Unfortunately, we live in a time where violence against black and brown people is seemingly more frequent, including, the events that occured in Charleston, South Carolina where nine lives in a popular black church were abrutply ended by a racist coward behind a gun. Inspired by such events, singer and songwriter Steff Reed is establishing an art exhibit, along with his song and documentary “Frontline.”
Steff Reed gave his own words regarding the exhbition:
I’ve had very strong emotions about the recent incidents involving police brutality that have led to the senseless murders of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, among countless (and often nameless) others. These incidents have made me reflect on the and the corruption and inequality of the American justice system that has perpetually allowed overzealous cops and neighborhood watch volunteers alike to literally get away with murder. The anger and frustration of feeling powerless and hopeless, yet outraged, compelled me to share my thoughts.
My intention was to start a dialog within my community and sphere of influence that would inspire action that would then lead to social change and institutional reform in the way people of color (young black males in particular) are viewed and treated in this country. Black lives matter and police should be held accountable for their abuse of power.
I initially created the song “Frontline” as a means to raise the conversation. After the release of the song and experiencing the positive affect it has had, i was inspired to shoot a documentary and curate an art show to further continue the conversation of racism and police brutality in America.
The exhibition is today, Friday the 19th of June from 7 PM to 11 PM at City Bird Gallery, 191 Henry Street in NYC 10002. For more information, check the flyer below. “Frontline” is available on iTunes, now.