Waking up to news of the police killing of Daunte Wright, 20, in a town near Minneapolis sent my emotions through the spin cycle. These events are both regular and unpredictable. As a rapid response, I created a jersey design within Instagram’s stories feature. Later in the day I learned that the artist Karine Varga, […]
That headline isn’t clever, but damned if it doesn’t do the job. Journalist Ben Osborne made me comfortable enough to speak in my own language, to cry, and to wax on the talismanic quality of jerseys in my life, and then set it up with a feathery sentence like this: Sports also carry the nostalgic […]
Here’s a short documentary about the Fall Tour I did with Unarmed. It streamed as part of the YouTube Originals special Black Renaissance, alongside segments by Barack and Michelle Obama, Anderson.Paak, Killer Mike, Stacey Abrams, and other luminaries – a great honor. The segment played at the 55-minute mark, directly after a meditation on protest in […]
In the month of February I had my first solo show as an artist at Leon Gallery in Denver. The exhibition featured my work for Unarmed and a few images from my recent travels in the American Southwest. The pivot from ‘filmmaker’ to ‘artist’ has not been as daunting as I thought it might be, […]
I recently created a short, personal documentary about Unarmed for the YouTube Originals special Black Renaissance, which will be hosted by Barack and Michelle Obama. The show streams February 26th.
Unarmed has moved from an online-only art project to a full-time thing over the last six months. Here’s a short essay telling the story, with an introduction to my new collaborators.
There has really been too much Unarmed news to list in a simple post like this, but the big item is that I spent most of October taking the series on the road. Louisville, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver. I had community events in some cities and went straight guerrilla in others. We made the 11-o’clock […]
I wrote a lengthy post on social media outlining the separate but intertwined history of Unarmed with my film 72 Hours, please read it. In brief, I’ll say that having the top cultural institution in Brooklyn stage an outdoor screening of my film – a screening where I’ll also present the art project I’ve been […]
I posted the first Unarmed jersey to social media in August 2013 after Trayvon Martin’s killer went unpunished. That’s seven years of this shit. 14 jerseys, so far. We’ll be moving into production soon. For updates on the project visit unarmed.co.
We installed the full suite of Unarmed jerseys on Lafayette Street between Houston and Canal this past Friday. See pics of the entire run here, or, better yet, head over to Manhattan to see them in person. UPDATE – The SoHo installation was recently covered in Yahoo Sports and Design Observer.