Having been just named “Best photographer from Chatham” by SouthSide Weekly Thought is focused on still becoming a messenger of truth through the arts. ThoughtPoet is a photographer and writer from the Chatham and Burnside area. Ever since his highlighted works with Truestar Magazine showcasing Chicago's musical talent he has been on a mission to capture and express powerful opinions and perceptions through imagery and writing. His #HeartMelanin portrait series, in progress since 2013, is a collection of emotions; snapshots of the black Chicago renaissance.
ThoughtPoet came up in the Young Chicago Authors (YCA) and YouMedia spaces with artists like Chance the Rapper, Noname, Saba, and Jorge Mikell, all under the mentorship of Brother Mike. His photos show melancholy, and—above all—his love for the black and brown people of Chicago and beyond. ThoughtPoet is the communications co-chair of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and has featured work in spaces such as The Dojo, The Breathing Room, Build Coffee cafe and many more. He has had the opportunity to work with individuals and institutions such as Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan, Dr Cornel West, Chicago Tribune, Essence Mag, The Fader, Estelle, Dreezy, and many more powerful individuals. His main agenda he lives by is to "Screw the logical, continue to dream". ThoughtPoetsOpinion currently lives in West Englewood.
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