Conceptualized by Joy Postell and Malaika Aminata, “Consciousness” was filmed in award winning, Bronx-based visual artist, Abigail DeVille’s exhibition “ Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars”. Inspired by the rich histories and talented creators of Baltimore City, “Consciousness”, takes the viewer on a journey of the displaced African experience in America, tapping into the energy of notable profound woman and characters whose mindset and actions were revitalizing and revolutionary. Through the video viewers will be prompted to pay homage to the past, be aware of the present, and in turn envision a free future.

This is Consciousness.

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Consciousness Credits:

Directed by Malaika Aminata & Joy Postell
Shot by Malaika Aminata & Keem Griffey
Edited by Keem Griffey & Joy Postell

Make-up by Cierra Lione & Kimberly Bailey
Wardrobe/Hair by Alisa Brock & Keeper’s Vintage

Location:

The Peale Museum,
“Only When It’s Dark Enough You Can See The Stars” by Abigail DeVille

Special Thanks to:

Deana Haggag & Lee Heinemann of The Contemporary, Erica Bentley of Keeper’s Vintage, Al Rogers Jr., Angel King, Ashley Cheyanne Givens, Danae Bell, Eean Logan, Elon Battle, Grant Lloyd, Greydolf, Isabejja, Jacob Marley, Josh Stokes, Judah Africa, Kendall Cash, Kimia Harris, Paul Vincent, Shane Attles, Sheba Newman, Theresa Chromati, Ugonna Anyadike, Thomas Clifford, Yeye Gogo Nana, Zoe Ubaldo

Written & Performed by Joy Postell
Produced by RC The Great
Additional Keys by Cori Jacobs
Mixed & Mastered by Cori Jacobs

These words mean a lot to me:

Now what if there wasn’t no niggas, just master teachers?
And what if there wasn’t no rappers, only preachers?
Would you eat what they feed you?
And would you let them beset you?
Would you let them box you up and put that price on ya back?
$19.49 thats including the state sales tax
For the money sell ya soul to that confederate flag

Now Wheres this consciousness you speak of?
Told me its hidden in the reefer

And I can smell it in the air like them dark bodies swinging from the poplar tree
And i can feel it in my bones as i become everything they told me not to be

Now wheres this consciousness you speak of?
Told me its hidden in the reefer

Throw that fluoride in ya drink to censor everything you think
Fuck up a third time and then they sentence you to life
This ain’t no game baby, but you keep playin’ baby
Same rope they throw you Is the one you hang from baby

Now wheres this consciousness you speak of?
Told me its hidden in the reefer

Cuz it aint nothing quite like this country of mine
Where a nigga gets shot by a cop at the drop of a dimeBag
Its sad cuz thats really where we at
Yeah thats really where we at

Now wheres this consciousness you speak of?
Told me its hidden in the reefer

Where is this consciousness?
(Where’s this consciousness)
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But You keep rappin’ bout the trap cuz you trapped
And thats exactly where they want you at
Liberate yourself, don’t let em steal your mental health
Cuz its the white ones with the wealth who benefit off what you sell
Throw you in jail, taking away your right to freedom
Shackle you in chains, as if thats really proper treatment
Im not a preacher but i had to let it out
In the name of those before me like Nina Simone and James Brown
Im black and proud yeah yeah I’m black and proud
Im black and proud yeah yeah I’m black and loud
And if u got a problem
You can sit the fuck down

Now wheres this consciousness you speak of?
Told me its hidden in the reefer

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