Monday, September 19, 2011

Question Bridge


I wanted to get the word out to readers about a fascinating initiative about Black male identity in America. The 411 is included below:

"Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative transmedia art project that facilitates a dialogue between a critical mass of Black men from diverse and contending backgrounds; and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. The project creates and develops a Question Bridge and Identity Map to fulfill its mission:

A Question Bridge is a media-facilitated dialog among a critical mass of people within a demographic. Its core methodology is this: on video, a Black man asks a significant question of a Black man they feel estranged from; on video, a Black man representing that difference, video records his answer.

An Identity Map is a group-generated illustration of self-described identity tags within a single demographic. Black men create a profile on QuestionBridge.com with tag words that they feel describe their identity. These identity tags are synthesized into a comprehensive map that illustrates how Black men in America describe themselves. Our hypothesis is that the map will deconstruct monochromatic views of black men and expose a highly complex, dynamic, and multi-faceted view of their identity.

The Question Bridge and Identity Map are made available for people to explore in multiple ways: a website (QuestionBridge.com), video art installations in museums and galleries, community events and discussions, and the high school and university curriculum."

You can watch a video about the project here. I hope many readers will consider supporting this project and telling others about it.

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