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A Dose of Art: Rachel Cobb’s Video of a Dancer

We’re going to start featuring a few doses of art by and about Black artists during these insane and trying times. We begin with this moving performance of a dancer in Washington Square Park. This one was shot by Rachel Cobb, whose photos we’ve featured on this site before.

The Protests in Photos

Lithub.com has a powerful photo essay by Rachel Cobb of images from the protests in NYC.

The most powerful pieces aren’t necessarily the ones where there’s a lot of action taking place; it’s the solo portraits, like the one of Marie Blanchard, 34, that will take your breath away. This is a must-see portfolio.

Rachel’s Instagram is also a must-follow and features other powerful imagery, like this portrait of Jibril Morris.

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At the Memorial Prayer for George Floyd at Cadman Plaza 6/4/20, Jibril Morris says: “I have five younger siblings and I promise they will not have to face the injustices I have. Not one more.” 2: At Barclays Center in Brooklyn 6/6/20, Nysheva-Starr would like to see “the implementation of a policy that will hold officers accountable whenever they take a life.” 3: At a rally at Washington Square Park, Manhattan, 6/6/20, Ibrahim Diop: “The principles of how this country was founded – the stolen land, the people who were stolen from Africa – this country is rooted in racism. I would like everyone to be aware of the skeletons they’re walking on.” Link to full essay published in LitHub in my bio. Thank you Lit Hub.

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The Healing Power of Black Art

Alex Castro at The Verge has a fantastic list of Black artists to follow.

Before, during, and after times of hardship, many in the Black community create art to take in the pain and struggle and release a beauty that heals and teaches. Black creatives are always working, trying to find some understanding, envisioning a better world. Some of my most pleasant moments in the past few weeks were when a close friend and I just listened to music. We sat in its energy, each new song reflecting on our reality. We’d jump from Erykah Badu to 21 Savage to Rico Nasty to Buju Banton then back around again. From R&B classics to trap to gospel. Each twist in the playlist turns a new page in our own stories.

Castro, Alex. (2020, June 19). THE HEALING POWER OF BLACK ART. The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/21285699/black-artists-art-creators-musicians-photographers-listen-watch-follow

including Nikkolas Smith, who created this gripping sketch.

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