I was fortunate to be included in Simone Leigh's Be Black Baby party and performance happening on Saturday (March 13th) at Recess.
Using performance as a platform for critical response, the featured artists were asked to address the Be Black Baby segment of Brian DePalma's film Hi Mom! This portion of the movie depicts an experimental theater experience that seeks to educate the liberal white community in the ways of blackness. Shoe polish, black eyed peas (the bean, not the pop group), and rape , figure prominently.
My response investigates whiteness rather than blackness by using statements culled from various iconic American movies. Each line belongs to a white male- and has been fitted into a stream-of-conscious narrative. The 'essay' is located HERE, and performance documentation is provided below.
WHITEMANTALKING: a stream-of-consciousness manifesto from Kenya Robinson on Vimeo.