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#1313: Responding to Nadine's comments (fwd)
I am glad Nadine is changing the subject. I want to add that whites are not
only buying the records. They are also the audience. If one goes to
predominantly black artist events, be it performing arts like concerts plays
or comedies or visual arts exhibits like paintings or sculpture, caucasian
is primarily the audience.
What does this phenomenon indicate? Is it economics? Is it lack of
appreciation for the arts from the black community ?
I can give anecdotes related to the latter question. I brought back couple
art pieces that I bought in Centre D' Art in Haiti and gave one to a
relative. He said he does not want it in his house. A haitian came to my
house and saw mahogany pieces and paintings in my living room and kitchen and
said to me "Why don't you put them in the basement? whereas "a blan" said to
me" Your place is like a museum.
While organizing an event with my parish council, I suggested to have story
telling, poetry reading and art exhibits. The response was" Nekita, Ide sa a
pa bon menm." This is not a good idea at all.
I don't know about other black groups. However I attended a presentation by
Afro -American artists lately entitled " Why is white the audience? What I
gather is black artists don't get support from their black brothers and
I bought a magazine called "Kompa" last September. It looks a Haitian Vibe
or Source (hip-hop magazines) version. Are the editors on Corbett Land?
I have heard a lot from linguists. Let's hear from musicians, painters,
actors, comedians and other artists now.