When my ‘Loo brother, Patrick, first told me that he was making a web series I remember jumping and squealing. (Y’all who know me know I can be a bit much when I get excited.)
I had two questions, time and place please? Cause you know I’m coming right?
At the time I was living in Lubbock, Texas, and I didn’t care if I had to drive 16 hours, I knew I was going to be there to be witness to Patrick live his dream. As it turns out, I moved back to Arkansas a few weeks ago so I only had to drive 9 hours. #winning
Last night was the red carpet premiere of SCALES: The Web Series and let me tell you, there was a lot of love in that room. I rolled out to the event with my sis, Cassandra, and yes, we definitely came to slay with our #SCALEfies.
The swag bags were beautiful and I was delighted to see I now have a new glass for my collection.
The atmosphere was ripe with excitement as the hype crew took the stage to introduce us all to the occasion.
I also had the immense pleasure of sitting next to actress Khalimah Gaston who hosts The Screening Room Atlanta and was an absolute delight.
When the lights went down so did the phones so y’all are just gonna have to like the YouTube channel so you can see the series which begins today!
Go ahead, I’ll wait…
One thing I will tell you is that this dramedy (dramatic comedy) is a breath of fresh air that strips away labels and lets you see people as just people, living their everyday lives, trying to get (and keep) things in balance.
If you don’t believe me, watch it. Then you’ll see why I’m backing Season 2 on Indiegogo.
See, Patrick Ladonis Sutton is one of those special people in the world, a truly creative kindred spirit. I’ve known that about him since we first met at Tougaloo College 20 years ago. He’s one of those people who when we get going we just flow creative energy back and forth and I’m convinced more than ever that we are going to work on a project or two together in the future.
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the fantastic cast and crew of SCALES. Everyone pulled their weight on this production and it showed in the final cut. I left the event feeling like I “knew” each and every one of the actors on stage and they fielded questions from the audience like veterans of the filmmaking industry.
Oh yes, and the music… y’all! Go listen to Nai Brixx and Sensei Bueno and get your life.
Atlanta has such talent and SCALES: The Web Series does a great job of highlighting those voices and stories that sometimes get lost in the more “sensationalized” projects that come out of the Peach State.
And Patrick, I EXPECT to see you on Desus and Mero (VICELAND) and AmazonVideo and Netflix and Hulu and Vudu and Black Enterprise, Essence, Vogue, Rolling Stone, O Magazine, Ellen and every other place because the talent and drive and passion are all right there in you. Plus, now you shonuf know, if you didn’t before, that your fam has got your back!
Keep doing great things!
p.s. I am telling EVERYBODY to #SCALESonDelta because we all want to see you make history as the first web series to play on Delta’s domestic flights!
Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit https://about.me/MCyoungblood.