Friday, February 13, 2015

The ART Of #BLACKLIVESMATTER!!!

The Art of #BlackLivesMatter:
The shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old MICHAEL BROWN Jr., in FERGUSON, MO, and the fatal suffocation of unarmed 34-year-old STATEN ISLAND, NY resident ERIC GARNER by the NYPD have once again made it painstakingly clear that BLACK AMERICANS still do not enjoy freedom!!!

Half a century after The MARCH From SELMA To MONTGOMERY, AL, and the passage of the VOTING RIGHTS ACT Of 1965, Black people live with the same fear and awareness that comes from knowing our society is murderous. Thus, today’s artists must still voice their feelings of that fear and speak out against any assumptions of worthlessness.

The hashtag #BLACKLIVESMATTER did not start with the death of Michael Brown or Eric Garner but back in 2012, with the SANFORD, FL, shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old TRAYVON MARTIN at the hands of his neighbor GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.

Since then, #BLACKLIVESMATTER has signaled the birth of a new era of the AMERICAN CIVIL RIGTHTS MOVEMENT.
 
PLAYBOY Magazine is using BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2015 to highlight the overlooked contributions of BLACK ARTISTS and feature these works that use creative vision to breathe visual form into #BLACKLIVESMATTER.

"Hands Up" by Damon Davis & Basil Kincaid (courtesy of the artist)
HANDS UP INSTALLATIONS By BASIL KINCAID & DAMON DAVIS



"The Eyes of Eric Garner" by JR (courtesy of the artist)
The EYES Of ERIC GARNER By JR



"Bloody St. Louis" (photo by Tanen Maury / European Pressphoto Agency)
CARDINALS OCTOBER vs FERGUSON OCTOBER



"call us by our names" by Lee Edward colston & Keith Wallace
CALL US By OUR NAMES By LEE EDWARD COLSTON & KEITH WALLACE



Portrait of Renisha McBride By Oasa DuVerney (courtesy of the artist)
RENISHA McBRIDE By OASA DuVERNEY



"Raise Up" by Hank Wilis Thomas (photo Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)
RAISE UP By HANK WILLIS THOMAS
 

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