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God’s Playground
I grew up in Anniston, AL during the infamous reign of Governor George Wallace. My family’s history was and still is based in sharecropping in Georgia. My grandfather and grandmother left Georgia looking for something better and eventually jumped out of the frying pan landing in Anniston.
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Joe McNair on Tyrone in Nigeria

Maurice Dennis in his definition of Nontraditionism has told us
"We should remember that a picture -- before being a war horse,
a nude woman, or telling some other story -- is essentially a flat
surface covered with colors arranged in a particular pattern."
My friend Tyrone Geter has infused on a stretched canvas,
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Tyrone Geter: Black!

The Art of Tyrone Geter: BLACK!
The art of Tyrone Geter extends the most important 20th century development in African American visual arts—the emergence of a black figurative tradition. Whereas caricature and stereotypic distortions of black physiognomy defined black iconography early in the 20th century, African American artists rejected the depictions and strove to create a positive, empathetic image of black Americans. Meta Warrick Fuller, Augusta Savage, Archibald Motley and others pioneered sympathetic portrayals of blacks and black life in art. The generation that followed—Lois Mailou Jones, Hale Woodruff, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers, Herman “Kofi” Bailey, and John Wilson—soon produced a robust figurative tradition that elevated how black people saw themselves. By the third quarter of the century, black representation had become effectively humanized and greatly broadened in its purview. Within Geter’s own generation, muscular figurative expression blossomed with the work of artists such as Calvin Jones, Jon Lockhard, Pheoris West, Paul Goodnight and Barkley Hendricks.

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My pledge to me.

As an artist, if I can not create things with meaning and relevants to the struggle of us all,
if my work can not wake the humanity buried by our existence,
if my life fail to speak to that person that is laid our bear by their struggle to survive,
if I take the safe road when all around me is in peril,
if stupidity is my chosen path,
if blinding ignorance impedes my vision of life's realities,
if I die tonight without putting up the good fight,
without speaking loudly about the encroachment of the demons,
Please don't weep for me.
I got what I deserved.

Selfie #1

We all should try to make a difference
but the question is that is the difference that we make bigger than we are
and are we unselfish enough to know if our differences serve the good
or bows to things better left unsaid in polite company.