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Creative Alliance in conjunction with Arts Organizations from around the Country Present the World Premiere of “They Still Want to Kill Us”
An Uncensored Aria performed and composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Featuring mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and directed by Yoram Savion
Commemorating centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and marking 1 year since the murder of George Floyd
On May 25, 2021 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern, a group of arts institutions across the nation will premiere the short film “They Still Want To Kill Us,” an aria by composer and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), performed by mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, and directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It speaks truth to what transpired in 1921 at the Tulsa Race Massacre, an atrocity all but deleted from history until recently. The work is being premiered to mark one year since the murder of George Floyd: a commentary on our progress this last century on the issue of race and America’s treatment of Black life.
They Still Want to Kill Us will premiere on YouTube and Facebook; beginning May 26 it will stream for FREE at creativealliance.org until July 31.
The program will include the premiere of the piece by Savion, a discussion with DBR and Bridges, moderated by Jamilla Deria and a statement by Damario Solomon-Simmons of the Justice for Greenwood Foundation.
Learn more about the uncensored aria and project at www.theystillwanttokillus.com.
“What happened to American citizens on May 31, 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma was a massacre by white people perpetrated upon Black people. A toxic mix of misinformation, bigotry, ignorance, and white rage ignited a race war that left hundreds dead, a community destroyed, and a nation still struggling for its identity. It seems that some white people still want to kill us (Black people), and the murder of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and so many others is evidence of this bloodlust sown deep within the American psyche. What are the words and methods of The New Racism? Each day we bear witness to it. Violence against those who are Other in America is deeply rooted in our history, and we have a choice. We can be silent -- or we can move mountains and create new spaces for our communities.” – Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)