None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.-Thurgood Marshall
My favorite theatre in Atlanta,Theatrical Outfit, just started a new season and the theme is Hope. I was asked to use my talent to costume the production of Thurgood. Played by theatre vet Geoffrey D. Williams this one man show tells the story of Thurgood Marshall the first African American to have a seat in the Sepreme Court Justice. This play comes at a crucial time in our country with so much racial and political divide it exemplifies not only hope but solutions.Read a more detailed description from TO website below:
Based on the life and career of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, this riveting narrative charts Thurgood Marshall’s evolution from back-alley Baltimore, to Howard University law school, to his fight for equality in the South, all the way to a seat on the highest court in the land in 1967. In addition to his victorious challenge of segregation in Brown vs. Board of Education, humorous and inspiring milestones of Marshall’s journey reveal the remarkable brilliance, perseverance and hope of one of the greatest American heroes of all time.
ARTISTIC TEAM: Director: Eric J. Little
Assistant to the Director: Richard Bruce
Casting Director: Clifton Guterman*
Set Designer: R. Paul Thomason
Costume Designer: Paula Renee
Lighting Designer: Andre Allen
Sound Designer: Kay Richardson
Props Designer: Maclare “MC” Park
“The thesis was to show people how it felt to be black, and you can’t really write that down, you have to feel it. the tonal aspect was really important to me.” -Donald Glover
So many reasons why the highly anticipated FX series Atlanta heightened my love for working in the entertainment industry. Written, Executive Produced, and starring Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino the storyline follows Glover (Earnest Marks), his rapper cousin, Alfred Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), and their eccentric friend Darius (keith Stanfield) as they hustle to get to the top of the ATL rap scene. As the assistant to the very talented and eclectic Costume Designer Kairo Courts I was able to have my hands in everything from shopping to fittings,driving around picking up,dropping off, and returning almost anything you can imagine in costume. When I decided two years ago this was the career for me I prayed that the universe would continue to make me apart of project’s that has a purpose and creates change wether behind or in front of the camera. Atlanta did both.
Blessings come when you believe. It has been less than six months and I am already living and learning the life of a Costume Designer. With the help of Theatrical Outfit introducing me to Elizabeth Rasmussen I was honored to assist her and the talented Andrew Hobson with creating the wardrobe for a very humorous and girl power periodic play titled Silent Sky.
A description of the play from Theatrical Outfit’s website,
Atlanta native Lauren Gunderson’s riveting exploration of the life and career of real-life celebrated astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) takes us on a humorous, heartwarming and motivating journey as this one-of-a-kind superstar fearlessly asserts herself in the turn-of-the-century world of Harvard’s male-driven observatory, ultimately touching the wondrous outer reaches of our very universe – proof that the human mind and heart truly knows no limits! Theatrical Outfit very proudly presents the regional premiere of Silent Sky.
It is showing at Theatrical Outfit until March 8. For details and tickets click here.
Ended the last month of 2014 Costuming for a short film with purpose and passion. The crew and cast made the project even more pleasurable. Everyone involved was so cool and fun. (N)Convenience coming soon.
My mother and I attended 11am service at the new Ebenezer Baptist Church Atlanta last Sunday then proceeded over to the original church for a moment of silence and chill that left me questioning, When am I going to do what I am supposed to do?
If you do not know the history behind Ebenezer Baptist Church you definitely know this name, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He lead the spiritual place alongside his father as the co- pastor until his passing; also placing it as one of the hearts of the Civil Rights Movement. Women, men, boys, and girls would all congregate to hear him and a plethora of other’s activist speak and motivate equality for all.
The quote above posted in the historical church reminded me that God moves us in directions to change the world wether big or small. When you act on his calling of love it leads to your true purpose but because it is not built on your 9-5 job and most of the time you may not get anything back, not even a thank you, we avoid those calling of conspiring with the universe to do good for others.
And now Mississippi Film Festival! The Perfect Sacrifice is on a roll! Mississippi is such a important festival to be a part of because Emmett Till was brutally murdered there. During that time we would have been shunned for highlighting the mother of Emmett Till’s experience of having a open casket at his funeral and hurt or even killed for being honored in the city it took place in. America has came a long way yet we still have a long way to go. Let’s keep moving.
To see the trailer for the film that I was Costume Designer for and learn more about the story click here.
You are on this path and one day you decide to stop. You just sit down in the middle of the divider with your legs crossed in a lotus like position and all day you look each way deciding if you wanna go back or move forward. That’s what summed up my day yesterday.
Image Credit: Cottage Cheese and Crepe Paper
Seems like everything is catching up with me and I’m walking on this journey with three of those hiking backpacks plus two rolling luggages. Not those new hard shell luggages that need wheel alignment’s but the cloth ones that was passed down to you because you needed one and your aunt was throwing things out. A big load! So yesterday I made the decision to put all of it down and just marinate. What if I just go back? It’ll be easier but unhappy. What if I just stopped? Then I’ll create a road block because all my shit will be piled up. What if I get up and keep going? Eventually my load will lighten as I continue to step and I will be happy that I kept going to finish this journey. So whether you are juggling two jobs or none, have a mate or children to deal with, or can’t decide if you want apples or oranges…. Take a seat, breathe, and get up but just keep going.
Discomfort.You know the feeling when you decide to put on a outfit that looks so good on you but while you are receiving compliments all you could think about is going home and changing. Well not with Marshall Nash Fall 14′ collection.I got the pleasure of playing dress up while my photographer/husband did a mini photoshoot in our new home.
After wearing the matching boucle’ “Party Queen” Sweatsuit and the “Soiree Sashay” dress I would best describe the collection as a sexy comfort; two items that I would take from day to night and never fret . The sweatsuit could be dressed with heels or sneakers and also comes in gray and black; the dress slides on like a slip but with added sexy details such as the extended neckline and the zipped racer back.
Check out the rest of the Marshall Nash collection by clicking here.
Yesterday my hubbae and I took a trip to the Starlight Drive-in, a outside theatre that becomes what the website describes as a good ol’ “swap meet” on the weekends. Still exploring our neighborhood we decided to take the 20 minute walk up Moreland Ave with the intentions to browse and not to buy. However, when we set our eyes on the first appealing piece of furniture I immediately placed us on the HGTV tv show Flea Market Flip. A segment where teams of two search to find three pieces of furniture at the flea market to up-cycle and sell at another market for profit. The team that makes the most wins. We played around with a couple ideas from finds we saw but with the notion that we could come back. That was until the last hour we discovered a pair of distressed wooden bar stools. Tempted but not sold we were about to walk away until the seller said,”It is the last hour, I can give it to you for $10.00.” And suddenly we were walking up the dusty road with stools over our shoulder. Can not wait to see the finished results.
Flea Market Flip Tips:
1. End of the day equals end of the day deals: Sellers want to sell. So the last hour they will go further down in prices to get rid of the merchandise.
2. You can always bargain: If the seller say $150 counteract with $100. You will be surprised what the answer could be.
3. Make them sweat: If a seller is acting as if a bargain is not in the cards. Walk away for a few, they will more than likely come down on the price.