Ron Finley is a Los Angeles-based fashion designer to professional athletes, and a collector of original blaxploitation posters. His poster collection was featured in Miramax’s book on the era, What It Is, What It Was.
Ron Finley began his career by creating his first collection called the DROPDEAD Collexion in his own garage. It ended up being popular with commonly known and high-end stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstroms, and Neiman Marcus. Celebrities soon became attracted to his original ideas and designs. Ron Finley also collects memorabilia of Black Entertainment which has allowed him to own a collection of his own preservation of history. His collection includes movie posters that enable the audience to see the progression of Black people in the movie industry.
Finley is also known as a proponent of healthy eating and gardening. He is co-founder of LAGREENGROUNDS.ORG, a company that plants gardens at low-income homes in the Los Angeles area as a part of a recovery system to transform neighborhoods. In early 2013, he gave a TED talk on his progress as a "guerrilla gardener," the dangers of food deserts, and the potential for his program to improve quality of life. He said in the talk, "If kids grow kale, kids eat kale; if they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes." The program has had modest success in persuading city officials to cooperate, but remains officially illegal under city code.
- An Overall View of the Baggy Pants- Bib Look, Los Angeles Times, September 3, 1998.
- Lakers and Their Fans Give Fashion a Full Court Press, Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2000.
- Stars sport superfly styles, CNN, August 8, 2002.
- Black Films and their Posters Depict African-Americans' Cultural Past, San Diego Union-Tribune, February 25, 1999.
- Poster Child, Black Enterprise, August 2002.
- Martinez, Gerald; Martínez, Diana; Chavez, Andres (1998), What it is, what it was!: The Black film explosion of the '70s in words and pictures, Hyperion, ISBN 978-0-7868-8377-6.
- "Biography". Ron Finley. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
- "Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA". TED. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
- "Growing Pains for Curbside Farming". Wall St. Journal. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
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