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(Mis)represent: The black female body in performance

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Accurate representations of people, places, and things is considered not only timely and appropriate in the fine and performing arts, but in any form of media. Be it historical or contemporary, sometimes, the images and representations are reminiscent of "blurred lines"; however, we are not making reference to a certain song (with a heavily borrowed loop from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up"). The focus is on the performing and visual arts, along with its relative impact in the promotion of images, accurate or inaccurate.

A critique, analysis, and determination taking place at Spelman College features leading female artist scholars provides the general public a foray into this area of concern. Entitled "Misrepresentation of the Black Female Body in Performance", imagery, performance, and media are examined as well as their impact, be it uplifting or adverse.

Monday's (March 31st) open (to the public) panel discussion takes place at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (350 Spelman Lane SW in Atlanta). Starting at 6pm, those in attendance are scheduled to hear from Camille A. Brown, Makeba Dixon-Hill, Angela Harris, Shannan Smith, and Dr. Michelle S. Hite as they take the lead in the debate and discussion. T. Lang, a professor and director of T. Lang Dance, is serving as the moderator.

Timely topics, along with timely discussion, can be applied to multiple areas of concern. When multiple segments of the community are able to be a part of the conversation, they are able to gain a better understanding of the matters at hand, and more importantly, place themselves in a position to be a more proactive element in helping solve the problem or make it more manageable. This mindset is clearly and readily applicable when it relates to the fine and performing arts; the meeting of the minds at Spelman College (tomorrow evening) provide members of the arts community, along with the greater community, a similar opportunity to do so as it relates to the presentation of the black female within the aforementioned realm of influence and performance.

Tomorrow is a way to represent, or at least better challenge the misrepresentations that are present.

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