radioactive. James Andrew Harris was a true pioneer, and he worked hard his entire life to make room for African Americans in the sciences. 

Junior Lambert

Mixed Media Pop Artist
Elizabeth, New Jersey

Design by Junior Lambert

TJDDN

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Multidisciplinary Artist
Philadelphia

TJDDN is a multidisciplinary artist native to Philadelphia, PA. My primary creative mediums are photography, filmmaking, illustration and digital painting with an emphasis on human subjects. The works that I produce are often molded by personal interests including history, politics, science, mythology and symbology. 

The subject of this illustration is Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a leading developer of the COVID-19 vaccine and the face of an ongoing vaccine safety campaign. In response to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccine concept incorporated in mRNA-1273 was designed by Corbett’s team from viral sequence data and rapidly deployed to industry partner, Moderna, Inc., for a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Phase 1 clinical trial, which unprecedentedly began only 66 days from the viral sequence release. Dr. Corbett is a Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard University.

This piece was inspired by the iconic WW2-era “Riveting Rosie” poster encouraging American housewives to enter the labor force while their husbands fought abroad. Delve into more of my work at tjddndoesart.com!

TJDDN

Multidisciplinary Artist
Philadelphia

Design by TJDDN

Crystal Folkes

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Product Designer
Philadelphia

Hello, I am Crystal Folkes a Product Designer based out of Philadelphia. I co-founded Uplift, an online directory of Black owned businesses in Philadelphia, and I’m a proud member of CRAFTED, a collective of BIPOC creatives working to build a better creative industry. Before I leave this earth, I want to impact someone’s life as a long-term mentor. I can’t help but share industry knowledge with young designers just starting out. 

Designing for accessibility and inclusion is hugely important to me in this journey of making meaningful work. That is what drew me to Dr. Burge. We both focus our efforts of making tech and design more inclusive. Jamika D. Burge is a multi hyphenate researcher and tech leader making space for other Black women though her organization, Black ComputHER. Her presences alone is an inspiration for other Black women techies, like myself. 

And just like Dr. Burge I believe there’s room for everyone at this table and it’s up to all of us to design a more inclusive world.

Crystal Folkes

Product Designer
Philadelphia

Design by Crystal Folkes

Jae Martin

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Pop Artist
Philadelphia

Originally a native to Brooklyn, New York, Jae Martin is a self-taught Philadelphia based pop artist who creates pieces with graffiti undertones inspired by the fast pace of city living. Jae produces pieces that are far from the ordinary. Influenced greatly by the graffiti art style, he incorporates it into his work for due respect. To capture what he feels in the moment, Jae completes most of his pieces in only one day by using acrylics, sharpie oil markers, spray paint, and anything else he can get his hands on.

 “Lewis” by Jae Martin represents the bright light that the light bulb has bestowed on the world. 

We all know about Thomas Edison’s role in creating the light bulb.  Did you know that Lewis Latimer made it better by creating a more durable carbon filament, which is the key part that allows the light to burn bright.  Lewis Latimer’s work was indispensable with the defense and promotion of the lightbulb and is an inductee in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

Jae Martin

Pop Artist
Philadelphia

Design by Jae Martin

Jaxs

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Photographer & Entrepreneur
Philadelphia

Hey ProofPilot, I’m Jaxs: a Philadelphia-based photographer and entrepreneur. I do photography full-time, but I also love to dabble in graphic design. It’s something I do as a hobby, along with making clothes and logos and music – anything artistic, really. I do this to stay creative, productive and to have multiple ways to express myself through art.

This Art Piece is for the African American scientist/chemist Walter Lincoln Hawkins. As the man who created the plastic coating for electrical wires to withstand the heat they produce, the world has not shined enough light on him. 

This Art Piece Represents just that, for the coating that he invented is used on the wiring all around us today. Though it has now since been improved, Hawkins made the first step and accomplished that vision amongst other innovations. He is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology And Innovation

Happy Black History Month ✊🏾

(Here are a few things I do https://compiled.social/UIJaxs)

Jaxs

Photographer & Entrepreneur
Philadelphia

Design by Jax

Bryce Charbonnet Jones

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

We kick things off with our own design partner, Bryce Charbonnet Jones to represent the Black community’s upward mobility in the arts:

I’m a Graphic Designer who is a native of Cleveland, Ohio but a New Orleans mainstay for the last 10 years. Been designing for 12+ years but my passion for art and design has been with me since a kid with crayons and coloring books. That passion has has been my foundation and now I get to apply the knowledge I have crafted through the years to express myself creatively – and help others do the same.

The idea behind this image is to capture the love and culture of the Black community through patterns, colors, and symbols that you would see in 90’s street art, afro-centric music & movies, and jewelry. The different hands rise to represent the different shades of the Black community reaching for more.

As a Black designer, it is important that I continue to incorporate my culture and voice in designs or even in the cultivation of ideas to push against the narrative that art & design has to be thought of in one way. I hope I can inspire even in the smallest way another Black designer to be themselves and that their art and ideas matter. The Black community is still misrepresented and underrepresented in many fields; my hope is that a major push to change the “norm” is on the way creating new ideas leading to better solutions that are inclusive.

Bryce Charbonnet Jones

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Illustration by Bryce Charbonnet Jones