Video by Jasmine Zayas
On Wednesday, the 27th of February, Ping Chong was being interviewed on a reflection of his admirable projects and his views on his experiences. Ping Chong is an international theatre director, playwright, video and installation artist who came to United States from a young age as a Chinese immigrant. He later became a successful and inspiring individual who look deeper in people’s cultural backgrounds and portray those ideas in his plays such as “Undesirable Elements.” We interviewed Ping Chong to talk to him about his experiences and thoughts on his most recent productions, Brooklyn ‘63 and Undesirable Elements.
Video by Vandesha Walker
On the 29th of January,the New Media & Arts fellows carried out on an intriguing journey into the minds of 1963. Having the opportunity to work with Mr. Ping Chong and Talvin Wilkes, fellows got to understand these visionaries’ reasoning for creating a piece that highlighted events from 50 years ago.
Here we are giving you an inside look of the Creative process put into creating the music for the soundtrack and editing the video footage.
Ananda Sitting with Tutty Amin going over the lyrics for her “Emett Till Story” song. Directly inspired by the original story of Emett Till and 651 Arts “Soundtrack 63” Presentation.
So far the process of conceptualizing, writing, producing and recording the music has been a focused journey.
Another huge mission at hand is the process of editing the video footage and putting everything into the timeline so that the story flows right on point. (above) Ethan Johnson instructs the fellows on how to use final cut pro video editing software to go thru the footage and gather all the clips that will be used in the film.
We can’t forget to mention the music production being handled by the fellows themselves and Tutty Amin. The music created will provide the sound bed for both the soundtrack and the score of the film. Things are coming together great!
We are looking very forward to sharing the music with all who will listen :-)
To a better future,
Even with the first, second, and third waves of feminism, sexim is still very much a part of culture. This culture resides doesn’t only reside in the United States; other countries are better known for their disdain towards women. In the Dominican Republic, for example, women are the lesser race. While grinding on a man is the ordinary thing for a woman to do at a party in the United States, some places in the Dominican Republic would shun a woman for doing so and humiliate her. On top of this, it is much harder for a woman to acquire a job that a man might find so easy to obtain. My friend, who resides in the Dominican Republic, shared with me that it was impossible for her to find a job because girls her age, (17), were not granted a job as easily as boys her age were. In addition to that, she would be paid less than a man completing the same job as her. In this culture, and many others, it is normal- and even encouraged- to assume that women simply do not possess the same set of skills that men do. For this reason, many societies believe that women do not deserve the same pay as a man in an equal position.
On top of this is also the degrading of women among the social media. Music videos and the music lyrics themselves consist of the labeling of women as sex objects. Teenagers of both genders applaud the degrading music that is released, as it becomes a “cool” social practice. In places such as Facebook, women are also targeted sexually when they are called derogatory names to emphasize on their supposed promiscuity. Men are not the only ones to blame in situations such as these. A disgustingly large amount of women also partake in these degrading practices, not taking into consideration that it doesn’t save them from being labeled. Women use the labeling of other women in order to make themselves feel better because they lack the self-esteem to grow out of the social norm and stand up to their oppressors. Let your generation be the one to fight back- and win.