Jade Adia

About The Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jade Adia writes stories about Black nerds, mischief, and home. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity, Race & Migration, and a certificate in Human Rights. She recently survived law school, graduating with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. She is the author of There Goes the Neighborhood and Our Shouts Echo.

Charly Palmer is known for saying “Art should change the temperature in a room.” And for more than 30 years, his art has spoken for itself. In every painting, Palmer bears witness to African ancestry and contemporary experiences—rhythmic, visual stories that shift what each viewer believes. As a fine artist he has an innate awareness of documenting the intricacies of Blackness with depth, patterns, symbols, and textures.
By existing at the intersection of creative expression and the Black experience and accepting the guidance of his ancestors, he creates, authors, and magnifies the truth and depth of Blackness. From loose sketches and tight lines to blocks of color and nuances of mixed media, his art manifests in visual expressions to the questions, “What came before?” and “What truth must be told?”
Palmer was recently appointed by the USPS to design the 47th stamp in the Black Heritage Stamp series, honoring Judge Constance Baker Motley. In 2020, he was chosen by John Legend to create the cover portrait for his Grammy Award-winning album "Bigger Love". Additionally, TIME Magazine commissioned him to create the cover art and illustrations for their "America Must Change" issue in July 2020, due to his 20-year expertise in painting on the topic of race. He also designed the cover for the NBA's 75th anniversary edition of the 2K22 video game, and most recently co-authored the New Brownies Book: A Love Letter To Black Families which won the 2024 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction.

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