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Laolu Senbanjo

On Body Art for Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Identity, Race in America, Celebrity, and More

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On Truth: From Fake News to Living His Truth (“Everything is his Canvas”)
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[We apologise for some challenges with the quality of this video, but we are grateful to Laolu for such a provocative conversation]

Laolu is a Brooklyn based Nigerian born Performance and Visual Artist, Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Human Rights Lawyer and Activist whose mantra is “Everything is my canvas.”  He considers himself a ‘keeper of the Yoruba culture.’  His Sacred Art of the Ori Yoruba body paint ritual (which he created) was featured on Beyonce’s Grammy Award winning Visual Album, “Lemonade.”  He’s graced the cover of the Washington Post, had features in the NY Times, Vogue, BBC, CNN, VICE and more.  His ever growing list of collaborations have been with brands like Kenneth Cole, Nike, Equinox Fitness, and with other artists such as Alicia Keys, Swiss Beatz, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Alek Wek, and Danielle Brooks.  You can find his music on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. Listen to his TED talk on TED.com You can also buy his cologne Bvlgari’s Black Essence featuring his original Art work at Bulgari.com

Welcome to my conversation with Laolu Senbanjo.

Bio excerpted from http://www.laolu.nyc/about/