“To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart.” (from Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry)
The #quote featured with this was first #popularized on a website called “You, Me and Charlie” published by #actress & #director Dianna Agron. Just so happens we share the same hometown of Savannah. (Most fans might know Agron from the TV show GLEE but she recently shined big-time in the film BERLIN, I LOVE YOU. Don’t mind saying I loved #Berlin too— but that’s a completely different #story from my #military days.)
A Commentary on Current Dialogues
Therefore this #artwork, as I tend to see such things, speaks to different facets of what it means to be Black like me at this point in history in my homeland. For one thing, this decade of the 2020s marks the 100th anniversary of the #HarlemRenaissance. That was a time when African Americans employed their creative genius to battle #JimCrow #apartheid and advance ideals of #democracy. For another, the #visual was first posted on April 20, 2021, the same day #DerekChauvin was convicted for the murder of #GeorgeFloyd.
This also confirms that #AfricanAmericans are battling homegrown terrors while advancing still, somehow managing to transform grief and agony into hope and inspiration. We matter not only within the framework of our own Black lives and communities, but within that of the greater human story in which we have always played at least as significant a role as anyone else.