Game Changers: The Art of Black History Highlights Varnette Honeywood [PHOTO]

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Game Changers: The Art of Black History Highlights Varnette Honeywood [PHOTO]

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If we’re talking about African-American artists, then it’s only right we talk about the legendary Varnette Honeywood. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve definitely seen some of her work on A Different World and The Bill Cosby Show. The Cosy Show especially began featuring some of her work during the early 1980s. She created the mural that served as a backdrop for Mr. Cosby’s show “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

NY Times reports, “In the 1990s she collaborated with Mr. Cosby on the 12 titles in the series “Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers,” creating the characters and providing the illustrations. The books provided the basis for “Little Bill,” the animated series broadcast on CBS from 1999 to 2004, for which she served as a consultant.

 

 

Honeywood was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 27, 1950. Both her parents were teachers who migrated from Louisiana and Mississippi. At 12 years old, she began studying art at the Chouinard Art Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Spelman College. She founded a black greeting card company with the help of her sister.

Honeywood’s art illustrates joyful and upbeat pictures of black American life. Most of the black art during that time depicted the negative sides about how Africana-Americans are treated while Honeywood highlighted happy moments. She died from cancer on September 12, 2010, in Los Angeles.

 

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