When Lighting expert Christian Epps (Selma, Queen Sono) set up Lights Camera Diaspora! – a non-profit social enterprise designed to bridge the gap between the African and African-Diaspora entertainment industries, he hoped it would one day lead to an opportunity where young Africans who he trained, would one day get the opportunity to work on world class international projects in the near future.
Well it seems this dream has come true as a professional lighting assignment for him on Beyonce’s much-anticipated visual album “BLACK IS KING” was able to turn into an opportunity where positions for 10 trainees from Kangala District, Mpumalanga (northeastern South Africa), were able to train on a world class production for Beyonce! They were able to work on camera, lighting, costume and more.
“This kind of opportunity to provide hands-on experience and skill-enhancement to the young talent in Africa is precisely what I envisioned with Lights, Camera, Diaspora!,” says Epps, founder and CEO of LCD! “We were formed to serve as a bridge between production communities of the US and African entertainment industries. What could be more universal in achieving that than LCD! participating on a visual album by one of the world’s best-selling music artists?” Listen to one of them talk about their experience.
For more on this visit www.lightscameradiaspora.org/blackisking
About Christian Epps
Christian Epps’ professional lighting career has spanned four decades in motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and live events. Directors include Ava DuVernay, and Spike Lee. Talent includes First Lady Michelle Obama, Pres. Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and Whitney Houston. As a Hollywood-based Gaffer and DP, he worked on the Oscar-winning film, “Selma”, featuring Oprah Winfrey, and projects for HBO, NETFLIX, Showtime, NBC and The Olympics. In 2006, he began designing concerts and television in African countries. Epps recently lit NETFLIX’s first original African production, QUEEN SONO’ (South Africa) and its first original production in Nigeria (unnamed). Recent projects include commercials for Nike featuring LeBron James, Cadillac featuring Spike Lee, Lovecraft Country (HBO), and ‘Sylvie’s Love’ featuring Tessa Thompson (Amazon). The African Diaspora Awards named Epps 2017 Creative Person of the Year.