"Brad is able to capture in narrative what I believe is a global sense of what Black culture is throughout the world. He really transcended this idea of American borders in that way."
--Shreya Mandal, Licensed Psychotherapist, Lawyer, Owner: One World Mitigation
“His return. to see this sort of metamorphosis. To see this expansion of his consciousness, to see a certain kind of political literacy he's created around the intersection of his blackness and his queerness but through the historical notion of black radical aesthetic tradition."
“For Brad and me to be in a back and forth about how the aesthetic work of poetics works with the political work of justice is us teaching and learning through each
other and really manifesting the kind of collaboration activist work demands.”
—Robert Sember, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art.
The New School / member ultra-red sound art collective
“People know by when I say Brad emotes. At the drop of a dime tears roll down his face. Some folks do it in a very performative kind of way. But for Brad it is what I call the theology of mattering that not only are the people he’s engaged with matter but they matter because they are he and he is they.”
—Michael Roberson Maasai Maison-Margiella, Adjunct Professor, Union Theological Seminary NYC and The New School University / Public Health Consultant , Ultra-red / Senior Scholar in Residence, Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy
The piece that hits home for me is They Crowned Him about the Kalief Browder Story. That was important because of issues like mass incarceration as a new form of slavery and what’s happening now facing Black people in America. He exudes these black revolutionaries that are so rogue and radical and have shifted our consciousness and create narratives In ways that move us forward.
—Jennifer Lee, Manager of Special Program, New York State AIDS Institute,
human rights social justice activist, founder #houselivesmatter
Brad is able to peer into the heart of the human condition and say the thing that is necessary. I think his work is definitely connected to the source and there is definitely something greater speaking through him.
Joel Francois, poet
“Brads work continues to fight for justice. Continues to set a precedent on what it means to be a black man in America, a black person in America and what it means to be a queer person in existence."
—Jonovia Chase, Renaissance woman
As men, we don’t have sister circles as they do. There is no Essence Fest for men.
That we are in community with one another as artists as brothers as men are important to me. Being able to be witness to his journey as a human being as a black man as an artist and to see that through his work he touches people. He heals through his words. He uplifts. He teaches.
-Ian Friday, Founder Sunday Tea Party Arts Collective / Associate Director and Performance Curator Colored Girls Museum Philadelphia / Owner: Global Soul Music