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Islan Nettles

Islan Nettles


Islan Nettles called Harlem home, one of many American places dubbed "chocolate city" because of its history as a destination during the Great Migration. It has and continues to be an epi-center of black resistance, intelligentsia, and creativity. It is this environment where Islan lived and died that inspires this design. The sticker calls to typography from early 1920s posters that advertised acts like Josephine Baker to Cab Calloway, the bright lights of the Apollo theater and the Cotton Club, and African wood carvings often found in Harlem street markets. Islan wanted to pursue a career in design and to follow in the footsteps of many black creatives in the past and present. 

Illustrated by Precious Blake

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