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Malik Seneferu
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Memories of my childhood play a tremendous role in my approach to creating art today. In my early years my mother a single parent lived in fear for my health due to the environmental hazards of SanFrancisco’s Hunters Point district. I suffered with asthma. Therefore, my innate interest to drawing and painting became that of a marriage over sports modeling my pursuit for constant spiritual mental and physical elevation. Having siblings among others as viewers of my work challenged me to go beyond my limitations. I remember my late grandmother a Barber and tailor sewing for hours at her machine after coming home from work. I would sit at her feet and draw on a paper bag with a pen, marker, crayon or a number two pencil.

Art is an absolute liberation of my imagination, a tool I use to communicate and share my “inner-light.” I have regular memories of my childhood working at the local super market, helping elders with their shopping bags. Receiving tips helping my grandmother in her barber shop by sweeping up the hairs to find money mysteriously hidden in large clumps. At the end of each service, those who knew me would say, “Keep up the good work and never stop doing your art.” From this experience, I learned the treasure of focusing during a task. Eventually, I also learned in doing my artwork; I too would attempt to hide treasures.

Living with this artistic expression is ritualistic in act and meditative in thought. Many times in the midst of creating, I experience dejavu. The realization of a single moment is obsolete only until it is captured by a memory of a stroke; a thought or pause for observation that I have discovered represents reincarnation of that tangible moment. Because of this, the very act of creating fine art is imparted with the relationship and responsibility I have with THE CREATOR. “The purpose of my existence.”

I also feel it is my duty as self taught artist to have an internal dialog with the viewer and in many cases the ancestors, for it is here, I find my artistic expression. Fathering my child, serving my community, drumming, martial arts, poetry and not to leave out, philosophy and ancestral facts (history), enhances my expression which captures the Black experience in America for me. I enjoy manipulating water-based paints, oil pastels, ink pen, mixed media or assemblage. Book illustrations, portraiture, and public art projects have brought me closer to my community. The purpose of my compositions is to elevate the social, political, environmental and spiritual issues of people deeply challenged by oppression. This has been my greatest enrapture.

Kenya and Haiti are the places that influence the bold and dramatic colors in my works. Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglas, John Biggers and Jean-Michel Basquiat (to name a few) has inspired my artistic direction. Being an artist and growing up with-in low-income housing projects, surrounded by the early stages of Hip-Hop, had an immense impact on my ability to create freely. Although this bold life style of music, poetry, art, dance, and intense research today seems barbaric. It nevertheless has influenced me to be boundless in my creative efforts to deliver messages of empowerment to the indigenous peoples of the world.
City, State, or Country:
San Francisco (Bay Area)
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Art/Entertainment, Research/Education, Non-profit/Community Building, Health/Sciences, Other
Current Projects or Goals:
Enhance my physical health
My favorite things!
Hugh Masakela
Ancient Afrikan artifacts
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Social, Business, Collaborative, Expert Knowledge, Career Building, Media Sharing, Other

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Lynching: Black Resistance and Capitulation

Posted on January 10, 2008 at 1:52pm 1 Comment

Lynching: Black Resistance and Capitulation

Wednesday, 06 June 2007

by BAR contributing editor Tamara K. Nopper

Writer and activist L. V. Gaither wasn't surprised to discover three Black faces in a photo of the crowd that watched the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas, in 1916. "I was expecting [to find] them," said Gaither, whose new book explores the capitulation of some Blacks to lynchings, "legal" and otherwise. Black leadership vacillates on… Continue


Posted on January 9, 2008 at 4:27am 1 Comment

Monday, January 7, 2008


Black Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement Case.

This little known story has met a just conclusion, as Sophia Stewart, African American author of The Matrix will finally receive her just due from the copyright infringement of her original work!!!

Monday, October 4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel… Continue

Word from the unheard

Posted on September 14, 2007 at 9:16am 0 Comments

FREE from the soul, Free from your last breath, popular unfortunate circumstances of a young black male seems to have risen against our ability to save them. However may the spirit of those Lost Souls, move against those who impose black liberation agian may the spirit of those Lost Souls, move against those in opposition to Black liberation! Black education! Black redemption Black salvation!
-malik seneferu-2002

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At 12:13am on June 16, 2009, Sojournals said…
Same to you...
At 7:45am on April 9, 2009, Kwame Binta said…

Your Art is BAD Bro
At 2:20am on October 19, 2008, Sojournals said…
Hey Malik! Thanks for the love. Share some new works with us.
At 6:21pm on March 6, 2008, PurpleZoe said…
And you as well, Brother Senefuru.
Bless your vision. It is lovely and vibrant.

Have bliss in your sphere
At 5:51am on March 1, 2008, PurpleZoe said…
Peace ^_^
At 5:13pm on February 23, 2008, Sojournals said…
Hey Malik that sounds cool. Do you want to be absorbed or syndicated?
At 4:13am on February 22, 2008, Liberated Muse Arts Group said…
Just sending a hello...I visit frequently to check out your awesome art...peace
At 9:13pm on February 11, 2008, Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke said…
Your page is so wonderful and filled with beautiful art. I love the painting of the yogi meditating. Enjoy your week and month. Peace and Joy, Ananda
At 12:43pm on January 30, 2008, malik seneferu said…
At 1:20am on January 15, 2008, Oba said…
This is anice place to land The African Mothership........Thank You

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