Black Enough Season Two!
Black Enough season two will give a group of young artists the opportunity to serve you by bringing honest and intellectual content right to your screens. We’re using film, music, dance, and poetry to paint Black stories with artistry, care, and humor. Be a part of a community that really sees you.
Mission StatementThis series is written, directed, and executive produced by a Black woman and includes Black artists, women, and other artists of color both behind and in front of the camera. Black Enough is about creating space for people who often go unseen; Putting voices of color at the forefront is in our DNA.
About The Project
Black Enough is soul food.
My deepest desire for this series, its soundtracks, and our community is that it would be a landing place. A resting ground. A safe place in a dangerous world.
Lofty? I don’t think so. But I did question it for a while…
In the midst of a new virus and a constant violence that is turning Black people into Black bodies, I questioned the significance of my artistry. If people are dying, fighting, grieving, then what is the point of writing, of creating? I wondered if I had purpose, if I was responding “correctly.” In a crouched corner with a notebook and a bible, I realized that I was having another #AmayaMoment.
Black Enough tells the story of Amaya, an insecure dancer who struggles to find her place in the Black community at Weston College, a predominately white institution. In the first season, we watch Amaya stumble and pick herself back up again as she attempts to prove her own Blackness, shapeshifting into versions of herself that she was never meant to be in the first place. Through poetry, music, and dance, this story of insecurity, friendship, and self-discovery is deeply intimate.
Over the course of Season 1, we are reminded that Blackness looks and feels different for different people. Unity does not mean uniformity. That’s the beauty God has given us. Even in our characters—bold Hadiyah, repressing Jaheem, sweet Ember, fierce Vaughn—we see a spectrum of responses to being Black in America.
In that crouched corner, I forgot that my response matters. In my darkest moments over the past few months, I’d forgotten the importance of art. I’d forgotten the ways that a sound, an image, a word can awaken my body, speak to my soul, and heal my mind.
It’s good to feel.
On days, in seasons when it feels particularly hard to be Black, I turn to film and music. When all I see and hear around me is death and injustice, I need to watch stories about life. Black people growing, breathing. Black people in our fullness, in our complexity. In motion, in flight. In our flaws, in our beauty, in our humanity. In love. In peace. In light. That is a primary reason why I’m a filmmaker and am pursuing this uncertain life as an artist. I want to tell stories that my people can turn to in the face of trauma. Not as a solution to injustice, but as spaces of light and restoration. It’s not escapism. It’s self care. It’s fuel for the long journey ahead. It’s affirmation, it’s the forgotten reality, it’s hope.
So this is how we’re fighting.
In order to ensure the well-being of the entire Black Enough community, we elected to postpone production of Season 2 until it is safe and comfortable to shoot. But we’re not giving up. Actually, we’re doing quite the opposite. With more pre-production time, the vision of Black Enough has expanded. We’re investing more energy and imagination into more music, higher production quality, and live events. With new health concerns, it will take more resources to keep everyone on the team safe, increasing our budget significantly. But we’re determined to see this show be everything it was meant to be. The dream has grown and it is our hope that your commitment to this story will grow with it.
Help us be the soul food we strive to be.
So many of you all have been rocking with Black Enough for the past year. You’ve been asking for more of this story…and we agree!
While Amaya certainly comes a long way during her first semester at Weston…she still has a long way to go. In the second season, we’ll dig deeper into the stories of characters like Vaughn, Jaheem, and Hadiyah and explore love, faith, and sexuality. Blackness is diverse, complex, and nuanced. With this kaleidoscope of characters, we’ve got SO much more story to tell. And so much further to go….
Over the past year, we’ve found that the story we’re creating behind the camera is just as important as the one that you see when you watch episodes of Black Enough. The production process was one of the most beautiful and intense moments of transformation that I’ve ever had the honor of witnessing. Through the community we built and the artistic process, lives were literally changed. We watched actors, crew teammates, and even audience members enter into new seasons of creative and personal growth. That is the Black Enough story and we’re inviting you to be a part of it.
By joining us on this Season 2 journey, you’re sowing into the lives of artists who will not only work tirelessly (and these bags under my eyes do mean tirelessly) to give you the series that you deserve, but will also go on to collaborate on future projects and create even more content about Black Women and people of color.
This season, our team is focusing on growth. We’re striving to pursue individual and collective excellence in every aspect of the creative process. From costumes, to editing, to writing, to acting, we’re leveling up. Why? Because we believe in this story and think that it deserves our very best.
My incredibly talented collaborators and friends are hard at work to serve you by showing you even more reflections of yourself through this web series. We believe that there is no singular way to be Black. Instead, Blackness is a kaleidoscope of reflections of God’s image. We’re building a communal space where young Black people can feel heard. Whether or not you’re Black, we’re talking about the parts of ourselves that we keep hidden.
