Tag Archives: Ajuan Mance

1001 Black Men #881


I ran into this sharply dressed gentleman and his son outside SoleSpace, on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. I was waiting to deliver some art, just prior to the start of my June art show there. This gentleman was from San Francisco, and his son was visiting from Brooklyn (or was it vice versa). In any event, I did portraits of the both of them, and I’ll post my drawing of his son as soon as its done.

Ajuan Mance

1001 Black Men #880


Another brotha in redwood country. Even more peculiar than seeing Black people in Garberville, California was running into this brother in Willits, a few miles south. He was filling his car near us at the Safeway filling station.  He was dressed in the knit cap, hoodie, and jeans so common to young men in the area. The only difference between his look and theirs was his Blackness; and in that part of California, it really made him stand out.

Ajuan Mance

1001 Black Men #876


I only got to see one film at this year’s San Francisco LGBTQ International Film Festival. It was a documentary called Game Face, and it told the story of two contemporary LGBTQ athletes, MMA fighter Fallon Fox and college basketball player Terrence Clemens.

After the film, I got the chance to meet Terrance, and he allowed me to photograph him for this portrait series. Terrance was kind and humble and wonderfully accommodating. Here’s wishing this bold, brave Black athlete all the success he’s ever hoped to achieve.

Ajuan Mance