7 Colored Men Point Fingers

“My goal through this theatrical experience of language, music and dance, is to give insight into the black male in search of their most dominant selves, trying to escape demise. Holla!” Steve H. Broadnax 3rd. (Director)

He is referencing Center Stage’s current play, THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN, written by Keenan Scott 2nd.

Both Broadnax and Scott are black, and interestingly, Scott has a Baltimore experience, even though born in New York, and did his theatre studies at Frostburg State in Western Maryland. However, the play is set in New York, Bedford Stuyvesant; almost a carbon copy, to Baltimore, in experiences for the African American, black, or colored man, subway and all.

The colored man experiences: love, sex, betrayal, anger, exposed to gunshot blasts, gentrification, sees growth, gender transition, frustration, the fascination with female body parts, and class identity.

Of course everything the black (colored) man does, is not like any other man will do.

On my visit to the theatre, Reynaldo Piniella, (who plays LUST), stepped from the stage and said his seductive lines to a black female sitting with her white date. She changed color, and her date was mouth opened. Applause from the audience.

The only colored man missing from this play is Zachary from the State Farm commercial. (Thank you!) THAT’s MY THOUGHT. Don’t ask me if I like him.

“I hope that each night the show is performed, a person will learn something”, (Scott).

After your experience at the theatre, it will be interesting as to who, or what will you point.

Will Smith is NOT the Gemini Man

John Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, in 2002 (Pic. from Pinterest)

Donald Trump: ‘I could shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters’ , the state of Iowa, 2016

Belief in his invincibility, incredulous!. A “boatload” of this character is in GEMINI MAN. Trained by the United States military, a marksman par excellence, who can shoot a target moving at 151 miles per hour. In the movie he is connected to a highly specialized weapons lab, equivalent to what the CIA has in Langley Virginia, GEMINI Labs.

The head of this lab is run by a character with the molecular content of Donald Trump. Be loyal or “you’re fired!”

Will Smith’s character had 72 successful missions, but he was giving the Mastermind doubts about his loyalty, the inevitable was about to be realized, “kill him!”. But, millions of dollars were spent making him this super sniper,… who will replace him? (Not in the Trump thought process) but very much so in the mind of the Mastermind. Will’s character’s name is Henry. While he was visiting GEMINI labs for a physical, under anesthesia, a cell was taken from him, and a chip was placed in his body, therefore, without his knowing, wherever Henry went, the Mastermind knew. The Mastermind is played by Clive Owen.

He is now ready to put his plan into action. From the cell he developed another Henry (a clone), younger, faster, and trained him to kill; half of Henry’s age, it was time.

Will Smith is black, African American, and he is money in the bank for Hollywood producers. Young Will in the movie is told that his father died mysteriously, the reason why he was adopted by a white parent, who happens to be, Mr. Mastermind: “you will do what your father says!…”(loyalty)… I can see the Black Social Workers Association, objecting to those scenes in the film. Black youth are disproportionately without fathers at home, thus vulnerability filters in, the youth finding themselves to carrying out the wishes of those who have infiltrated their minds, even kill for their manipulators.

(Flashback! I have seen this before. 2002 John Muhammad, ex-military, with the “kid”, John Lee Malvo; terrorized the D.C. metro area, killing 13 people)

Then, there are ones in the general population, who have fathers, but have become converted assassins of the American Constitution, they carry the title of Jurist Doctor, attached to their names.

In the 1960’s through 1980’s Africa witnessed a hot bed for this, government after government, being overthrown by young army officers; Idi Amin of Uganda was the classic. Hitler begun the practice, followed by the Bolsheviks, then the Communists, coming close to home with Fidel Castro, in Cuba.

While Will Smith’s character was not the GEMINI Man, but his clone was, here lately we have seen the mental cloning of the electorate. To survive and overcome, we, the others, not under the cloud of the “Mastermind”, will have to hold hands and become the human tornado with a force of speed not heretofore recorded, to thus destroy the clones from the figurative, GEMINI labs, in their attempts to flood our environment.

WHITES ONLY…NOT ANYMORE

Ever wondered why black art is primarily limited to portraits. Very often, collectors prize their wooden or clay sculptures of black figures, often highlighted with prodigious lips, large busts, butts, overhanging guts and barefooted.

Black Gold Nude, courtesy Canvas Insider

The white male did not anticipate the ferocious appetite, his woman would have for the black lover, (Jack Johnson) and neither did he for the black female, e.g. DIRK NOWITZKI (NBA star) President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Portrait artists: Rembrandt, Rockwell, Picasso, dominated the art world. Sophia Lauren changed all that, with luscious lips reminiscent of the black woman, “hello!” Kim Kardashian!

Sophia Lauren (Camelback flower shop Pinterest)

Then the art of Surrealism splashed on the world scene. Salvador Dali with his half moon mustache, pirouetted a taste for the provocateur, forced viewers to “think agonizingly” what his work was saying. Art was no longer obvious, it became abstract.

What black artists could join the portfolio of Renaissance Masters? Black thought was not intriguing enough to be sculpted, painted, and be placed in museums of world renown.

However, black artists continued to work, to produce work to be seen in private homes, running parallel to the “juke joints” and “speak eases” where struggling musicians honed their craft, waiting for that one day!

That day came in the 1990’s. Today, the Baltimore Museum of Art has put on display, a take a deep breath exhibition of Black Abstract Art, entitled, GENERATIONS. Works that are 20 feet wide, by 18 feet high.

FRANK BOWLING, is from BARTICA, GUYANA (my birth country), where he has replaced his mother’s portrait with colors to reflect “emotions, truth and clarity”, his words.

Leonardo Drew, Number 525, will occupy two of your standard bedrooms. This piece is menacing, imposing, and extremely delicate. He says it is a “metaphor of birth, life, death and regeneration”

There are over 70 such pieces, but you cannot tour this exhibition without the booklet, and spend at least an hour.

But where did all this art come from? If they were not in museums until now, did someone have the means, not only to buy these works, but to house them in some massive warehouse, with 50 feet ceilings ?

Pamela Joyner and her husband Alfred J.Giuffrida, are the procurers, of these works. Ms. Joyner travelled to the BMA, for the presentation. We talked: