This music video cantata is a project of The NY State Poor People's Campaign. We believe that one of the strategies to create change is to shift the narrative by changing the narrators. In FACE OF THE STATE, we have assembled dozens of stories from around NY State that were collected by PPC members trained to use their cell phones to document conditions we all live under, and combined them with song and rap by Jendog Lonewolf, Lindsey Wilson, and Matt Puckett.
"an Artist's duty, as far as i'm concerned, is to reflect the times. i think that is true of Painters, Sculptors, Poets, Musicians. as far as i'm concerned, it's their choice, but i CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which i find myself...that, to me, is my duty...and at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, i don't think you can help but be involved. young people, Black and white, know this; that's why they're so involved in politics. we will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore, so i don't think you have a choice. how can you be an Artist and NOT reflect the times? that, to me, is the definition of an Artist."
-Aunty Nina Simone
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