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Langston's Harlem

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I have included many identical details while leaving some out. The subway 🚇 (6) train at the bottom was created under the idea of the Underground Railroad. The conductor who is an alien character wears a scarf that says H. Tubman. There is a person sitting down reading a news paper that has the headline “wanted” and the alien human picture on it. On the other side of the news paper it says “stop human trafficking” to reflect enslavement back then to what it is  now. 

On one of the advertisements, there is a muted LGBTQIA+ flag to pay homage to the ballroom scene which began in Harlem.


At the top of the brownstone there is a bodega cat fighting a NYC mouse, I think this small detail is my favorite one from the entire piece. It’s just comical and gives the piece a whimsical feel.


And then there are the apple people in the windows 8 of them with intitials that stand for some of the biggest names of the Harlem renaissance. Jean Toomer, Jessie Fauset, Claude McKay, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, Eric D. Walrond , Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. 

They are apples to reflect an earlier piece I made titled black apple and to reflect NYC’s staple Apple 🍎 reference. I also added the jazz player to give that Harlem feel to the painting even more and to symbolize the eruption of music dance & Harlem Power. 


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