In observance of Black History Month, the Houston Texans have launched an organization-wide initiative aimed at educating staff about the role of notable Black Houstonians and their impact in history, community, business, education, sports and entertainment.
As the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the country's most culturally diverse, Houston's rich history is filled with important civil rights leaders, events and contributions that have shaped the course of Black History, not only in the city, but across the nation.
As part of the Houston Texans celebration of Black History Month, fans are encouraged to follow along with the official team channels throughout the month and learn more about Black History in Houston here and local Black artists' work for weekly Wallpaper Wednesday posts.
Artist: Douglas N. James Jr.
What the significance and/or inspiration for this wallpaper?
This piece is called "H-Town Texans" The significance of this piece was to highlight and celebrate Black History through Houston Texans franchise by using the H-Town hand sign with Pan-African American colors. With the hand sign, I used a crown over it because popular motif most artists used from artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. He's my favorite artist. He inspired me to use it because everything is royalty, we are all kings and queens. Houston is a legendary city so we have to represent royalty in everything we do as a people.
What does it mean for the Texans to feature local Black artists?
I believe that this is an absolute honor for me to represent the Texans by highlighting a black artist to create this for Wallpaper Wednesday. Black Art needs to be highlighted at all levels of professions. Black Art needs to be celebrated more like any other career there is. Thank you for support of Black Art.
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