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damali ayo panhandling for reparations payments

Living Flag {format} {format} 10:06 damali ayo & Dmae Roberts

A woman sits cross-legged, panhandling on a busy city sidewalk. She takes money only from white folks, and gives it to blacks who pass by. Her sign reads: "200 Years of Slavery in the United States. Reparation payments accepted here." damali ayo is a street performance artist. "I offer people a convenient opportunity to pay for the unpaid labor of African Americans." This piece is part of her "living flag."

Broadcast: Nov 13 2007 on HV PODCAST; Nov 7 2004 on PRI/WNYC Studio 360 Subjects: Art, Historical, African American, Justice

damali reflecting in mirrors

Paintmixers {format} {format} 5:57 damali ayo & Dmae Roberts

Performance artist damali ayo heads to hardware stores looking for paint in some shades of dark brown... her own: face, inner thigh, left breast. "I asked him if he could match any color. He said yes, and then I pointed to my skin. He said (and continued to repeat), 'I've never done a flesh tone' which I liked, because it was the first time my skin was referred to as a flesh tone." (Paint-scripts at Re-aired on "The Nude," WNYC Studio 360. [transcript]

Broadcast: Jun 4 2004 on PRI/WNYC Studio 360 Subjects: Art, African American

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