#NowPlaying at GhettoManga HQ- the BASQUIAT documentary

As a difficult, dreadlocked, black hip hop-soaked painting student at the University of North Texas in the mid-nineties, I was constantly being compared to Jean-Michel Basquiat.  It was incredibly patronizing and irritating, but the more I learned about him, the more I enjoyed the comparison.  But I'm not a huge star getting 5 figures for my paintings, so instead of talking about me, let's look at this documentary about Basquiat that I ran into on YouTube today...

It's always interesting to see racism, money and art rubbing up against each other.  Since his career took place in the eighties, it was a time when people didn't give a damn.  Basquiat's life and work are not all that similar to mine, but his story still means a lot to me.

Anyways, I gotta get back to work, but feel free to comment here, by email, or on the social meteors, and I'm happy to build with you.

Samax Amen is a professional Content Developer, Illustrator and Cartoonist. He is the artist of many great comics you never heard of like Herman Heed, Champion of Children, The Brother and The World As You Know It. He even writes and draws his own comics, like Dare: The Adventures of Darius Davidson, Spontaneous, and Manchild when he gets around to it. Because making comics is hard and stuff, he started GhettoManga as a blog in 2006 and as a print magazine in 2008.

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