How to with Callaloo

A “how-to” children’s web-series hosted by Winston the puppet from the Callaloo book series. Every episode, Winston and his guests teach kids how to do fun and exciting things! Kids learn everything from music, recycling, sports, dance, vocabulary, languages, cooking, sewing, healthy eating, travel and more. With a focus on cultural literacy, education, and creativity, kids meet diverse professionals gaining insight into the many great things that the world has to offer.

  • Marjuan Canady
    Director
    Girls! Girls? Girls.,
  • Marjuan Canady
    Writer
    Girls! Girls? Girls. Callaloo: The Legend of the Golden Coqui
  • Nabeeh Bilal
    Writer
  • Marjuan Canady
    Producer
    The Resort, Girls! Girls? Girls.
  • Nabeeh Bilal
    Producer
  • Tatiana Johnson
    Producer
    Girls! Girls? Girls.
  • Nabeeh Bilal
    Key Cast
  • Lorena Jorge
    Key Cast
    Jane the Virgin, The Last Ship, Pinchos y Rollos, Changing Diego
  • Thomas Mobley
    Crew
  • Darius Lyles
    Crew
  • Daryl Josiah
    Crew
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Children's, Educational
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • DC TIVA Awards- 2015
    Washington, DC
    Best Children's Program- Bronze
  • Afrikana Film Festival
    Richmond, VA
    United States
    September 24, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Rainbow Me Kids
    Country: United States
  • Kweli TV
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Marjuan Canady

Marjuan Canady, a native Washingtonian with Trinidadian/African-American roots, is a published writer, actress, playwright, director, entrepreneur, educator and producer for both film and the stage. She is the Founder of her multi-media production company, "Sepia Works". Ms. Canady is the Founder/CEO of "Callaloo", a cultural children’s media brand that promotes cultural literacy for kids. In four years, she has led her Callaloo team in producing two children's books, a web-series, live performances and digital content for children worldwide. As an educator, Ms. Canady is committed to empowering young people through the arts. She is the founder and president of the "Canady Foundation for the Arts", a 501(c)(3) that serves young people of color in the arts in Washington, DC. As an actress, her work includes plays, films, television, commercials and voiceovers. Her one-woman play, "Girls! Girls? Girls." has been featured Off-Broadway, at national festivals and regional theaters. Her second original play, "Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale" has been seen at the Ellington Theater, IATI Theater and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Director's Lab. Her film work ranges from documentaries, narratives and children's media. Most recently she starred and co-produced the short film "The Resort" shot in Trinidad and Tobago and is currently directing her first documentary, "Girls! Girls? Girls." set to release in 2017. An accomplished cultural arts scholar activist, she has held fellowships at The Schomburg Center for Black Research and Culture and The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Ms. Canady is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and holds a B.A. in Theater/African-American Studies from Fordham University and an M.A. in Arts Politics from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Director Statement

As a child, I was exposed to diverse stories, people and travel that have immensely shaped my life. Media and children’s programming played a large role in my early development. I know “How to with Callaloo” will do the same for children today. I created the “Callaloo” story in 2012 because I wanted to tell my story as a Caribbean-American kid growing up. As a child, my mother would tell me stories about the Caribbean folklore and I knew that just like European folklore, African Diaspora folklore was important. In 2013, I became aware of the lack of programming geared towards children of color by creating my first book in the "Callaloo" series. I knew with my experience and expertise, I could make a difference. The intended style of the show is multi-dimensional form combining mediums such as animation and live puppetry with a focus on cultural education. The show allows for kids to not only enhance their vocabulary, counting and reading skills but also build their social and cultural education. The show's cultural underbelly, exposes children to global cultural traditions through music, visuals, animation and guest appearances. My goal for “How to with Callaloo” is to provide children with innovative, creative and culturally driven content that can inspire them to love themselves and aim for excellence.