Hidden Colors: More Untold Stories of Black and Brown People
5 months ago
Tariq Nasheed reveals little known history in part 2 of his groundbreaking doc
In April 2011, New York Times best-selling author and relationship "game advisor" Tariq Nasheed debuted his first documentary "Hidden Colors: The Untold History Of People Of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent" to rave reviews. The film set out to be, as KRS-One would say, a source of "edutainment" for people looking for information about the African diaspora that was rarely taught in U.S. schools.
Featuring commentary from a long list of scholars and orators including Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Umar Johnson, and Dr. Phil Valentine among others, "Hidden Colors" managed to present African history in a way that both the Ivy League scholar and the Rucker Park baller could understand and appreciate.
"The idea actually started as a book," says Nasheed, an urban relationship expert who has written books including "Play Or Be Played" and "The Art of Gold Digging." "When I do lectures about relationships, I always drop history in there. I was going to do a book. At first, it was going to be a video of just me talking, but I decided to be more thorough and get people I like to talk on it too."
Now a year and a half later, Nasheed is set to grace select theaters Dec. 6 and 7 with his second installment, "Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin," with what he promises will go even deeper in detail. Loop 21 caught up with Nasheed to talk about the making of part 1, the demand for part 2 and why more films like his do not exist.
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Loop 21: Many of your followers know you from your books and podcasts dealing with relationships. What made you want to do a documentary on African history?