We had the good fortune of connecting with Egypt Robinson X and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Egypt, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
The image of Black people isn’t controlled by Black people. Our movies, tv shows and music is controlled by those who don’t look like us. That’s horrible. Men have been telling the world what women should do, how to behave and what women should consider attractive for decades…centuries. How has that worked? Depression, low self-esteem and poor self-worth which can cause suicidal thoughts or actual suicide.
This is exactly what’s happening to Black people. We’re stuck in a world where our music, movies, tv shows and overall image is dictated by those who don’t look like us but claim to know us.
My work is designed to reclaim our image and promote healthy images of African Americans.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work explores the humanity of African Americans. Each film, series…etc gives audiences an introspective look into our humanity. There are no victims in my films. Instead of slavery or hood films, I produce content to show everyday African Americans in all time periods. Each project displays us…living.
When you’re producing sc-fi and period pieces about Black people but aren’t exploiting the women as sex symbols or the men as primitive thugs, funding is hard to come by.
I’ve overcome these factors by faith and having business plans.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my best friend visits, I take them first to Arabia mountain for a run. Then we’d begin our journey into our foodie comas by visiting Green Love and Skinny Chef restaurant in Lithonia. The next day we’d continue slipping into our coma by eating po-boys at Fusion Wings in Stone Mountain then ice cream at Double Scoop in Stonecrest.
The next day we’d visit the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King historical site and dine at Arizona’s in Stonecrest.
We’d spend a few days fishing at Allatoona lake.
Then…we’d have a big fish fry. (Even if we didn’t catch any fish)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My father who passed last year, John Ruffin Jr. is a backbone of my success. He just believed in me without hesitation. How did he know I was going to be this person is beyond me. I’ve always believed in myself but just to have someone outside of me to believe so much in me…was fuel.
An honorable mention is my wife. She has bought all of my books, supported my films, one-man shows and workshops even before we dated.