I spent the greater part of my Saturday writing in a 1 subject notebook. With my pen and paper, I sought to make sense of the events that had conspired this week. I ended up writing another part of a play that I had been working on. The the play began to take an interesting twist. The twist was inspired by many of the horrible incidents that have popped up around the country. All of a sudden I was charged with a sudden burst of inspiration.
Many of my artist friends have been documenting and responding to world we live in. And the results have been extremely honest and real. That got me to thinking, what should we artists of color be doing during this time?
The only thing I can say is that we must create.
Author Toni Morrison said it best, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”-Toni Morrison
“This is how civilizations heal.” We, the artists, are the gardeners of our generation. And I say artist in the board sense because cooks, teachers, social media gurus you are artists and thought leaders, too.
Society pays attention to many of the messages that you put out. So you must keep writing, singing, dancing and telling your stories. You must keep painting, acting, cooking, dancing, drawing, loving, writing and fighting. Because as our elder Toni Morrison said now is the time