With less than 100 days remaining in the office of the first Black male president of the United States, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement hosted a special gathering called “Black Male Re-Imagined (BMR) III” on Tuesday, October 11th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capitol. The third installment of a groundbreaking event series launched in 2010, BMR III featured performances and panel discussions that explored and affirmed how the stories and issues of Black people in America are portrayed by the mainstream media.
Inspired by the new protest album “Transformations Suite” released on October 12th by composer and musician Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes, the six-hour program for BMR III was broken into four sections or “Movements” –Transformations and History; Cycles; Momentum; and Ascension. Each section interspersed on-stage conversations between some of the most prolific minds of the 20th and 21st centuries with performances of dance, music, and short films.
Check out scenes from “Black Male Re-Imagined 3”:
Caught running my mouth here in our Nations Capitol @kennedycenter for a great cause this evening. Myself along with @gerardbush @chrisunion @afranks3 @milesregis @iam_ronbass @ronalddraper_art and others were invited to discuss pertinent issues many Black men and boys find themselves faced with here in America. Thanks to @campaignforbma for producing such an amazing event ( #BMR3 ). Also shouts to the homie @marvinbing for pulling me in on this project and @michaellatt for doing such an amazing job with the short film. Kudos to all involved. It's been an honor and pleasure of mine to have worked with you all. Hopefully the impact is felt where it is most needed. Until next time, Peace!!! #KnowledgeBennett #artandactivism
A huge shout-out to @rkshabazz the incredible mastermind of yesterdays's #BMR3 @kennedycenter . Everything you saw yesterday was because of his vision. I give thanks for people like him putting in so much work so our pple can get free, and so we can have safe & beautiful spaces to love each other. Big ups my brotha Rashid. You are truly a member of the T Suite family. #transformationssuite