As we saw in the triumph of our Season 1, we know that we can’t achieve this type of artistry alone. Not only do we need you to be on this journey with us…we also want you here. Every DM, every comment, every conversation I’ve had with audience members who see themselves in the show reminds me that Black Enough isn’t just about me; it’s a collective movement, fueled by the expectant and excited hearts of everybody and anybody who hungers to see more content that speaks to their souls.
We want to satisfy that hunger. And we need your help to do it.
If you’re a baller and it’s in your heart to make a large donation, do that. If you, like me, are a broke but blessed student and can give a few days of coffee money, do that. We recognize that many of us are struggling in this season. So whatever love looks like for you at this stage in your life, do that. We see it, God sees it, and we’re about to watch these sacrifices multiply.
My heart is so glad at the thought of getting to share this piece of myself with you all again. The entire team is excited to remain faithful to this story, to keep grinding, and to get Season 2 to your screens. We can’t do this without you. Thank you for believing in this story.
Micah Ariel Watson & The Black Enough Team
What Are Our Goals?
We’re giving you more episodes and higher production value. That means a longer time on set, better equipment, and more professional post-production.
If we raise...
$25,000: We will have met our Seed & Spark goal and we’ll be able to put your gifts towards production!
$50,000: Black Enough Season 2 will happen! This is our real crowdfunding goal.
$75,000: The visual and sonic quality of the series will be more professional with better color grading, sound mixing, equipment, and broader reach.
How Can I Help?
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About This Team
Micah Ariel Watson (Writer, Director, Executive Producer) is a filmmaker and playwright whose work centers the blurred lines between the sacred and secular in Black culture, often employing poetry and hip-hop to do so. Her film 40th & State (2018), was a 2018 official selection of BlackStar Film Festival, the 2019 Best Documentary winner of Black Web Fest, and screened at MOCA in Los Angeles, McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque in 2019. Her film Molasses (2018) is the 2018 Grand Prize Winner of Poe Film Festival and a 2019 official selection of Richmond International Film Festival and Black Web Fest. Micah is the 2018 recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Undergraduate Playwriting Award and is a KCACTF Lorraine Hansberry Distinguished Playwright for her full-length play Canaan (2018). She is also the winner of the 2018 KCACTF Gary Garrison 10-Minute Play Award, and the winner of the 2019 Theater Masters Playwrights Lab for her ten-minute play Will Be Live (2018). Micah is a 2019 Sundance Theater Lab Finalist, a 2019 O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist for Wake Up Music!, and a 2019 Leah Ryan prize finalist for Alaiyo. Most recently, she is the writer/director of, The Story of Nadia, a short film for BET Her’s The Waiting Room anthology. Micah is a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA), where she majored in Drama and the African-American and African Studies Distinguished Majors Program. While at UVA, she was the founder, producer, and director of the annual theatrical production, The Black Monologues, and established a community of Black graduate and undergraduate artists. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Justin Reeves (Administration & Finance Producer) is a millennial with a motive. He is a 26 year old Black business owner of JR Consulting, a logistics and management firm out of the DM[V]. He went to THE University of Virginia and studied engineering so he's not a huge fan of writing. He likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, crisp 3 part harmonies, and traveling with his compadres. Follow him on IG at @_jmoneyman7, via the web at www.jreevesconsulting.com, and twitter @_jmoneyman7 for random thoughts and potential laughs.
Taylor Leigh Lamb (Digital Media & Marketing Producer) is a writer, theatre artist, and arts administrator born and raised in the seven-five. She believes she was put on God’s green earth to create art that impacts social change, and knows that Black Enough season one did that. That is why she's so overjoyed to be back for season two. Everything she does, she does for Black women. If you want to be her friend, talk to her about Beyoncé or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. @tayleighlamb.
Joshua Elias Palmer (Producer) is a filmmaker, amateur home cook as well as a progressive political and community organizer who was born in Florida, raised in the DMV, and is a recent alum of UVA.
Feel free to hit him up on social media (@jeliaspalmer) if you want to get to know him or organize for political, economic, and racial justice (prepare yourself for many film/bernie sanders retweets)! Much Love to those deciding to join the Black Enough family!
He is currently based in Charlottesville, VA.
Charity Hicks a.k.a. Vitamin Cea (Music Supervisor) Birthed in the deep south on the Gulf Coast, Vitamin Cea is one of Mississippi’s most refreshing acts as her distinctive sound and message is one that holds the ability to stick to your soul long after she has left your presence. Cea hangs her hat on a sound rooted in honesty, soul, and universally optimistic vibes. She saturates her melodic bars in stories of lessons and memories just as often as she rhymes about her confusion, adoration, and compassion for the world and individuals around her. Her unique artistry is apparent as she is an artist who takes pride in her technique of writing in its purest form and it shows in her elaborate usage of literary devices throughout every song. Rappers come and go but Vitamin Cea is a versatile creative here to prove that she, just as many emerging artists from Mississippi, is here to cultivate the culture and make her name and her home a place to be remembered.