A few nights ago I went to an event at The Greene Space - a dialogue with the current residents at the Studio Museum of Harlem. It was a beautifully produced affair that offered a glimpse into the layered possibility of art making and its ability to be translated into various media. It also placed me in the orbit of old friends and colleagues. It's wonderful how those relationships are altered by my own recalibration. Change is good.
As with most events like this one, the 'Let Out' is another social affair. A quick catch up, a schmooze fest, fashion show and critical discourse all rolled into one - I occasioned to speak with the ever funktastic Zenobia Bailey on the walk to Lupe's. Our conversation veered into the importance of writing and how, in many ways, the discourse of art by black artists is stymied by the dearth of critical voices, writing from a black perspective. I reached out to a few critical thinkers to get the skinny on those writers who are hard at work carving out these spaces, echoing in the void. Here's to the first in a series that highlights their efforts.
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