Alana Flowers, Director/Producer
Alana Flowers is a St. Louis, MO native with a love for social and economic empowerment. She holds a B.A.in Communications and a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW). Her mission motivates her: mobilizing the nation, one abandoned community at a time. By tapping into her love of Black empowerment, higher education and the advocacy of single parenting, Alana is getting back to her family’s roots: documenting on film the untold history of Missouri’s first black city, Kinloch. When Alana searched for historical film of Kinloch, she discovered that very few images existed. Recognizing there was a community need for telling Kinloch’s story, she decided to pursue the documentary project by creating the film herself. While Alana is on a mission of learning more about her bloodline, she is also unveiling the story of Kinloch, a city with a rich history that goes beyond its 1948 incorporation. When not researching and working on her passion project, Alana can be found in the role of mommy 24/7. You will also find her selling vintage pieces for her boutique MAE’s Closet, blogging, collecting old vinyl records, and watching life-changing documentaries.
Jaqui Melton, Researcher/Transcriber
Educated by the Saint Louis Public School system, Jaqui Melton earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education Language Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She acquired her MBA from Webster University shortly thereafter, and has since dedicated her career work to the non-profit sector by way of non-traditional education and curriculum development. While working as a Program Coordinator for Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis—a college access program for academically motivated students who’ve typically been placed “at-risk” as a result of racialized/socio-economic status—she was trained as a Wyman Teen Outreach Program (TOP) facilitator in 2013. Since that time she has diligently implemented the TOP curriculum throughout the Ferguson-Florissant School District and, now serves Saint Louis Children’s Hospital as a Community Health Educator for their Child Health Advocacy and Outreach Department. What she enjoys most about teaching is the opportunity to liberate her students by challenging them to think critically about the world around them; helping them to explore and understand the skills and talents they possess; and providing the space and opportunity for them to use their knowledge, skills and talents to positively impact their communities. In addition to her position at SLCH, Jaqui is also pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership with an emphasis in Social Justice, through the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Identifying as a Critical Race Scholar, she is passionate about studying the implications of historical context on present-day institutional and systemic racism, and engaging in projects that feature the counter-narratives of the oppressed, and innovatively work to create change that centers their liberation.
Jarmel is an independent artist and filmmaker that stands for change, motivation and integrity for people worldwide and in impoverishment communities. He is the founder of The Besthood is Fatherhood, empowering African-American fathers to be involved in the lives of their children.