Abuse.  Kidnapping.  Satanists.  It’s a life that many wouldn’t survive.  But this man thrived…

Duals, born as Aphiah Cey-Jude, is an artist who represents a catharsis of truth. He has taken on his spirit animal, the black lion, to represent that. From the soul of James Brown to the poetry of Bob Dylan, he took on eclectic tastes in the arts at a young age. Ranging from spoken word poetry to hip hop to art rock to electronic, even to country and punk songs, Duals really dived head first and submerged himself into music early on. After all, art had become his refuge …

He began in humble beginnings with a single Catholic mother and a plethora of siblings. His mother needed to work several jobs so he was often raised by his older sisters and friends of the family. By the age of 3 he already was speaking English, Spanish, and Japanese, which was taught to him by some of his caretakers. You might think this is where he started developing his love of language and words, but the imagination thrills to believe it started earlier as an embryo.

Speaking of the younger years, Duals became a fervent writer and reader and would constantly be writing short stories and freestyling while banging on tables early on in primary school. An energetic and gregarious child, he got along with most quite naturally. Later, he began drawing inspirations from some of his favorite philosophers and novelists such as Socrates and Albert Camus.

Sadly, however, the promising-looking garden of a child was soon completely covered with gravel … Doth One rose still grow?

A Cop’s Journey of Faith

That is to say, how much hope is needed to fight the good fight? His bright child-wide eyes taking in all the newfound world soon darkened, as an abusive step-father entered into his life. He experienced physical and emotional abuse and witnessed his mother abused as well. Trauma after trauma … Not to go into harsh detail about this or that, but after suffering this treatment Duals was also kidnapped. He was left with Satanists. He was later found by police after the kidnapper finally confessed where he had left him. This ordeal began his mother’s anxiety attacks. And the young lion cub didn’t come back quite the same …

Plagued by his traumatic past, Duals began to lash out at a society he then felt hated him. He felt himself against the Church and the hypocrites he grew up with, against his mother who loved his abuser, against a society he felt alienated from, and against himself in overwhelming suicidal thoughts that he couldn’t understand or trace.

Something miraculous broke through, though. Duals somehow developed an unquenchable desire for truth. From Buddhist temples, to Wiccan spirit magic, to the four Vedas of Hinduism, to numerology, to the four corners and highs and lows, Duals became an avid theologian, epistemologist, and all-around never-ending curiosity truth-seeker. This passion, by mercy and grace, led him finally back home to Christ.

Right Hand Turn: An Officer’s Battle with the Demons and the Bottle

It is here with Christ where Aphiah “Duals” Cey-Jude was able to triumph over his past and re-begin his mission to spread Love as a follower of Christ. It is from here he honestly paints yin and yang over both sides of dark and light to exemplify the human condition, in what’s known in Judaism as the yetzer hara, or man’s inclination to reject God. He wishes to uncover hidden hearts by simply being and letting the art be … by this meaning, whether excitingly or insipidly, from the gooey glow of what is beautiful to the intense darkness of what is soul-crushing, he shares life honestly — hoping to show that no matter how high you feel there is always possibility of fall so remain steadfast; and no matter how low you feel, even to the point of despair, there is always that slight unseen slimmer of hope, so stay true. And letting the audience take the perspective for what they will … A subtle kind of Love & Light …

Duals is the mystical Black Lion. Angelic Artist by day, Soldier of Souls by night…On his 9th life, this colossal cat battles demons and shadows unwavering and uncaring of the poignantly fresh blood that constantly trickles down his face and mane like a fiery waterfall stream. Duals is imagination that defies impossibility and exists in reality. The final judgment is eternally upon Us; and Duals fights, by tooth and nail, step by painful step, into the abyss and further, seeking the victory of Love we all strive for, against all odds …

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