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