September 26, 2023

Episode 04 Exploring Expressions of Black Love with Sydney James

In this episode, we ride into a conversation with Sydney James. Fine arts painter and muralist Sydney G. James is a girl proudly raised in Detroit. With a BFA from the College for Creative Studies and a background in commercial art, James is a figurative artist whose bold brush strokes have humanized Detroit’s industrial skyline. 

Not limited to one dimension, Sydney’s artwork can be found in private collections, galleries, museums, or on a pair of shoes. Her visual narratives project the complex realities of Black women while interrogating the concepts of safe spaces and community care.

 A 2017 Kresge Arts Fellow and a dedicated mentor, Sydney is also the co-founder of BLKOUT Walls, a biannual street mural festival that elevates Black artists and stimulates the city’s creative economy.  


In this episode, we talk about: 

  • Black Love
  • Girl with the D Earring
  • BLKOUT Walls Street Mural Festival
  • Empowerment



  • Sydney James




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