Maybe you haven’t heard of Janet Collins? She was a 20th century groundbreaking choreographer and ballerina, who also painted. Most notably, Janet was the first and only woman of color to be Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She was also the first black woman to perform on that stage.
Sweet Blackberry is teaming up with GAS-ART GIFTS, Pixel Pirate Studio and comedian Chris Rock to animate then to narrate an educational DVD focusing on the experiences Janet Collins. Actress, Karyn Parsons; the founder of Sweet Blackberry has a mission to “bring little known stories of African American history to children everywhere”. The company’s third DVD project “The Janet Collins Story” will be illustrated by GAS-ART GIFTS owner, R. Gregory Christie and animated by the award winning director and illustrator, Saxton Moore. If you’re in to history and culture then be sure to support Karyn’s’ non profit, she’s doing some amazing and much needed work.