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Welcome to My Creative Roots! A month-long inspiration series celebrating Black icons and influences. Each week this February, teachers reflect on the creative legacies of Black artists in exclusive new work. They’ll share their personal projects inspired by these icons, and invite you to create along with them. Sign up to receive the stories and prompts right to your inbox.

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Letterer and illustrator Gia Graham finds inspiration in James Hemings, an influential but often overlooked American chef, who was a slave of Thomas Jefferson and the first American to train in France as a chef. See how he’s influenced her work, then create and share your own project. 
Letterer and illustrator Gia Graham finds inspiration in James Hemings, an influential but often overlooked American chef, who was a slave of Thomas Jefferson and the first American to train in France as a chef. See how he’s influenced her work, then create and share your own project. 
This week, street photographer Steve Sweatpants explores the influence visionary Brooklyn photographer Jamel Shabazz has had on his own refined-yet-raw work.  
This week, street photographer Steve Sweatpants explores the influence visionary Brooklyn photographer Jamel Shabazz has had on his own refined-yet-raw work.  
This week, self care practitioner, teacher, and wellness advocate Yasmine Cheyenne introduces us to the many multitudes of Dr. Maya Angelou. 
This week, self care practitioner, teacher, and wellness advocate Yasmine Cheyenne introduces us to the many multitudes of Dr. Maya Angelou. 
This week, photographer Eva Woolridge invites us to explore Black femininity and identity through the works of Simone Leigh.
This week, photographer Eva Woolridge invites us to explore Black femininity and identity through the works of Simone Leigh.