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Session 4: Images of Malcolm X
-AFRO-PUNK 'Malcolm' by Jermaine Rogers
This 7-color screen print measures approx. 18.5 x 25.5 inches and is printed on white gallery stock. Created for last years AFRO-PUNK Festival in Brooklyn, NYC, this imagery re-imagines Malcolm X as a 'punk'. In reality, he was as punk-rock as one could be. The print was part of a trio of prints depicting 3 African American personalities (Malcolm X, Jimi Hendrix & Spike Lee) as stereo-typical 'punk rockers'. As Afro-Punk spokesman Matthew Morgan said, 'The idea of using these images is in response to the "What Is Afro-punk?" question. Afro-punk is not as literal as 'Black punk rockers'. It's a mind set, not defined by the clothes we wear or the hair style we rock. The images depicted are of the mind set. Using OUR reference instead of the typical perspective of what is punk rock.' The prints are Jermaine's visual interpretation of this ethic and its community, of which he himself is an active member.
Here Sonia Sanchez read this poem:
With the honoring of Malcolm X's life on the anniversary of his assassination, we look at Images of Malcolm X.
Write down the first 7 words that come to mind when you think of Malcolm X? When 10 different people were asked we discovered more than 30 different words. This was evidence of just how many characteristics this one man actually and/or symbolically embodies.
Read "Malcolm" by Sonia Sanchez. We discussed the lines, words and phrases that stood out to us, "do not speak to me of living," etc. What does the author mean with this poem.
We looked at six photos and wrote down different words of characteristics that each image captured of Malcolm. The image to the left, "Malcolm," by Jermaine Rogers, is one example.
REFLECTION: Author's Purpose
For this reflection look at the author's purpose for two of the art works, either the images or Sonia Sanchez' poem. Compare and contrast. What is the author attempting to communicate with this image.