dear monte lipman and republic records, I know it ain’t always easy being in business w a tiny, italian, hard ball playing, pixie like me. i want to thank you for making me feel supported, for trusting my vision and always doing what’s right. Monte, your loyalty and belief in me since 2010 is so greatly appreciated, i don’t really have words. thank you for not taking advantage of my excitement about my art and always taking care of me. your actions have proven time & time again how fortunate i am not only to be working with the best there is, but with a team that truly cares about the big picture. i look forward to so much more music and many more memories. 🖤 i am so grateful and excited to share this new project w everyone asap. 🌒
Words from a write up. 🙏🏾
Those of you who walked through the atrium in Docklands campus at some point in October this year (that would be most of you!) no doubt enjoyed some of the striking photography displayed along the walls that was put up to mark Black History Month. That photography was the work of Justin Black, a Masters in Fine Art student. "A lot of people are enslaved mentally. You don't understand how strong the shackling of the mind is until it's usually too late. I just want to do a lot of eye-popping things that are controversial, table-talk types of art."
Justin is full of praise for the degree he's studying and those who are teaching him. In addition to his visual arts, Justin is also a poet who writes under the pen name j.a.black. His plans for the start of 2019 include publishing his book 'A KID Called Me', featuring examples of both his poetry and his photography, as well as exhibiting a collection of his black and white photography entitled 'The Sports World Upside' at the Copper Box basketball arena (home of the London Lions), starting in late February.