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Affirmations and Anthem

Marlon T. Riggs 1990-1991 19 min. USA
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Anthem and Affirmations Produced, Directed and Edited by Marlon T. Riggs

Anthem 1991, 9 min. Marlon Rigg's experimental music video politicizes the homoeroticism of African-American men. With images–sensual, sexual and defiant and words intended to provoke, Anthem reasserts the "self-evident right" to life and liberty in an era of pervasive anti-gay, anti-Black backlash and hysterical cultural repression.

Affirmations 1990, 10 min. An exploration of Black gay male desires and dreams. Affirmations starts with an affectionate, humorous confessional and moves on to a wish for empowerment and incorporation.

"My struggle has allowed me to transcend that sense of shame and stigma identified with my being a Black gay man. Having come through that fire, they can't touch me." –Marlon T. Riggs

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