i am forever a work in progress/in this school of scattered thought/don’t know what will become of me
but i sculpt anyway/hoping my chisel will reveal /someone beautiful… -Roni Nicole
Many years ago, my oldest daughter showed interest in filmmaking, creating multiple mini-short comedies with her little sister called, “The OSO Random Show”. For her age (at that time), I thought she was really talented and was onto something with the skills she displayed. Being the cheerleader-of-a-mom that I am, I did some investigating into furthering my daughter’s untapped potential. I turned to my ‘oh-so’ resourceful friend, Maori Karmael, and told her what was brewing. She then had me contact her friend in Atlanta who has a film company, Moving Pictures, named RONI NICOLE. Maori also suggested that I have my daughter intern or ‘shadow’ her on the project she was then currently working on, just so my daughter can get a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking.
Since that moment the name ‘Roni Nicole’ was brought into my existence, her name would frequently pop up in circles of conversation I was part of. Soon after, I got to witness her amazing work in Kelly Love Jones’ video “For You“, Hot Heavy and Bad’s “ONE” and Shanti Om’s “Deliverance“.
Her most breathtaking work I’ve seen thus far is the trailer for her upcoming film, “Grace”. Man, Oprah Winfrey’s “Beloved” aint got NOTHING on this! The cinematography is absolutely beautiful, and it’s evident that she has an ‘old soul’. As our mutual friend Fahamu Pecou puts it,
“…her work documents an aesthetic that is reminiscent of the visuals conjured by “grandma’s stories”. Her narratives tell tales of personal magic, dreams and mystery – but all wrapped in moody hues, breeze-blown tree branches, and tingling glass bottles. If you quiet your mind just enough, you can hear the blues humming through her power-filled images…”
Alas, my daughter never did get a chance to be under Roni’s tutledge, but as synchronicity would have it, guess who DID get a chance to work with her?
She and I were featured in photographer Brandi Pettijohn’s photo series entitled, “Eye See You” during the summer of 2010 (and would you
believe this incredible visionary took some photo direction from ME?!? hee-hee).
Soon after, she and her daughter packed
their bags and headed for a life in New York City.
While I was recently visiting the Big Apple, I had a chance to catch up with her and ask how life had been treating her. Roni’s beautiful smile and fun-filled stories gave me the answer (which is GREAT, by the way). Her creative mind and free-spirit had me curious as to who exactly Roni Nicole is, since she’s come a long way from her days with The Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble. Though she would simply tell me she’s a “filmmaker, image maker, storyteller, conjura, and lover”, I wanted more than a synopsis, for heaven’s sake!
So during our MOVING PICTURE shoot, along with stylist Hekima Hapa for her clothing line-Harriet’s by Hekima, I got to dissect the complexity of this self-proclaimed ‘simple’ woman…
Luckily, I had this precious opportunity before she embarks on yet another departure. In a twist of fate, the stars have aligned and LA is a’callin…so she and her daughter are packing up and heading to Los Angeles to explore its stories for a time. I tell ya, when opportunity comes knockin’ and spirit moves Roni Nicole, there’s NO stopping her!
See for yourself why all want a piece of her:
Much success is deserving for this talented woman, and I’ll be proud to say, “Yep, I know her!” when I see her visions shown larger-than-life on the silver screen. 🙂