This novel follows 4 women - Yemoja, Angela, Alexis and Jamilah, all touched irrevocably by police brutality and institutionalized racism. Alexis, following an interaction with the agents of the state, is reborn as Osun, a powerful goddess who wields water as a weapon. Empowered, she makes the decision to go after the people who took everything from her and who criminalize being black and/or brown. She, with Jamilah by her side, goes after a group that wields money and power as their weapon of choice - the Triad, a group of white supremacists that orchestrate the systematic violence against black and brown people. Along the way, Osun is forced to decide what she will and will not do to protect the people she loves.
Why is this important?
I made the decision to write this script in the summer of 2016. That was the summer where it seemed the country was intent on littering the streets with black bodies - Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, Charles Kinsey. Simply existing as a black woman in the country I had made my home caused such painful and visceral trauma that simply walking around in my own black skin was close to impossible. It was hard to drive down the street without wondering if I would get pulled over; and if I was, if I would live to tell the tale. This paranoia and constant fear came to a head after the election of November 2016. After spending close to a month in a daze, alternating between laughing and crying with friends, I could wallow o more. I reached out to a professor at my alma mater - current school at the time - Brown University. I came to her with barely a plan. I wanted to write a reality that didn’t fill me with the kind of despair the real world did. I wanted to take Osun from her home and thrust her into the world I was forced to exist in. I wanted to take from her, the way I perceived the world to take from me. I also wanted to empower her and hopefully, in the process, empower myself and other people around me. This is how and why this script was created.
If you want to hear me talk about the project, you can find more information here: https://youtu.be/Zu_qP2rxdYM?t=20m40s
Ayomide is a Black immigrant woman, writer, soon-to-be law student and fangirl of all things relating to Black women. She likes pretending to be an adult and eating Urban Bourbon in bed.
Amari is a Black, bi, freelance illustrator, animator and 3D artist. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in Animation. Drawing interesting characters and detailed art is her jam.
Kokab Zohoori-Dossa is an illustrator from Kingston, Jamaica. She studied at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Communication. She likes stories of all kinds, from anime to fantasy book and movies, and her work depicts these influences, fusing with a strong representation of black women.
Risks and challenges
I want to be up front, this is my first time publishing. However, like I mention above, this project means the world to me and one way or another, I will get it published. My hope is to get picked up by a comic publishing company. However, I am also exploring self-publishing, specifically through Amazon.
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