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Several recent public incidents prove that toxic Black masculinity exists and what better way to address it then through the lens of art.

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1. Scottsdale Killing Spree Suspect

In late May/early June, Dwight Lamont Jones shot and killed six people in relation to divorce proceedings with ex-wife, Connie Jones. Dwight later took his life in a standoff with the police. Though the couple’s divorce was finalized in 2011, the shootings transpired as a result of nine years of suicidal threats, stalking, abuse and violence, Connie said she and her family experienced at the hands of her ex.

2. San Bernardino School Shooting

In April 2017 Cederic Anderson, 53, fatally shot his wife Karen, a special needs teacher, in front of her students at a school in San Bernardino in California. Anderson’s bullets in turn also fatally wounded Jonathan Martinez, an eight-year-old student. In the end he turned the gun on himself. The couple was estranged after their recent marriage two months prior to the shooting. Anderson had a prior history of domestic violence incidents. His wife Karen reported his possessive, stalking behavior to the police and to friends and family, but felt that he posed no real threat, until that fateful day in April.