Dr. Robin J. Hayes, Creative Director of Progressive Pupil, will share updates about two of our projects at the internationally acclaimed Black Portraitures Conference at Harvard University. This year’s conference, which coalesces artists, activists and scholars together to discuss images of Black bodies in mainstream art, focuses on “The Color of Silence.” Tiphanie Yanique, prize-winning author of Land of Love and Drowning, will join Dr. Hayes on a panel to discuss their television series Fortune Bay. UC Berkeley professor and author Dr. Leigh Raiford will discuss her collaboration with Hayes on their new multi-platform project Inside Exile: Kathleen Neal Cleaver and her Black Panther Family. Dr. Courtney Baker of Occidental College will moderate. The conference is free and open to the public.
The people of the US Virgin Islands are ready to rebuild! Let’s help them make a comeback from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Native Virgin Islander, Fortune Bay co-creator, and Land of Love and Drowning author Tiphanie Yanique recommends donating funds and supplies through the local community-based nonprofit VI Strong. Amazon users can help out with their wish list-which ranges from Ramen to generators. Your help is needed and makes a difference.
The Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP) selects the forthcoming Progressive Pupil television series Fortune Bay to its Project Forum September 17-21, 2017. The only international co-production market in the U.S., the Project Forum sets up meetings between content creators and executives, financiers, and other decision makers. Adapted from the prize-winning novel Land of Love and Drowning, the one-hour drama Fortune Bay follows Captain Owen Arthur Bradshaw and his multiracial family in the Virgin Islands as they are impacted by intrigue and great events in 20th century American history. See more about the series and the Production Market in Filmmaker Magazine. Keep a look out for Dr. Robin J. Hayes and author Tiphanie Yanique, who will be representing the series at the Forum.
Prize-winning novelist and native Virgin Islander Tiphanie Yanique skewered the Trump Administration for turning its back on the US Virgin Islands in their time of need in a New York Times op-ed this week. The Islands-St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix-are grappling with extensive damage created by Hurricane Irma. “Today Virgin Islanders are led by a president who makes clear delineations between ‘real’ Americans and all the rest,” writes Yanique.
Yanique’s forthcoming television series, Fortune Bay, reflects on how the people of Virgin Islands and other Americans who are deemed less “real” struggle to achieve their aspirations and overcome obstacles. The show is based on Yanique’s prize-winning novel, Land of Love and Drowning. It is featured as part of the Independent Film Project’s 2017 No Borders Production Marketplace.
Read the complete New York Times essay here.