Installation series from ONLI STUDIOS presented at the DuSable Museum in Chicago.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

 The World- Since the launch of the growing Black Age of Comics genre in 1993 the tension between the mainstream and this dream has resulted in many an amazing expression. None are more vital than the two historic "BLACK COMIX" mega sized anthology album books that feature the works , stories, backgrounds and information about the seriously gifted and dedicated sisters & brothers who make it so. there is even a listing of all of the indie annual events that facilitate this movement. 1993 officially put the "Black" in this hybrid of visual & literary art. Now your collections, libraries, living rooms, media centers, classes and companies can better get their Black on! "Indie today: Black Age Forever"! "Black Comix Returns" by Damian Duffy & John Jennings per Lion Forge/The Magnetic Collection.....via Amazon.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Prof. Onli presented the Rhythmistic Graphic Novels and the production, history and potential of the medium to curious students at the prestigious Lab School of the University of Chicago recently. The students had been studying "Afrofuturism" as is appears in the mainstream.  This exchange gave the students a chance to learn about the impact of the prolific work Prof. Onli has produced over the past four decades in the music industry, fashion, fine art, and Graphic Novels.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Prof. Onli often shuts down interviews by asking: "Why are most Graphic Novels & Comic Book collections not as "Black" as most music collections?"

Saturday, February 17, 2018

 "The Azaniac" is a character of Prof. Onli's that has been circulating for support and development since 1992 in Hollywood, Harlem, Bronzeville  & Paris to no avail. Too strong and too Black to link the traditional and the modern in an Black-Afrikan world view.
 Long before the terms "Afrofuturism" and "Afrocentric" were popularized a youthful Onli had established Rhythmism and the expression of the future-primitif in his practice. It was met with aggressive resistance in Black & White art circles who prefer works from Blacks that narrate a salute to suffering and honor the legacy of oppression.
This landmark album cover was created by Prof. Onli in 1973. It expresses unique notions of higher intellectualism in a true Afrikan context.  The visual worlds are catching up to his vision and practices but not embracing this practice with resources.  But this war is far from over!