John Jennings consulted on the recent “Fantastic Blackness” show in Los Angeles, curated by Adilifu Nama, chair of African-American Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
Images from Avery Research Center’s exhibition for the 20th anniversary of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” film.
Activist Angela Davis and hip-hop poet J. Ivy. Part of Josh McPhee's “Celebrate People's History” poster series that Jennings says attempts to fill in the gaps left in mainstream history education.
Jennings is a regular contributor to the weekly Web adventures of “Black Jack,” a noir-ish comic. Black Jack, a character created by Alex Simmons, is a black soldier of fortune who lives in the 1930s.
This image is part of the “Matterz of the Fact” series that looks at the reproduction of African-American stereotypes in popular media.
From “Matterz of the Fact.” Jennings says this series looks at the objectified body as a prosthetic of a controlling system. The actual self is represtented by the flesh; the socialized box we are given to circumvent is the metallic part.
From “Matterz of the Fact.” The animal stereotypes refer to the practice of bestializing black Americans by calling them monkeys, apes, jungle bunnies and coons.
“Chore-comic,” a 2011 collaboration between Jennings, Damian Duffy, choreographer Cynthia Oliver and percussionist Jason Finkleman at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Six of Oliver’s students performed as abstracted aspects of the comics medium.
A triptych to support black sci-fi.com
Frederick Douglass for “Celebrate People's History” series.