What’s up everyone! Ralph “The Perennial Aesthete” is here. With Avengers: Endgame being all set to shatter our senses, toy with our emotions and guaranteed to run rampant at the movie box office this weekend. There couldn’t be better time to be a comic book enthusiast or a superhero movie fan. In relation to that, I want to take a moment to pay homage and wish the late great Michael Layne Turner a very happy belated birthday. His birthday was this past Sunday, April 21, 2019.Continue reading “Artist Spotlight: Remembering Michael Turner, Comic Book Creator (24 Iconic Art Images!)”
Nipsey Hussle: A rapper, entrepreneur, community activist, father, and a source of inspiration.
Hey good people. Ralph here. After completing my workday at my freelance gig, I hopped on the A-train to travel up to Harlem. I stuck my headphones in my ears and selected my own curated list of favorite hip hop tracks. I hit the shuffle button on my trusty iPhone XR and ironically, the first song that came on was Nipsey Hussle’s “The Weather (feat. Rick Ross & Cuzzy Capone),” from the 2013 Album, “Crenshaw.” As I sat there on the train, listening closely and intently to the lyrics of the song, my eyes began to water. I repeatedly kept asking myself, “when will this shit stop?” It made me think of friends I grew up with and people that I personally knew, who’s lives were tragically lost due to bruised egos and unsettled beefs.Continue reading “Rapper and Philanthropist Nipsey Hussle: A Reflection of His Life’s Journey”
You have any fun plans to hang in Brooklyn, NYC this weekend? If so, be sure to stop by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Sunday, February 10, 2019 and check out the second annual Black Comix Expo at BAM. The event that begins at 11am, is a celebration of comic book artists, comic book writers, illustrators, cosplayers and black superheroes. The expo, which is co-presented by BAM and The Black Comics Collective, bring fans of comic books, graphic novels, comic art and sci-fi enthusiasts a day filled with panel discussions, workshops, cosplay and more, with the intent on promoting diverse new talent and representation within the comics industry. The event is free and open to all ages, but be sure to arrive early because gaining entry is first come, first serve.Continue reading “Brooklyn’s BAM Black Comix Expo Celebrates Comics Diversity”
Hey good people, Perennial Aesthete here! It’s that time of year again in NYC. Happy New York Fashion Week! Since its inception in 1942, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has been one of the largest events in the world that showcase the fashion collection of designers from all over the world. Along with shows in Milan, Paris and London, it’s a mainstay of the “Big 4,” where industry titans like Givenchy, Prada, Chanel and Burberry unveil high-end, prestigious collections at the illustrious semi-annual event (February and September) which each time around, it’s the hottest ticket in NYC.Continue reading “NYFW 2019: A Quick Perspective On New York Fashion Week”
This was tough for me to come up with a selected number of black prominent figures in the course of history, pioneers and ground breakers, who not only had a positive influence on the black community, but as well as the rest of the world. Even as an African-American sits in powerful positions at more than any other time during the history of our nation, we have to ask ourselves, are we still in a crisis?
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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Even though we’ve made great strides history when it comes to completely abolishing racism, bigotry, and YES, slavery—which unbelievably continues to exist in this day and age, there’s insurmountable evidence that we have so much work left to do. I want to thank you Dr. King for your dedication and sacrifice to help humanity continue to rise and inspire the next generation of people for the greater good. It is truly up to us to set an example as greatly as possible so that our children won’t be lost.
In honor of MLK Day, I took some time and effort to share some of my favorite full-color photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in hopes…
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What’s up blerds?! Ralph “The Perennial Aesthete” Gilmore is here. Another exciting year has come to a close as The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York City, invited comic book fans of all ages to participate in it’s 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival (Official Hashtag: #BlackComicBookFestNYC.) The festival was held on Friday, January 18 from 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., in which both days was free and completely opened to the public.Continue reading “The Schomburg Center’s 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival: Best Photos”
I believe that there are three sides to every story; there’s one side, there’s the opposite side and there’s the side that God only knows. After watching the Lifetime documentary, ‘Surviving R. Kelly,” it’s crystal clear to me that we have failed our black girls and black women. At first I was hesitant on watching the docu-series, but I ended up doing so. As a result of that, I found it appalling, shocking, confusing and grew even more concerned about the grim reality of today’s society. When it comes to subject matter such as this, it’s important that we use the power that we have in the creativity we possess. Whether it’s through my skills as an artist, writer or designer, I aim to consistently take full advantage of my talents to either inspire someone, spark positive conversations or help someone with the knowledge that I have.Continue reading “‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Is A Stark Reminder To Protect Our Young Black Girls”
Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia from time to time. I think at this point, most of us are aware of a widely used acronym on social media called, “TBT,” which stands for Throwback Thursday. Throwback Thursday is the name of a weekly social media posting trend or popularized hashtag that people from all over the world use online—specifically on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, to share and look back fondly on some of their favorite memories—hence the “throwback” theme. With that being said, I want to share a proud moment of mine in which an article was written about me in the oldest Black newspaper in the country, The New York Amsterdam News.Continue reading “Ralph Gilmore: Father, Artist and ‘Mayor of Harlem’ (Circa 1/6/15)”