Present in most people is an assumed innate need to be involved in things current and relevant. Trends and fads are craved and are swallowed up, serving their purpose while they last. Like, MySpace, or Iggy Azalea? What? Who? Point and case. So, we yearn and we continuously crave something filling, something consumable but more-so sustainable. WAUL confidently declares that we have finally found not something, but a group of people that are committed to providing that which will do more than fill a gap in your tooth. Renowned Art Worldwide (RAWW), LLC, a group of Visual Artists, Poets, Musicians, and Entrepreneurs, have boldly stepped into the long vacant booth, removing the suffocating suit and tie and has emerged as our heroes. The people that RAWW cater to are a proud community of ambitious, outspoken individuals, ‘creatives’ and entrepreneurs. RAWW has effectively removed the muzzle and manacles, offering a much needed outlet for a generation deprived, representing an unoppressed guiding-hand for those seeking substance rather than fad.
Today marks a week since RAWW lifted the curtain and revealed to us the long awaited event, The Blvck Show. The showcase, purposefully curated to highlight black businesses [entrepreneurs, Visual Artists, Indie Music-Artists and Spoken Word Poets] was successfully orchestrated. The show strategically took place on Black Friday—a day otherwise set aside for indulging in consumerism. RAWW’s boisterous call-out was eagerly answered by both supporters and those feverishly longing for the opportunity to present their refined products to a seemingly adrift community.
The walls of LightSpace Studios, though lightly sprinkled with art, were remarkably decorated by pieces from Symone Wong, Melissa Sutherland, Mark Godoy Jr. and KATU. Expectations of stifling ‘blackness’, or the fear of under-utilization of the provided platform was thankfully put at ease upon reviewing the unconstrained artistic themes displayed by the participating artists. The evolutionary concept of self-exploration, heavily exhibited in the paintings by Symone Wong and Melissa Sutherland, allowed an intimate view of the artist’s perception of themselves. KATU whisked us off to her intergalactic journey, a world of neo-soul not experienced by many, and an unorthodox but beautifully presented view on a woman’s love. The Blvck Show, however, unapologetically encouraged participants to stir conversation, preserve memories and keep heavy the names of those tragically martyred.
Avoiding the easy pitfall of staid exploitation of “black adversity,” Mark Godoy Jr. brilliantly put to use his abilities with illustrations of Trevon Martin and Alton Sterling, victims arguably exterminated by conditioned ‘White America’. It is the artist’s hope to “switch the dialogue” from hate and to focus on humanization of lives—Black lives, until, as he put it, the chant of “All lives Matters” is felt spiritually, genuinely uttered by not just those of a lighter shade, but by a healed society.
With the audience in its palm, the beautifully decorated studio filled with beige and brown faces alike, RAWW successfully unleashed a talented batch of entertainers (Fidzo, JYard, Wongtune$, and Army). Our refined palates, literally activated by Indulces Black Cake and Banana bread, were further coated by poetic treats from Spoken Word artists Renowned Roc, Kyra Hall, Paul Anthony, Oscar Bruce and Jahzeel Campbell, who collectively seared into our minds a powerful message of cultural evolution, longevity and awareness.
Presumptuously, WAUL speaks for those who witnessed the The Blvck Show. We are somewhat motivated to burst out in Negro spirituals, not due to overwhelming blackness, but because of compelling pride. Insubstantial content or vessels will no longer suffice. Instead, we, our people, us, harmoniously bellow this sophisticated lyric: “We woke.”
Thank you, Renowned Art Worldwide.