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about Black Enough

What is Black Enough?

 

Black Enough Series

Black Enough is an intimate and poetic web series about what it means to survive in the Black community. The story follows Amaya, an insecure dancer, as checks off ingredients from her #BlackGirlMagic Potion in order to survive at a predominantly white college. As she navigates the struggles of transitioning into her natural hair, she fights her own demons of feeling less than loved.  In her attempt to find wholeness and community, her illusive goal costs her pieces of herself that she may not be willing to lose. Amaya’s story is what we feel when we think no one is watching. It’s what we think, but can only articulate to our own reflections. It’s those minutes we spend in the mirror dreaming of a future that we don’t have the balls do go after. It’s an ode to the inadequacy that our own communities make us feel. This intimate exploration of the stereotypes, nuances, and realities of Blackness in America feels as cinematically dreamlike as it does—[maybe a little too]—personal. Whether or not you’re a Black woman, this show is about how we see ourselves. And for Amaya it’s, well, not Black Enough…

Black Enough Platform

We believe that there is no singular way to be Black. Instead, Blackness is a kaleidoscope of reflections of God’s image. We’re a digital space where young Black people can feel heard. Black Enough is a digital and artistic movement that makes room for intimate explorations of complex, nuanced, and flawed Black people. We’re talking about protest, we’re talking about hair, we’re talking about faith, we’re talking about dating…and everything in-between. We’re sharing stories, we’re asking questions, we’re making art. We’re talking about the parts of ourselves that we keep hidden. Find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

The Creator, Micah Ariel Watson

Micah Ariel Watson is a filmmaker and playwright, whose work centers the blurred lines between the sacred and the secular in Black culture, often employing poetry, hip-hop, and history to do so. As a writer, cinematographer, and theatre-maker, her art sheds light on underrepresented, intimate stories and transcends medium and discipline. Micah's words and images seek to remind peoples of the African Diaspora that they are complex, beautiful, diverse, and made in the image of God.

Her film Molasses was the Grand Prize Winner of the Poe Film Festival and an Official Selection of the Richmond International Film Festival (2018). 40th & State was an official selection of the BlackStar Film Festival (2018). She recently received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)  Undergraduate Playwriting Award and Lorraine Hansberry Distinguished distinction for her full-length play, Canaan (2018). She is also the winner of the KCACTF Gary Garrison 10-Minute Play Award for Will Be Live (2018). She received the Clay E. Delauney Memorial Award for her full length plays Wake Up Music! (2017) and Canaan (2018). Her films Edges (2016) and Educated Feet (2017) were screened at the Virginia Film Festival.

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. She has worked and interned with BET, TVOne, and Jesse Collins Entertainment and worked in production for filmmakers Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena Harold. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Micah is a columnist for the website Black Girl Does Grad School. In her free time, she enjoys making playlists, reading novels, writing poetry, trying new recipes, having solo dance parties, and trying to figure out this thing called #BlackGirlMagic. https://www.micaharielwatson.com/