The Black Lives Masquerade: a cinematic music video and interactive presentation
A multidisciplinary ritual, creative direct action, community dialogue and restorative practice forum. The Black Lives Masquerade (a cinematic music video) is a dance-style documentary of the ongoing site-specific, performance ceremony, creative direct action and community engagement project The Black Lives Masquerade conceptualized by Rashad Pridgen. As a cinematic offering, the video captures the presence of an all-Black male-identified ensemble holding space publicly and creatively for the arrival of The Black Lives Masquerade suit. The #blmq8 seeks to reflect on the reclaiming of traditional ceremony in current times, the process of healing in the Black community, responding with creative direct action and bringing awareness to police brutality, gun violence and racial injustice.