Last year, I met the beautiful and talented Constance Strickland, a performing artist and one of the founders of Theatre Roscius, an experimental based theatre company in Los Angeles, CA. Their mission is quite simple, creating projects that inspire and challenge them while conjuring conversations as they incite change and awareness.
As I was mulling over a few concepts for a story related to Blue Note Jazz album covers, I knew it was missing something, the heartbeat of jazz. So when Constance expressed her passion for storytelling, it was evident that our connection would be magical and I had just the perfect story in mind. One of the things that I love most about her is that there were no reservations within the creative process. She knew there were stories to be told and immediately started researching and brainstorming with me on ways to bring these album covers to life, literally.
Directed by Robert Adams, the short-film Black Like Her, was written and created by Constance. As if that wasn't enough, she also plays the woman in the story posing questions through jazz, movement, dance and the history of black womanhood while she explored what the Laura Nelson's could not. With the help of her production team, Black Like Her beats. It lives and it tells the stories of the spirits from our ancestors past as we bridge them through the future.
A very special feature in the film is the artwork of Theatre Roscius's Co-Creative Director, Memory Willis, a visual artist as well. Her power, creating art with the black woman in mind.
Black Like Her has been an amazing experience and the bond we've formed throughout this project has been incredible. She is my sister, she is my friend and this story, shares our truths.