Yankee Bajan is centered in the African Diasporic search for place. The work follows an African American family of expatriates to the Caribbean Island of Barbados during the two year pandemic. Their relocation to the ancestrial home of their parents and grandparents is an emotional and musical journey as they realize their American privilege and continue their search for home beyond the "White Gaze." Collaborating artists Linda Parris-Bailey, Charlotte Brathwaite, Russel Watson, and Stefan Walcott have developed a media rich journey to the Caribbean. In this time of uncertainty, there is a commonality for our search for connection. In the spirit of Sankofa, this work looks to the future acknowledging the lessons of the past.
Land Acknowledgement: I currently reside on the land of the Tsalaquwetiyi (Eastern Cherokee) Miccosukee, S'atsoyaha and other indigenous peoples named and un-named.