The Renaissance Man.@ronalddraper_art

Award winning Visual Artist
The RD Showroom [#TheDraperSpace] Owner
Art Educator
Harlem World 🌎
#TakeCareOfHarlem

http://www.RonaldDraperART.com/

🔊 "The might defeat the flesh, but there will never, ever kill me." . . .

Live in your truth and be the light that guides someone else to theirs. Voice your thoughts and ideas so freely that you liberate others to do the same. Your voice matters, don't ever forget that. You can take me away, but the voice will remain || also: dont get dirt in your eye while taking a photo kids. . .

#RonaldDraperART x #WeAreNBE || #Voice x #BlkCreatives


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🔊 "The universe is listening, be careful what you say in it." . . .

This is the laugh you have when you realize that all the crazy things you used to dream about while painting on your apartment floor are becoming your life. . . . | you also laugh this hard when @justcallmesio is within 20 feet of you 🤣

#Laugh hard. #Love daily. #Dream unapologetically. || @TED I'm coming for you fam. Watch your back in these intellectual streets || 📷: @Dwil x custom blazer: @garconcouture || #BlkCreatives x #BlackBoyJoy


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"I'm in New York now like Akeem and Semi was, tryna get the lobby door open off a semi buzz..."
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New York will either build you or destroy you. To live your life and to also thrive here as a creative, you have to be either super-driven or a lunatic...luckily I'm BOTH.
@AdidasOriginals thank you for allowing me and some great creatives share our stories and thank you for the kicks, these are comfy as sh%t [#TLKS]
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Through #LOVE I can do all things x #RonaldDraperART || Stay tuned || 📷: @cj_photoss || #EssentiaNation x #EssentiaWater


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"Put your seats back, your tray down and feet up...Cause we about to heat up"
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#MOOD: "I'm two years old and I'm already collecting my own art. This Ronald Draper guy better get it together, so when I'm grown, I can brag to all my friends that I've been on Draper's work since 2018, yall better catch up."
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She really owns it, and she has the paperwork to prove it || #RonaldDraperART x #Investment x #BlkCreatives


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"I got a lot of family, you got a lot of fans / that's why the people got my back like the @Verizon man"

Artists will always be society's radical voice || every voice matters, so do the world a favor create your art in the highest form of your truth || you already have the vision, it's time to do the work family

Thank you to @AdidasOriginals for the wall, the #kicks and letting me speak alongside two amazing creatives 💪 | #RonaldDraperART x #Adidas × #NYC x #TLKS


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"My defense level's in the trillions / so if you want to duel / your rocket better be filled up with fuel."
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[Young, Gifted &] Harlem | adj: to shine bright, to live with style, and to contribute to a culture of care
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I'm young, gifted, and a lot of other things, but HARLEM will always fit. I want to make sure that these new young and gifted souls understand and appreciate the torch that they will have to carry someday. The world is in shambles, but looking at these young people and hearing their dreams makes me hopeful for the day they take the lead. Until then...give me your blank spaces and watch me WORK || 3 days, 50+ hours .
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#RonaldDraperART x #BlkCreatives x #younggiftedharlem


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"Build a home, teach a class, start a revolution."
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@blackenterprise: What is some advice you have for other men who want to make a difference? || "Be who you needed when you were growing up. There are too many people holding on to the “secret” of their success because that’s what they were told to do. As people of color, we’re already at a disadvantage in the workforce, let’s not be an obstacle for those who come after us. We all stand here on the shoulders of those before us, so let someone stand on yours and see higher and farther than we ever could." || link on RonaldDraperART.com
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#BlackEnterprise x #ModenMan x #RonaldDraperART


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...for you momma and family / they need to see you shined up / you built a mighty high ladder, let me see you climb up. . . .

Service is the rent we pay for living on this earth. Pay up or move out the way for those who can . . .

Thank you @nyulyp for the honor and distinction, but this is bigger than me, this is for all of us. Continue to live in your truth and speak it from the mountaintops for everyone to hear, we need it || #RonalddraperART x #UrbanLeague × #TakeCareOfHarlem | #spman x #Blkcreatives x #rebirth2018


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"Here's a jewel son / be yourself / quit looking like someone else, get your dignity off the shelf." . .

Love is enough to power you through a career that nobody thought was real, when all you have is $15 to your name and your lights off in your apartment. . .

Love is also enough to give you the power to walk away from anything not meant for you. #KnowYourWorth . .

#Love is, and will always be enough || Dallas, Texas, custom home built by @moredesignbuild || @chadcalebdorsey , you did an amazing job || Also, I dare you folks to find someone who looks this good in a $40 suit...cheers to tailoring #style x #savings [ @alaindupetit is the 🐐 ] #BlkCreatives


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..when you cried all your tears out and one page in your diary can tell you what your year bout / That's a lonely place / my momma said son, why such a lonely face? / Cuz the pressure's on me… . . .

The #WarOnDrugs wasnt just about prisons, it was also about creating reasons for a group of people to look at their own as less-than. Years of propaganda to make us look down on those who have made the decision to turn to drugs. But it's now 2018 there's a new level of compassion for drug users that wasnt afforded to people that look like me || always remember kids... #JustSayNo || America: damnbabywhatisyoudoin? . .

PUSHER MAN x #NOTxNORMAL . .

#RonalddraperART x #BlackLivesMatter x #BlkCreatives x #TheDraperSpace


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Make the headlines, make the front page / wild out in the courthouse...just thrill em / They'll say the boy dead wrong, but I feel em. . .

My people are in prison, FxCK your stocks || Imagine handing in a failing assignment and missing graduation because of it. Then imagine someone else picking that SAME assignment out the garbage and being awarded an honorary doctorate and handed a check. This is what this new weed industry feels like, so pardon me if I don't give a shxt . .

THINK : #NOTxNORMAL . .

Jacket: @garconcouture | great-smelling beard: @scotchporter | Arms: @CrunchGym | #RootingForEverybodyBlack x #RonaldDraperART x #blkcreatives x #TheDraperSpace


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🔊I was lost in the jungle like Simba after the death of Mufasa / no hog, no meerkat / Hakuna Matata by day, but I spent my nighttime fighting tears back || "For years we may see the full effect on the children": The War on Drugs has an almost never-ending ripple effect. So many of us have had parents and loved ones taken from us in one way or another. Drugs took my mother from me and I fake turned out ok. We've found a way to live with the trauma, but at what cost?
Little Child Runnin' Wild

This is why I will always be #RootingForEverybodyBlack || #NOTxNORMAL || #RonalddraperART x #TheDraperSpace x #BlkCreatives
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