New Collective, ‘Black Artists for Black Lives’, to Release Single and Video
Black Artists for Black Lives (BAFBL) was created following the murder of Ahmaud Arbery as a response to the racism and violence afflicted upon Black people.
Dr. Alexander Lloyd Blake reached out to singer/songwriter Danielle Withers. The both of them then created a project with over 50 arrangers, singers, instrumentalists, audio engineers, and video editors.
This collective also has the goal of shinning light on Black creatives and excellence
This collective also strives to portray Black excellence in various art forms as a performative rebuke against the notion that Black artists are only great at certain genres and roles within the entertainment industry.
BAFBL aims to show that although Black creatives are often impacted by false assumptions of their ability and professionalism, their skills and capabilities are more than the racism that happens to them. Danielle Withers said, “BAFBL showcases the myriad of Black creatives in the industry. We want to use our gifts as resources to uplift communities everywhere while connecting with the organizations involved in fighting racial inequality and injustice.”
Aware of the challenges of both representation and agency in the entertainment industry, Black Artists for Black Lives serves as a project that showcases Black creative excellence at every level. This includes contractors, organizers, engineers, video editors, and professional musicians.
Dr. Blake stated “This project became more than just a musical outlet; it became a way for the Black community to console and heal each other.”
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