“(Black) people aren’t inherently stupid, they are deprived” said Amari Baraka this weekend at a panel discussion at Spirit Square. OnQ Theatre Productions hosted Lou Bellamy (founder Penumbra Theatre), Joan Myers Brown (founder of Philadanco) and Amiri Baraka (poet/playwright) a discussion about the state of black arts today; “Black Art Movement Present Condition, Future Vision.”
Among the concerns raised by the panel was the fact that we have been deprived knowledge of the rich contributions of blacks. Many Americna are disconnected from their roots because we rarely celebrate them in educational institutions. Also there is a lack of funding for art that empowers American-American or reflects their experience in America.
The panal consensus was due to lack of funding for art in general and black art specifically, African-American’s must create, promote and facilitate the celebration of our own culture.
Tavis Smiley has done just that to help us find our way through the darker parts of our American history.
The “America I AM: The African American Imprint” exhibit highlights the contributions the African diaspora to America. At the opening of the exhibit Smiley discussed the historic importance its final stop in Charlotte, NC.
– Tavis Smiley presents “America I AM: The African American Imprint” – at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture until January 31, 2012
– OnQ Theatre Productions presents – “Black Art Movement Present Condition, Future Vision” will be released on InTheseStreets.com on Tuesday October 2, 2012.
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