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From Nina Simone Four Women
Nina Simone: Music, Truth and Activism
Nina Simone has long been heralded a vanguard voice for civil rights, social justice and political activism. “Four Women," released in 1966, is her musical treatise on standards of beauty and the history that the skin color, hair texture and facial features of each of these four women represent. With her own full lips, broad nose, and dark skin, Nina Simone inhabited a world diametrically opposite the standard of beauty as defined in the western world.
Her composition “Four Women" presents four African American female archetypes and captures perfectly the dichotomy in the definition of Black American standards of beauty. With Geter’s masterful line Aunt Sarah, Saffronia, Sweet Thing and the defiant Peaches are given form, providing many educational opportunities to explore notions of beauty, history, gender roles, spirituality and the marriage of music and art.
ART OF THE MISDIRECT
An Inside Look
In The Art of The Misdirect, young men are adorned in hoodie, a garment which has become synonymous with violence when worn by young African American males, while becoming a mainstay of the hip American fashion industry. In Geter’s work the young man is filled with intellectual curiosity. Their expressions does not reflect anger; They are non-threatening and self contained, all of which is in stark contrast to media reports. In his narrative, Geter makes the point that explore the fact that internationally celebrated designers co-opt this exact style, making millions of dollars in the process.