Beenie T. Mel

A Short Biography

Born in Africa, raised in Italy and India before coming to the United States as a teenager, Ben is a proud world citizen interested in telling global stories about the resistance experience. A screenwriter by trade, he dabbles in both fiction and non-fiction works to continue his journey as an activist and artist.

Why I write.

Stories of Black Lives and Oppressed Lives, all across the world matter!

Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. Our mission and our purpose is to use the gift of art to inspire others to see themselves in a higher realm and order.

Harry Belafonte

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.

Maya Angelou

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

Toni Morrison

In all areas of life, if you do not understand the system of race supremacy and racism, everything else that you do understand will only confuse you.

Edward Said

Writing

"Sankofa II" Afrofuturism Adventure. "The Martyred King" Adowa Series II. "Untitled New Project"

Reading

FALL NONFICTION READING: "Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth" Wole Soyinka. "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst" Robert M. Sapolsky "Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America" Marcia Chatelain "Zagwe Dynasty" Marie-Laure Derat FICTION READING: "The Night Watchman" Louise Erdrich "Seeing" Jose Saramango" "Freshwater" Akwaeke Emezi "Hunger Eats A Man" Nkosinathi Sithole REREADING: "China's Second Continent" Howard W. French "The Oromos of Ethiopia, 1500-1850" Mohammad Hassen

Watching

"Reservation Dogs" FX "Succession: Season 3" HBO. “Muhammad Ali” and “Hemingway” PBS "Squid Game" Netflix "Laetitia" French HBO "O' Hospede Americano" Spanish HBO

Editing

"Adowa Series II"

Listening

RFI Afrique. Radio Ambulante NPR Talking Heads. Scriptnotes. Tightrope. Revisionist History and Lots and lots of foreign podcasts for research.

Learning

Spanish/French/Italian for research purposes. Swahili for travel purposes.