from my sketchbook: black love day

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So, there’s this website called Dabbled. Dabbled is maintained by an artist that calls herself “Dot.” Currently, Dot is running the “The second annual Dabbled Black Heart Anti-Valentines Day Contest “. You can read all about it here, but the basic deal is to create something (illustration, craft, etc) that conveys the opposite of Valentines Day. I was looking for some inspiration, when my son told me about a holiday called “Black Love Day”.

“Black Love Day” has been celebrated on February 13 since it’s inception by Ms. Ayo Kendi in 1993. Black Love Day is meant to serve as an alternative to Valentine’s Day. BLD, as it is also called, is meant to be a celebration of all Black relationships — from self-love first to love for the family to love for the community & the race to finally love for The Creator. Instead of the trademark colors of red & pink for Valentine’s Day, people should wear or display the color purple for spirituality or black which is the blend of all of the colors.

I figured if Black Love Day had its own version of Cupid, it would have to be Barry White. Ooooooooooooooooooh, yeah.




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