Where the Carpet Is Purple and the Skin Is Darker Than Blue

A meditation on black art and representation

Photos courtesy of the author.

The father holds another trumpet at his hip, waiting for his cue to enter symphony with the little black boy who looks just like me.

I wanted every part of these paintings to slither off the wall and wake up with that purple carpet in their eyes, like family multiplying before me.

Jaylen Strong is a seeker, a body that breathes, a companion to truth, and an arbitrator of love.

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