"The role of the artists is to make the revolution irresistible" - Toni Cade Bambara
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." - Antoine de Saint Exupéry
For Dope Afrofuturist, these quotes have been guiding lights in our brand's journey. We recognize that there are so many possibilities for our future and that we exist in multiple realities. We also realize that we have style and that the aesthetic is important. Our goal is to help Black people the world over, envision futures so enticing and so liberated, that the desire and hope for them propels us into action to build them.
Dope AF was founded by T.J. Dean, a Philadelphia based afrofuturist, educator, organizer and Dream Director.