JOnes Soda x The Chosen Few
In the 25 years of featuring consumer-submitted photos on our labels, we’ve realized at Jones Soda that we have the power to highlight diverse communities and create an emotional connection through our consumers' lens of the world. That’s why we’re proud to partner with The Chosen Few for this year’s Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History celebration! To help kick things off we created this limited-edition series showcasing some amazing black artists who exemplify this year's theme of black style. Bringing attention to their craft on our craft soda is our way of recognizing these amazing individuals and allowing others to consume their story. CHEERS!BUY 6-PACK
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BESA GORDONis a Seattle-born and raised content creator/on-air radio personality at iHeart Radio. She got her start in radio back in 2018 on KUBE 93.3 in Seattle, Washington as an overnight jock. Three years later, she took over the midday slot on KUBE 93.3, and can now be heard on HITS 106.1 in Seattle, JAM’N 107.5 in Portland, B95 in Fresno California, V101.1 in Sacramento California, and 102.3 The Beat in Austin Texas.
Besa also has a weekly Pop Culture TV show called “Rewind With Besa” that can be seen everywhere you watch Converge Media.
DRAZE, also known as Dumi Maraire, is the complete hip hop artist, a songwriter, producer, emcee, and musician. He was born and raised in Seattle within a renowned musical family from Zimbabwe. Draze is most known to the Northwest for anthems like "The Hood Ain't The Same & "Irony On 23rd,"songs which highlight the impacts of Gentrification in Seattle. Draze’s upcoming album “African American” blends hard-hitting beats with the traditional sounds of Zimbabwe to create a fresh sound he calls Ancestral Art. Draze has recently become one of the most sought after television songwriters in Hollywood. With more than 200 placements on commercials, television shows and films his placements resume includes Inventing Anna (Netflix), The Masked Singer (Fox), Love & Hip Hop (VH1), NFL Network/ESPN SportsCenter, Empire (Fox), Ballers (HBO), Who Killed Sara (Netflix), All American (Netflix), and several others.
CREATIVE LOUAKA Damon Brown says, "As a multidisciplinary artist, I have always had a passion for art. My creative drive was fueled by community, exploring different styles and mediums, which opened my mind to the limitless possibilities of artistic creation. This drive for knowledge and techniques taught me how combining color, shape, story, and texture can create something vivid and impactful. This knowledge has allowed me to blend my love for classical art and illustration, resulting in a unique style."
DAMICO PARKER SR.is the founder of Two-O-Stitched and says, "Being raised in the HIPHOP culture I’ve been a BBOY since day one. Tagging and doing graffiti as a youth and always trying to look the flyest. Under the heavy influence of my cousin Solo Doe aka Dorian Dinish, I’ve always had a keen sense of fashion, in particular find crafted garments. Starter coats, fitted caps, suade pumas., shelltops,fat laces etc. It was in those youthful years that embroidery work caught the eye and attention of the flyest BBOYS. If you were to have a garment, you would want it to be of some sort of stitch work to separate yourself from the masses. So it made sense on our eyes to start our own company and provide people with high quality custom embroidery."
ERIKA WHITEowner of Fat's chicken and waffles located on MLK and Cherry in the historical Central District. Fat's has been serving New Orleans influenced soul food, good music and a great vibe since 2015 continuing the legacy of past soul food restaurants that have resided in this location.
JAZMIN RICHARDSis the CEO, and founder of Blk Sunflower. She launched Blk Sunflower, April 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic but is not new to entrepreneurship. She took everything she learned from multiple business ventures and combined that with her degree in Accounting & Marketing, creative vision, and drive to propel Blk Sunflower into the luxury candle market quickly. She now uses her platform and knowledge to help other business Start, Elevate, and Grow through Blk Sunflower Business Academy.
The Chosen Few and MoPOP invite you to the 10th annual Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration. Gather with artists, community leaders, and tastemakers as we honor and revel in the Black experience through hair, clothing, music, and dance. Through the Eyes of Art returns the focus to Northwest lives and communities. There will be featured DJs, performances, an artist alley, a hair and fashion show, and a special MoPOP pop-up exhibit.