The actors performed in a set covered in ‘Contact’ sheet which is sticky back plastic with a digital marble print found globally, I noticed it here in the U.S and in Nigeria. The script performed in the set combined product information and company history of Contact (including corruption and court cases) with an autobiographical origins story set in Nigeria. I was interested in looking at post-colonialism and the persistence of imperialisms through corporations.
Dr. LeRonn Phillip Brooks talks with visual artist Mickalene Thomas in her studio about her recent work, artistic influences (such as Carrie Mae Weems, Romare Bearden and Henri Matisse), her life as a painter and approach to her artistic process.
by Charles H.Traub
When I became an actress I quickly realize that the world liked their latinos to look Italian. Not like me. So I wasn’t going up for Latina parts. I was going up for African American parts. […]
Regardless of the fact that I spoke the language better and understood the culture better, those [stereotypical latina] weren’t the parts that…I could take seriously. Suddenly you have to explain why I look how I look. And then it gets complicated. And nobody wants complicated.
Gina Torres | Black Latino