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Stokely Carmichael...

September 26, 2017

 So...I'll start from the beginning. I was on instagram one day and I got a DM from a young man that follows my work through another artist I work with. He's asked if I can get shots of his performance at the National Museum Of African American History. In this moment as a artist the first thing that I'm thinking as a photographer is, I'm siced that this person found me through another person and was moved enough to ask me to take his photos. So we get to the day of the performance and I'm ready to shoot and do my thing. To set the scene I walked in early while prep started, lights were low and (If I didn't mention before) Meshaun was going over his script  in the back room and was pacing in a cirlce getting locked in to get on stage. I wished him luck and headed to my seat at the front in the auditorium. I got my camera right and in about 7minutes the lights got low. From the time this man began his first lines, to his last lines he gripped the audience with one of the best live performances I've ever seen in my life. The thing about it is, watching this man performance you pick up so many layers of artistic genius. He had so many low-key/mid-key symbolisms that hit so hard on the times now a days. Said things in this play so many people were thinking that had never been said. Like one thing that stood out was when he made reference to Martin Luther King Jr. was on the topic of non-violence. He's said MLK was missing one thing in his movement of non-violence and it was " in order for a non-violent movement to work, your opposers have to have a conscious." and just like that,POW! Words uttered that the whole crowd reacted to I could never put together but made all the sense in the world. At the end of the day this is how i felt. It made me want to make different decisions in life, embrace my people more closely. I felt like the universe put me in the right place at the right time. Even more after seeing such a dope, skilled performance, I was super honored that I was chosen to take these photos for this man. I will be talking about this stage-act for weeks.

 

Thank you for this experience Meshaun.

 

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