ARTivism: Confronting Mass Incarceration Through Art [Video]

Tony Lewis, Jr. is a dedicated community leader, philanthropist, mentor and avid advocate for the under served citizens of Washington, DC.  For several years he has been organizing community initiatives dedicated to supporting those in need. He has used  his and resources to be the voice of the people by creating organizations like Sons of Life that uplift, build and advocate for young black males. He has tirelessly working in the streets using his platform and network (DC or Nothing) to propel the concerns of DC constituent to the forefront.

He is dedicated to sharing his struggles and acting as a conduit for success for so many people living in the District of Columbia, especially young black males and ex-convicts. We shine a light on him because as a true Street Intellectual he is dedicated to uplifting his community through action and empowerment. Along with Mark Thomas, Mr. Lewis has created a new campaign using the visual medium of photography to help share the stories of individuals connected to loved ones that have been affected by mass incarceration.

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07.06.14 | Tony Lewis, Jr Presents “Collateral Damage” A Photo Exhibition


On Sunday, July 6th from 4-8 PM at Blind Whino (700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC) noted DC philanthropist, youth advocate, and community leader Tony Lewis, Jr. will curate an exhibit entitled “Collateral Damage.” The exhibit will feature photos of the “other” faces of incarceration. It will highlight the individuals often forgotten and left to bare the pain of having a loved one jailed. An artistic demonstration, in which both Lewis and Photographer, Mark Thomas of Capture the Capital will shed further light on the impact of mass incarceration on families living within the DC metro area and attempt to tell their stories through the visual medium of photography.

When asked about the reason behind curating such an event, Tony states

“The motivation behind this exhibit was to illustrate the hardship of having an incarcerated family member and advocate for resources aimed to support those people; in particular the children. It is about exploring the mental and emotional anguish that these people experience during the incarceration of their family member who could be their parent, spouse, aunt, uncle, or sibling. These people are in need of resources centered around mental health, education and mentoring services. Incarceration is a family experience; we all do the time just some of us remain in freedom.”

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Fashion Photography: Meet Isaiah Headen of Les Joueurs Photography

DC photographer, Isaiah Headen completed his visual media degree at
American University. With a background in dance theater he combines
his passion for photography and video to energize his audience with
bold colorful visuals that tell a story. His interest in the
versatility of fashion has led him to create Les Joueurs Photography
to shoot editorials for magazines and designers.

“Les Joueurs” which means “Players” in French is a homage to the
French New Wave directors of the 1960s. Their hands-on approach to
filmmaking is a testament to the value of ingenuity and of a cost
effective production. In the same way Les Joueurs Photography utilize
a network of creative artist and models to produce stunning
photography and video with an emphasis on colorful high end fashion
that is affordable. Les Joueurs wants to buildup the landscape of
fashion in Washington DC.

Isaiah and Les Joueurs have partnered with us to bring you a fun instagram contest: SIFashionKiller.




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Meet this weeks featured bloggers: @Apleasing Anna & Genesis! College students with an eye for all things Aesthetically Pleasing

Anna and Genesis of Aesthetically Pleasing



We first ran into these lovely bloggers back in July out gathering Street Intell at the 2013 Naturalista Hair show. It’s seldom that you meet genuinely nice people. They had a positive aura about them that instantly drew me in. And as the universe would have it, I’ve ran into 1/2 of the combo (Anna) on 3 different occasions.

It’s simply been a pleasure to meet them and find out more about their bond of sisterhood. I encourage you all to check out and support their perspective on all things Aesthetically Pleasing.

Who are Genesis and Anna?

G: Genesis is one half of this fabulous duo. I’m a loving daughter, sister, and friend to many as well as an artist, photographer, blogger, music, fashion, and art enthusiast, avid day dreamer, and future world traveler to name a few.

A: I am an average human trying to navigate my way through youth. I am a writer by nature, a music aficionado, internet addict, and an admirer of all things eccentric, cultured, and creative. I have a terminal case of wanderlust and curiosity and share my bouts with this fortunate infliction with anyone who will receive it.

What inspired you all to start Aesthetically Pleasing?

G: We loved the idea of working together and uniting our creative intelligence to possibly build our own brand. Anna and I had so many things in common (fashion, music, politics, etc) it was just natural for us to unite. We wanted this blog to be a platform for sharing our work, dreams, interests. Aesthetically Pleasing has been in the making since sophomore year of high school and is still growing. We love our baby.

A: We definitely realized early on that we each had and similar passions, ideas and that if we combined our own sets of talents, we would be a force to be reckoned with. The blog was a perfect platform for us to showcase our work together and upon really positive responses, we knew we had a great formula to really make things happen.

What are some of the main messages you want to send to your followers?

G: Do what truly interests you. Anna and I innocently started this as a hobby and as we matured and began discovering our true interests and talents we realized that we loved blogging. We envisioned this “hobby” becoming bigger than what we imagined and decided to do something with it witch was a scary yet exciting risk for us. You have to take risks and step out of your comfort zone to realize your dreams. We also want our followers to find joy in learning, sharing, and creating. Anna and I share a passion for a multitude of things and we’ve been able to transfer these interests on a blog. Without our deep interest in learning and sharing Aesthetically Pleasing would have never existed.

A: Be your passion and live vibrantly. When you share your passions you never know who you can connect with. Our friendship is a great example of that but even through having the blog we’ve met so many other creative and inspiring people who have really related to what we do, and that’s a comforting feeling.

Are there any major milestones you’ve encountered as bloggers?

G: I’ve feel more comfortable identifying myself as a writer and blogger. I was nervous about publishing my own writing for the whole world to see. The thought of others possibly critiquing my work and/or intelligence and talent scared me. But in these few months I’ve grown as a writer and feel confident with my work in general. It’s all been a work in progress and I’m loving the results.

A: The feedback we’ve been getting from followers and readers has been great. We put a lot of thought into what we do, we don’t showcase our art to get responses from others but it’s encouraging to see people who respect what we do and really rock with our creation.

Where do you all plan on taking your brand?

G: I don’t think we could fit all our ideas in one paragraph, lol. Anna and I dream BIG. We want to solidify our brand, become household names, collaborate with other talented writers, artists, stylists to create a brand focused on sharing each other’s creative talents and helping others do the same. We’ve spoken about doing several other things in terms of fashion and beauty. Just know that we’re shooting for the stars.

A: We want to be established names in the content areas we write about.Genesis and I are aspiring professionals in our areas of expertise (writing, art etc) so we want this blog to progress as our skills do. We have a lot of ideas up our sleeves that we are meticulously working on behind the scenes. APleasing is not a 2 dimensional concept so we can’t wait to take it beyond the internet and manifest it as a brand, product, and, most importantly, lifestyle.