Older generations often want to impart lessons learned to those that follow, but one Oakland-based project doesn't want to leave that exchange up to chance. Question Bridge: Black Males is a video art installation that features over 150 black males from eleven American cities and towns. The men of all ages, classes, and sexual orientations, take turns asking and answering questions on big life topics, such as love, family, and violence. The project aims to promote constructive dialogue between black men and the rest of the nation, but also to break down limiting stereotypes about black male identity. In this first of five installments, participants Tony Brown, Julian O'Connor, Alex Morgan, and Ronald Porter answer this question, posed by Anthony Trochez: does success require a compromise when you’re a black male.
A group of artists have been hearing questions from the black male community for a while – and they decided to find over 150 black men from around the country who were ready to give thoughtful and difficult answers on some of life’s biggest issues. The result was a video art installation called Question Bridge: Black Males, now on display at theOakland Museum of California. The project aims to promote constructive dialogue between black men and the rest of the nation, but also to break down limiting stereotypes about black male identity. In this second of five installments, participants answer this question, posed by young New York hip-hop artist, Robert Edwards: “Why didn’t ya’ll leave us with the blueprint?”
Sometimes, even when we are sure that we want to do good in the world, it helps to get words of advice and guidance from an older and wiser friend. These types of mentorships are hard to come by – but a group of artists decided they would start the dialogue for one community through art. What was born out of that desire was the art installation called Question Bridge: Black Males, a video dialogue between over 150 black men from across the country, talking about some of life's biggest topics: racism, sexuality, success, and love.