The artist from Lansing shows black historical figures with her brush

REO TOWN – Mila Lynn uses her art to give something back to the community.

For Black History Month, she uses her brush to present black historical figures.

“My project is called Black is King, and basically this project is all about uplifting and empowering the community by depicting or painting black figures with crowns on their heads in this colorful, vibrant way,” said Lynn .

The visual artist works in the REACH Art Studio in REO Town Lansing, a place where she previously completed a summer camp.

Earlier this year she painted a queen and a king piece for a client. Lynn said she had a lot of positive feedback.

“A lot of people told me that they felt very empowered and that it made them happy to look at them. When I got into Black History Month, I wanted to repeat these feelings. And I just thought if I did it with historical people it would be even cooler, ”said Lynn.

She turns the pictures into playing cards and turns them into collectibles. The originals will be for sale and she will make prints of them as well. Lynn says she’ll only be doing 50 of these to make sure they’re special.

So far, she has painted Barack and Michelle Obama as King and Queen of Diamonds, Malcolm X and Rosa Parks as King and Queen of Spades.

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This week she’s working on the King and Queen of Hearts who will be Breonna Taylor and Trayvon Martin.

“Today is actually the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder,” said Lynn on Friday.

“They just fit under,” she added. “They are like our babies that you want to love. It’s easy with the heart. “


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She will complete the project with the Kobe Bryant and Kamala Harris clubs. The original pieces are $ 2,500 and the prints are $ 150, or $ 200 if framed.

Mila also teamed up with her friend Lorin Cumberbatch for a book trip. Cumberbatch is the founder and owner of Skin Studio 211, a spa that does pretty much anything. Her services include hairdressing, hair, skin care, brows, and lashes, according to Cumberbatch.

The duo are spending 20% ​​of their profits this month to buy books that have a black representation. So far they have been able to buy 112 books from WeAreLit in Grand Rapids.

The inspiration for this book trip came from Cumberbatch’s two year old son Kasey.


Lorin Cumberbatch

“I got a few books for him from Target because it was Black History Month. I noticed he didn’t have any books to show in, so I only have a few … “said Cumberbatch. “It’s very important for them to get these types of books. My son really sees himself in all of these books. “

The book trip takes place on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Fledge

You can find more information about Lynn’s art on her website, on Instagram or on Facebook.

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