Today we’d like to introduce you to Osiris Booque.
OSIRIS8 known legally as OSIRIS Booque is a black man born from pressure and heat. Raised in an upper middle class, multi-racial home, binary systems have always been both a point of interest and an area of discomfort for OSIRIS. From a young age, his mother was astounded by questions he would ask such as; “If Jesus lived in the desert why is white?” & “If there is more water than anything else on the planet, why do we have to pay for water?” His mother soon realized that although she could give him the basic life skills for survival, his analytical mind needed more engagement and stimulation than his homeschooling regiment was providing. Yes, OSIRIS was homeschooled until the age of 8 at which time he and his mother escaped from the grasp of his diabolical father. Physical and psychological abuse were common in OSIRIS upbringing and from a young age, OSIRIS witnessed his father beating his mother. The cycles of ancestral and generational trauma passed from Black Father to Black Son run rampant in communities of color and this in large part due to The Willy Lynch Letter of 1712 . Put it like this, when OSIRIS’ white grandmother first learned that his mother was pregnant with a black baby, her initial response was “Well you can’t have a black baby… so what are you going to do…”
Please tell us about your art.
OSIRIS is a rapper, a performer, a magician and a fashion mogul. By listening to the downloads of his ancestors (Akashic Records), OSIRIS is able to create new pathways for himself, his peers, future generations, and even his elders to stroll down. KRS-ONE defines an MC as a Master of Ceremony and by paying homage to those that came before him, OSIRIS evokes this spirit of ceremony and intertwines it with a reverence for Sacred Joy. Healing, he says, is the point of this entire plane. Many people will say that the Earth Realm is one for suffering but OSIRIS vehemently thinks otherwise. “A lot of times in this life, I have been full blown upset\hurt by something & within moments I feel joy rushing over my entire being. For years I would keep the joy inside because I was afraid of seeming disingenuous or bi-polar (Mental Health is a big issue in Black American Male communities) but I soon learned that much like the tides, the Sun, and tectonic plates nothing is stagnant. It’s really all about feeling the most extreme part of whatever emotion I am working with at the time” he says… This is evident in his work and his ora. He has one foot in the spirit realm and one foot on the earthly plane.. this is how he creates so effortlessly. If a reader or listener is to take a principal lesson from OSIRIS’ artwork, let it be in the words of Jenn Nkiru that “Rebirth is Necessary”.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I can’t say if life has become easier or harder for artists in recent years. I can with confidence say that with the current political climate and the flourishing rise of consciousness, our eras art scene needs more funding, more public support, and more potent contributions from upper-class citizens. Spaces like City Hall should be used for public revolutionary performances, city buses ought to have local artists curating the prints and fabrics instead of generic designs & our cities walls need to be filled with commissioned murals from inner-city artists (youth and adult of color). I believe that now is the time for art to dance along the arches, windows, and beams of our buildings. I believe that it is the cities job to not only facilitate these spaces but to personally invite artists who have been socioeconomically excluded from these spaces into work. My goal is that we as a people, find a safe space where both art (revolution in action) & capitalism can cohabitate for the greater good of all living species. From my observation, artists today are lacking a collective front. What is our Mission, our Why, our raison d’ etre? So many artists are struggling to make ends meet but this is double-blind. If we don’t make art, we die (internally) and If we don’t go to work, we die (physically). With U.S. art programs suffering more than 30% cuts in funding from 2013-2018, it seems that art is at the bottom of America’s totem pole. If our city truly wants to help, then our city should have a much more active roll in supporting artists of all ages.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Latest project: http://bit.ly/BLACKo8
YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_P6EHpopUt9Fg-9EA34Brw
- Website: OSIRIS8.COM
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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