Black Legacy Chess Set

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In order to offset my Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta post from the other day, I must showcase something positively awesome: The Black Legacy Chess Set by artist Lisa Mathews. As you can see above, this is some amazing artwork! The image above is the “nonviolent” side of the board. The “radical” side can be seen below.

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It’s nice to see images of true heroes like Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Medgar Evers in times like these. We are living in a world where folks willingly put themselves on World Star Hip Hop breaking the law on-camera. As a people, we’ve gone from “We shall overcome” to “Stop Snitchin'” to “I’m about to snitch on myself for 15 minutes of internet fame!” 

To the Black youth of America; let these enduring images to great men an women be a visual testament that says “Do not commit felonies and then post the evidence on the internet. You’re better than that.”

All jokes aside, if I were making a ton of money off this blog I’d commission a set of these. Alas, my financial fitness level will not allow me to make major art purchases at the moment. Once I can, I’d like to put something like this in my dream house. Oddly enough, I do not know exactly what the house of my dreams would look like. I do know that at least one room in it will have a floor where the tiles light up when you step on them like Michael Jackson in the Billie Jean video. Aside from that, as long as the place is clean, comfortable, safe and pest-free, I am pretty flexible on the rest of the details of the ListenToLeon Palatial Estate & Vineyard. Then again that’s neither here nor there since we’re supposed to be talking about artwork as opposed to this excursion I’ve taken to MTV Cribs, the make-believe edition.

Here is the website where the Black Legacy Chess Set can be found. Also, Lisa Mathews’ twitter feed is here, so you can follow her and see more of her work.

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3 Responses to “Black Legacy Chess Set”

  1. Andi 19. Jul, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    This is very cool. It’s amazing (and sad) how we as a people went from trying to improve and outdo ourselves to systematically ridiculing and subduing ourselves for 15 minutes of fame, a few dollars,and a pack of Indian Remy. I need us to stop making it our life’s work to get an entry on World Star Hip-Hop or YouKnowYouDeadAzzWrong. LMAO@ MTV Cribs the Imaginary Edition.

  2. Metraa 22. Jul, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! But i feel a little bad that i dont know who all the people are. *breaks out black history book*

  3. Token 02. Aug, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    This is great. I wish I had 12K to get a set like this.

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