“They Still Want To Kill Us” is an aria by composer and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), performed by mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, and directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

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Sozo Creative in partnership with arts institutions from across the US present the short film “They Still Want To Kill Us” to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It speaks truth to what transpired in 1921 at the Tulsa Race Massacre, an atrocity all but deleted from history until recently. The work's premiere marks one year since the murder of George Floyd: a commentary on our progress this last century on the issue of race and America’s treatment of Black life.

Immediately after the short film is a conversation with DBR and Bridges, moderated by Jamilla Deria.

“What happened to American citizens on May 31, 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma was a massacre by white people perpetrated upon Black people. A toxic mix of misinformation, bigotry, ignorance, and white rage ignited a race war that left hundreds dead, a community destroyed, and a nation still struggling for its identity. It seems that some white people still want to kill us (Black people), and the murder of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and so many others is evidence of this bloodlust sown deep within the American psyche. What are the words and methods of The New Racism? Each day we bear witness to it. Violence against those who are Other in America is deeply rooted in our history, and we have a choice. We can be silent -- or we can move mountains and create new spaces for our communities.” - DBR

𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) @danielroumain

𝗠𝗲𝘇𝘇𝗼-𝘀𝗼𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗼
J'Nai Bridges @jnaibmezzo

𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆
Yoram Savion @yoram.savion

𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿
Anna-Sharé Blake @callmesevana

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆
Rika Iino @rikaiino
Ichun Yeh @tpetonyc
Jamilla Deria @umassfac

𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝘆
Sam Wolff @samwol_f

𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗮
Olaa Olabi @olaaolabi

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿
Dana Greenfield @danaagreeen

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁
Michelle Chan @miichellechaan

𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘂𝗽
Sacha Harford @sachaharford

𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 & 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆
Melissa Higgins @exigeante

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
Sozo Creative @sozoartists

DBR’s new aria short film, “They Still Want To Kill Us,” is commissioned by the Apollo Theater, Opera Philadelphia, the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere, Joe's Pub, Stanford Live, University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Creative Alliance, Bill Bragin, and Washington Performing Arts with support from National Sawdust and the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation.

𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀
Phillips Theological Seminary, ENDEAVORS Oakland, Central Park Conservancy, The Sultan Room

𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
Oakland, CA; The Sultan Room, Brooklyn, NY; and Seneca Village, Central Park, New York, NY

𝗗𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆
ActiveCultures, Esty Dinur, globalFEST, ¡Globalquerque!, and HotHouse

𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗰𝗼𝗽𝘆𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁
© 2021 Daniel Bernard Roumain / DBR Music

𝗩𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗽𝘆𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁
© 2021 Sozo Artists Inc

𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗢𝗸𝗹𝗮𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲
Rev. S. S. Jones Home Movie Collection - Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Naomi Long Madgett

May 25

THEY STILL WANT TO KILL US feat. J'Nai Bridges & DBR | the uncensored aria