Afropunk chatted with Mursi and Alexis, co-founders of The Artchitects and The Peculiar Kind, and asked them about their web series and presence, their views on Frank Ocean and their thoughts on Obama being the first president to openly support gay marriage. They also shared their future plans on connecting with the Afropunk community.
Interview by Whitney Summer
Photo by Phil Knott
The Artchitects team is a melting pot of many different skill sets and talents. With all that you do, what’s your elevator speech?
The Artchitects is a Brooklyn-based boutique production company that specializes in all aspects of film, video and sound design while incorporating eye-catching contemporary aesthetics. And if that’s not enough, we also offer DJ services and equipment rental.
Afropunk has featured your new video series, The Peculiar Kind, a Web series focused on women of color in the LGBT community. What were your reasons for creating the Web series?
There’s a lack of images that don’t perpetuate stereotypes especially in the LGBTQ people of color community. Shows such as “Awkward Black Girl” and “Black Folk Don’t” have opened up doors for web-series like “The Peculiar Kind” to showcase those who were once deemed non-existent or going against the norm.
We have been getting nothing but positive feedback from all races, creeds, ages, and sexual orientations. The main purpose of creating “The Peculiar Kind” was to open up the hearts and minds of those who were justifiably “ignorant” to a subculture due to a lack of exposure. Hence the title of the show, QPOC are not that peculiar after all.
What has been the most surprising feedback?
The most surprising feedback we have received is from teenage viewers from around the world who have a real need to see themselves reflected in some form of media. More specifically, the viewers who are treated like outcasts in their communities can relate to the cast members through the discussions and feel as though they have found a safe space.
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Afropunk chatted with Mursi and Alexis and asked them about their web series and presence, their views on Frank Ocean and their thoughts on Obama being the first president to openly support gay marriage. They also shared their future plans on connecting with the Afropunk community.