Media Manipulating the Image of the Black Man

Part 2 of "Three Willies" Sat 17 Nov 2001
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In collaboration with The Kitchen, the Vera List Center will host two art-based civic dialogues, based on "The Three Willies," a performance piece that will have its NY premiere at The Kitchen. This multimedia jazz opera explodes the stereotype of "Black men as perpetual suspect," and the manipulation of this stereotype by the media. The action takes place during the 1988 presidential campaign, in which a Republican Party TV commercial used the controversial figure of Willie Horton to invoke racial and social fears. Set in a family living room, it follows the charged relationships among three generations of Black men, as TV newscasts interrupt their interchange with all too familiar "criminal" images. Participants will include artists, activists, politicians, and journalists.

"Three Willies" performance at The Kitchen was by Leroy Jenkins, Homer Jackson and Talvin Wilks.