Who is Adjani Salmon?
New BBC Comedy Dreaming while it’s black follows Kwabena, an aspiring Anglo-Jamaican filmmaker who is stuck in a dead end recruiting job and tries to pursue his dream of a film career. And he does it all while tackling * yikes * racial encounters, from unfortunate comments about his hair to a particularly squeaky karaoke session. The show is described as “vaguely autobiographical” (it’s also hilarious), so who is Dreaming while the blacks Adjani Salmon, creator and star of the show?
Adjani Salmon is described as a “motivated” writer and director by his agents and his CV
Originally from Jamaica, Salmon started and ran a production company specializing in commercials, PSAs and corporate videos before graduating from the prestigious Met Film School in London. According to the filmmaker’s biography, in 2013, on a leap of faith, he dissolved his company and raised the sticks to the UK to pursue his Masters in Film Directing, while also creating Dreaming all in black.
Dreaming while it’s black started as a popular 13-part web series in 2018, reportedly garnering over 40,000 views in three months. The series, co-written with Ali Hughes, was adapted for a BBC Three pilot. However, much like his TV character, Salmon has said that entering the elitist film industry comes with a number of challenges.
“When you start to apply for funding and try to get into certain spaces, even knowing the opportunities depends on who you know,” Salmon explained, via The Subway. “I didn’t know anyone, I had no access, that’s part of why we posted it on YouTube, because we didn’t know anyone.”
The director filmed the pilot of Dreaming while it’s black for the BBC in early 2021, with the hope that it will continue on the network for a long time.
Earlier this week, he encouraged everyone to tune in via Twitter. “NEWS ALERT !!! #DreamingWhilstBlack will be broadcast on BBC1, Monday at 11:10 pm !!! We need the views so if you’ve seen thank you we love you please watch it again on monday Or just turn your tv on BBC1 and let it run “he tweeted (April 24 ).
Talk to The Subway, Salmon admitted he was hardly going to “do a race show.”
“When I’m in Jamaica, running isn’t really a thing,” he explained, “it’s like, yeah, we’re black, but we’re all black. So even when we talk about police brutality, the language is not racial because it is black police. So coming to England and being “thirsty” is an interesting experience – being “thirsty” as an adult. My cousins who grew up here, they grew up there so to me it was like, what is it? “
Salmon said the show was “a perfect opportunity” to show some sightings as well as “to have fun and have fun”.
“Just to show how for black people it’s messed up, but it’s also funny depending on how you rock it,” he told Metro. “It’s really just to show everyday life and I see that for a lot of black people, microaggressions, unfortunately, are part of everyday life.”