Interview with Venice Artist Kwanza

By Rex Butters

Beachhead: What women have been most influential in your life?

Kwanza: My mom and my daughter have probably been my biggest influences in my life. Outside of that, probably Maya Angelou, Maxine Waters, Oprah Winfrey. Varnette Honeywood has been a big influence in the arts, and Barbara Weston. My mom and my daughter for their strength and their faith. Oprah Winfrey has been a big influence for her success and what she’s done for people around the world. Maya Angelou for her beautiful words and poetry, and the strength she represents in single women who bought land here in the Baldwin Hills area, and the Venice area, and the Santa Monica/Palisades area. Those women, those are my idols. If you could see where they came from and what they acquired, how they preserved themselves in life. They were beautiful, they were generous, they were kind, they were strong. Those are my idols, I hope I’m doing them right.

Posted: Thu - March 1, 2007 at 02:23 PM