Trill Since Day One With My A-Ones

In a tucked away secluded studio down a long corridor, visitors found themselves at one of the hidden gems of Seattle. Sounds of old school soul and classic hip hop mingled with glasses of wine, unbridled art and unapologetic melanin. This was The Trill Effect.

This was a collaborative showcase between emerging creatives Kamari Bright, Blu the Baqi, and A.O. Hamer. The Trill Effect: A Dissection of Dominoes & Dogma was a multi-disciplinary exhibit examining the Black experience from the lens of three popping ladies. Debuting the short film “Black Coffee” from Bright in conjunction with A Real Grip, paintings from Hamer’s Trap Conscious series, and works from Baqi’s upcoming book, the show was a breeding ground for conversation.
— Kamari Bright

The Trill Effect

It all started from a conversation over dinner between me and my home girls, Blu and Kamari. We were talking about the individual projects we were working on.  The Black experience was the common vein that all three of our works shared. We dived further into this concept even more as we remembered Du Bois' writings on double consciousness related to being Black in America. From there, we decided to share our stories. 

Pigmentacrocy

Pigmentocracy: 
"It has never been a question of 'which side are you on?'; only a matter of convincing myself that I can be both darkness and light"        
-Blu the Baqi (art and poetry) 

A brief look into the hopes, realities, and heartbreaks attached to Black motherhood in response to the highly publicized recent killings of Black males. -Written by Kamari Bright; Producer Atuanya Priester; Featuring Mari, Blu and A.O. 

Ill_AOHAMER

"If I remove my mask, you will see how beautiful I am. But you already knew by the story written in my eyes"  -ILL by A.O.Hamer (prose and painting)

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I chose to highlight my new painting series titled "Trap Conscious". Inspired by my love for hip hop and astrology, this painting series reflects on the dichotomy between the two. The stars and galaxies in my artwork reflect a higher level of self-purpose and understanding. I want to express that this state of self-actualization is still possible for the trap, a "class" expected to be ghetto and violent  . This series strives to mirror Du Bois’ concept of “double consciousness”, an ideology with which we are all too familiar.

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It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.

The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife — this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He does not wish to Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He wouldn’t bleach his Negro blood in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of opportunity closed roughly in his face.
— W.E.B. Du Bois: "The Souls of Black Folks"

I couldn't have asked for a more trill experience. Much love to everyone who showed support whether in person or in spirit. Thank you so very much. Look out for more from the trio, "The Trill Effect".


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