The work in the exhibition is a video that features the song "Making of U" performed by Bilal Salaam and Steve Smith, of course originally recorded by the late and great musician, Curtis Mayfield. It is also my very, humble attempt to honor the life of Trayvon Martin, his parents and the countless other children who have been destroyed or affected by violence. The lyrics of this song, originally performed by Curtis Mayfield, truly move me every time I hear it. Bilal and Steve's heavenly interpretation of the song truly give justice to the original.
I wanted to visually counteract so much injustice, negativity and pain in our society, especially as many stereotype Black men as threats and the "other." It is further inspired by my own wife and children, family and is also dedicated to them.
Music available on bilalsalaam.bandcamp.com and ITunes.
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Producer: Candace Mickens, Ubuntu Village, Inc.
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