Makeba Keebs Rainey Reminds Us To Fight For What We Believe In

For many, it seems like our society has taken one step forward—and two giant steps back. The news has been bleaker than ever with turmoil, high tension, and civil unrest making daily headlines. There is a widespread, pessimistic consciousness that has seemed to take over today’s youth.

Though it feels like all of us are trudging through an endless night, it is more important, now than ever, that we look to history to remember that there is hope, even in the most depressing of times. As a reminder to keep fighting for what we believe in, InLiquid is proud to present a small selection of work by artist Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey at Chez Bow Wow pet grooming salon. In honor of African American History Month and Women’s History Month, this collection celebrates three women of color who have championed the arts, humanities, and civil rights throughout history. Featuring three pieces by Rainey, Ida B. Wells, Coretta Scott King, and Lauryn Hill, the collection celebrates women of color and leaders from different eras that have defined generations. 

Ida B. Wells, Mixed Media, 18x20

Ida B. Wells, Mixed Media, 18×20″

Ida B. Wells  (1862 – 1931)

Ida B. Wells was a journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist, Georgist, and an early leader for Civil Rights. She led a movement to fight the unjust violence and segregation against African Americans and created an anti-lynching campaign. She addressed these issues in her writing, in which she published the truth about the lynching mobs in the United States, in order to raise awareness to the public and the law in order to stop the horrendous hate crimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coretta Scott King, Mixed Media, 18x20"

Coretta Scott King, Mixed Media, 18×20″

Coretta Scott King (1927 – 2006)

Author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1953 until his death in 1968. Coretta Scott King helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. In 1968, after her husband’s assassination, Coretta Founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauryn Hill, mixed media, 18x20"

Lauryn Hill, mixed media, 18×20″

Lauryn Hill (1975)

Singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the 1990’s musical group, The Fugees. Her album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was critically acclaimed, broke records, and won several awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey is an artist and leader from Harlem, currently residing in Philadelphia. Inspired by her community and fellow emerging artists, she has founded the organization, Black Capital Coalition (BCC). The BCC works to promote visual and performing artists from Harlem through creative collaborations between the public, businesses, and cultural institutions. You can see her work now in person at Chez Bow Wow!

 

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Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism of life. My “Take Any Road Series” encourages the viewer to have the confidence to experience life no matter how difficult or confusing, beautiful, or powerful. All of this exists with an underlying structure of assumptions.
I think we all see the world a little differently and feel our own experience uniquely.  I paint using what all of my senses have given to me as the experience.  When I paint the sky, I am feeling the wind, putting it to music in my head, remembering the smell of the chance of rain, tasting the air, seeing the clouds dance. 
Fran Lightman Gibson

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism…

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony where human-made structures and nature intersect. Her paintings are strongly influenced by the graphic stylizations and compressed spaces of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Kishita’s paintings are in a number of private/corporate collections, including Toyota, Capital One, and Kaiser Permanente. She has participated in artist residencies in New Mexico, Russia, and Iceland and exhibited at the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates and the Museum of Non-Conformist Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. She holds a BFA and MFA from the University of the Arts.
Michele C. Kishita

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Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony…

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony where human-made…

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