A note from Jé Hooper, Leader in Training, New York Society for Ethical Culture
Over the past few years, as I have served in the Ethical Culture Society through sharing platforms and hosting events centered in love and justice, I have been uniquely inspired by the life and philosophy of Felix Adler. Through further study, I became particularly fascinated by his interaction with black intellectual activist, W.E.B. DuBois. This fascination, with the support of my amazing team of artists, has become a film entitled Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness.
Because this film is a product of my connection with the AEU, I want to personally invite you and the Washington Ethical Society, my ethical culture family. Details about the film are available below.
Please feel free to share the link to the film with your friends: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/humanitas-a-conscious-coloring-of-kindness-tickets-53526490173.
We ask that you purchase the tickets as soon as possible and continue to share about the film as your congregation meets weekly. This is the first time that a film about and from the Ethical Culture is being screened. This is a really big deal for our organization and we want to spread the news of this innovation as broadly as possible.
We are excited to have this opportunity to share just a bit of the ethical culture with our local community and to hopefully renew our commitments to our shared values through this film. Thank you for your support in making this possible.
We look forward to seeing you in February!
in Training, New York Society for Ethical Culture
Director and Creator, Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness
Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness Premiere
FrequencyHouse Productions, with the American Ethical Union, will premiere Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness at New York Society for Ethical Culture Society.
Felix Adler (Ritchie Szoke), the founder and philosopher of the Ethical Culture Movement, and W.E.B. DuBois (Joe Tolbert), the author of The Souls of Black Folk and activist-scholar, are re-imagined in this histo-contemporary retrospective of July 1900.
Throughout this experimental film, we journey with Adler and DuBois through a series of poetic prose, soulful music and
choreo-movements, as they stir in one another justice through a new lens of nonreligious ethics, African-based spirituality, and civil philosophy.
DuBois, after completing a variety of lectures and books is endowed by the “spirit-of-rightness” with a new love for the intersectionality of Africaniety, where all lives can’t matter until black lives matter. As a result, his passion becomes contagious to anyone who comes in contact with his infectious conscious-kindness–his heart-work becomes the coloring of white spaces.
Through an encounter with DuBois, Adler “weighs the soul” of the young negro leader and establishes a life-changing relationship that is solidified at the first Pan-African Conference at the Westminster Hall in London.
Adler is also challenged by this consciousness, conflicted by the thoughts of other intellectuals, who reveal a hidden unethical, racist agenda for scholastic fame, and a refusal to acknowledge the true souls and spirits of black folks.
Director and Creator: Jé Hooper
Cinematographers: Orisha Photos & Chris CSpins Guzman
Photographer/Imaging: Brianna N. Rohlehr
Editors: Chris CSpins Guzman, Dwayne Gayle, storäe michele
Musicians: Jadele McPherson & Lindsey Wilson
Set Director: Steven Styles Cobb
Make-up Artist: Steven ‘T’ Pacheco
Costume Designer: Leesa Thompson
Music Producer: Kay’Vion RockBishop Sire
Joe Tolbert, Ritchie Szoke, Sekani Radellant, storäe michele, Elyse Ambrose, Ryan Hill (RJ Love), Brotherhood Dance (Orlando Hunter & Ricarrdo Valentine), Jadele McPherson (Lukumi Arts), Charly Dominguez, Tanika Williams, Kamran Prescott, Law Law’nence Miller, Bill Lewis, Robert Carito (RBear Carito), James C. Thompson, Mehki’El, and members of AEU
Creative Academic Advisors: Andrea Frohne and Brian Evans