As you may know, I’m passionate about young people and young people being the change they want to see in the world. In fact, I want young people to use their voices, particularly through writing, to make themselves heard and start making those changes.
What you may not know, is that I recently made a short film with a charity called Fixers, which uses media to help young people ‘fix’ something in their community. We thought that spoken word would be a powerful tool, so I wrote a spoken word piece (with a couple of lines added by my girl Britney), which became the script for the film. This was actually the first time I wrote a spoken word piece, but as you know, I’m now all about writing poetry.
The film was shot in my beloved hometown of Croydon and I had some great young people reading the script — four of them just happened to be my friends and family (shout out to the beautiful Jemel, Rhianna, Nahed and Naomi).
When I eventually saw the film, I was so happy that I cried and I couldn’t wait to show it to everyone. I had a launch for the film last Monday and it went live on YouTube the same day, giving everybody the opportunity to watch it.
But of course, I wanted to write a little something and share it with all of you, the community of bloggers who I love so much. So below is the film and I hope you like it. This is ‘What Would You Say?’