On and offstage, performance artist Khalil Abdul Malik Raheem Munir grapples with the conflicting legacies—and names—he has inherited.
One-hour Television Documentary, in development with support from Independent Television Service (ITVS).
In an inventive one-man show, actor and hoofer Khalil Abdul Malik Raheem Munir examines his South Philadelphia upbringing. Offstage, he embraces a new life as father and husband. However, contradictions from his childhood still nip at his peace. What scars linger from growing up as a black boy named after four incarcerated men, including dad?
The canvas for this story is an African American community in South Philly with a tradition of self-reliance and entrepreneurship dating back to the 1920s. It became home to hardy Black migrants from the American South like Khalil’s grandparents, who owned a fleet of small businesses. Yet by the early 1980s when he was born, the neighborhood’s social fabric and his family were unraveling.
Today, Khalil wonders about the legacy he will pass on to his newborn son. As his family rallies to mount Khalil’s play at a local theater, we meet three generations of fathers and sons on divergent paths to self-determination.