My duty as an artist is to go where others cannot or will not, to tell the stories that are being ignored, and to reclaim the culture and identity of black lives. From a young age, I quickly realized that I felt an innate desire to speak up and show the strength of my beliefs after coming out as christian homosexual man. As I found different ways to do this, I discovered the therapy within the art of dance. My art became both my protest and my refuge. My introspective approach became the vehicle to engage with the audience, cultivating an organic conversation that weaves politics and spirituality.
I’m constantly questioning how I can share my life experiences that aid in dismantling the fear of black expression within this country. It is through this curiosity that DRE.SPEAKS was born. A company created to discuss and share topics that encourage the liberation and freedom within people of color through dance, film, and text.
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”