In 2009, I wrote/co-produced/co-directed BN4REAL – a comedic, family-focused web series.
Given our current history in America, I am struggling to focus on hope and love. The struggle is so intense, I find myself praying to God for patience as I watch news reports, and resisting my need to strike out as I hear stories of little children asking their mothers if the police are going to kill them because they have brown skin. Something tells me I’m an not along.
So, as I was praying today for peace, and for a path back to hope and love – God told me, “revisit BN4Real.” And all of a sudden, I felt my lungs expand and breath enter my body. That is when I was reminded how damaging fear can be to the universe and to each individual.
So, today is Day One of revisiting the “Mayer Family” from my web series, BN4Real. It’s funny how things repeat themselves. I was inspired to write the web series because I needed to imagine a world where the path to love was not race/culture/religion restricted. So I created a family that was color-blind, but as imperfect and flawed as any other family. Now, as I struggle with the recent racially motivated violence in American, I am inspired to watch BN4Real.
I will be sharing BN4Real with you too, because in keeping with the immortal words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Today’s episode is called “Plate Full of Lies.”
May the bond of love between the characters I have created bring a whiff of hope to your day. I know that as I watched the it, the love in this multi-cultural/racial family helped ease heavy weight of sadness I have been carrying due to the America’s racial tension.
I’d like to give a special thanks to the amazing multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-ethnic group of people who contributed to making this American family love story happen:
Cast – Maria Guzman, Tobias Truvillion, Charles E. Gerber, Hope Clark; Co-producers – Marty Majeske, Phynjuar, Tobias Truvillion, and Calvin Christopher; Director – Tia Dionne Hodge (who also volunteered her home for this location shoot); Assistant Director – Martin Majeske; Supervising producers – Maryam Miyaka Day, and Tobias Truvillion; Associate Producer/Script Supervisor- Sara Shives; Editor – Neil Miller; Director of Photography – Ezra Peace; Composer – George Fontenette; Title Graphics Designer Andre Sutherland; Casting Director Randi Glass; Camera Man – Ethan Pisz; Sound Supervisor – Nathaniel C. Chambers; Boom Operator – Kim LaRue Lewis; Gaffer – Oliver Brooks; Wardrobe – China Flowers; Production Assistant – Keisha Booker; Caterer – Cecil’s Daughter Catering