Temi Coker Makes Magic for #BlackFutureMakers
After a historic (and incredibly turbulent) year that included everything from social unrest to the start of an ongoing pandemic, when it came to this year’s Black History Month, mobility and broadband giant AT&T decided to pay homage to Black leaders and those shaping the future with the launch of Black Future Makers.
Created to celebrate the dreams and the future made possible by more than 400 years of Black American history, the series has featured and highlighted current Black history makers, such as Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, an honoree recently acknowledged for her revolutionary work in using laser technology to combat cancer cells.
Joining the growing ranks of innovators making history of their own is multidisciplinary artist Temi Coker, who recently used his creative talents to highlight fellow Black Future Makers through a carefully curated visual campaign. “When I was first approached by AT&T about the project, it was like a dream come true because last year I wanted to do something like this, but COVID pushed my plans back,” he says.
On a mission to continuously honor and uplift the Black community via illustration and photography, Coker worked to create the visuals for AT&T’s “Dream in Black” campaign video and produce portraits of all 28 Black Future Maker honorees. “I was tasked to be the design lead for this campaign and create key art, and I knew I wanted a Black woman as the cover. So I reached out to my wife (photographer Afritina Coker) and a friend to use an image from a shoot they’d recently done.
“Once this key art was done, I was then tasked with making different backgrounds for the ‘Dream in Black’ campaign video. The idea was to make several vibrant backgrounds to help promote each individual in a way that honored them, was life-giving and bold,” Cooker explains.
Read this story in full at Blavity | March 2021