Panthers Celebrate Black History Month With A Video Project Narrated By Rapsody
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers officials say in honor of Black History Month the team partnered with Grammy Award-nominated artist Rapsody, originally from North Carolina, to create a video project celebrating Black history in the Carolinas.
Officials say they were looking for a way to celebrate Black people for their historical advancements and achievements without singling them out for just their skin color, and this thought lead them to travel around the Carolinas to create a video project inspired by what it truly means to be Black.
“I am more than what you see. Not defined by the color of my skin, but the purpose of my being,” is the quote officials say sparked the project.
Brandon Todd, lead photographer and photo editor with the Carolina Panthers, says in late January he reached out to the team’s video producer, Stephen Manderville, and the project was set into motion.
Todd says for four weeks he and other Panthers officials tried to get the most significant people in North Carolina and South Carolina to be in the project including Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley, Panthers legends Steve Smith and Julius Peppers, and the 72 Black educators of Rocky River High School, led by Principal Ericia Turner.
Todd says despite how important and impactful it was to have these people in the video, the project would not have come together without artist Rapsody.
Officials say Rapsody is not only a rapper and entertainer, but also a poet and social justice activist that uses her platform to speak out on social and racial issues.
Rapsody says “I am Black. But deeper than that below the surface is my soul,” which Panthers officials say perfectly sums up the entire video project.
Panthers officials say they would like to give special thanks to the following people for making this project come to life:
- Mayor Vi Lyles.
- Dawn Staley.
- DJ Moore.
- Donte Jackson.
- Shaq Thompson.
- Juston Burris.
- Jeremy Chinn.
- Julius Peppers.
- Steve Smith Sr.
- Principal Ericia Turner and the educators of Rocky River High School.
- Principal Michelle Givens, Clear Creek Elementary.
- Demetrious Hammie, Maddox Clay, Deshanique Haughton, and Khyshawn Brown – students at Clear Creek.
- Mike Rhynes and Corwin Alexander, owners of Mr.C Charles Fish & Chicken.
- TopCat Dasja.
- Kendric Lindsey of South Carolina Athletics.
- Nathaniel Butler of NBAE and Getty Images.
- Saint Augustine’s University.