Laying Flowers

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Setting Fires

Laying Flowers

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Setting Fires

Created by Amir Sulaiman

Launching as a collection of original poetry — expressed live (Dave Chappelle’s Summer Camp), recording (b-side of Chappelle’s forthcoming 8:46 LP), and as the “cinematic” poem: Laying Flower.:.Setting Fires created a direct response to violence against black bodies, Subverse will evolve into a genre-bending docu-series that blends images, words, and music uncovering the secrets within language.

Although the piece mentions struggle, loss, and the weariness that comes with the perpetual mourning of Black life, LFSF is fundamentally about love. More than it is anti-anything, it is pro-Black love. Amir proposes that any liberation struggle must be fueled by love. If not, it runs the risk of just being about the love for power. Amir says, “If we have love, we have something to fight for. If we lose love, there is no victory even if we win”.

About Amir

Amir Sulaiman is a prolific poet, recording artist, actor, screenwriter and producer born in Rochester, New York. His poems cross subjects of love, tragedy and what it means to reconcile humanity with the unprecedented trials of modernity. He has toured across the US and the world. His critically acclaimed book of poetry, LOVE, GNOSIS & OTHER SUICIDE ATTEMPTS was published in 2012. In 2013, Amir released his latest album THE OPENING, the third in a unique trilogy project. A Harvard Fellow, a writer on Season 2 of RAMY (Hulu), Amir was first introduced to a National audience in 2005 when he was featured for two seasons on Russell Simmons’ groundbreaking series DEF POETRY JAM on HBO. Amir resides in Atlanta with his four daughters.

Production Team

Laying Flowers.:.Setting Fires was funded through the Starfish Accelerator. Major funding was provided by Pop Culture Collaborative’s Becoming America Fund and Doris Duke Foundation for the Islamic Arts. Additional funding by the Pillars Fund and IMAN Foundation.

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