Our story follows Janet Collins, a little girl discovering her love of dance, all the way to Janet Collins, a young woman, dedicated to her passion.
R. Gregory Christie's images... Read more
The illustrations are all in and they're beautiful!
Our wonderful illustrator, R. Gregory Christie, has been hard at work and has turned in magical and vibrant images that really make... Read more
Sunny L.A., a FP screening, and Debbie Allen!!!
Just got back from a few beautiful, sunny days in Los Angeles. A much needed break (though way too short!) from this icy winter we’re having here on the east... Read more
Hello, and Happy New Year!
I had a great meeting with our wonderful animators, Saxton Moore and Obi Onyejekwe of Pixel Pirate. Things are really coming along. The storyboard is complete... Read more
I hope you're either gearing up for a holiday season full of celebrations, or you're already there!
I wanted to send a quick, end of the year, update on The... Read more
Yay! After some delay due to resolution issues, The Janet Collins Story T-shirts, postcards, posters, and tote bags have arrived!
Thank you for you patience. If you're expecting one... Read more
Well, summer vacation has come to a close. I hope you had a good one.
I was finally able to wind down after that exhilarating campaign and have spent the... Read more
Woohoo!!!!!!! You did it!!!! Thank you!!!!
Yes! We made it! Congratulations! Thank you ALL so much! This has been an AMAZING journey.
I'm absolutely thriled that The Janet Collins Story will be made and that this will... Read more
Sooooooo close! Only 18 hours to go!!!!
I woke up this morning (after two hours sleep) to see we made our goal!!! Only to be reminded, a couple hours later when someone withdrew their pledge, and we... Read more
Setback and Reminder
Unfortunately, someone pulled their pledge out and brought us just under our goal. This kind of thing can happen, so let's not quite celebrate until the campaign is officially over.... Read more
We got to $75K! Now let's make this video even better!
Thanks to all of you, the inspiring Janet Collins story will be told.
There is one day left of the Kickstarter campaign and we'd love to include "bumpers" to this... Read more
Just heard from Kickstarter that I can't do the $60,000 raffle, after all.
I'm sorry if anyone was banking on it.
Let's keep moving forward!
ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT!!! Let's go!
Joy Harjo was our winner who took us over the 3/4 mark! Joy will receive 2 FREE TIXto the screening of the fan-voted, favorite episode of the... Read more
ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT!!! New Rewards!!!
We have ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT to raise $20,000 or else lose it all! It's going to take ALL OF US to do it!
I've been working around the clock, doing... Read more
Personalized pictures from Misty and the Fresh Prince cast! PLUS, free FP episode screening tickets for who takes us to 75%!
Just 6 days to go!
There's less than a weekto reach our goal and use all the incredible momentum we've built into an inspiring film for children on the... Read more
Carmen de Lavallade talks about her cousin, Janet Collins! Plus, NEW REWARDS!
We have passed the halfway mark and are on our way!
We only have 8 days leftso please, if you have friends that you think would be interested in... Read more
We've crossed the halfway mark!!!!
We have made it to $37.5! There are 380 of you who are now part of this and we have come so far in a little over two weeks. Hurray... Read more
Happy 4th! New Prizes from Will Smith and the Met Opera! A bonus for who takes this campaign over the halfway mark! Message from Karyn Parsons!
Thanks so much for all your support! We're nearly at the halfway mark and could not do it without you.
This week, we announced custom voicemails from Will Smith and... Read more
Hello?! This is the Prince of Bel-Air!
WILL SMITH is joining the Sweet Blackberry team and offering CUSTOM VOICEMAILS. 15 seconds, and all your friends will be jealous. Check it out in the rewards!
And don't... Read more
Ask Us Anything!!! Tatyana Ali and I are LIVE on Reddit! Matching Pledge for ONE DAY! Get us to the half way point, and ... NEW REWARDS!!!
Today (Tuesday) at 1pm PST/ 4pm EST, my Fresh Prince li'l sis and I will be doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) LIVE chat! Come join us and ask... Read more
Ballerina Misty Copeland Shares Her Passion for The Janet Collins' Story!
Trailblazing ballet dancer, Misty Copeland--the first black, female soloist to dance for the American Ballet Theatre in two decades--throws her support behind Sweet Blackberry's The Janet Collins's Story!
I had... Read more
The Time Is Now! Sweet Blackberry and Janet Collins Need Your Support!
The time is now!
We've had tremendous support but that has slowed. Plenty of people have told me they are excited about the Janet Collins film, so I urge all... Read more
Misty Copeland and the Met Opera: an incredible legacy and amazing Kickstarter rewards!
Janet Collins was the first African American soloist to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, but she certainly wasn't the last.
Huge thank you to Misty Copelandwho... Read more
101 Collaborators! Thank you! Plus, a video about why diverse role models are so important
Thanks to you all, we’ve had more than 100 people join the campaign since we started five days ago. I can’t thank you enough.
Now that you’re part of the... Read more