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Meet Our 2021 Finalists!

Chromatic Black announces 10 emerging Black artists as finalists in the inaugural Ida B. Wells: Disrupting the Master Narrative Fund.

Finalists were from over 400 submissions, include: critically acclaimed filmmaker Julie Dash, director of the groundbreaking “Daughters of the Dust”, Gloria Steinem, renowned political activist; and Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Academy and Emmy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning producer – The full list of 2021 jurors can be viewed here.

Named after investigative journalist and anti-lynching activist, Ida B. Wells, the fund is rooted in the understanding that building an equitable society is a creative act. Hon. Chair Paula Giddings notes, “justice begins with the imaginary power of Black creatives to deconstruct stereotypes, build cultural power, and envision a future through powerful storytelling.”

“The slate was all that we hoped for – great stories that need to be told:  provocative, risky, culturally resonant that help make meaning of our past, present, and future.” Emil Pinnock

2021 Ida B. Wells Fund Finalists Are:

Lamard W Cher-Aime, “Captain Zero: The Animated Series,” speaks to the importance of mental health awareness in Black communities;

Elishia Constantine and Kristina Pupo, “Black Sage,” is a story of a superhero who saves the world only to come home to save her marriage;

Chuck Gomez,” Opus Pointis #1: A Symphony for Social Justice,” details the struggles of eight African American classical musicians;

Mylrell  Miner, “Hang,” invites audiences to engage critically into the dynamics of gentrified communities;

Javier Molina and Gabriel Furman, untitled project; Jana Smith, “Baptême,” is a satirical “mockumentary” inspired by the Real  Housewives reality show that explores what it means to survive sexual harm;

Christine Swanson, “Sunflower: The Fannie  Lou Hamer Story,” looks at modern-day voter suppression through the powerful words of the 60’s Civil Rights heroine; Lynelle White, “Hatchback,” looks at a blue collar  African-American family struggling to make it;

Renée Wilson, “HoneyPot,” is about Ella and her confidante, V., her chatty vagina;

Riley S. Wilson, “The Cookie Crunch  Club,” follows a trio of black children who, in light of a defunct police department, start their own secret detective agency.”

I am only a mouthpiece through which to tell the story of lynching and I have told it so often that I know it by heart. I do not have to embellish; it makes its own way.

Ida B. WellsJournalist Activist

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, and it does seem to me that notwithstanding all these social agencies and activities there is not that vigilance which should be exercised in the preservation of our rights.

Ida B. WellsJournalist Activist