This film "Black Babylonian Beads” is a culmination of art and poetry looking at race in America with a direct line dating back 500 years from what children have been learning and still relearning. I wanted to use poetry as a visual medium without loosing the imagery one plays in their mind while hearing it. This was not as easy as originally thought, because that process is at odds with itself, I wanted to display what the performer’s words are stating, while holding back some specific details in the visual sense for the audience to participate on their own, which can get confusing, especially when seeing the piece run only once. Experimental video has ambiguity that is not always negative or positive, as with the first film attempt twenty five years earlier blending my dad’s static painting into live action, this new film created in 2016 utilizes appropriated Batman animation turning comic cartoons into live action police footage in a montage, interactions with African American citizens with animation of Batman and Robin fighting villains. This confounding juxtaposition on the motto “protect and serve” sadly blurs the line as to who is viewed as the villain. The film also addresses ideas on the French new wave as a medium, as well as disturbing state of affairs of unarmed youth and men following police orders with showing of hands, only to end up killed, which is devastating because its now systemic. This film seemed an alternative approach to express the malaise, if born of black skin in our country, youth are more unsafe, our poetic treatment exposes another angle on the community narrative. Things obviously are not working, current, severe and complex circumstances surrounding the protection of the public citizenry should be an open call.