The Cakewalk dance was developed from a "Prize Walk" done in the days of slavery, generally at get-togethers on plantations. Alternative names for the original form of the dance were "Chalkline-Walk", and the "Walk-Around". Slaves got the 'hand-me' downs to dress up for the 'Buck Dance' for competitions held among the plantation owners. It was their versions of the Army-Navy football games. Winners of the competition would get a cake, hence the cakewalk. Irony of the cakewalk however, is that the slaves turned the tables and often used the competition and exercise as their opportunity to mock and ridicule the plantation owners’ own stupidity.
Social commentaries through a selection of mixed media, oil, and acrylic figurative paintings by Paris based contemporary artist and social critic Ealy Mays.