This has certainly been a long time coming. For those of you who may be new to FilmSwag, this is a blog I started almost 5 years ago to discuss film, television and media, as it related to people of color within society. So that could encompass everything from movie reviews to how the media is covering the Black Lives Matter movement. Being that I’m a one man bad, these things are told from my perspective but I do try to get a number of different voices on an issue. I think it helps foster different ways at looking things and perhaps solutions to problems that we might not have considered.
My own background in film began 14 years ago when my mother subscribed to a movie package with our local cable company that introduced me to the channel Starz in Black. For the first time in my life I saw people who looked like me in film on a regular basis 24/7. At the time, there were no other channels on television quite like Starz in Black. Seeing these images gave me an idea. “There should be more of this,” I said to myself at the time. And ever since then, I have been working to tell more stories of people of color who too often have their voices silenced or simply ignored by mainstream society. This site is a continuation of that work.
In moving to WordPress, I hope to not only reach a larger audience, but also change some things up in terms of layout and presentation for the site. As it stands, the site is a work in progress and I kind of equate this first day as a step in its continued improvement. So to those of you who started reading FilmSwag way back in 2011 and have followed me onto this new platform, I certainly do appreciate. And for those of you new readers, hopefully you enjoy the content, and if not, your page-view was appreciated anyway. Let’s continue to keep getting educated together.