Fresh off the heels of an exciting awards season, Janelle Monáe has teamed up with Magnolia Pictures and Mic.com to release “Know Your Baldwin“- a powerful, socially conscious visual presentation that not only extends the conversation of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, but also inspires audiences to get familiar with the genius of James Baldwin and engages a “woke” generation to act and make sense of this moment in history.
As the video reports, “these artists and activists are echoing the past to contextualize the present,” and just like the documentary, it does its job to parallel the experiences of our forefathers with the realities of today and the fears of our future.
In its final words, “Study your Baldwin! Read James Baldwin! Know Your Baldwin!” the voices give a call-to-action to educate ourselves and suggest that through the power of knowledge, we can work, both individually and collectively, to make change in our society.
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