Monday, November 20, 2017

CHICAGO- "This week we lost a fantastic person, scholar, art educator and visual art deity with the passing of Ms Barbara Jones Hogu. I had an amazing and positive connection with her since 1971 that included collegial exchanges of political insights and shared mutual creative practices along with appreciations. We met at a Black Arts Guild exhibition where she was pleased to learn that at age 18 I had organized young talented visual artist into a dynamic guild.  We called ourselves B.A.G. Decades later she even directed and produced a video document on the Black Age of Comics, called "Telling Our Stories. ( On Youtube ) .

Unlike many other other Black Nationalistic or "fine" artists, she attended the first and many more annual Black Age of Comics convention in Chicago. She saw the whole value of the Chicago-centric Black Arts Movement as it expanded the entire world of the visual arts and related creativity. I, we, her family, the art world will miss her. But we are all so much better for her presence in our lives. " Prof. Onli

Barbara Jones-Hogu was born on April 17, 1938 in Chicago. She received bachelor's degrees from Howard University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the Institute of Design in Chicago. She was a member of the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), the group that executed the famous "Wall of Respect" urban mural in Chicago, in 1967.  An event and influential art form that outlives the recent self-hate induced nonsense of being "Post-Black".

In 1968, she was a co-founder of the artist collective AfriCOBRA.  Named long before the limited trendy term of "Afrofuturism.  She taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Malcolm X College.
Her work is in several public museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of African American Culture and History, the National Civil Rights Museum, and others. Jones-Hogu will be the subject of a solo museum exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, opening on January 11, 2018. She leaves behind her only son Kuumba Hogu. Barbara passed peacefully in her sleep on November 14, 2017.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday, June 09, 2017

                                                        "BLACK AGE XX"  
                                            CHICAGO USA - July 8, 2017 to July 9, 2017 
                                             Creativity, Culture, Commerce & Collecting!

Presented at the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival of the DuSable Museum of African American History. The 20th edition of the original annual Black Age of Comics events. Presentations, Vendors, Signings and more. Connecting Black Art & History – Celebrating Excellence. Free admission! Produced by ONLI STUDIOS, LLC.  Theme: " Creativity, Culture, Commerce & Collecting!" Visit our tent to participate or buy our products year 'round at the Trading Post Gift Shop of the DuSable Museum.  Free Admission

A few images from presenting at the 2017 Real Men Cook Event in Chicago.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Friday, June 02, 2017

 Smart collectors come in every age and stage when the Black Age option is present.
"How Black is your collection?"

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ms Cat exuberantly represented the ever innovative  ONLI STUDIOS, LLC at the recent ECBACC comic-con in Philadelphia.  This gave our growing host of fans and collectors to participate in our expanding line of indie Rhythmistic Graphic Novels & Comix.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ms Cat presenting the innovative ever-cool Rhythmistic Product line from ONLI STUDIOS at the 2017 ECBACC Convention in Philadelphia. Smart collectors were in bum-rush mode to get the limited edition prints of Malcolm-10 illustrated by Black Age great, Eric Battle along with original copies of the Malcolm-10 graphic Novel.
This amazing image tells the tale about the DNA sources that were used to create Malcolm-10. Illustrated by Eric Battle and digital coloring from Jason Scott. Published by ONLI STUDIOS, LLC.