Black homeless people often have a tendency to share grandiose accounts of their lives. They try to convince you that they're millionaires. One woman once told me that she had music in the Library of Congress. And even though they're clearly exaggerating, I choose to believe them. Because somewhere, in a parallel universe, what they're saying is true.
But in our world today, their identities were stolen by the hands of white supremacy. White supremacy is not only real, but infinite. And the cost of it is Black lives.
"Black Gods vs White Evil" is an upcoming new miniseries filmed in Oakland. The episodes document the superhuman spirits of Black people as they traverse white evil - including its accomplices. There are no actors. The situations are real. But the energy is afro futuristic.
Throughout the course of history, the struggle of Black people has been tremendous.
But generational trauma and systemic oppression has molded Black people into Gods. Overtime, we've developed an ability to overcome adversity in otherworldly ways. This series is an attempt to document that.
TalkOakland always a work in progress. But this is the beginning of that story: simple images of Black Gods ascending beyond the eternal inferiority of white evil.
White supremacy recognizes our power. And that's why they incessantly try to destroy us.