In the midst of this crazy pandemic year of 2020, I decided to purchase a drone. At first, I was going to go with the Mavic Mini, but decided to go with the Mavic Air 2 – because, why not? Anyhow, after getting my drone pilot licnese, I have been having fun going to different locations around Toronto and Southern Ontario and flying. I tell people that I am a Pilot. If they ask for specifics, I just change the conversation.
I was involved with this Documentary as a Producer and Director, and it tells the story (and struggles) of Noreen – as she has grown up dealing with trying to find comfort with her skin complexion. Shadeism or Colorism, is the struggle that many black people have to deal with during their lives as self-esteem and self-worth is sometimes tied to how dark or light one is. Yes, writing that last sentence out sounds crazy, but many people – from children to grown adults still place a value on their self-esteem and self-worth based on their complexion.
This documentary started off with an idea from Noreen as she called me one Fall Day in 2019 and explained what she wanted to do. At first, I thought this would be a small little project that I can assist with – I was semi-interested, as I had other projects on the go, so I told her ‘why not’. Several months later, multiple shoots across Toronto and New York City, a pandemic, several rounds of editing, and finally in September 2020, this 38 minute documentary was finished that hopefully can shed some insight into the important issue of colorism in the black community.
Fun project to work on with the talented Nadine Marie from Toronto. Shot this over a few weeks in the summer time in Toronto, Guerilla style of course. Always fun to edit these types of videos because A) the music is good – and you start humming and singing it during the following weeks B) Very easy on the eyes 🙂
First Dates can always be nerve racking – and usually the hardest part is figuring out how one should act in order to ’round the bases’ – if you know what I’m saying. And as men, usually the goal is figuring out how we should act in order to get laid …. so I’ve heard, I of course, just act myself ….
I was thinking to myself one day, like I normally do, and I thought about how we are faces with different moral dilemmas everyday – determining how we should behave at work, resolving conflict, dealing with attraction, and such. Then, I saw a compass – and voila! I mashed it together – so I present the series I dub ‘Morality Compass’.
From the Arab Spring across the Middle East to the Global civil activism of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the year of 2011 was essentially the year of the Protester – the one rising up against a system as they raise their heads, eyes, and voices towards the sky for change. So fittingly, the audio excerpt is from Pharrell’s song ‘You Can do it too’ (The Yessirs edition), and the pictures are from the tumultuous year of 2011 as ‘Time’ magazine called it the year of the Protester, and Dictionary.com defined the word of the year as ‘Tergiversate’: 1. to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
2. to turn renegade.
Images in Video: The Boston Globe ‘Big Picture’
Audio: Pharrell ‘You Can Do It Too’ (Yessirs Edition)
Video Editing: Desmond B – @lifeinbmajor