Art Appreciation: Andy Warhol

Featured Image Credit:

I know this is a random post since I don’t blog about art but I’m currently in school and I’m taking digital art design classes and I’m doing a project on Andy Warhol. Ironically enough, today is his death anniversary!

Today marks 31 years(1987) that Andy Warhol passed away from complications of from surgery to remove his gallbladder. He was famously known for Pop Art but early in his career, after he graduated from art school, he went straight into commercial art working with Glamour magazine. He illustrated shoes for them and then branched off into Esquire magazine, which tailored to men shoes. 

warhol shoes
credit: —Glamour  illustration
men shoe war
credit: lustinfashion–Esquire illustration

It wasn’t until 1962 when he created the concept of Pop Art, which was the mass production of commercial good, creating his first BIG piece, The Campbell’s Soup Can: 32 canvas. He DID NOT create the original label instead reinvented it as a piece of art. 

Image result for andy warhol campbell soup


Another famous painting by him was the painting of the Coca Cola bottle: 

Image result for Andy Warhol Coca-Cola (3) (1962)
credit: (1962)

And a famous Marilyn Monroe painting, but it was created after she died.


Image result for Andy Warhol Gold Marilyn Monroe (1962)
Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol

Along with other paintings such as 8 Elvises, Big Electric Chair and many others. In the 1970’s, Andy went on to publish books and went into film, producing 60 films, including some being silent. He was a band manager for the group Velvet Underground, 

He has painted and photographed celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Michael Jackson, Bette Midler, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Jones, AND Jean Michel Basquiat. He collaborated with Basquiat on a photoshoot of the two called Paintings. Even though the art piece did not become successful, the two had developed a close friendship and can be scene in countless photos together.

credit:; “Dos Cabezae”
credit:; 1984
Image result for jean basquiat and andy warhol


Image result for jean basquiat and andy warhol last photo

Andy lived a successful life and will forever be recognized for his contribution to Pop Art, a creative producer, a writer and a friend.


Image result for andy warhol










Mental Health Awareness

Before this month ends…which is TODAY, I want to bring awareness to Mental health illnesses.  So just in case you didn’t know, a few mental health illnesses are:  anxiety, dementia, a few types of depression, ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress, schizophrenia,  and bipolar.

As a black woman, I grew up never hearing about these illnesses in my household. It is kind of known in the black community that mental health illnesses aren’t addressed, until it’s too late. It’s one of those things where you’ll hear “oh you just have to pray about it and it’ll be fine,” OR “they need whooping” OR the famous line “that person is just crazy.” Sometimes people aren’t just crazy, they really need to seek help. In my opinion, a case that may be common but often overlooked is being raised by a single parent. A child could have had both parents in their household and then all of a sudden one parent leaves the house, father OR mother, and that could cause the child to be depressed. Then the kid could start becoming irritable and start acting out in school because of they are sad about the parent leaving the house and they don’t know how to cope. Then eventually that behavior expands to something worse and the behavior is more extensive and troubling; when all along, the child was suffering was depression from their parent walking on them. Even if it’s better late than never, past issues should be addressed so you can grow and learn from yourself.

Rwenshaun Miller, founder and executive director of Eustress Inc, was on The Breakfast Club on May 25, with his former doctor, Dr. Kendall Jasper, talking about his experience with a mental illness. He was hearing voices in his head and eventually switched to drinking instead of taking his medication and eventually was hospitalized. He says that being bipolar can be hereditary (biological)  or environmental (stress); and if there is a chemical imbalance then medication is needed.  He is now better and runs a non-profit organization (Eustress Inc), in which he shares his experiences and encourage others to openly about their mental health illnesses.

We don’t teach our people how to cope”–Rwenshaun Miller

I spoke to two ladies that have dealt with depression. One classmate of mine (who will name Capi) says she grew up with a chip on her shoulder and would be sad, frustrated and show anger; it was inherently a part of her. She would try to mask her sadness and pretend to be happy while in school and she actually started to believe she was happy. She says she would get in little funks every now and then and cry it out, which was therapeutic and then she’ll be good for awhile. She says she knew something was wrong when people around her seem happy and showed good emotion but she wouldn’t feel anything and would even become irritable towards things that use to excite her.  Capi wanted to be happy again and “feel” again so she seek help. She says “Somewhere in the ballpark of 350 million suffer from depression and you are NEVER alone. There is always ONE person in your life who care and will listen. Seek them. Nothing is bad enough to hurt yourself over. Don’t be afraid of therapy or medication. if it helps, it’s worth it.”  Her advice to people who may not have the illnesses, who can be a good ear to listen is “Don’t ever assume you know what people are going through. If something seems off, offer a listening ear. If they reject it, don’t give up on them. “

