The Brooks People documentary allows me to raise awareness of a rich cultural and creative icon that was a native Chicagoan and who lived in the same areas where we see adverse poverty, crime and illiteracy. It also allows me to document celebrations of the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks as we approach the centennial of her birth.
I feel that I am truly making a difference with this project. Like "B Love" and "Swimmin’ Lesson", I plan to screen Brooks People locally, nationally, and internationally. Documenting and illustrating the impact of Gwendolyn Brooks through film allows me to leave a legacy of my own as a Director.
When I was growing up I did not know any African American women who were Directors. It is my desire to actively engage and dialogue with my community as a filmmaker. Upon the release of Brooks People, I plan to offer community screenings throughout the City of Chicago.