There’s an upcoming series that’s caught my eye, thanks to Afriquette.com. It’s called Black Lady Goddess by Nigerian-American-Guyanese content creator/director/filmmaker Chelsea Odufu. This young woman has a powerful voice.
“I always task myself with showing positive images of black people outside of slavery,” says Chelsea. “I want black people to have a deeper understanding of who they are and I want to diversify blackness so we all feel like we have a voice.” ~ Chelsea Odufu
Check out her IG: https://www.instagram.com/chelsthedirector/
She’s someone to keep an eye on. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Chelsea created her award-winning film, Ori Inu: In Search of Self.
Spike Lee hired her straight out of university. She worked for him on Chi-Raq, the She’s Gotta Have It Netflix series and other projects.
“Working with Spike is always awesome,” Chelsea has said. “I learned how to build a brand as a filmmaker and how to be more efficient as a content creator.”
Now, she’s working on what looks like a really exciting series. Here’s the official blurb:
Black Lady Goddess is a satirical afro-futuristic series set in the year 2040 when humans on earth now have a connection to their creator in outer space. It follows the life of a young activist by the name of Ifeoma Johnson who is coming into her own in a time when humans have not only found out that God is a Black Woman, but after reparations have been issued in the amount of $455,000 to each person of African descent. The first season showcases the chaos that unfolds following this development. Black Lady Goddess emerges as a symbol of the end of White Supremacy and privilege and as a pillar of strength and power to women and people of color around the world.
A fascinating and unique premise. The trailer not only looks gorgeous, the actors are believable.
More about Black Lady Goddess:
Black Lady Goddess is heavily inspired by the creation stories of the Dogon Tribe, an ancient tribe living in Mali, West Africa. For decades this tribe has mystified modern-day scientists who have a hard time explaining how the Dogon tribe’s precise and ancient kknowledge of the cosmos was centuries ahead of the knowledge of “the great” Western Astronomers. In many cases their assertions about the cosmos were only proven by advances in quantum physics in the early 20th century. The Dogon tribe credit their advance knowledge of astronomy to information given to them by an alien race called the Nommos who visited earth many years ago. They originated from the Sirius B star, which is where the kingdom of Black Lady Goddess resides.
Black Lady Goddess submerges us into a world where God is a woman breaking from the usual representation of God being a masculine figure that we see throughout western media. The goal is to break the chains of patriarchy and show that women can hold positions of power, authority and cultural significance and even the highest position of all, the creator of the universe. The season also plays homage to women’s innate power as the creators of life on earth and celebrates societies that are matriarchal where women play strong leadership roles. By having a God who is a woman, it is supposed to encourage women and those who identify as women to become their best selves and tap into their inner divinity.
Additionally, the existence of alternative creation stories that do not center on Western ideologies are central to the television series “Black Lady Goddess” which is heavily inspired by the creation stories of the Dogon Tribe in Mali, Africa. By envisioning a fictional futuristic world where stigmas of inferiority and backwardness are removed from Blackness, we hope to create a future reality free from racialized limitations and creating new possibilities for black self determination. By displaying images of a black god, the goal is to reverse the effects of centuries of societal programing that negates the humanity and brilliance of black and brown people, their culture and beliefs and recenters Africa as the cradle of humanity. In doing so we hope to capture the heart and imaginations of our viewers in the same way that films like Black Panther, the Boondocks and Avatar were able to strike a collective chord in the popular consciousness of the country.
Chelsea granted an interview to Afriquette and shared some interesting insights, like this:
You recently completed the pilot for an Afrofuturist TV series ‘Black Lady Goddess,’ could you tell us more about what inspired this project?
I have always been curious about alternate creation narratives or about who ancient civilizations considered to be God. I believe showcasing Black Godliness on screen is a source of empowerment for African people as who you pray to is who you believe is your master at the core. Creating Black Lady Goddess as a character was my way of adding to that imagery.
Black Lady Goddess was first inspired by my frustration with cultural appropriation. I would see publications like Vogue, celebrate things on Caucasians that Black people were historically criticized for having or wearing for decades. So I created a ridiculous scenario where God was an African woman and that a malfunctioning human would visit her asking for her race to be changed.
Read the full interview here.