Vocalist Thomasina Petrus sings a rendition of Nina Simone’s Strange Fruit, of a poem she wrote title Northern Fruit inserted into the second verse, one week after the murder of George Floyd. The video was filmed by OMG Media at Public Arts St. Paul’s Distinguish Artists & Leaders event with special guest Paul Farber, Executive Director of Monument Lab during his visit to Minnesota in October 2021.
A poignant video of J.J. Hill Montessori School kindergarten students, where Philando worked as a Cafeteria Supervisor, ringing bells for Philando. “Look What You Left Behind” was written and sung by Thomasina Petrus, accompanied by Thom West and produced by Charles Petrus. Thank you to the students and teachers are J.J. Hill for sharing their love for Philando with the universe. Film produced by OMG Studios Philando’s legacy of feeding and taking care of children will be in our hearts forever. Learn more at: https://www.philandocastilefoundation.org.
A celebration of African American history, music, art and literature, featuring a special tribute to George Floyd and Philando Castile by Ta-coumba T. Aiken and Seitu Jones.
This film is part of Juneteenth Commemoration 2022 celebration of African American history, music, art, music and literature in partnership with The City of St. Paul, Saint Paul Public Library, MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Ujamaa Place and OMG Studios.