Road to Step

Reel South Shorts Episode 710 13m 22s

A University of Mississippi step team vies to defend its title at the annual Black Greek Step Show. Embodying Black southern culture, brotherhood, creativity, and determination, the Eta Beta chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. offers a deeper look into the lives of Black students at the university and how Black culture is lived out in a predominantly white environment.

About the Filmmaker:
Zaire Love is an award-winning filmmaker, music maker, writer, and TEDx speaker whose mission is to honor, amplify, and archive the stories and voices of the Black South. Focusing her work in Memphis and Mississippi, her work documents the lives of Black Southerners and marries them with imagination, creativity, and possibility. In 2021, Zaire received the IF/Then x HULU grant to produce the short film, SLICE, which highlights the uniquely original Black swim culture in Memphis, TN. The highly anticipated film will make its world premiere in 2022.

Zaire is a graduate of Spelman College [BA], Houston Baptist University [M. Ed], and the University of Mississippi [MFA]. She is currently making and creating with her creative cultural studio, Creative Cornbread, and the Southern Foodways Alliance as the Pihakis Filmmaker.