National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), the Harlem-based media arts organization, is presenting a Web series examining Black mixed identity in the 21st century through the lens of the history of racial classification in the United States.
Evoking the Mulatto, by Black Public Media Digital Arts Fellow Lindsay C. Harris, premieres on Thursday, with new episodes being released weekly on NBPC’s YouTube Channel and website, blackpublicmedia.org.
The series concludes with a screening of all four episodes and a panel discussion on Thursday, November 19, at the YouTube Space NY, located in the Chelsea Market building, 75 Ninth Avenue, Sixth Floor, in Manhattan. NBPC is a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to media content about the Black experience.
Evoking the Mulatto is a transmedia, interactive video art project, consisting of video interviews, photographic portraits, animation, and historical mappings that hopes to navigate race within and beyond a Black-White binary, while inspiring a broader discussion on humanity, the right to one’s own body and the right to one’s own identity. Interviews with young artists and activists have been developed by Harris into a Web series covering a variety of themes, from terminology and personal relationships to media and politics in the age of a Black (and biracial) president—all while asking, “Are we really post-race?”
Harris is a Brooklyn-based media artist, activist, and educator who creates transmedia projects exploring identity, presence and history. In 2013, she was selected for NBPC’s Black Public Media Digital Media Arts Fellowship, an immersive, next-media mentoring program designed to provide emerging producers of African descent a foothold in new/multiplatform careers in the digital arts where she completed post-production of the Web series. The program helps young producers shape web/multiplatform ideas with limited financial support, mentorship and access to professional equipment. Harris was mentored by NBPC Founder and President Emeritus Mable Haddock.
“NBPC has always been a place where emerging producers can hone their projects, so we were glad to have Lindsay as one of our digital media fellows,” said NBPC Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz. “A standout talent with exciting ideas, Lindsay is a young producer we expect to be hearing a lot more about in future years.”
The series will culminate on Thursday, November 19, at 6:30 pm in a screening of all four episodes of Evoking the Mulatto followed by a panel discussion featuring Harris, a project interviewee, and New School Director of Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice Judy Pryor-Ramirez at the YouTube Space NY. The panel will be moderated by cultural programmer and arts administrator Maura Cuffie. Panelists will take up Evoking the Mulatto’s themes: historical/structural racism, mixed identity/
terminology/experiences and media representation, among other topics. The event will be live streamed on NBPC’s YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/user/NBPC, and website,www.blackpublicmedia.org.
To register for the live event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evoking-the-mulatto-screening-discussion-tickets-19176738140?aff=es2.
To explore Evoking the Mulatto, visit http://evokingthemulatto.com/. Join the conversation on Twitter (@EvokingMulatto) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EvokingtheMulatto). For more information on NBPC, visit www.blackpublicmedia.org or follow the organization on Twitter (@BLKPublicMedia) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BlackPublicMedia).
Photos by Lindsay C. Harris.
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