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Visions & Voices: R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking: Question Bridge : Black Males

This guide was created to accompany the Visions & Voices event: R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking. A six-week exhibition that will run from January 14 through February 28, 2019 at Wallis Annenberg Hall

Question Bridge

The Question Bridge Project is an innovative, transmedia project that uses video to facilitate a conversation among black men from diverse backgrounds. It was originally conceived by Chris Johnson in 1996. The project was revived by Hank Willis Thomas, in collaboration with Kamal Sinclair, and Bayeté Ross Smith in filming over 160 black men in nine American cities, each of whom asked and answered questions posed by other black men. 

The Question Bridge Project includes various platforms, an interactive website and mobile app, as well as community roundtable conversations and a curriculum designed for high school learners. It assembles a series of questions posed to black men, by and for other black men, along with the corresponding responses and portraits of the participants. The questions range from the comic to the sublimely philosophical: from "Am I the only one who has problems eating chicken, watermelon, and bananas in front of white people?" to "Why is it so difficult for black American men in this culture to be themselves, their essential selves, and remain who they truly are?" The answers tackle the issues that continue to surround black male identity today in a uniquely honest, no-holds-barred manner.

While the ostensible subject is black men, the conversation that evolves in these pages is ultimately about the nature of living in a post-Obama, post-Ferguson, post-Voting Rights Act America. Question Bridge is about who we are and what we mean to one another. Most critically, it asks: how can we start to dismantle the myths and misconceptions that have evolved around race and gender in America--how can we reset the narrative about ourselves? (Retrieved from Question Bridge: Black males in America)

Selected Books on Race and Identity

Selected Articles on Black Masculinity

Other articles can be found in journals such as the Journal of Men's Studies, the The Western Journal of Black Studies, and many others.

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