i have homework

February 22, 2007

aware that i talked the talk but am yet to deliver the corresponding walk, i’m thus providing a brief update in the interim- the youths are killing me but they think i’m a shakespeare goddess, yay. i’ve had no time- between directing them, my regular shakespeare gig, finishing the american shaolin prep for the radio station, starting edward3 rehearsals (wholly, in part, or not at all by william shakespeare, which provides an excuse to say “apocryphal” a lot, and my favourite direction ever, from banno: “you’re starbuck!” –battlestar galactica, not moby dick) picking up extra shifts to cover for when i’ll be away and figuring out how the ass to apply for a french visa- to interview nico, edit my noir again, or even write on the process of directing these 20-something youths- but i saw savion live and he was amazing, and rough magic and synetic’s silent macbeth were both wonderful in completely divergent ways (big-up shakespeare in washington).

today was classic- 2 shakespeare performances finishing just in time to snatch up the car from grims @ the theatre and fly to rehearse the youths, to run home with just enough time to switch out scripts and finally finish the food i’d bought on the run between shows that morning to get to rehearsal tonight. happy ash wednesday…although, sadly, i just realised it’s thursday- i’m just still on wednesday night’s homework…i wish i had a carnival hangover instead, but i wouldn’t trade any of these gigs…

walk good.

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Leanna-Marie gets double Junction points for submitting a new poem for inclusion on her Trinidad Junction Profile Page.

quintinsmall.jpgI don’t have an answer to that question (yet) but I’ve been thinking about it ever since I read Quintin Victor’s Trinidad Junction profile. Quintin grew up in Mt Dor Champs Fleurs, one of Trinidad’s poorer neighbourhoods and is, like many TrinBagonians, disgusted with the crime situation. Although surrounded by drug dealers, drug pushers, and all types of gangsters as a young man, he fought against the mold and sought out an honest life. His poetry is simple, straightforward and frank. He tells it like it is. He might not have a solution to the problems currently plaguing the nation, but his words will surely get you thinking. And for me, thought has always been the most powerful catalyst for change.

Due to severe bad weather in New York City on the day that I was scheduled to depart (Wed., Valentine’s Day), my flight was canceled. And because all flights to Trinidad up until Carnival Monday are completely booked, there was no way that I could get on another flight.

Sooooo….it is with a heavy heart that I have to cancel our 1st Official Junction Lime. Luckily, I got a full refund for my ticket and my mummy and a friend of mine are trying their best to get my Island People costume sold at the last minute (if interested in a Jewel of the Nile small costume, please email me at nikkia@trinidadjunction.com)…

I am not sad or bitter although I may have been initially bummed about not getting to see my friends and family —– but I’m actually OKAY about the whole situation. A lot of my friends had decided late last year that they were not going to be playing mas this year (primarily due to the steep increase in costume prices, among other things), so the fact that I won’t be on the road this Carnival is not affecting me like it otherwise might have.

Anyway Junctioneers….much love from NYC….I will be home in August for my best friend’s wedding, so we will DEFINITELY lime then!

Sending love from NYC,

Nikkia

The official launch lime

February 4, 2007

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Sad…but powerful

February 2, 2007

The attached clip was forwarded to me by a friend. Although I am not a fan of forwards, I didn’t delete this one because the friend who sent it isn’t usually a fan of forwards either. So, I figured that it had to be something worth checking out. I was confused, saddened, outraged and shocked by what I saw.

A little background courtesy of Media That Matters Film Festival

A Girl Like Me

7:08 min
Youth Documentary
Kiri Davis, Director, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, Producer

Winner of the Diversity Award
Sponsored by Third Millennium Foundation

ABOUT THE FILM

More About A Girl Like Me from Director Kiri Davis

For my high-school literature class I was constructing an anthology with a wide range of different stories that I believed reflected the black girl’s experience. For the different chapters, I conducted interviews with a variety of black girls in my high school, and a number of issues surfaced concerning the standards of beauty imposed on today’s black girls and how this affects their self-image. I thought this topic would make an interesting film and so when I was accepted into the Reel Works Teen Filmmaking program, I set out to explore these issues. I also decided to would reconduct the “doll test” initially conducted by Dr. Kenneth Clark, which was used in the historic desegregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education. I thought that by including this experiment in my film, I would shed new light on how society affects black children today and how little has actually changed.

With help from my mentor, Shola Lynch, and thanks to the honesty and openness of the girls I interviewed, I was able to complete my first documentary in the fall of 2005. I learned that giving the girls an opportunity to talk about these issues and their experiences helped us all to look deeper and examine the many things in society that affect us and shape who we are.

Kiri Davis, Director

I knew from an early age that film was a medium I wanted to work in. Through my films I’ve found a way of expressing myself as well as telling the stories that are important to me. At sixteen, I directed my first documentary, A Girl Like Me. Before that, I created numerous short films and attended the New York Film Academy. I would love to pursue a career in filmmaking as well as to explore my passions for acting and writing. I have a love of traveling, which affords me the opportunity to meet new people and explore other cultures. My goal is to develop more projects that will help my community and give a much needed voice to issues that pertain to people of color. I am currently attending Urban Academy, a NYC public high school, and I live with my mother in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.