video premiere: composer/pianist/director samora pinderhughes releases emotionally raw “statement of resilience” to the black community with stunning visual ‘cycles’

September 30, 2016

Today’s video premiere comes from composer, pianist, and director Samora Pinderhughes and his heavy-hitting visual, ‘Cycles: A Statement of Resilience from The Transformations Suite Community’. Directed by Pinderhughes and Stefon Bristol, the emotional spoken word track vulnerably describes the heartbreaking and traumatic experiences and perspectives of black Americans during this historic period of racial injustice and violence. Set to footage captured at Oakland’s Turf Fienz and Oakland’s Black Panther programs, Pinderhughes recites a powerhouse poem by Jermie Harris, set to his ‘Cycles’. “’Cycles: A Statement of Resilience from The Transformations Suite Community’ is a tribute to Alfred Olango, Korryn Gaines, Keith Lamont Scott, Terrence Crutcher, and all those murdered by the police. What you see here is a collection of young artists of color seeking to bear witness to this present moment,“ Pinderhughes tells AFROPUNK.

‘Cycles’ appears on Pinderhughes’ forthcoming album ‘The Transformations Suite’ which will be premiered on Oct. 11 at CBMA’s “Black Male Re-Imagined” event at The Kennedy Center—out everywhere on Oct. 12.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Participants in video: Shariffa Ali, Chris Myers, Aden Munassar, Vuyo Sotashe, Jules Latimer, Jay Knowles, Savannah Harris, Kyle Poole, Brandi Stewart, JJ Jeter, Carolyn Smith, Jeremie Harris, Jasminn Johnson, Sienna Pinderhughes, Sofia Snow, Brandon Hall

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at