Travel ban inspires artist to speak up against discrimination
A former human rights lawyer turned artist is throwing himself into the current immigration conversation across the nation through his art.
President Donald Trump's immigration ban that affected seven Muslim-majority nations was a muse for Laolu, a native of Nigeria, who has lived in Brooklyn for three years.
He has created shirts that have been worn at recent marches and rallies that spread awareness of immigrant discrimination.
Laolu also creates art he calls "Afromysterics" that tap into African mythology and culture. He has designed sneakers, bags and sculptures.
While the artist told News 12 that his work has always had a political message, he believes it is important for artists to speak out against injustice.
"We have to speak up for those who can't speak up and that is why art is our job," says Laolu.