The 4 Pages | 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape anthology series is a celebration of where true diversity exists in this industry. Curated by Griot Enterprises publisher Jiba Molei Anderson(The Horsemen), this anthology celebrates the work of BIPOC creators from mainstream to independent, webcomics to print media and everything in-between.
“In February 2014, I was invited to take part in a roundtable discussion on a podcast,” Anderson begins. “During that time, an almost annual discussion began on social media where many fans were clamoring for some sort of unified front. “Why don’t we have a new Milestone” or “We need some sort of magazine to let people know about us” were some of the most common statements. “
“We brought that topic up in the roundtable. We discussed the logistics and perceived difficulties of putting something like that together. I was the one who said that all one needed was the connections to the various creators in the game, the wherewithal to bring all these diverse personalities together, the technical and marketing acumen to create the product and a certain lack of ego to play a bit of a back seat in order to push the movement forward…”
“And, since I opened my big mouth, I knew that I had to be the one to make this thing happen…”
The Kickstarter for Volume 06 – The Feel was a huge success achieving over 250% of our initial goal! Creators the likes of Sheeba Maya (Cover Artist and Visual MC), Crystal Gonzalez (In The Dark), George Gant (Beware of Toddler), Javier Cruz Winnick (The Learning Curv), Jamal Yasseem Igle (Molly Danger), Kofi Bazzell-Smith (Rabbit and Toad), Jahni Kwatrae (Kubadillisha), Alan Saint Clark (Kung Fu Devil), Moana McAdams (The Adventures of Nakoa and Nohea), J.M. Hunter (I Met The Sun), Ronnie Dukes & Elvira Carrizal-Dukes (A.W.O.L.), Dedren Snead (Sorghum and Spear), Mason Easley (Visual MC), Tony Kittrell (Soulmates), Albert Morales (Samurai Señorita), Michael Norton Dando (Literary DJ) and Amber Denise Peoples (Visual MC) got on the mic to show the world that they had bars!
Volume 07 – Mass Appeal promises to continue the tradition of The Cipher! This volume will include creators Blossom Blair (Cover Artist and Visual MC), Newton Lilavois (Crescent City Monsters), JayDee Rosario (Interceptor), Bradley Golden (Victoria Black), Keef Cross (Day Black), Marcus Roberts (Literary DJ), Ryan Francis (Shirley’s Day), Lance Tooks (Aesop’s Fables), Corey Davis (Jetboy), Daimon Hampton (Be_Come), Brian J. Lambert (Justice), Giselle “FunkyPunkNYC” Bradshaw (Visual MC), and Sean Hill (Visual MC), who wanted to show the world that they got bars!