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Black men in media


Group discussions related to the video installation "Question Bridge: Black Males" will begin on Wednesday, October 8, at Rochester Contemporary Art Center with an open dialogue about representation of black men in the media.

The discussion is organized by the Democrat and Chronicle and will feature D&C staff writer Gary Craig, editorial page editor James Lawrence, Minority Reporter publisher-editor Dave McCleary, and 10NBC news anchor Janet Lomax.

The panel, moderated by Lawrence, will pose questions such as, "What is the role of the media in defining who you are?" and "How do the meanings behind hip-hop songs affect you?"

These discussions — held weekly for the most part — will expand on "QB:BM," a video project that collects questions and responses from black men around the country. The questions — posed by one man, then later shown to and answered by another — cover a vast spectrum of topics in order to open a discussion about the diverse black male experience in the US.

Discussions will be held on October 8, 15, 22, 24, 29, and November 5, 7, and 12. More details:

City Newspaper will cover the discussions. We will be posting brief recaps on Thursdays as well as seeking reader feedback. To find those recaps, and to read more about "Question Bridge: Black Males" (under the September 24 cover story "Connecting the Spectrum"):