Malcolm Fermentine Julian was born December 27, 1970 to parents Deborah and William at Queens General Hospital in Jamaica, Queens. His father named him after the revolutionary leader Malcolm X. Malcolm was raised in Queens, NY by his mother and second dad, Chappy, along with his sisters. He attended Public School 136 and Junior High 192- Linden Middle School. In 1998, Malcolm graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and later pursued his love of music and visual arts at the Center for Media Arts.
In his teen years Malcolm, with the support of his parents Deborah and Chappy, he built his own recording studio in their basement. Many creatives looking to break into the music business sought out his producing talents.
One of his friends recently described Malcolm as anthropologist, researcher and scientist. Malcolm had a thirst for knowledge that could not be quenched in a traditional institute of higher learning. He studied spiritual cultivation at TAUI; researching theology and spiritual practices of Kemetic Cosmology, Ausarian Initiation and sidereal astrology to exhaustion. He became a beloved spiritual brother to countless people around the world in the Ausarian online community. As a way to reclaim his ancestral culture and identify his purpose in life, he chose the name Ra Amma Aresh Bakau, which roughly translates as “A balanced life force is my joy”.
Chappy, a retired New York City Transit Authority employee, encouraged him to seek employment with the same organization. Malcolm went on to enjoy a 30 year career at NYCTA where he built lifelong friendships and earned the nickname, “One Man Gang”. His most recent assignment was at Park Place Station, however he worked at a multitude of locations such as 179th street and 59th Columbus Circle.
Malcolm was a self-taught artist who began expertly drawing characters from newspaper comic strips before the age of ten. As he matured as an artist, in later years Malcolm found his niche in the medium of charcoal portrait drawings. His captive subjects would generally be passengers on the NYC transit system.
With his calm demeanor and voice of reason, Malcom was always the peacemaker amongst the forty plus grandchildren born to the Cohen family. He had a great philosophical mind with a wealth of knowledge upon who many friends and family called on to receive a spiritually objective perspective. Malcolm was extremely generous in nature and would literally give you the clothes off his back.
Sleep well our son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend and teacher…you are LOVED.
Survived by parents Deborah and Keith Smith (Chappy), William and Marselle Julian. Sisters April Julian-St. Louis (Darwin), Rhonda Smith, Robin Smith, Zoe Julian. Nephew James K. Terry Jr. Nieces Tanay Evans, Troi Smith. Great-nephew Gabriel Terry. A host of aunts, uncles, cousins as well as spiritual brothers and sisters around the world.
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