HASHIM LAFOND is the artist, producer and tv personality in Los Angeles, California who everyone wants to know. As a renowned mural artist, Lafond’s large-scale street art has attracted thousands of viewers to LA’s busiest spots such as the famous Melrose Arts District, NBCUniver
While Hashim has built an incredible career in the art world, his foundation is firmly set in the importance of family. His deep love for his wife Johnetta bloomed fifteen years ago while they were still in arts high school in their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, and has only soared through the echelons of romance since then. He credits his upbringing as one of nine siblings with his determination to see each member of his own family flourish. Hashim and Johnetta currently have six children - Anaiah, Zariah, Yasir, Zaire, Adonai and Yanai - and each member of the family actively participates in the many activities they take on. Constantly pursued by family brands for ambassadorship, Hashim and Johnetta are set to soon star on a reality television show with their talented brood in tow.
Hashim studied Visual Arts at Boston Arts Academy and eventually auditioned for acting school at Emerson College, where he pursued acting and theatre education.
During his time in college, he was contacted to audition for Radio Disney in Boston. He travelled throughout New England hosting live interactive shows and concerts on the Disney Cruise Line, where he sharpened his hosting skills and developed the skills that create a great entertainer. “Everyone deserves to laugh, to have a good time, to feel like royalty,” he says, “that is the feeling of truly being entertained.
Hashim’s career as an artist and muralist began in infancy. “My mother is an artist,” he says, “everyone in my family can draw. My father would look seriously at the work we would do as children and would tell me often to go back to the drawing board, which helped me to significantly finesse my skills.” Hashim’s murals and portraits of great black men like Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, and the recently bereaved Kobe Bryant have captivated thousands of fans on a daily basis and serve as tourist attractions in the city of Los Angeles. His work has been commissioned by NBC for the Steve Harvey Show, and by a great number of successful businesses such as sneaker shops and restaurants on Melrose Avenue who see a grand spike in traffic due to these mural attractions. Hashim, moved deeply as an artist, family man, and basketball fan, by the passing of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, hosted both a vigil after the late basketball star’s passing and an impromptu live mural painting of the much-loved Bryant.
Hashim’s art, focusing thus-far on culture, music, sports has decorated the most sought-after walls, serving to brighten and attract people from all over the world while making the streets of Los Angeles much more pleasing to the eye. Hashim’s talent as a producer and film editor has celebrity clientele like Apryl Jones using his work exclusively for her private projects. His pursuits as an actor are a testament to his dedication in perfecting every facet of his craft as a true artist, and he will soon bring those talents to radio in his latest endeavor - a show titled, “The Hashim Lafond Podcast.” Hashim and Johnetta, their love and support for each other, surrounded by their five happy and beautiful children, are the unstoppable couple to watch in 2021.