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I get it from my mama

Sneak preview of my design for Forward Together‘s Strong Families 2015 Mama’s Day card. Strong Families celebrates Mama’s Day by highlighting the real lives and experiences of the mamas in our lives.

This year I decided to create a portrait of my friend Anayvette and her children Lupita and Diego. Lupita is a Radical Brownie and Diego enjoys playing soccer. They are both danzantes.
Anayvette is the co-founder of The Radical Brownies. If you haven’t heard The Radical Brownies empower young girls of color to step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership to make the world a more radical place.
It was awesome to do this project because Anayvette and I have known each other for about 12 years. I was part of a collective of poets and artists called ENDependence. They were the first collective of artists who believed in me…the first group that gave me space and allowed me to tour with them to show my art.
Anayvette’s fierce radical queer mamahood inspires me! 


Against a pink to purple gradient stand a Latina woman and her two children. The mom has long dark brown hair, hoop earrings, and a big smile. The kids stand with their fists raised in the air. One wears a brown and yellow uniform and beret. The other wears a soccer shirt and headband. The leaves of agave or maguey plants are in the foreground. Text above states, “I get it from my mama.”

Reflections of Healing

Reflections of Healing

September 28, 2014

Join me at the Oakland Museum of California for the public unveiling of Reflections of Healing, a large-scale art installation created by artist and educator Brett Cook with participation from…