"This means, in the case of an American Negro, born in that glittering republic, and the moment you are born, since you don’t know any better, every stick and stone and every face is white.
And since you have not yet seen a mirror, you suppose that you are, too. It comes as a great shock around the age of 5, or 6, or 7, to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance, along with everybody else, has not pledged allegiance to you. . ."
I never wanted to do an art series about being black in America. When you’re in the art industry there is a stigma that comes with being Black and an Artist. You’re not labeled as an Artist but as a BLACK ARTIST. Which, means to the Art Community you should be making Black Art all the time. It’s 2017 and I’m going through this year of black/brown empowerment. I’m a biracial woman, that’s an artist. This installation piece is about minorities’ beauty, history of black culture in America and showing my experience in White America. This isn’t about my family history; it isn’t universal to everyone, and this is preaching to the choir. I’m tired of explaining why I’m less privilege than others, I’m tired of explaining how racist our country is, and I’m tired of explaining the difference between racism and classism. Billie James is an expression of Black Society, what we came from, what America is teaching about the past history and how we need to change that.