Judging from the date of this post, I know I am very late. It has been interesting at work these last couple of weeks and I’ve never been this far behind on my project. But I am attempting to catch up today.
On this day, more than 10 days ago, the Creative Sprint challenge was to “Ask someone to teach you something new.” Fellow Creative Sprinter Elizabeth Devereaux asked to merge my theme of Afros with her theme of Hamilton. I had no idea what she was talking about so, of course, I asked.
Hamilton is a musical about Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Mr. Hamilton was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was also chief Aide-de-camp to then-General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation’s financial system, the founder of the Federalist Party (the world’s first voter-based political party), the Father of the United States Coast Guard, and the founder of The New York Post. Mr. Miranda uses hip hop and rap inspired music as well as ethnic characters to play the parts of very important historical figures like President Washington and President Thomas Jefferson, who are both played by African-American actors. Daveed Diggs, an actor and a rapper, plays the roles of the Marquis de Lafayette and President Jefferson in the musical.
I immediately wanted to use his Afro in something as I’ve always used females. I couldn’t really think of anything inspirational so I took his photo from the internet and played around with some filters. And there you have it, for today.