Another lady who I associate myself with, (I’ll name her Nicole), dealt with “situational depression” when her mother passed. She says her symptoms were consistent sadness and crying and it was hard for her to do simple day to day tasks. Nicole picked up weight and started having dizziness, chest pains and panic attacks. She accepted the fact that she had a mental illness when she would go to the ER, get blood work done and the doctors wouldn’t find anything wrong with her. Her advice for people who may have the illness is “consider therapy and be open to taking meds, sometimes chemically we have to get those happy chemicals moving again. Therapists help you create healthy ways to cope, change your perspective into more positive yet realistic.” Nicole says the  symptoms that you should look out for, either as a by standing or someone suffering are; consistent anger, substance abuse and isolation.

As far as if they both still seek therapy: Nicole says she is still in therapy even though she is better and her symptoms have went away but it’s just a precaution. Capi on the other hands doesn’t practice what she preaches. She finds herself too busy but she says that’s when you need the therapy the most when dealing with stress. She adds that ” There is something about revealing your soul to an unbiased third party, that feels really good”

On that note, I’ll leave you all with this: LISTEN. ENCOURAGE SUPPORT!

D.C. Missing Girls: Abuducted or Runaways? Either Way, Here Are Some Tips on Being Safe.

So there has been A LOT of buzz about the Washington D.C young girls going missing. If you’ve been out of the loop about it, here’s what’s being reported:

The Washington, D.C police have posted on their social media pages about young girls currently missing and they are coincidentally Black and Latino girls. They are saying that there was some inaccuracy in the reports that have gone viral on social media. They’re saying 14 girls did NOT go missing in a span of 24 hours and they confirmed that and what not BUT according to the Washington DC NBC news; they reported on March 25 that as of March 19, they have shared 22 missing people reports on their Twitter page. 11 of which were juveniles and since then, five of the juveniles have been found.  The concern is that they are Black and Latinos girls/women. Lawmakers of the Black Caucus say that “When children of color go missing, authorities often assume they are runaways rather than victims of abduction.”

So on that note, whether or not these young women are runaways or even being abducted, we, as women need to watch our back because they are snatching us up and possibly forcing us into human trafficking. Here are a few tips on how we can TRY to be safe out here:

  • If you are entering  your car at night or even in broad daylight, lock the doors as soon as you get in and check you back seat. It sounds creepy and even something you just seen in movies, but this shit is real. (If someone is coincidentally in your car, have a weapon in your. I have a bat that has metal on it. You can never be too safe.)
  • If you are leaving a friend’s house, via car or walking, have them watch you walk to your car or to at least to the next corner where you can’t see them.
  • If you are going somewhere and don’t want anyone to know, tell at least ONE person, your bestie, cousin, whoever you know, just in case something happens to you, they’ll know where you last told them you were going.
  • IMPORTANTLY, if you have any little sisters, cousins, play cousins, God sisters, etc. who runaway from home or who are thinking about it—talk to them about the safety risk of the situation. They could runaway from home, with the intentions of returning home and they end up getting kidnapped! If you think they are having home issue, TALK TO THEM, because someone always need someone to talk to and you could save their life.
  • If you stay in an area where you have to walk to where you are going and it’s at night or in a not so great neighborhood, you should Facetime, Skype, JusTalk, Tango, WHATEVER, someone while you are going to your destination, even talk to someone on the phone until you get to where you’re going. One thing I saw in Taken 2 is scream out the description of someone who is either kidnapping you, looking suspicious near you or say the license plate number to the person you are on the phone with. I can’t say that that is 100% effective since it was in a movie BUT it can help.
  • Keep a weapon on you; mace, pepper spray, a razor blade, pocket knife, a Taser, etc. If you know or think that you are going to be in a different environment, keep something to protect yourself on you, because you never know if you are going to be outnumbered

As a woman of the black race,  that is currently trending to be the top missing group of people, I am going to protect my self and I hope you, as women, even of different races do the same.

Here is a link of  photos provided by the D.C Metropolitan Police Department  of current individuals missing in the Washington, D.C area as of this year and there are some that have been missing from previous years. All aren’t women, some are black men as well.

Photos of Minorities currently missing in D.C area


featured Image: