For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION

A soul-stirring dramatic web series about a father's attempt to repair his broken family after being released from prison.
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Stacey Muhammad
Video / Web
Brooklyn, New York
United States
6 Team Members

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"For Colored Boys" is soul-stirring dramatic web series written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Seven seasons of "For Colored Boys" tell stories about seven Black men who are faced with redemption, truth, love, fear, hope, endings, and new beginnings. The web series is inspired by the critically-acclaimed 1975 choreopoem 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf' by Ntozake Shange.

The first season of "For Colored Boys," entitled REDEMPTION, follows the life of Benjamin Boyd, Sr. Upon release from prison, Benjamin seeks to reunite with his family by rekindling his relationship with his wife Lisa and reassuming his role as father to their teenage daughter Sidney, and 20 year old son, E. Benjamin's life begins to spiral out of control as he suffers from Post Incarceration Syndrome (PIC) and struggles to find his place in the world again.

why this story is important to me

The statistics are alarming! People of color continue to be disproportinately incarcerated, policed, and sentenced. Racial disparities in the criminal-justice system threaten communities of color; disenfranchising countless men, women, and children.  These racial disparities have deprived people of color of their most basic human rights, making criminal justice reform the civil rights issue of our time.

Families separated by crime and the criminal justice system are often overlooked.


The spouses, friends, children, and community of incarcerated individuals are the voices we don't hear. Oftentimes when a parent is removed from a home as a result of incarceration, children or young adults must assume a level of responsibility they are often ill-equipped to handle.  "For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION" is a story that gives a voice to the voiceless by exploring the lives of everyone effected by incarceration.

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Stacey Muhammad at Brooklyn Arts Council Screening of For Colored Boys

  • "For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION" launched to a GREAT start! Episode 1 is COMPLETE!

  • Click here to check out the great review we received on Indiewire for our Brooklyn Arts Council screening.

  • We've received OVERWHELMINGLY positive feedback! Read what others are saying!

  • We've received some cool press on the series. Check out "For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION" in The ROOT and on Shadow and Act.

  • Episode 1 has been used as a teaching module and screened at high schools and youth centers, sparking necessary conversation and engagement among youth.

  • Episode 1 has been shared far and wide on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and in the press. There has been a  tremendous amount of support for this project!  We have scripts for another six episodes and the cast and crew are ready to resume shooting…but we need YOUR support TODAY so we can finish telling this important story!

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Our goal is to raise AT LEAST $20,000 in 30 days in order to complete season 1 of "For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION" on schedule.

$20,000 is our minimum goal, but we're aiming to surpass that amount!!

Once we reach that goal, please keep spreading the word and giving anything you can. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

Independent filmmaking is an uphill battle for most who seek to accept the challenge. Telling the complex stories of black men that responsibly celebrate their full humanity takes support from THE PEOPLE. The funding of this Indiegogo project is critical! Our goal is to release the entire first season of "For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION" this spring! 

SEASON ONE IS INCOMPLETE and we need YOUR support to make the rest of this season a reality! 

We can't do it without help from the community we serve!

 

NEW PERK ALERT!!!!! A PIECE OF HISTORY!

"A People's History" Postcard Pack!

A pack of 7, 4x6, UV glossy, 14 pt. ultra thick card stock, full color, black & white postcards!

Each card will feature a different historical image on the front with the information about that image (subject, location, date, etc.) on the back!

Hold a piece of history in your hand.

BEAUTIFUL, quality postcards to share with family and friends!

A People's History Postcards

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We're not cutting corners on quality! The technology behind the scenes for this web series is THE BEST! We have unrivaled cinema capability!

We'll be renting lens and lights for the RED EPIC. "The Hobbit" was shot on this thing!

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Episode 1 of "For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION" was filmed on the 
RED ONE camera. The RED ONE redefined digital cinema upon its arrival, democratizing 4K capture and challenging the status quo!

The rest of the For Colored Boys season will be filmed on the RED EPIC. EPIC ushers in the next generation of digital cinema, featuring a 5K sensor capable of capturing 1 to 120 frames per second at full resolution.  In other words, this is REMARKABLE technology!

 Your financial contribution will help enable us to:

  • Rent the lens and lighting kit for RED EPIC (only the best!)
  • Bring in our highly skilled crew so that we can continue to offer EXELLENT picture and sound quality.
  • Cover the cost of mixing the "For Colored Boys" soundtrack
  • Cover the cost of post production services (including editing, sound mixing, GFX Titling, etc.)

Your contribution will also go to cover other necessary costs, such as:

  • Operational and administrative costs
  • Make-up and Wardrobe
  • FOOD! We respect our cast and crew! Help us to feed them on set!
  • Publicity, marketing, and community outreach. WE MUST GET THE WORD OUT once the series is done!

JUST AS IMPORTANT! Your contribution will also help us accomodate our STELLAR cast of award-winning actors! Check out who we have in front of the camera!

Our Cast

Additional Cast:

Jacinto Taras Riddick, Jas Anderson, Nashawn Kearse, Kai Muhammad, Tekomin Williams, Skyzoo, Roudy St. Fleur, Ryan Stepenson and others.

Your generous contribution also helps us bring skilled and talented folks together behind the camera, on our production, creative team and crew to bring you QUALITY programming. Here's who is behind the camera!

Stacey M

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Production Team

 

CREW and PROUDCTION SERVICES: 

NY frequency

The NY Frequency is a full-service media production shop born and bred in New York City with an impressive client roster including The NY Knicks and SPIN Magazine.

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“The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society.”
― Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

We want to tell this important story and complete this series, but we can't do it without YOU!  $20k in Thirty days is what we MUST raise but please help us raise TWICE as much!

We KNOW that For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION is a QUALITY Web Series with a host of talented artist and story tellers in front of and behind the camera.

Outstanding production quality and compelling stories that spark much needed dialogue is OUR PROMISE to each and every one of you who contributes to and supports this campaign!

Thank you for your time!

 

Season 1, Episode 1 of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION

 

 

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  • $5USD
    Thank You!

    Digital "For Colored Boys" Thank You Card.

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    Shout Out!

    Digital "For Colored Boys" Thank You Card and a shout out on all of our social media pages.

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    Digital Downloads!

    Season 1 digital download of the For Colored Boys web series, as well as a digital download of the official For Colored Boys Web Series soundtrack (produced by Bucktown, USA) and all of the rewards listed above.

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    Supporter!

    Autographed copy of Season 1 of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION on DVD and all of the rewards listed above.

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    A Piece of HISTORY!

    "A People's History" Postcard Pack! A pack of 7, 4x6, UV glossy, 14 pt. ultra thick card stock, full color, black & white postcards! Each card will feature a different historical image on the front with the information about that image (subject, location, date, etc.) on the back! Hold a piece of history in your hand. BEAUTIFUL, quality postcards to share with family and friends!

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    REPRESENT

    Autographed copy of internationally acclaimed documentary photographer, Jamel Shabazz's NEW LIMITED EDITION photography book, "REPRESENT". REPRESENT consists of 126 color images created between 2005--2012. Photographs were taken in Ethiopia, Korea, Japan, Morocco, Italy, France etc.

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    Advance Screening!

    You will receive an advance screening of EACH episode of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION. Your password protected link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the public release of each episode. You also get all of the rewards listed above.

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    VIP!

    2 VIP tickets to the exclusive STAR STUDDED For Colored Boys WRAP Party with performances by "SKYZOO, Smif N Wessun and many others". You don't wanna miss this! Bring a guest and hang with us, VIP style. You also receive all of the rewards listed above.

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    It's a DATE!

    YOU'RE INVITED to a PRIVATE dinner (food included O_o) and screening of "For Colored Boys Season 1" in NYC! Come hang out with the cast and creative team! If you live in the area, great. If not, we'll Skype you in and Instagram you pics of what we're eating! :) You also get all of the rewards listed above!

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    Associate Producer

    Donate to our campaign at this level and receive an "Associate Producer" credit on this exciting web series. Your name will be listed on IMDB, in our credits and on all of our social media pages and website.

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    Official Sponsor

    Your contribution of $2500 makes you an official SPONSOR of an EPISODE of "For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION." The opening credits of YOUR episode will read "This episode sponsored by "YOUR NAME"! You also get all of the rewards above.

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