The Name Project seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity.
Some reflect our cultural backgrounds.
Others are indicative of our parents’ values, interest and ideologies.
Naima Ramos-Chapman from Brooklyn, NY was named after the John Coltrane song ‘Naima’ by her father who was a jazz musician. Due to her father's absence she describes her upbringing as one that was not artistic. She does however admit that simply having the name, particularly with its origins, has inevitably been a source of empowerment for her and has connected her to the arts. It certainly has been a magnet for those steeped in the arts as well, who she notes have always been drawn to her or have expectations of the person they imagine her to be, “especially if they’re into jazz and into music and into art, they kind of already have a weird assumption that you’re interesting or you have something to offer because you come from a place where art was important or composing was important or art in general was relevant to making life, because here you are, you were made and the name that your family gave you...is a song.”
We all have a name, that subsequently has a story. Here is Naima's name story.
Directed and shot by Antoinette Brock. Post production/editing by http://fromforeign.co