Monday, April 17, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Now it comes in a Rhythmisticly colored Graphic Novel from ONLI STUDIOS, Colored by the ever talented Ashley A. Woods.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
He notes the undercurrent of agism that seems to be present along with the issues of not recognizing the presence over decades of this genre, beyond the few musicians that based on a mainstream record deal gets more credit than actually earned. Is the bar as low as a few cosmic themed party songs followed by a drug induced ruined career with no real professional legacy to hire and invest?
Sort of asking......when the patty is over and the school loans are due....what then? That is when Afrofuture meets your future!
Prof. Onli recently retired from teaching and coaching at the Chicago Public Schools but still teaches at the Harold Washington College in Chicago.
Prof. Onli out in Chicago.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
BAG: Kenneth Hunter, Roy Lewis, Espi Frazier, and Turtel Onli. Photo by BAG member Jim Smoote. At the 1972 National Conference of Artists Convention banquet at Howard University. We were BAG: The Black Arts Guild. We shocked the elders and the more orthodox folk there. We were bad and bold! BAG expanded the reach and practice of the then so called Black Art Movement. Our self sustaining guild bonded to insure we would make the transition from gifted students to successful professional visual artists while bringing the power and potential of our artists' culture and innovations to the mainstream. We took that battle to the giant and won many victories. The ever-cool photographer Roy Lewis bombed in on the pix with us. Agism as being too young was a block, then the idea that taking the creative fight to the mainstream was selling out...etc...etc.... The watermelon was our logo. The brilliant designer Robert Esshu Paige supported us with studio space and a sense of cosmopolitanism, Onli is wearing a buba top made from Paige's Dakkabar Collection of textiles. We did win with work with the likes of Essence Magazine, Playboy, Johnson Publishing Company, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Denmark Records, Younger Gallery and our touring watermelon themed art exhibitions. Circa 1970 - 1978.