Meet Chiquita Melvin, Rekia on Black Enough
Chiquita Melvin is an actress from Atlanta, Georgia. She plays Rekia on Black Enough.
How did you get interested in acting/performing?
I became interested in acting/performing when I was 3 years old. My mom bought me a VHS (can you believe it?!) but it was a sing-a-long tape called We Sing Together about a young girl named Sally whose stuffed animals one night magically come to life and take her into this fantasy world. It was filled with great songs and dances (the entire We Sing series is). I learned every line and every song and from there and I was sold. My mom also had me in dance (ballet & tap) by the time I was 4 and we would have recitals every year so performing for the public has been a part of my life since then. Every time I perform, whether in front of the camera or on stage, there is an incredible rush that I feel that is inexplicable!
What does it mean to you to be Black Enough?
It means being me is enough. I am no less than anyone else. I have value and I have a lot to offer the world. My blackness has no limits or barriers.
How did you get involved in Black Enough?
I've worked with Micah previously on another project and I've seen her amazing work when she was an undergrad at UVA. I've always admired her work. She is so talented! I received an email with the casting notice and knew immediately I wanted to audition. And here we are!
What makes you most excited about Black Enough?
It's a GREAT story! I am so excited for everyone to see it because it will touch people's hearts. I just know it!
How does Black Enough compare to your own college experience?
I think in general, you go through a lot of changes in college and you make so many new discoveries. I know I did! Amaya is in a space of discovering who she really is and where she belongs in her new college setting. I definitely had to discover where I fit into my college environment. I was fortunate to have a warm and open community of Black students that I connected with immediately during my undergraduate experience and it made all the difference.
What do you hope our audiences feel after watching Black Enough?
I hope audiences will feel inspired, encouraged, and gain a new perspective on what it is to be a young Black American attending a PWI. I hope they can gain an understanding of some of the struggles that can exist in that space.
What does #BlackGirlMagic mean to you?
That we're special. That we're resilient. That we're filled with many gifts.
What's one fun fact about you?
Logic Puzzles are my jam!