Following the release of his latest project, “Stimulus Package,” Keith Phelps returns with the powerful visual for “Love Me.” The video, shot by Ben Altidor is directed by Phelps’ multi-dimensionally talented wife, Amanda Phelps.
Most of the video is filmed at the Wells Built Museum of African American History in Orlando, FL. In 1921, Dr. William Monroe Wells, one of Orlando’s first black doctors, built what was formerly known as the “Wells Built Hotel” for Blacks to stay during the Segregation Era. Phelps’ delivery channeled inspiration from famous Black performers that stayed at the hotel to perform in the city including: Ella Fitzgerald, Count Bassie, B.B. King, and Louis Armstrong. There was even a scene filmed in the room that Ray Charles requested each time he visited.
“Love Me,” the visual, was filmed on Saturday, June 20th, the day after Juneteenth with a specific vision in mind. “I wanted to walk Keith through the different forms of black men throughout history and show that as much as some things have changed, so much remains the same in how black men are treated,” says Amanda Phelps. “We had 8 hours to shoot in the museum. We had to manipulate Keith’s hair in the different scenes and it really would not have been possible without the effort from the entire crew.”
Take a walk through history with Keith Phelps in the moving visual for “Love Me” featuring Carrie Cleveland.
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