”I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.”—James Baldwin

Lip Service explores the tension between the rhetoric used to hold power and the language of liberation. Compelling visuals, sound, light, and the written word create an immersive experience that invites us to interrogate the public discourse on identity, solidarity, and progress. The piece’s structure and rhythm mirrors the familiar call and response of some faith traditions by juxtaposing expectations of grace with demands for acts. We are left to ponder our own contribution to building a more just, connected, and compassionate existence for all of us in society. 

Lip Service was commissioned to mark the fifth anniversary of Maven Leadership Collective.

To learn more about the folx featured in Lip Service and the behind the scenes process read our blog article.

To download a pdf version of the Lip Service program, please click here.

Nadege Green (she | her)
Maven

Jasmen Rogers (she | her)
Maven

Arsimmer McCoy (she | her)
Poet

Juan Matos (he | him)
Director & Cinematographer

Monica Sorelle (she | her)
Editor

Vanessa Charlot (she | her)
Portraits

Lest We Forget
By Arsimmer McCoy for the Maven Leadership Collective