By: Sweet Blackberry
In February, our friends at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts screened Sweet Blackberry's animated films on Henry "Box" Brown, Janet Collins and Garrett Morgan to their your library go-ers during their "February Vacation Week."
Throughout the week, children were able to also able to see the Harvard Passus Stepping team lead a demonstration and learn about historic African American fraternities and sororities, create writer and illustrator Ashley Bryan inspired puppets and even color Jean-Michel Basquiat inspired illustrations.
Thanks to the staff at Mary Baker Eddy Library for sharing images of this amazing event with us. These ideas are truly amazing and we deeply appreciate you including Sweet Blackberry among your Black History Month activities.
Check out the images from the event below!
Later in February, our producer and videographer Kiino Villand spent the morning with the fabulous young dancers of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and filmed a class taught by the legend herself. You can see the dancers as well of an exclusive interview with Ms. Allen in Dancing in the Light!
Also in February, select backers of the Janet Collins Kickstarter campaign enjoyed their incentive: A group selected episode of Fresh Prince was screened in the swanky Dick Clark Productions screening room, and on screen siblings Karyn Parsons (Hilary) and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) answered trivia questions and dispelled behind-the-scenes rumors.
In April 2015, we held a launch party featuring the world premiere of Sweet Blackberry’s latest animated short film that celebrates legendary prima ballerina, Janet Collins. Echoing the sentiments of Carmen De Lavallade, notable dancer and Janet’s first cousin, many hearts were full after the screening. Alvin Starks and Aisha Diori were gracious hosts at the Schomburg Center in New York City, and WholeFoods was a generous sponsor. Guests were also excited to meet Yaël Tamar Lewin, author of the 2015 biography Night’s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins. It’s always fun meeting so many new friends of Sweet Blackberry!