In 1989, Henry Rasheed Francisco laced up a pair of OG Air Jordan 4 Black Cement . In 1996, he witnessed the 72-10 Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan play against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. In 1998, he anticipated to buy A Tribe Called Quest's last album, The Love Movement, and Blackstar's (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) debut album. Later that year, he bought The Source magazine with Tribe's break up on the cover. These were formative years that led Henry to become a sneaker connoisseur, hip hop enthusiast, basketball player, and later a digital media arts teacher and basketball coach.
Henry studied film & cinematography and photography & design at Antelope Valley College in Southern California. He received both his B.A. in Asian American Studies and M.A. in Education: Equity & Social Justice at San Francisco State University. As the former Program Manager of the "I've Known Rivers: The MoAD Stories Project" at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, he produced oral history projects in San Francisco and Oakland, and a recipient of the Cal Humanities Community Stories and the James Irvine Foundation.
Utilizing his graphic design, film, and photography background, he currently teaches Digital Media Arts and is the head coach for the boys basketball team at Denman Middle School in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). He continues to discover inspiration from the essence and grit of 1980s and 1990s culture, which informs his philosophy, artwork and photography.
Currently, he has taken a pilgrimage to the Middle East, and has captured film and photography footage of playground basketball courts in places like the West Bank Palestine, Taba Egypt, Jerusalem and Nazareth. He is currently working on a new project based on his travels throughout the Middle East. Henry will be showcasing his photographs and an art installation along with other artists in San Francisco, CA at SOMArts May 2018 for BETWEENCAPES. Stay focused for the second half of the game.
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