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Talented Black Artists Cashing In On #Takeaknee NFL/ Donald Trump Controversy

Black Artists

Many Black artists are using the controversial NFL protest and President Trump’s recent verbal attack on NFL players, not only to bring attention to their work, but to bring revenue to their businesses. Several have painted beautiful canvasses illustrating their perspective on the issue, and some have even taken it further than that.

In addition to canvasses, some are also producing t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and baseball caps. And although most of the apparel designs don’t have any text, there is still a visual message of Black pride and solidarity.

When Opportunity Knocks…

It all started when Colin Kaepernick, who was at the time the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began kneeling when the national anthem was played before each game. He became a hero among African Americans when he boldly told reporters, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Almost immediately, artists across the country saw this as an opportunity to showcase their talents!

One artist from Philadelphia, PA, who goes by the name of Art God and Da Real Icon, has most notably designed and created a bomber jacket featuring a beautiful illustration of Colin Kaepernick. It quickly became one of his most popular selling items.

Since then, he has followed up with a canvass of both Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick, which is also gaining popularity.

Another artist, Demar Douglas from Rialto, California, also has a popular design that has gone viral on social media. He too is selling an illustration of Colin Kaepernick on high-quality 100% cotton t-shirts.

But there are perhaps hundreds more talented Black artists cashing in on the concept in different cities, and why not?

To see more artwork from Art God, visit his official web site at

To see more artwork from Demar Douglas, visit

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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