BOOKS: Grillin' and Chillin' With Frank151

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"Pride With No Colors"
The New York-based but globally-minded youth/urban culture multimedia brain trust known as Frank151 is out with #18 in its series of eponymous quarterly mini books. This issue, guest art directed by Daks, aka "Dirty Doktor D" for the Dungeon Family — don't you wish you had a handle like that? — focuses primarily on Atlanta and features a foreword written by self-described "big, white rapper from the rural depths of Georgia" Bubba Sparxxx. Features in #18 include a look at Eddie's Gold Teeth, billed as Atlanta's top dental goldsmith, who has created "removable grills" for Lil' John, Nas, Kelis, Flavor Flav, Ludacris and 2 Live Crew, among others (see the PDF). The cover, seen here, sports a "decolorized" Confederate flag, part of a "pride with no colors" concept, according to Frank151, "which reflects the ongoing struggle of many of Atlanta's progressive-minded artists and thinkers toward the ideal future." In the words of Sparxxx, "The New South is by no means a present-day reality, rather a hope for the future. The New South, which began with racial and economic prejudice, will evolve beyond all preconceived notions and stereotypes generally associated with the way of life below the Mason-Dixon Line." Besides images from #18, the PDF showcases covers and spreads from earlier editions of the mini books. See www.frank151.com for more.
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