Aja Monet – The Black Unicorn Sings
TheArtTrade explores a new series called “The ArtWorks Collection” focusing on a particular piece of work produced by a particular artist. In this “Episode 1” we look at New York native poet Aja Monet and her poetry book titled “The Black Unicorn Sings.”
Note from Director – Cam Be:
While she was residing in Chicago Aja took me for a walk through the Hyde Park neighborhood where she was living. We found time to stop at a famed Chicago bookstore O’Gara & Wilson Ltd, which was featured in a scene of the 1997 film ‘Love Jones’. While there Aja read excerpts from both her book ‘The Black Unicorn Sings’ and her personal journal. In this piece I wanted to show the different sides of her personality as both a strong, gifted, intellectual woman and her fun loving kind mannered sense of humor. She is one of the definitive poets of our generation, it was a pleasure capturing her gift.
– Cam Be
Jennifer Linsday Sullivan
Shot & Edited By:
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & Carlos Nino – Suite for Ma Dukes