Poem 13 of 30 - April 2012
From the movie: How many Black… a feature film based on the real life
Teaching experiences of Roger Bonair-Agard, directed by Spike Lee
Scene from jailhouse 1
Camera panning the entire room
40 year old heavily tattooed black man walks into the rec room. He comes to teach them creative writing. They have not been told this…
Switch to 2 camera angles, both in profile
Young brother 1: Oh, who dis nigga?! Aye Joe! Who the fuck is you?
Teacher: Ask me again in a manner I can actually respond to.
Switch to 2 angles – facing class and facing teacher, guards should be almost out of picture; blurred somewhat
YB 2: Aye man, what dat is on your chest? Gestures with chin in general direction of the man
Teacher: a crown
everyone in the room turns to look at the 1 latino kid – the unspoken dialogue is about whether or not it’s a Latin King claim being made by the crown
Teacher: why y’all all lookin at him?
YB 2: Yo lemme see the whole thing
Security Guard: it would probably be inappropriate for him to take off his shirt here
2 beats of silence
YB 2: Aye lemme see that crown nigga
Teacher: Brother, for reals I’m not taking off my shirt
Teacher is now sitting round a table with residents of the jail – camera angles should switch from one perspective to the next rapidly. We want to feel the tempo of the conversation here as different from the other conversations
YB 3: Aye Joe, you ever been locked up?
YB 3: you ain’t never done NO time?!
YB 3: more incredulous; even suspicious NEVER?!
YB 3: How the fuck you so swole den?!
Teacher laughs loudly; students join in
YB 4: yo, you be fuckin with dat UFC fighting
Teacher: you mean like actually fighting?
YB 4: yeah, like MMA shit.
Teacher: nah dawg. Why you ask?
YB 4: you look like you could fuck a nigga up!
Teacher: Once, maybe. But I’m too old for people to be hitting me in the face
YB 5: No Homo, but I could picture you in them little ass shorts fuckin a nigga up!
Teacher: slowly so… did you just say No Homo AND you can picture me in little ass shorts?
YB 5: yeah. But for real, you know what I mean?
Teacher: I’m afraid I do
Fade out and up on next scene…
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