Juju: The Web Series
By supporting this project, you are opening a platform for marginalized people (Black, Afro-Latinx, LGBT, etc.) to be included in the fantasy genre as a character narrating their own stories through culture and experience. It's time for more representation in the supernatural realm.
Keep it Colorful
Inclusion StatementWe pride ourselves on the inclusion and representation of marginalized people as we are a team built by women of color. We come from different ethnicities and communities but all share the passion for storytelling. We believe every voice matters. Everyone's story is magical.
About The Project
Three best friends trying to figure out adulthood get the shock of their lives when they discover that they are descendants of powerful Yoruba. When the youngest of the trio turns 27, their powers emerge and break an ancient curse placed on their bloodline by the Witches of Salem in the 17th century. Gigi, Ally, and Yaya must learn to accept their who they are and their powers in
order to maintain control. With the help of their ancestral guardian, Ada, they learn that their friendship was destiny and the balance between vanquishing evil and being the modern millennial.
The word "juju" comes from the 17th West African era which means a supernatural attributed to a charm of fetish. In this series, the witches each hold a crystal that was passed down from generations dating back to the Atlantic slave trade. These crystals fuel their powers and link them together. Throughout the series, we see the trio deal with their own personal battles such as microaggression in the workplace, being a feminist and sexual liberated woman in today's world, love triangles, mental health, sexuality, the strain of being a first-generation born American, and more.
Growing up, I've watched a plethora of shows. I couldn't get enough of the magic. I was in love with different genres and different films and shows for many reasons, but my heart always belonged to fantasy. My first introduction to the supernatural was the film Teen Witch (1989). I then fell in love with other shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Charmed, The Vampire Diaries, X-Files, True Blood, and The Originals. Though these shows brought me excitement and joy, I didn't see myself in these characters. I wanted to see a witch whose skin was brown as mine and whose hair was a kinky as mine.
Blacks and People of Color are very underrepresented in the fantasy genre, a genre we genuinely love. I think it's time to start writing our stories in the fantasy realm. We are long overdue for Black witches, vampires, werewolves, sirens, soothsayers, fauns, etc. Blacks and Afro-Latinx hold a lot of history which includes magic stemming back to ancient Africa. This series will shine a light on three different branches of witchcraft that came from West Africa.
Aside from having Black and Afro-Latinx characters, we explore sexuality and hope to cast members of the LGBT community to play characters that exemplify the community and their experiences. Our crew consists of women of color from all over. Our writers are Black women who are of American, Jamaican, Cuban, and Dominican descent. This allows us to keep the cultural consistency and accuracy of our characters so that they can be relatable and loved by the audience.
For many years, our favorite witches, vampires, and werewolves have been those who don't look like us. Though we've enjoyed their stories, there's still a void in connection. There has been a slight rise in Blacks in fantasy films and TV shows but not as the main character narrating their own tale. It's all about to change, help us achieve the goal of opening doors for other fantasy storytellers of color.
Marie Laveau, American Horror Story: Coven (2013-2014)
Bonnie Bennett, The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)
Vincent Griffith, The Originals (2013-2018)
Lafayette Reynolds, True Blood (2008-2014)
Eve Batiste, Eve's Bayous (1997)
Rochelle Zimmerman, The Craft (1994)
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About This Team
JHÉ FERGUSON, Creator/Director/Writer/Producer, a filmmaker, and screenwriter who hails from sunny South Florida (Fort Lauderdale to be exact) with a passion for creating true-to-life characters and compelling storylines. Jhé attended Miami Dade College for Film Production and Southern New Hampshire University for Screenwriting. Her first project, Mental: A Three Film, is a film series about mental health and how it is handled and received in the West Indian culture. Jhé's ethnic background helps her create characters and stories from the experiences she's had as she is Cuban and Chinese Jamaican. Aside from film, Jhé is a mother to a 10-year-old, Tahj.
BELLE BROOKS, Writer, is a Social Media & Communications professional, with a background in Film Writing & Production. She has a passion to tell compelling and compassionate stories that represent the women of the world. Through script writing, poetry and visuals, she will continue to support variation in women and their narratives. Juju: The Web Series is a great example of representation, in a way we typically don't see black women. Annabelle is proud to write a fantasy story about powerful Black Girl Magic and showcase faces that are rarely seen as leads in this genre.
CHANEL DUPREE, Producer/Director, is a 24-year-old filmmaker and poet from Brooklyn, NY. Chanel attended Medgar Evers College in which she double majored in Mass Communication and Women’s Studies. Chanel has performed and taught workshops at the United Nations, Yale University, Saint John Fisher college and many more. Chanel’s workshops centers around developing multi-layered characters, black girlhood and the journey to ending generational trauma. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post. Chanel premiered her first short film, “Shoulders” in May of this year, in which she wrote and directed. Chanel’s passion is to create art that reflects and shines a light on the lives of those who voices are silenced by society. To not only make it a trend but a reality, that everyone deserves to see themselves represented in the most honest light possible, in media and in life.
"What JuJu means to me and the culture: So often black women are erased from all conversations and history books. One, in particular, is science fiction. Society does not believe in black women creating their own universe because we are supposed to be complacent about what’s in front of us. For years, I have watched content with magic only in white hands even though I knew different. This project means there is finally a representation of us truly showing black girl magic and getting a historic education that connects to Afro-futurism. The culture deserves this project. I am over the moon to be apart of it!"
KEARAH-ARMONIE (KEARMONIE), Director of Photography, is a Poet, Spoken word Artist, Filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY. She recently completed her B.A. in Documentary Film Production at Brooklyn College(2016). Kearmonie’s writing often exhibits the condition of the Black American from a millennial lens, with personal accounts of love, family, oppression, and womanism. Her work can be found in WusGood.black magazine, and Great Weather for Media’s newest anthology “The Other Side of Violet”. This Black History Month she started her photo project #28ShadesofBlackMagic, in collaboration with LaQuann Dawson, a collection of portraits featuring 28 Young, Black creatives and entrepreneurs of the millennial generation for each day of February via Instagram. Most recently she has produced, shot, and edited short film “Shoulders”, a story highlighting the urgency and significance of friendship among Black Women, written by Chanel Dupree, completed Spring of 2018.
LIANA EDWARD, Assistant Camera, a freelance photographer, a creative and aspiring film producer in the making.
"What attracted me to this script is its range of diversity on perspective culturally and its content. I connected with the characters and this story felt like it was written for me, as well as for other women who also love the idea of escape through sci-fi dimension. For me, this story is important because of the diverse perspective it brings. It reveals the reality of three different ethnicities, three kinds of personalities and personas, that is all connected. Playing on the idea of differences in culture but unified by common beliefs and spirituality is something I find not many screenplays touch upon and help me decide that I fully wanted to be apart of this."
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS
FARRAH DANIELS, Writer
JANEEN TALBOTT, Writer/Director
CYLLA SENII, Director/Lead
KIARA BUTLER, Writer/Casting
WISDOM JONES, Writer
ANNDI LIGGETT, Production Assistant
SHANTALE LEE, Script Supervisor/Production Assistant
KENDALL ALLEN, Assistant Director/Script Supervisor
ALY EARLE, Social Media Intern
KRYSTEN CHAVEZ, Public Relations Intern