Note: Original video sourced from Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/467513066
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Dancers featured: Winfield R Woundedeye, Asya St. Germaine, Jemal Delacruz, Lucky, Diamond Hardiman, Bulb Eralife, Brandon K Calhoun, Stix and Chemstiry, Skinny Boa, Sean Shahkarami, Ladybug, AG and Terrondy.
Music & Sound: DJ Earl, DJ Lucky, Michael Beharie, H. Yoshimura
Film crew: Jemal Delacruz, Wills Glasspiegel, Polarbear Red Filmz, Lucky Teklife, Tipa Limson, Frankie Pedersen, Hilary Frances
Produced by: Brandon K Calhoun, The Era Footwork Crew, Open The Circle
Special thanks: Chi-Nations Youth Council, American Indian Center – Chicago David Chavez
A film by Jemal Delacruz & Wills Glasspiegel
This performance was Bikbaye’s contribution to the Housing Works’ fundraiser held on June 28, 2020.
Bikbaye Inejnema is a teacher of Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) knowledge, cultural activist, healer, spoken word artist, writer, producer, director and recording artist from Chicago. In 1998, Bikbaye’s destiny led him to cross paths with a Dogon /Kemetic high priest from Burkina Faso, Neb Naba, who was sent to America by his elders to share the sacred mystery school knowledge of the Nile & Niger Valley Civilizations. Bikbaye became his first apprentice and eldest student in the U.S.
Upon completing 6 of 10 years of initiation and receiving the ancient teachings, Bikbaye was sent to establish traditional schools in several U.S. states to continue the initiatic education of Ancient Tamerri/Kemet (Africa). Bikbaye has taught & lectured nationally and abroad. He is the founder of the Conscious Youth Global Movement (CYGM).
Bikbaye & Kemit share how the song “Checkin In” manifested!
Once again we are “Checkin In”! Here is more behind the scenes with Bikbaye , Sepka and the cast…check out these bonus shots of the video! Visit our Facebook page Conscious Youth Global Movement and “Check In” with a comment and location!
We are “Checkin In” with more behind the scenes footage of the making of the video. In this clip, our co-director Estela Lopez-Spears give our youth dancers encouragement, positive feedback and critique. It should be noted, that it was not in the plans for Estela to co-direct this video, but after seeing how she naturally connected with the youth (and vice versa) during the entire shoot, without being asked, we were proud to give her the credit that was due for her contribution!
Checkin In from the set of the L.A. video shoot! A great experience for the elders (Bikbaye & Sepka) and the youth Checkin In dancers!
Behind the scenes of “Checkin In” – Here is a glimpse of the making of the video…It was a wonderful experience for the entire crew! More to come!
An artistic offering from Bikbaye & Sepka! It’s time for all that is good to Check In! Save our youth by preserving our communities!