Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality

Resources

Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Four Way Stop

"Here we GO!!! July 23rd at the Tivioli. St. Louis Film Fest. Tickets are on sale NOW! Terri(Momma) Allen(son). Come take an emotional rollercoaster ride with us." Marty K. Casey



Four Way Stop - Trailer from Hannah Radcliff on Vimeo.

An inner city teenage boy works towards creating a better life for himself and his family as he struggles against the stereotypes that bind him and from the temptation to abandon his values in order to succeed.

Filmed in St. Louis, MO




Find out more here: http://www.fourwaystopfilm.com/

Friday, July 10, 2015

“THE BANG BANG PROJECT” TO OPEN A CONVERSATION ON SOCIAL JUSTICE



"“The Bang Bang Project” was conceived by visual artist and activist Cesar Conde who recruited two other social activist artists (Mignon Stewart McPherson & Renée LaVerné Rose). All three are passionate about speaking out on the untimely death of Michael Brown and others who have suffered social injustice resulting in their death from a perceived threat of being Black. The project team acknowledges the national movement “Black Lives Matters” born from the Brown tragic incident and through the Bang Bang Project will continue the national call to action." -- Sergio Gomez

Read more here:https://sergiogomezart.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/the-bang-bang-project-to-open-a-conversation-on-social-justice/

Mockingjay

"My Fellow Nerds of Color,
Very soon, some of the people who condemned the protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson will sit in air conditioned theaters and cheer as the citizens of District 13 do the exact same thing those protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson intended to do. They will cheer a fictional white woman who will tear down the symbols of the oppressive Capitol and forget the disrespect they had for a real black woman who literally tore down the symbol of an oppressive Capitol.  They will be happy that Katniss Everdeen has only the tip of her arrows to give to those who killed her people while telling black people burying their dead and sweeping up embers of their demolished sanctuaries that they should forgive those who curse and kill them. Their hearts will be moved as Katniss sings of the Hanging Tree and afterwards they'll drive home not giving a good goddamn about our "Strange Fruit".  Yes, some people will very soon sit in air conditioned theaters and cheer the citizens of District 13, but I promise you that none of these people will be me."-- Karl Eburne


An Art Exhibit Revictimizes Michael Brown

And I struggled mightily with that too-much-ness, allowing myself to get lost in my own cognitive dissonance. I have never believed in censorship, and as video after video of slain black people continue to populate my newsfeed, I have continued to voice my belief that we cannot hide from the viciousness of this white supremacist country; we cannot soften the blow of what has been done to us.

We must stand in the tradition of Mamie Till and force this nation to reckon with its own grotesque nature, to look at the twisted mouths of our children and see what it’s capable of justifying and forgiving.

See what it’s capable of forgetting.

I tend to reject safe art and embrace what makes me step out of my comfort zone and feel something, so I have fought against my reaction to Moore’s piece. Some may read that as meaning that she has accomplished her mission, but they would be wrong.

My reaction is to her having her white hands on Michael Brown’s black body when he’s not here to protect himself. It is eerily and unsurprisingly reminiscent of poet Kenneth Goldsmith’s having the audacity to read Brown’s autopsy report and call it poetry.

Despite Moore’s assertions to the contrary, a working definition of white privilege is white artists’ belief that they can claim artistic ownership of black death, while disowning their white guilt and being applauded for their “courageousness.”-- Kirsten West Savali

Read More Here: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/07/artist_ti_rock_moore_portrays_michael_brown_s_lifeless_body_in_chicago_art.2.html

Ti Rock shares about her work in this video from Gallery Guichard


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Eulogy for a flag (and other misguided sentiments)




Written on June 26, 2015, inspired by Pres. Obama's eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney. 

Tammy Melody Gomez

Sunday, July 5, 2015

You can't ignore the Confederate flag. But you can burn it and then bury it

Artist John Sims invites people to confront their fears of the racism and violence embodied by the Southern flag to eulogize it, then light it on fire


According to John Sims, a political math artist, we should “confront it, reimagine it and then burn and bury it.” For 15 years, Sims has wrestled with the Confederate flag in his multi-media piece Recoloration Proclamation. In the late 1990s (when battles raged over the stars and bars in South Carolina – sound familiar?), Sims was disturbed by the flag’s prevalence when he moved to Florida, which “wasn’t even in the deep south.”

As an artist, Sims wanted to “move from civil disobedience space” and his desire to tear the flag down, to a “creative resistance space.” He began by coloring the flag for an exhibition in New York — first red, black and green for black nationalism, later black on black, and white on white — to explore “the place of black folks” in Confederate mythology, and to ask, “How can the Confederate flag be representative of the full south?” Steven W Thrasher


Read more here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/04/confederate-flag-burn-it-bury-it?CMP=share_btn_fb

CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC

CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC
by Claudia Rankine
adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs
directed by Shirley Jo Finney
produced by Simon Levy









World Premiere! A provocative meditation on race, fusing prose, poetry, movement, music, and the visual image. A lyric poem, snapshots, vignettes, on the acts of everyday racism. Remarks, glances, implied judgments. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV — everywhere, all the time. Those did-that-really-just-happen-did-they-really-just say-that slurs that happen every day and enrage in the moment and later steep poisonously in the mind. And, of course, those larger incidents that become national or international firestorms. As Rankine writes, “This is how you are a citizen.”

http://www.fountaintheatre.com/event/citizen-an-american-lyric/