Barbara Brandon- Croft
The only female african-american syndicated cartoonist presently
Croft writes the syndicated comic "Where I'm Coming From" in which she portrays twelve women's bouts with relationships and life. It portrays the reality of black woman usually in their light yet personal conversations with one another.
(Published February 12th of 2005)
Although humorous, Croft allows the African-American woman to express herself thru this channel whereas nothing of her opinion would have been known. The woman portrayed here (on the right) speaks of her feelings on "race relations". It is made clear that although African-Americans have made progress in American society, this does not mean that all barriers no longer exist. Croft seems to convey the message that the fight for equality when it comes to recognition for valuable achievement must be continued, despite the popular notion that equality has fully been achieved.
(Published February 11 of 2005)
This particular cartoon is reminiscent of the Mende African's cultural aesthetics that proves to be cross-cultural, as it is reflected in the African American's (Croft's) cartoon thousands of miles away. According to Sylvia Boone in her work, "Radiance From the Waters", she displays the Mende's great value of the child. Although the Mende mother at first has the responsibility to beautify and work for herself before having a child, after the child is born the mother is to devote all her time and energy into the beautifying and care of her child. Nothing else is to matter. Likewise, Croft writes along these lines, only in a different context. Her character speaks of all the fun times she had before having her child, and then brings to light the fact of her responsibility of her child. It is no longer "'Party over here', but it becomes 'Potty right here!'" This truly portrays the black woman as a loving mother willing to let go of any other pleasures so as to support and care for her child. This relationship of the mother and child has always been perpetuated within the cultures of African American woman, reappearing again and again, and in cultures of women of African descent throughout the world.
Recent works of Brandon-Croft.
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