Hello History Fans,
Today we bring you an interview with rising Independent Filmmaker DeVon Cooper, the writer, director and producer of the Internet Series, Iniquity.
FYI, here’s our interview legend:
BHC = The Black History Channel
DC = DeVon Cooper
To contact DeVon or learn more about his work, follow these links:
BHC: Good morning, DeVon (if I may). Thanks for sitting down with us to talk about your new series. The title “Iniquity” conjures up all sorts of images. How did you decide on that title?
DC: Well, the word “iniquity” means deep sin, or to be evil. It implies that no matter how much good you see out there or how much good you desire to be around, it’s the people who are around you—the people in your environment, that make the difference. In other words, it’s not about the character in this series, it’s about the people who around the character in the series.
By the way, the series was called “Solidarity” first. But the story changed. I said to myself, “How can I do a story about a billionaire black guy who is all about helping his people and being there for his family? I knew I would have to begin with his background, so I decided to show that he didn’t come from a “silver spoon.” He dealt with the bad family thing, like so many of us do, and he had to work for what got.
DC: It began as a thought. You see, in my own real-life situation, my brother was murdered at a young age and my mother was shot. But I was the athlete of the family. I wanted to show how some people make excuses for why things happen to them, but actually, if two people come from the same family, the difference in the direction of their lives comes down to thinking.