Am I a Man? USING MOVEMENT ARTISTRY TO INSPIRE CHANGE IN THE WORLD w/MAI

There is art that moves me and then there is art that moves me to a higher ground.  This piece speaks to what is happening in the world of injustice and unbalanced systems.  Art is a vehicle for change and artivism is what Nevah Black Down is all about.  This piece and all of the players are huge in their scope of what they are portraying and giving back, the act and presentation of this piece is powerful and immense.  Please watch and share, it is truly a gift and is of utmost importance to this time.  karengibsonroc

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Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 10.07.52 AMIn the past 40 years, the United States’ prison population has quintupled. Despite accounting for 37 percent of the American population, black people and Hispanics make up 64 percent of the prison population and 75 percent of all inmates in federal penitentiaries. With more prisons than schools, urgent questions arise: Are these facilities really giving prisoners a chance to rehabilitate themselves? Are their living conditions humane? How does our society advance toward attaining equality? Featuring insights from social justice activist and attorney Bryan Stevenson, visual art by Hank Willis Thomas, and movement art by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, the short film ‘AM i A MAN’ takes us on a gripping, heartbreaking and critically important journey through the harsh realities of a broken justice system.

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This film was directed by Jon Boogz and Sol Guy. It is a co-production by DAIS, Movement Art Is (MAI) and Great Big Story.

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Hi, my name is Karen Gibson Roc and I am the creator and curator of NevahBlackDown. I am a Mother first and foremost. Poetry is my gift and I use it to speak to my own heart as well as those who choose to let my words in. NevahBlackDown is an ongoing conversation that I am choosing to have with those who care to listen. I share my work and the work of others who feel that art, voice, and expression is a powerful means to spark change, share positive imagery and inspiration.

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