Syreeta Gates strikes again!
According to Because of Them We Can (BOTWC), the hip-hop archivist will make history as the first Black woman to appear on FOX’s “LEGO Masters.”
An art collector, creative, and owner of The Gates Preserve, Gates uses her work to archive hip-hop culture and content for brands, content creators, public figures and creates live experiences and campaigns pushing hip-hop culture forward.
Gates is also the co-founder of Most Incredible Studio, a creative studio that creates hip-hop-inspired LEGO art.
The Queens, New York native is working alongside digital designer and LEGO enthusiast Randall Wilson to merge their love of hip-hop and LEGO to create innovative art pieces whose inspiration is drawn from groups like A Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, and N.W.A.
Both Wilson and Gates have been chosen to appear on season two of “LEGO Masters,” the LEGO building competition that allows contestants to “compete to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur LEGO builders.”
“I’m full of gratitude to be in such a stupendous lineage of Black women firsts,” said Gates. “I’m standing on the shoulders of giants… who have literally changed the game. It’s consistently a reminder to always do the work.”
She wants her story to inspire other Black women to know that anything is possible.
“I want other Black women and girls to know that they can do anything that they can fathom. I was not supposed to be on LEGO Masters by any means, this was not something that I dreamed up but the universe saw fit for me to represent for a culture and so I took that test…My goal is to simply be a representation of what’s possible especially in fields where we are underrepresented. I’m moving LEGO bricks on national TV. Give thanks,” continued Gates.
Catch Syreeta Gates breaking barriers on the new season of “LEGO Masters” each and every Tuesday at 8/7c on FOX.