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The Watermelon Woman
African-American, change, communication, community, creativity, design, engineering, impact, keep going, learning experiences, lgbtqia, mistakes, obstacles, scared, social change, storytelling, struggles, technology, Tourism & Recreation, women's issues
- She was born in Liberia to an African father and an African-American mother; calls herself an “African-African-American.”
- Because she felt like an outsider even within her own “diaspora,” she had to carve out her own space in the world.
- She went to Michigan State University to play rugby, but when she got there, she felt lost.
- To try to find her path, she started taking classes in everything from filmmaking to African-American studies to yoga.
- Filmmaking became a way for her to find and express who she was, and to communicate her unique self to the world.
- Says that her early work documented the life that she lived, which—as an African-American lesbian—was also a life that she didn’t often see portrayed in the media.
- Her first film, The Watermelon Woman, is considered the first film that was written by, directed by, and about black lesbians.
- Says there’s no reason not to pursue a passion and take an adventure because “you can always go back.”