Being a woman is not a story, we cannot be placed as non-fiction on your shelf
It is a movement
an expansion of bones.
being a Woman is a lesson in astronomy.
cooking chili is a recipe and then it is done
being a Woman is not a story.
We are not dialogue to be used in moving a plot forward
We are more than fixtures in the home after work and school
We hold more than bedtime consultation sessions
We are not chili to be written as a recipe and then close the book once the dish is done.
And this is what “Rebel” is about
“Im ok”, means terrified
“And I’m good”, means I’m paralyzed
but She makes it look like manicured oak trees on an antebellum tour
8. She’s a mixture of Big Mama with a Ph.D. in Street Knowledge
9. demanding that profit in death precedes her brother, not with or after
11. And they show Her allowance in letting Her body being pleased
12. Her occasional leisure in blowing trees to the wind
being a Woman is not a story that is non-fiction and simply closed.
Join in sometime today between 10am-10pm EST. I’ll come on and talk about my role in the series, writing poetry and even encouraging some prompts to hear from you poetic video posts. I hope you can tune in and share some of your work. Definitely tune in tonight for “Rebel” on BET, check your local listings for times.
While studying film in grad school, a lot of my professors had taken on the “grassroots/indie” approach to their art and influenced the students as well. Meaning, if you want it on the big screen you have to execute guerilla style film making and do everything yourself. So being a writer and actor, when I first moved to Los Angeles, my natural inking was to write a play, cast it, direct it, produce it, market it, etc.
For me, that robbed me of the time I needed to be creative. As my luck would have it, I went to a book reading for Ntozake Shange and she said something that saved me from a lot of future stress. To paraphrase her, ‘write something so good, others will want to perform it, buy it and/or produce it.’ So after studying arts all through high school, undergrad and grad school, I found myself back in the library reading the timeline and art of some of my Sheros.
I sought to study the greats and determine how they were able to create timeless art that others yearned to bring to life and share with their perspective audiences. That is my mission. Especially with my play, “Hope’s Return”.
I got a call last June that this new television, Rebel, needed another writer. The lead character parlays as a poet in her pasttime and they needed someone to write all the poetry for the series and the lead actor. I TOOK THE GIG! Make sure you tune in! All the poetry was written by yours truly 🙂
While my first writing love is poetry, my first on stage love is the theatre. My BA is in theatre from Grambling State University and I performed all through high school and college in various genres. I ultimately moved to Los Angeles with the dual mission to become an actress and writer. As I continued to write, I fell in love with the dance of words in poetry and began to perform as a performance poet. The rest is history. I’m not sure if I chose poetry or if poetry chose me but we damn sure got married!
My full circle story… June of 2016 I received a call that an upcoming television show needed a writer of poetry for the series because the lead character parlayed as a poet in her downtime. The show, “Rebel”, is backed by executive producer and oscar nominated/emmy award winning director, John Singleton. Without hesitation, I accepted! And a few weeks later, I was told that I was being written in as the lead actresses’ poetry rival. Having not prayed on being an actress in years, they were being answered some 15 years later. So off to Los Angeles I went…
Two of my poems had already been accepted and taped for the series so I was showing up as not only an actor for an episode but a writer. MIND BLOWING!!! I was so nervous that my lines would not stick in my memory. I was so nervous, I shut down and was totally shy and quiet on set. But I was there and had to perform.