State Media’s project, “Say Our Name” wins Grand Prize in Samsung’s Creators Awards in October 2016. “Say Our Name,” directed by Stina Hamlin, filmed by Nate Hamlin, and choreographed by Jonathan Lee, is an immersive hip-hop dance piece filmed on the streets of New York City. Inspired by the #Black Lives Matter movement, through the craft of 360 filmmaking the experience engages the viewer to look into the eyes of the people that brutality is happening to everyday on streets throughout our nation. We must remember and say these names and never stop having this conversation until there is change and the injustice stops. Since we filmed this piece in August 2016, over 20 other names have been added to this list. Systemic racism is very much still alive and it is up to us to change this through our art, our work, and our daily lives. Our hope is to make a mark with this piece and continue to create experiences that influence change.
Choreographer Jonathan Lee brings his stylings through the music and the message with the talent of amazing dancers from various backgrounds. Ephraim Sykes (HBO's Vinyl, Hamilton, Motown, Hairspray Live), Sasha Hutchings (Hamilton, Motown, Sweet Charity), Winston Brown (Jacob's Pillow, Taylor 2, Pilobolus) and up and coming Yancy Greene.