I went down to Houston and the Bowery to check out Shepard Fairey in action, just one day after seeing him in "Exit Through the Gift Shop." Anyway, I was surprised by how many folks passing by in this "hip" neighborhood asked me who he was. The name "Shepard Fairey" didn't seem to mean anything to them -- not even when I identified it with the iconic Obama image. The younger folks got excited when I told them he was the "Obey guy" -- whose fashions they sport. That meant something to them. Gee -- and I thought his name was recognizable to everyone. My reality seems somewhat warped!
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.