Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Nigger

A multi-sensory dance work that explores the reverb of a single word in a global community. It considers the effects of the word nigger, all its permutations, its history and its casual use in Hip Hop culture. Comprised of 5 sections created in collaboration with two of America’s leading Black media-design technologists, original sound composition and an iconic activist; it asks if it is possible to redefine a word that was intended to belittle a people.

Meet the Collaborators

  Scholar and Community Leader   Walter Beach III (New York, NY) serves as the Director of the North Eastern Division of Amer-I-Can Foundation for Social Change founded by Hall of Famer Jim Brown. His former roles include Chief of Recreation in Brooklyn for the New York Parks and Recreation Department, Child Welfare Administrator and Protective Diagnostic Caseworker of NYC, Director of Training for NYC Department of Correction, Executive Director of the Counseling Testing Service for YMCA New York, defensive corner back with the Cleveland Browns, winning the World Championship in 1964.  In 2014 he published his memoir,  Consider This  and recently completed a new work,  Sting of the Whip .   www.walterbeach.com

Scholar and Community Leader

Walter Beach III (New York, NY) serves as the Director of the North Eastern Division of Amer-I-Can Foundation for Social Change founded by Hall of Famer Jim Brown. His former roles include Chief of Recreation in Brooklyn for the New York Parks and Recreation Department, Child Welfare Administrator and Protective Diagnostic Caseworker of NYC, Director of Training for NYC Department of Correction, Executive Director of the Counseling Testing Service for YMCA New York, defensive corner back with the Cleveland Browns, winning the World Championship in 1964.

In 2014 he published his memoir, Consider This and recently completed a new work, Sting of the Whip.

www.walterbeach.com

  Motion Designer & Visual Artist   Daniel Barnes akd Danielin3D (Atlanta, GA) is a multi disciplinary artist with skills in motion design, animation, visual effects and new emerging technologies. Recent projects feature the use of VR/AR, holograms and unique multiscreen displays. His work is locally and internationally featured in television, film, web, print, museums, retail stores and trade shows. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @danielin3d   www.danielin3d.com

Motion Designer & Visual Artist

Daniel Barnes akd Danielin3D (Atlanta, GA) is a multi disciplinary artist with skills in motion design, animation, visual effects and new emerging technologies. Recent projects feature the use of VR/AR, holograms and unique multiscreen displays. His work is locally and internationally featured in television, film, web, print, museums, retail stores and trade shows. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @danielin3d

www.danielin3d.com

  Dance Artist & Choreographer   Jade Solomon Curtis (Seattle, WA) founder of  Solo Magic  and the visionary behind  Black Like Me : An Exploration of the Word Nigger  is a dance artist and choreographer who integrates classical and African American vernacular movements with mixed-media and Hip Hop culture. Through the lens of a contemporary black woman, Curtis’ works ponder tradition and reinvention, social justice and injustice, social constructs as well as intuition and logic- often resulting in a counter-narrative and the subversion of an idea. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @jade_solomon_

Dance Artist & Choreographer

Jade Solomon Curtis (Seattle, WA) founder of Solo Magic and the visionary behind Black Like Me : An Exploration of the Word Nigger is a dance artist and choreographer who integrates classical and African American vernacular movements with mixed-media and Hip Hop culture. Through the lens of a contemporary black woman, Curtis’ works ponder tradition and reinvention, social justice and injustice, social constructs as well as intuition and logic- often resulting in a counter-narrative and the subversion of an idea. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @jade_solomon_

 
  Lighting and Projected Media Designer   Reed Nakayama (Seattle, WA) is a designer of Lighting and Projected Media. His work has included collaborations with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Teatro Zinzanni. Recent works include  Proof at Strawberry Theatre Workshop; a Butoh piece by Alan Sutherland called  Little Brown Mushrooms,  and INTIMAN's  Power: from the Mouths of the Occupied  by Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors. Follow him on Ello  @rnakayama .

Lighting and Projected Media Designer

Reed Nakayama (Seattle, WA) is a designer of Lighting and Projected Media. His work has included collaborations with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Teatro Zinzanni. Recent works include Proof at StrawberryTheatre Workshop; a Butoh piece by Alan Sutherland called Little Brown Mushrooms, and INTIMAN's Power: from the Mouths of the Occupied by Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors. Follow him on Ello @rnakayama.

  Sound Designer & DJ   Barry Jones aka DJ Topspin (Seattle, WA)  Whether holding court at one of his destinations or self­-promoted at Seattle hotspots, sharing the bill with premiere national and international artists, releasing critically acclaimed mixtapes, or touring with his distinctive and harmonic selection of funk, soulful house, Hip Hop and R&B, reggae/dance hall, house, contemporary and classic soul, DJ Topspin aka Blendidana Jones is distinguished and established within the Pacific Northwest and across the globe as “in the pocket”, deftly smooth, consistently creative and energetic.

Sound Designer & DJ

Barry Jones aka DJ Topspin (Seattle, WA)

Whether holding court at one of his destinations or self­-promoted at Seattle hotspots, sharing the bill with premiere national and international artists, releasing critically acclaimed mixtapes, or touring with his distinctive and harmonic selection of funk, soulful house, Hip Hop and R&B, reggae/dance hall, house, contemporary and classic soul, DJ Topspin aka Blendidana Jones is distinguished and established within the Pacific Northwest and across the globe as “in the pocket”, deftly smooth, consistently creative and energetic.

  Media Curator & Digital Designer    ViBEHEAVY  (Seattle, WA) is a creative collective of entertainment and technology innovators based in the heart of Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. We are a team of geeks, business strategists, technologist, software engineers fine artists, illustrators, photographers, videographers and social media gurus; essentially creators of all things digital and cool! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @vibeheavy

Media Curator & Digital Designer

ViBEHEAVY (Seattle, WA) is a creative collective of entertainment and technology innovators based in the heart of Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. We are a team of geeks, business strategists, technologist, software engineers fine artists, illustrators, photographers, videographers and social media gurus; essentially creators of all things digital and cool! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @vibeheavy


Keeper of Sadness (work-in-progress)

Keeper of Sadness aims to give voice to the pain that lays dormant in the bellies of so many women of color. It will give voice to the voices ignored throughout history—often self-suffocated as a means of survival—and further divulge the pain marginalized women have genetically recycled without the ability to purge.

"While in the early stages of the creative process for Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Nigger, I experienced a deep sadness that often left me paralyzed with exhaustion, frustration, and anger. I spent days weeping and nights trying to make sense of it all. Out of it came the desire to develop and explore the pain I found so difficult to put into words."

Solo Magic choreographer, Jade Solomon Curtis and dance artist, Alexis "Tilly" Evans-Kreuger in rehearsal during a residency at Base Experimental Arts + Space. Music Barbara Hendricks "Laudate Dominum de W.A. Mozart"

This is strictly for the artist's non-commercial usage.

Support provided by: Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Artist Trust and 4Culture.