Many of you know Gil Scott-Heron’s song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” given its numerous citations in popular American culture or because your parents made it required listening. If you don’t know much beyond this one song, I highly recommend coming to know Heron through more of his music. The New York Times published an informative obituary of Heron when he passed away in 2011.
Artist Hank Willis Thomas collaborated with Kambui Olujimi to mourn, critique, and provoke questions stemming from the murder of his beloved cousin Songha Thomas Willis. Their five-minute short film, Winter in America takes its title and uses the Heron track in a way that draws attention to the reasonable concerns about the demise of promise in American life.
Ever listened to Heron’s “Winter in America?” If not, take a moment to check it out and tell us what you think.