Artist Jamilla Okubo is using her craft to illustrate the power of Black women.
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[NOTE: This video was originally published in August 2019.]

Raised in Washington DC, Jamilla Okubo uses her art to give a positive visual representation of Black women. Okubo is vocal about empowering women because of her upbringing. She grew up with her mother and grandmother after her parents divorced and her father moved back to Kenya. Okubo’s father came to visit when she was thirteen, and that’s when she became curious to learn more about his side of the family and their culture.

It’s not until she transferred to an arts school in DC that she was first introduced to Black contemporary artists and Black contemporary art. It was then that she realized she could make art about herself and her culture. She started asking her father and her uncle questions so she could learn more about Kenya and incorporate that knowledge into her art.

Okubo was chosen to lead an Art Lab at Apple’s StoryMakers Festival 2019, where she was able to represent Black artists and Black Art. She’s been focusing on African American art, African American art history, and folk tales as inspiration.

Through her work, Okubo is illustrating the power of Black women, while inspiring other African American artists.

“With art specifically… no matter what kind of day you’re having, whether it’s bad or good keep making work,” she says.

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  1. Hmm ? "I don't need men in my life…?" As a father to a beautiful daughter, I'm glad my young lady recognizes my value. It's unfortunate, this woman's father did NOT impact her life accordingly

  2. She dont need no man!! 🤣🤣🤣
    Come on, "guys". AGAIN, you can do art and appreciate yours AND OTHER cultures without turning it into something hateful. Its not at all difficult.

  3. Aw aw aw.. This is actually a good and nice to do. As a creative artist who can draw, I think she is very talebted. It is good for black women do receive upliftment and empowerment, through variety of media, to improve themselves, in all aspects of life. That way, they can possibly, even dispell certain negative racial stereotypes associated with them.

  4. the 'power of Black Women' indicates as though every black woman is as bright and hard working and great as this one, but that's not the case. I just watched a video of two black young women making a scene at a MacDonald's just to get attention, throwing insults and provocations.
    Black women can be either, great or bad, just like any women any men of any color.
    greatness is not limited to color or race or culture.

  5. Very nice style. I was expecting to not like this video but this lady has real talent. I just wish I could buy some of her work… I can't because then it would be cultural appropriation.

  6. I really enjoyed seeing Jamilla's art. And, yes, women are awesome – especially the women who are critical to our own life. There are so many complex stories in each and every one of us. Thank you Jamilla, from Australia 🙂