who is Genesis Be?
In 2016, Genesis Be (G.Be) captivated America with a bold theatric protest against the Mississippi State Flag that went viral. Publications such as Billboard, NY Daily News, ABC News, VICE Impact and more featured the young artist and activist, allowing her to share her message of racial healing, gender equality, and youth empowerment. In 2017, she was the subject of a Moral Courage Project documentary "Confederate Pride, White Supremacy & My State Flag" and continues to facilitate civil discourse to improve race relations in her home state Mississippi.
G.Be states "I am an activist because I am a hopeless romantic, I cannot hide my passions nor my pain. My concern for the disregard of the human condition overwhelms me as does the love, magic and wonders I've witness in our World. My art is the vehicle through which I emote"
Her unique perspective explores and challenges our concepts of humanity, exploitation, race dynamics, gender identity and sensuality using multimedia. Her work is often self-critical and satirical at times.
Her upcoming art exhibit "People Not Things" is a series of songs, videos, paintings, and poetry. It explores human connection and her own social, political and romantic relationships as a queer woman of color. She describes her artistic style a cocktail of "self-indulgent abstract esoteric conceptual resistance with a splash of social justice".
She defines Conceptual Resistance as "the exercise of challenging ones own sense of reality thus enhancing the ability to either see an object or event from multiple perspectives simultaneously or to imagine objects and events that exist outside of our mundane understandings of time & space."
The painting of "People Not Things" examines human behavior through the contrasted lens of the “Jinn”, our cosmic counterparts. All of the humans depicted wear hats and are often separated by ledges and barriers that they have created or that they have imagined. The “Jinn” see People with no gender, no race or political allegiance… nor do they see any other labels that we ascribe to one another. The emotions and behaviors of the humans reflect our growing exclusion from one another along with our thirst to be closer to each other… it also explores the capitalist approach to exploitation at the expense of black bodies, women, veterans, immigrants, elderly and the poor… all made possible by material objects, media, technology and our own internal struggle to recognize other humans as People… Not Things.
Latest Press & Interviews
The Sun Herald
DEFIANT NETWORK | VIDEO
ABC NEWS | VIDEO
ROLAND MARTIN | NEWS ONE | VIDEO
Rapper Genesis Be Debuts 'My GCK,' Talks Confederate Flag Protest & Mississippi Pride: Exclusive Premiere
JACKSON FREE PRESS
THE SUN HERALD
Keynote & Performance
11.11.2017 - 11.12.2017
NYU - Van Jones - Trabian Shorters - Aunjanue Ellis - Anurag Gupta - Rev. Jacqui Lewis - Genesis Be- Ebonie Smith
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