Friday, July 15, 2011
JustUs Series: The Creator J Omarr
Who is J Omarr?
J. Omarr is a little boy from the streets of Newark. lol I didn't say mean cause to me they were never mean...
What is your coming out story?
I never really had one.... except when I came out to myself... My family always knew there was something different about me. When I was kid, I jumped rope, played kick ball, played basketball, joined drill team and everything a normal child should do when they're growing up. But they always knew something was different... Then my senior year in high school I admitted it and the response I got was... "Oh boy we knew that already" lol.
Did your family and friends accept you and your lifestyle?
Oh they accepted it, mainly because of the way my grandparents raised the older generation, and the fact that I had four older cousins before me who smoothed the way.
What was your ideas and thoughts on creating Justus?
In creating the book Justus, I wanted to tell a story that hadn't been told before... I wanted to tell the story of a man who was comfortable in his skin and gay wasn't a character in the story but part of the story. In creating the series, I wanted to do the same but with an added twist... I needed for people to see that we could play dramatic roles outside of being love struck or aids victims... that our range far superseded storylines about being trapped in the wrong body or being in love with the straight guy.
Where did the characters come from and are they based off of people you know?
Masai came from a conversation I had with a stranger over the computer on one of "those" sites. Steph is based on an ex. Komari is the older sibling I've always wanted but because I'm the oldest it didn't happen and Justus is really me.
In creating Justus the series do you think that you will have to adjust and rearrange your plot and charecters?
I think once it moves to TV I'll be allowed to really tell the story the way I want to... Not change it, but embellish it.