FBF just found one of my fro check pics.  Hair so thick You can’t see scalp! Lol you’ll be back when I can better care for you. #texture #fbf #frotastic

FBF just found one of my fro check pics. Hair so thick You can’t see scalp! Lol you’ll be back when I can better care for you. #texture #fbf #frotastic

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http://www.gofundme.com/JamillaOkuboParsoTuition

Hello,

My name is Jamilla Okubo. I am an Kenyan-American artist from Washington, D.C. Currently residing in New York City attending Parsons the New School for Design. I am currently a rising senior at Parsons studying Integrated Fashion Design (undergraduate), with a background in Fine Arts, and a focus on textiles and fashion design. 

I have been attending Parsons for three years now and I am getting ready to graduate this year as well as complete my senior thesis. I am currently $72,000 in debt to Parsons the New School for Design. For the past three years my mother has assisted me by  paying the remainder of my tuition with the Parent Plus Loan. My mother has borrowed $43,000 of the Direct Parent Plus loan. I still owe $12,000 for my last (senior) year at Parsons and mother and I can no longer take out Direct Plus Loans. 

I hope to be that minority student of color at Parsons, who represents the school, and inspires my younger siblings, and other minority/low-income students globally, to have the ambition and drive that I have, and not let financial issues get in the way of it.

I need $10, 787 to pay for the rest of my tuition for my last year at Parsons.

USAGE OF FUNDS:

-Tuition: $10,787
-School Supplies (Fabric, muslin, pattern paper, designing tools, paint, canvases, lab fees, books, fieldtrip fees)

ABOUT ME & MY PURPOSE AS AN ARTIST:

 As a multidisciplinary artist I am able to combine my skills and knowledge to create and express myself. My artwork mainly focuses on people of the Diaspora (people of color), whom I consider my community. I use my artistic disciplines as tools to challenge myself in ways to give back to my community, educate, and empower them as well as the rest of the world.

It is my duty to remind people of color that we have such a rich culture, and that we should love ourselves and one another. I create artwork for my community, because I believe that my purpose as an artist of color is to empower and educate my community.

My artistic discipline connects me to my community by allowing me to create artwork that my community is able to enjoy, embrace, and share with others. I not only create my artwork for myself, but what I express through the medium that I use, is a story that many in my community can relate to. When it comes to creating, I strongly believe in the fact that, 

“Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images,”

A quote by Sonia Sanchez. As an artist of color coming from a low-income, single-mother household background, I am able to speak for many in my community from both my experiences growing up as well as express the beauty and hardships of my community’s culture and history. Being able to paint allows me to create for myself but also allows my work to connect to so many from my community. That is the beauty of being an artist, being able to express shared feelings and experiences with your community, where they can also can all take something from what you create.
There is so much to learn, and from that form of inspiration and influence, I create.

RECENT INTERVIEWS:

OkayAfrica:  http://www.okayafrica.com/news/jamilla-okubo-textiles-paintings/#slide1

AADAT:  www.aadatart.com/interview-jamilla-okubo-on-her-cultural-background-creative-inspirations-and-favourite-things/

Portfolio Website www.jamillaokubo.com
Shop my art prints here: http://aadatart.com/product-category/art-prints/jamilla-okubo/

SPREAD THE WORD TUMBLR FAMILY! I LOVE YALL!

*SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASEEEEE*  

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Light panel #selfportrait playing with light!

Light panel #selfportrait playing with light!

Sneak peak of my next self portrait(for my series in the works). #selfportrait #mystyle

Sneak peak of my next self portrait(for my series in the works). #selfportrait #mystyle

One of the 2 books I’m currently reading. “Soledad Brother” is the other(inspired by a post from @social_life ).  Adding knowledge to my wisdom!

One of the 2 books I’m currently reading. “Soledad Brother” is the other(inspired by a post from @social_life ). Adding knowledge to my wisdom!

It’s all good and well to dream, but without action it stays just that…a dream. Book passage from “Assata” #shitthatmotivatesme

It’s all good and well to dream, but without action it stays just that…a dream. Book passage from “Assata” #shitthatmotivatesme

Spotted this small 5x8 digital print and thought…if this is selling for this much I would have really under priced my work.  Definitely rethinking the worth of my work. #paloalto #ca #artshow

Spotted this small 5x8 digital print and thought…if this is selling for this much I would have really under priced my work. Definitely rethinking the worth of my work. #paloalto #ca #artshow

Sneak peak of tonight’s outfit for @cynthiabrannvall ‘s art show!!  #mystyle #kimono #jellies

Sneak peak of tonight’s outfit for @cynthiabrannvall ‘s art show!! #mystyle #kimono #jellies

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guykneecologist:

This.

omfg reblogging till the end of time

Truth

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First image I made(from scanned objects)for my summer class. #printmaking

First image I made(from scanned objects)for my summer class. #printmaking

Art/Goings on in an artists life.