Duke Arts and the Nasher Museum, in collaboration with Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, present a screening of, "On 6 Feet."
The Black Bottom in Philadelphia was a predominantly Black community in West Philadelphia that has disappeared with urban renewal beginning in the 1960s and rebranded into University City.
This is part of my current thesis in which through using animation and archival footage, exploring the history of Black women in several movements.
Chocolate City refers to the once predominantly Black city of Washington, DC. With gentrification occurring rapidly in the city, many of its Black residents are being pushed out. This short video is a dedication to DC with the mention of Barry Farms, a neighborhood of SE DC built post-Civil War for freed Blacks, that birthed the District’s music, Go-Go. Due to urban renewal, parts have been torn down, and its residents are forced to relocate.
Ongoing thesis work bridging animation and archival footage in exploring the history of the Black Church.
The history and weight of oppression have left a feeling of drowning and suffocation that spreads across the African American community. Water is used in this video for the reasoning that this is where our ancestors' bodies lay and where we were taken from our homeland to another continent where our abuse, torture, and denial our of heritage began. Red is the theme of the blood spilled in building this country and the lives that have been taken by our oppressors. Blood that has split from the brutality of slave masters that have turned into a police force where the justice system systematically and institutionally targets African Americans since the creation and adoption of the 2nd and 13th amendment. Each image is simulated through the water to give the constant feeling many in the African American community feel every-time we look at our television, go outside our homes, and even investigate mirrors: fear and suffocation. Drugs are a gateway to relieve the drowning and suffocation we feel. We have been unable to breathe for a long time and still feel that we are drowning.