Formerly Incarcerated Artists Could Win a $20K Fellowship

Given the status of the criminal justice system in the United States, it’s not difficult for someone’s life to be completely thrown off track if convicted of a crime, no matter how much talent they have. The Soze Agency, a national creative agency co-founded by Michael Skolnik , has launched a $100,000 fellowship to remedy this very issue.

As part of “The Right of Return USA Fellowship,” five artists who spent time in the U.S. penal system will be awarded $20,000 grants for projects geared towards criminal justice reform. 

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ICYMI: Check Out This Video Of Celebs Who Want You To Know James Baldwin’s Legacy

Not everyone has seen the new James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro (2016) yet. So, Mic has created a new video comprised of stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Janelle Monae, Lupita Nyong’o, Common, Chris Rock, Yara Shahidi and so many others who want you to “read James Baldwin” and know they iconic thinker whose work lies at the foundation of much of the movement building work that is happening today.

Artist Makeda Lewis on Luck And Her Now Iconic Afro-Feminist Coloring Book

By: L. G. Parker

By now you’ve heard of Atlanta-based artist Makeda Lewis. The 25-year-old multidisciplinary artist’s Avie’s Dreams, an Afro-Feminist coloring book and surrealist poem, has been celebrated by Saint Heron, Nylon, Blavity and more. In its rich pages, uncolored images are accompanied by introspective words that speak to the artists journey as a person as well as Avie’s self-evolution, the book’s central character.