Since 1996, Young Guns has been an elite portfolio-based competition that takes the profiles of young creative professionals already on the rise and helps elevate them even further. And while the program has made major strides since the days of being jokingly thought of as an award for "extremely talented white designers and illustrators from Williamsburg", there's always room for more diversity.

Enter COLORFUL: A Prelude To Young Guns 19. Ahead of this year's Young Guns competition, we teamed up with acclaimed first-generation Filipinx designer and Young Guns 8 winner Rich Tu to co-found a free portfolio competition and a grant exclusively for young BIPOC creative professionals who qualify for Young Guns — they just haven't entered and won it yet.

After receiving submissions from across the globe, a jury made up of 11 BIPOC creative superstars — all previous Young Guns winners themselves — went over every single entry, grading them not only on the strength of their work but also on how they intend to use the $3000 creative grant, should they win. Afterward, the jury convened to discuss and debate which entrant stood above others as the overall winner of the grant, as well as assemble a class of finalists. The winner and the finalists will all be welcomed to enter YG19 completely free of charge, with the confidence that comes with knowing they've already impressed a jury that knows exactly what it takes to win Young Guns.

COLORFUL: A Prelude to Young Guns 19

Jamal Parker

Poetry Slam Champion, Author, Artist, Advertising Creative

Jamal Parker is an international poetry slam champion, award winning author, teaching artist, and advertising creative. He also secretly raps once a month, and you can find him playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate on any given weekend. He currently is a Creative at Translation LLC & United Masters. His work explores race, masculinity, mental health, spirituality, hip hop, incarceration and police brutality while also platforming Black resilience and joy. As a performer he views art as a method to critique, entertain, and educate audiences with elements of activism, political satire, and escapism.

Jamal is a two-time TEDx Speaker / Performer and 2017 Philly Pigeon Grand Slam Champion. He is also a two-time International Poetry Slam Champion — formerly winning both Brave New Voices and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. He is a graduate of the One Club’s ONE School Program, where he finished with Honors as one of the Top 3 students in the East Coast.

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