African-American-Artists

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Inspiring women [2/?]: Viola Davis

“The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity. Humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that. They understand that. They understand that when you bring a human being to life you show all the flaws as well as the beauty. We, as African American artists, are more concerned with image and message and not execution. Which is why every time you see our images they’ve been watered down to a point where they are not realistic at all. It’s like all of our humanity has been washed out. We as artists cannot be politicians. We as artists can only be truth tellers.”

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Rammellzee X Basquiat X 1982

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Rammellzee on Santa Monica Blvd after exiting Maxfields in Los Angeles. Photos by Basquiat’s assistant Stephen Torton. 

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A young Shy Tracee Ellis Ross sings with her mother Diana Ross and sisters