It’s been a wild year for me thus far, and these past few weeks have included some of the most rewarding, insightful, and meaningful moments I could have ever asked for. From the release of The Fifth Tape, to my short but memorable adventures throughout Portugal, to the deeply nourishing and necessary time spent with my girl in Sweden, 2019 has already been filled with experiences that have made a sincere impact on my personal growth.
Upon coming back from Sweden, I received news that my older Brother Khalik would be screening our film Black Mother in Jamaica for the first time. The University of West Indies in Kingston wanted Kha to screen the film on campus and provide some workshops to the film students there. So without much time to assimilate being back in New York, I dipped out to Jamaica with my Brother to experience this legendary moment together.
This was my first opportunity to spend some time in Jamaica since completing the film. Getting to experience the sunshine, coconuts, fresh fruit, and energy from my maternal homeland was really beneficial for me. Creating this film was one of the most difficult things I have ever been a part of. I don’t think anyone will ever truly understand the amount of prayer, hard work, and sacrifice it took to complete this project. To see my big bro dedicate himself completely to this piece of art and to be a witness of his surreal work ethic was and is beyond inspiring for me. To finally screen the film in Jamaica a year after it’s initial release in the States was a profound moment for my family and I. Black Mother has screened in over 20 countries and countless cities across the world, but to have it return Home and be given such a warm welcome by the island that birthed it was deeeeeep.
Two days after the UWI screening in Kingston my brother and I screened the film at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Black Mother being the closing film of their Caribbean Film Festival. It was beautiful to see so my mom, her sister, close friends, and so many others in attendance thoroughly enjoy the film. I brought along my friend Nick who has been patiently waiting to experience the film and it was an honor to discuss the film in depth with him during our drive home. The film will have a few more theatrical releases throughout the states, and some additional screenings in New York this April. If interested, check out more information here.
With me deciding to be fully present during my last few weeks in Sweden, and with all of the excitement regarding the recent screenings of Black Mother, I have been slower than I would have liked to be regarding updating this website and blog; and also with creating and releasing further content relating to The Fifth Tape. Despite that, the outpouring of love I still receive weekly from those who have delved into the album is fucking incredible. Truly, to all those that have supported this album, and everything else I do, I have immense gratitude for you. Now that I am back home returning to my normal routine and outlining what is next for me, I plan on being more consistent with updating this blog and getting out some of this additional album content I’ve been working on the past few weeks! Stay tuned with all updates regarding the site by subscribing below, Much Love!