The graphic novel series are works of historical fiction that will visually thread a continuous line from the west coast of Africa in the early 17th century to the dawn of the archipelago metropolis of New York City at the end of the 19th century; connecting three centuries of African Diasporic history before Harlem becomes the epicenter of Black American culture.
Our creative process offers a response to the gaps in the Black Diaspora’s visual and spoken history. We cast people of today to become a forgotten people of the past. We select designers to create fashion inspired by their time. We have photo shoots with the cast in costumes and add illustrations to remake their world. Lead creative Kamau Ware works with our Design Team, Fashion Team, and Cast to build a new visual language that showcases the African Diaspora’s impact on New York City.
The first story in the trilogy, Other Side of Wall Street, is currently in production. This important story lays the foundation for the trilogy looking deeply into the world of Black people who survived and escaped slavery, then built a town of farmers stretching from today’s east and west village. We’re making progress and are excited to offer a bridge into our creative process through our web series, open studio events, and previews.