Honfleur Gallery Presents Oluwatoyin Tella SO BLACK I’M BRIGHT#DopeAF

By Editorial Team on February 14, 2022

Fri, 14 January 2022 - Sat, 05 March 2022

Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Talk: February 26 at 5pm Moderated by Risikat Okedeyi
Closing Reception: March 5 from 5-7:30pm | Sounds by DJ Underdog

From the artist:

“Hip Hop is my soul’s motto, where it changes like tenements and ghettoes but I know villages bloom in unborn wombs where my soul’s re-membered.

I am using one of the elements of Hip Hop to pay homage to the lyrical geniuses who have carried the torch of the pan-African. I am choosing to use visual representation of the ‘dopest’ lyrical snippets I’ve come across, but by no means exhausted, as titles. In simple terms, real hip hop was and is an homage to Blackness. Where commercial rap has been devalued to the pointless bravado of over-sexualized deviants, Hip Hop is a continuation of the lineage of African liberation. The lyrics are unabashedly blunt and Black; no pausing, no hesitation, just straight up bold Black reverence. As Black people were relegated to being the untouchables in the global caste system, Hip Hop lyricist boldly defied the narrative of Black as inferior. They wholeheartedly proclaimed its beauty, strength and other worldliness thru their art form.

Growing up in the golden era of hip hop straight from the countryside of Nigeria to New York, I was enamored by and connected to Hip Hop instantly. Hip hop is the need of modern griots to spread the word of Black excellence. Even with some noteworthy artist that are holding the space of traditional hip hop as Black empowerment, it has been high-jacked for capitalistic gain and the pro-Black roots of hip hop has largely been ignored, until now.”

Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday through Friday Noon to 4p
Saturday appointment only