“The Bigger Picture”: Unity, is Theme of East Side Mural

pictured above:Standing in front of the mural are firefighters from Engine 34 Ladder 7 located next to Bennett High School, and Police officer Moe Badger. 

A powerful message of social responsibility adorns the side of the Styles of Man Unisex Barbershop on E. Delavan and Courtland Avenue.

The brainchild of Styles of Man owner Hakeem Hicks, Amanda Cruz, proprietor of Blow Out Guru Studios and a talented young artist by the name  of  Althea Jones,   the mural, titled “The Bigger Picture,”    was  unveiled  last  Saturday.  There was also  an  opportunity for  the community   to  participate in its completion. Everyone was invited to take a simple pledge to work to  see the community moving forward in unity. The pledge was signed by dipping one’s hand in paint, and leaving a signature  handprint on the mural  

Pictured froml left: Lisa Hicks, Hakeem Hicks, Angia Gray, artist Althea Jones and Rashika Hall . Also, Hakeem and Lisa’s adorable children Khadi and Halimah Hicks. Challenger Photo

The whole idea behind the project said Hakeem, “is to bring about  unity and togetherness.”

Hakeem, who has been in business over 20 years,  is a dedicated, civic minded young ma    who joined the Buffalo Fire Department six years ago, but still maintains his community-  based business. A group of his “ brothers” from Engine 34 Ladder 7 were among those who  attended and took the pledge.

“It was a great turnout,” Hakeem said. “I’m looking to do more of this sort of thing in the future.”

We suggest you drive by and see the mural take a photo in front of it in solidarity with this mission of The Bigger Picture to bring about togetherness during these turbulent and uncertain times .