ART AND CONSCIOUSNESS - This playlist of two videos – Art and Consciousness, parts I and II, brings together clips taken from the April 22, 2016, closing LoveFest of the Revolutionary Love Leadership Series. Revolutionary Love Leaders William S. Peters, Sr. and L. Michelle Odom led a discussion on the role of art and the artist in raising community consciousness.
In Part I, Bill recalls how certain terms he used (like “Bless Up” and “Inner Child”) have become more popular, and as artists, we can’t always see what impact we have. Michelle relates this experience to how a friend once credited her with changing the vibe on Facebook among her circle of friends, with her Black History Notes.
We also discuss the spiritual path of creative souls, with Michelle relaying a story about how she met writer Robert Gibbons, and wandered into a block party hosted by Spike Lee, honoring the life of The Artist on the night Prince passed away.
Michelle also noted the connection among Black women and men, mothers and sons, and offered her appreciation for seeing that women’s voices were included in this anthology on Black men. Bill talked about the importance of using our artistic voices to assert we “will not go quietly into the night.”
Finally, we focused attention on the importance of community as a location of transmitting the history and knowledge needed to expand consciousness and spark social change.
In Part II, our discussion on the role of the artist begins with the reading of two poems – “Five Spot” and “In Line” – by Shareef Abdur-Rasheed and ‘just bill,’ respectively.
Comments include the different ways in which people learn and the power of the arts to touch us in special ways.
We then shared our appreciation of each other and how we feel about our inclusion in Series 2 of the Revolutionary Love Leadership Series. Venita Walker expressed her love for Bill’s work and how much she has learned from Shareef’s presence. Shareef mentioned some of the artists who touched his life, like Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. Michelle reminded our audience that Shareef Abdur-Rasheed recently published his first book, “Poetic Snacks for the Conscious Munchies,” and noted our co-host, William S. Peters, Sr., is the author of close to 40 books, and has published, via Inner Child Press, the works of many other artists.
Finally, bringing her to tears, Bill praised the work of this reading circle and encouraged Michelle (as usual) to write the books he knows are resting in her breast.
The April 22nd LoveFest focused on the Epilogue, included in the anthology “Black Male-D,” by Inner Child Press, and the Series 2 Closing. L. Michelle Odom and William S. Peters, Sr. co-hosted the event and were joined by Love Leaders Venita Goines Walker and Shareef Abdur-Rasheed.https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCE4NoD56fqdVRwVfHxkUS0K8risVM2Xy