Artist Bio

Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey is a Harlem native inspired by her community, family, and fellow emerging visual and performance artists. She is the founder of Black Capital Coalition (BCC), which promotes both visual and performance artists through creative collaborations between artists, businesses, and cultural institutions. For the past 4 years, Makeba has created digital portraits/paintings of some of the many individuals she has worked with as part of her popular “All The People I Know” series. She has further explored digital media through the creation of digital collages inspired by influential African American icons throughout history. The Africa, America series is meant to showcase the many multitudes of a “race.” Most recently, Makeba created a group of street signs as a tribute to her grandmother called “Ma Luv Blvd.” Ma Luv was a street vendor on 125th for over 30 years. She served as a surrogate mother for Harlem youth from her post across the street from the Apollo. Her words served as wisdoms to help others navigate the changing Harlem landscape.