“I can’t help it…when things come up, when I read certain articles and they spark things in me that mean something to me I can’t help but to be vocal about it and share my opinions on it. Because I can’t imagine not being able to share my experience and my opinion as a Black woman…. [There is this] idea that Black people are to be seen and not heard…and there’s so many varied experiences among us…there’s no need to try to silence us. Any way that I can just be honest, more than anything, and also inspire other people to be vocal about things, I like to take that opportunity.”
THE REVOLUTION MIGHT BE TELEVISED
Sola Bamis is the embodiment of representation we have yet to see portrayed on screen wholly and without a disclaimer. She’s smart and intelligent, bold and brave. She could have been a doctor but found her calling in the healing powers of art instead. She’s humble and hilarious and there’s a good chance that her profound gratitude may come in the form of a perfectly chosen gif or superlatively appropriate meme.
The perfect blend of sassy and sweet – a clichéd phrase so gross I roll my eyes as I type it but keep going because it’s the fullest, most accurate description of her well-balance personality, Sola Bamis is candid and commending. She doesn’t mince her words, won’t sugar coat and has no problem giving credit where credit is due. Her wisdom is evident in the battles she chooses and how she chooses them – a diplomatic equilibrium of self-preservation, compassion and principle. She’s awake and aware, witty, charming and well spoken, traits that no doubt help her get her way more often than not.
Sola Bamis is the realization of how the revolution has evolved over three generations. There’s nothing rational about racism, sexism or any of the other isms so it can be argued that any efficient and effective approach can’t be either. That simply isn’t true. No longer do we only have two options to choose from, Malcolm or Martin. Now we have the Justin Simiens, the Lena Waithes, the Ava DuVernays, Lupita Nyong’os, Adepero Oduyes and artists like Laverne Cox, Benjamin Cory Jones, Dee Rees and Sola Bamis who are actively, vocally working to change the narrative and fight for proper, fuller representation of marginalized folk in the media we consume.
Gil Scott-Heron swore the revolution wouldn’t be televised, though as long as we have artists like Sola Bamis on our screens that might prove to be untrue after all.
Most recognizable from Mad Men, you can also catch her guest appearances in episode 13 of Mistresses and episode five of the now defunct, Killer Women.
Just as a bonus if you want life that Sola Bamis and Co. serve on a daily basis, you definitely want to follow her on Instagram. Do a little stalking perusing and you’ll see that serving face runs in the blood – or at least in the family name. You’re welcome.
Wait. Speaking of BONUS, check out some of these awesome clips of Sola, Bamising. (Yes. It is also now a verb.)
Check out some of Sola Bamis’ awesome work we’ve curated from around the web: