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A Prohibition

From: Terin Mayer
Length: 04:27

Three students reflect on what it means to be "Black" at Carleton College
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A Prohibition
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Terin Mayer

Terinandkayeen_small Originally curated for a temporary museum installation at Carleton College, "A Prohibition" is a poetic contemplation of campus race relations. What do you mean when you say the word "black"? Why can't you say the word "nigger"? Three African American students navigate the language of identity.

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Originally curated for a temporary museum installation at Carleton College, "A Prohibition" is a poetic contemplation of campus race relations. What do you mean when you say the word "black"? Why can't you say the word "nigger"? Three African American students navigate the language of identity.

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Review of A Prohibition

This peice is an artistic gem. The way that it was edited with the voices intertwining with the music made each word come to life. When speaking about race relations, it struck the delicate balance between emotion and informative. Bravo!

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"A Prohibition" is a tone poem voiced by three young people who look at identity, race, and the use of the word "nigger". Terin Mayer skillfully weaves music and word here to support the speakers sentiments and heartfelt expressions, though I long for the day when we can feature sensitive portraits of African Americans that do NOT feature saxophone as the default backdrop.

That having been said,they happen to be perfect in their application in this feature.

Note to PD's and programmers :

The word nigger appears several times in a poem featured in the piece. Please resist temptaions to bleep out these references. They are vital to the overall effectiveness of this feature.

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