Guest Post by Crystal of Black Latina Movement
The Colors of Love is a multimedia piece that explores so many issues that most couples, not just couples of color, experience. I wrote the play and transformed it into a webseries due to the overwhelming response regarding the relatability of the piece. I wanted the women to hold the leading roles in the plays so I made all 4 of them the protagonist to confront the issues that many women face but often don’t speak about. I discussed topics such as loss of sexual appetite/libido and bending assumed gender roles. Society has created this illusion that women of color love to pop out babies and overpopulate. I intentionally made one of the women (Valerie Pinkette) uninterested in having a baby; she instead wants to focus on her independence and career. Whereas with her husband (Mark Pinkette) unlike the way society portrays men of color is very driven on expanding their family. Since couples of colors are often perceived as ghetto, uneducated, and plagued by infidelity and drama, I wanted to display more complex and universal storylines that any man or woman could understand. No relationship is perfect so the idea was to show more mature, real life healthy couples during their highs and lows.
We wanted to create a show with couples of color in ways we don't normally get to see them and in roles often not given to actors of color. We also wanted to try our hand at addressing problem any human being who has been in a relationship can understand. 2016 is also all about stepping it up for us and we are in pre-production for season 2. So catch up Season 1 now before Season 2 is released.
Crystal Shaniece Roman
Black Latina Movement