I suppose, I am an accidental filmmaker. For it was by sheer accident that bored of making sales calls in New Delhi, I called up the offices of National Geographic, asking for a job on a Friday and started working with them a week later.
The 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center of Black Research in Harlem had an overwhelming amount of attendees and comic books enthusiasts come out to support black comic book publishers, writers and illustrators.
There is one artistic voice that stands out above the rest as pivotal to the national conversation around race, identity and social justice. That is the voice of John Jennings, visual artist pioneer and author.
An African-American woman releases a #1 rock album, Queen Latifah totally dominates the screen with her performance as the great blues singer Bessie Smith, and Alicia Keys raises $25,000,000 at her annual Black Ball for AIDS research. Who does that???
The collection on display represented all manner of iconic holiday images -- most with an African-American theme with American patriotic accents -- punctuating spaces around the room. President Obama was even represented on a glass tree ornament on a small tree.
Installed in a partially finished white box room with one wall of exposed and distressed brick, the sculptures did indeed invoke the simplicity, seriality and materiality of conventional minimalist art. Then, Kenya arrived.
My reading had taught me that I could render feminist characters long before I learned that there was a word to describe girls who bucked narrow gender roles. However, I also had internalized the belief that to be a legitimate author, my characters had to be white.