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THE AMBASSADOR OF HARLEM

  • HARLEM, New York
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  • August 24, 2019

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Musa Jackson - The Ambassador of Harlem

Shining a spotlight on MUSA JACKSON who is an appreciated Advisory Board member for THE JOSEPHINE BAKER EXHIBIT.

Musa is globally recognized as the AMBASSADOR OF HARLEM.

Musa conceptualized and initiated the presentation of a PROCLAMATION to Fine Artist Michael Kilgore at the VIP RECEPTION on September 28th for this historic exhibit. The Proclamation honors Kilgore who has created 100 collectible MASTERWORKS interpreting Josephine Baker. 

Musa Jackson was born and raised in Harlem. A successful groundbreaking model, he was discovered by a GQ editor in 1983. He has worked for GQ, Vogue Hommes & New York Fashion Of the Times. He walked the Paris & Milan runways for Jean Paul Gaultier and has been featured in campaigns for Marithe & Girbaud, and Coty fragrance.

Musa has been photographed by iconic lensmen of our times: Mario Testino, Fabrizio Ferri, Albert Watson, Patrick Demarchelier. He starred in over 30 national commercials and was the first Black male model for The Gap in a national campaign from his beloved Harlem.

An accomplished screenwriter & producer he sold his first screenplay to Disney’s Hollywood Pictures and is a winner of the American Gem Short Screenplay Award. He was a producer for New York Fashion Week and produced events for many of Harlem's prominent businesses. He produced Lena Horne at 100 and Nona Hendryx's 1st solo visual art show. 

He collaborated on events at The Apollo, Schomburg Center and Dance Theater Of Harlem. His Harlem events have been featured in The Daily News, The NY Post, on NBC and The BBC. He’s produced photo shoots for Spirit & Flesh, Japanese Pen, and AFROSTYLE magazines.

He has served on the boards of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and the Community Advisory Board Of Harlem Children’s Zone. He received Bank of America Local Hero Award, Women in Black Honoree and was Hennessy Black Harlem 100 Honoree. After decades of representing his beloved community, Uptown magazine, gave him the official moniker of “The Harlem Ambassador.”

A trio of images from his portfolio are shown, one with Yves Saint Laurent’s muse, Mounia Orosemane. Featured in VOGUE ITALIA.

Cynthia Mc Coy, Artistic Director.

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