So, here I am, deep into the draft for my next stageplay, Honey’s Kitchen. I’m constantly developing the story, the characters, and envisioning the set. Then, one day in February, a tragic event stopped my creation process dead in its tracks. I came across a headline about an unarmed teenager murdered by, of all things, a neighborhood watch captain. By this time, we should all be familiar with most of the details surrounding this painful & devastating moment in the Black community as well as the nation. While George Zimmerman is currently on trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, many of us have went on with our lives, as the media provides some details of the trial while managing to dig up the next event to sensationalize.
Coverage of the case begin to dip shortly after Zimmerman’s arrest, with updates occurring here & there now. The good thing is that many of us are keeping posted the best way we can. Meanwhile, as a community & a nation, we need to determine how to repair the image of Black men and boys in the larger society.
There were some positive outcomes to this tragedy, for sure. It seemed as if the spirit of protest has been revived within the community, especially among the younger sector. At the same time, some artists took to one of their responsibilities & used their work to make a social/political statement. Of course, it is harder than ever to hold the attention of the masses due to a ceaseless stream of information on the interwebs. Now, more than ever, I believe that it’s up to the artists to ensure that events of this tragic nature are not buried in history. By using our artistic gifts to speak to this and several other issues that plague our society, we will be able to ensure that it stays fresh on the conscious of the people. That way, we can perhaps generate a spark in many people to be active in their communities. At least, that’s the hope, anyway.
Considering that Honey’s Kitchen is a work that attempts to deal with apathy in the Black community, it was only divine that I stop the current direction of the script and revamp the plot points to make sure I do my part to keep this case on the minds of people. The stage play was suppose to debut this year, but it’s been pushed back to May 2013 for that specific reason. Perhaps I’ll share a few pages here on the blog so you can see the work as it unfolds.
Justice for Trayvon Martin