Wednesday, January 27

ART+POETRY ::: Malcolm, Angela, Martin Rebel

by Edaw Wade
Digital art 2007
Part of original mural painting Detroit 1971

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Featured in this painting:
Martin Luther King
Malcolm X
Angela Davis

ART + POETRY ::: Poem by Speaks Beliefs
you dare define me
mold my reality
predetermine my destiny
rewrite my history
i study your theory
and see your acts
are cowardly
so I scream loudly
and do this proudly
closed fist raised above me
thirsty for freedom
you denied me
and I am worthy
oh yes, I am worthy
and those that
stand with me
fifty times fifty
times fifty times fifty
we REBEL!!!

Words © Speaks Beliefs, 2009. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 25

Art + Poetry ::: MY DRAWING HANDS

by Martha A. Wade
20x24" Pencil & Charcoal on Paper

Poem written by Stephanie Danforth

Fists balled up wanting to explode
Harnessing positive energy with no where to go
Reaching for the top not knowing what to hold
Grasping at possibilities trying to grab the gold
Exploring new horizons, letting go of the old
Passing the baton and relaying what we’ve been told

We go through new doors but we must close the old.
Do not cover your eyes but strive to be bold.
Continue to wipe the tears from your eyes and don’t be sold.
Your dreams are within reach, when you get there, don’t let go.

Twitter: @StephDanforth
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Sunday, January 24

ART ::: Afrikan Mask Dance

by Martha A. Wade
16x20" acrylic on canvas

Friday, January 22

Friday, January 15

HISTORY ::: Happy Birthday Dr. King

by Edaw Wade
Digital canvas art 2007
Par of original mural 1971
Art Prints ::: from $28

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and died April 4, 1968 as an extraordinary man. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, Dr. King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action.

Meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles. In these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience, and inspiring his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", a manifesto of the Negro revolution.

He planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters; he directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, "l Have a Dream", he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Custom Canvas Art founding member artist, Edaw Wade has created many paintings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some grace the walls of the City Colleges of Chicago, and others have been turned into digital canvas art. The mural above shows Edaw in front of his Howard University mural, by Edaw Wade, 1976.

See more murals by Edaw Wade.

Art + Poetry ::: WOMAN POWER

Woman Power
by Martha Wade (@wadecreate)
60x60" Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, 2001


Poem written by Niya Holland

Sometimes, we do all we can.
Sometimes, it isn't enough.
Sometimes, we fall short.
And sometimes, we want to give up.
But a woman's power is never-ending,
Ubiquitous and unwavering.
Witnessing a woman's power can give us all the strength
To brave the course
And wade through a sea of blue
To reach the flower at the end.


by Teresa Brouwer

Women are powerhouses. We can tackle just about anything. We work full-time while being pregnant and we still come home after an eight to ten hour work day and have dinner on the table, kids bathed and in bed by 7pm.

Women are creators. Without women, the human race wouldn’t exist.

Women are your best friends.
The strongest bond in this world is between two women who are the best of friends. Women will always be there for one another no matter what. We are caring, sensitive, and always available for our friends.

Women are honest. Women are honest with themselves and you can count on women to be honest with you about anything.

Women are self-sacrificing. They always put their needs second especially for their children, spouse, and family members. A mother will put aside a pair of shoes she has been dying to have so that way her child could have what h/she wants. A woman will put aside her career to start a family.

Women are smart. Women learn all trades of life from working, playing sports, cooking, cleaning, giving birth, raising children, to holding down a full-time job while taking care of a family.

Women are fighters. A woman’s experiences in life may bring her down, but then will bring her right back up again. She knows how to move forward and she knows how to fight for her life and her rights.

Women are strong, beautiful, and bold.

Thursday, January 7

Art + Poetry ::: BLUE PRAYER

Digital Art 2007 by Edaw Wade
Variation of original "PRAYER" oil on canvas 1971

I'm falling, spiraling, crashing down
To the bottomless void of hell
There's no one there to catch me
My prayers of song,
Offer me hope and solace
But the darkness consumes me
I'm lost, confused, ashamed
For the things I have done

I love and fight for what's right
Yet so scared for what may come
Trying desperately to understand
But the gray haze clouds my mind, the lines blurred
What's right and what's wrong?
I'm falling, spiraling, crashing down
To the bottomless void of hell
There's no one there to catch me
Will there be peace when I'm done?

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