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Black Lives Matter Successfully Kicks Off the Provocateurs Series at California African American Museum

Walter Mosley, Staceyann Chin, Emory Douglas, Shamell Bell and More Shared Their Reflections on Art & Activism for The Provocateurs: Master Series

Black Lives Matter Global Network introduced its new arts and culture project The Provocateurs: A Masters Series last week at California African American Museum in conjunction with the museum’s We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965 – 85 exhibition. The evening opened with BLM co-founder and artist Patrise Khan-Cullors reminding the full house of attendees that, “Every moment is a historical moment” and recalling the vital role art has always played in the black community and the movement.

The program featured 12 minute TED talk style performances, presentations and talks by a variety of multigenerational visual artists, dancers, spoken word artists, DJ’s and authors providing an array of personal experiences with radical art and activism. Dancer Shamell Bell reminded the audience to, “Use your talent for the movement,” and Staceyann Chin affirmed that, “Rage is mighty important.”

The full list of presenters and panelists included:

  • Emory Douglas, Artist/Former Black Panther Party Minister of Culture
  • Lynnée Denise, DJ
  • Maren Hassinger, Sculpture activist
  • Miss Prissy, “Queen Krump” (Rize)
  • Shamell Bell, Street dancer activist
  • Staceyann Chin, Spoken word poet and performing artist
  • Walter Mosley, Best-selling author

The Provocateurs was taped live and will be shown online later this year. For more information on the provocateurs please visit https://blacklivesmatter.com/the-provocateurs-a-master-series/.


The Provocateurs is a creative video series produced by Black Lives Matter Art + Culture. The series features established artists and creatives from all fields who create within a politically radical framework. Artists will give 12 min TED- style talks about their practice and journey as a provocative Black Artist. #WeAreProvocateurs




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