by Kamika Peters

The dialogue is between two young black, femme adults/millennials. Illustrating how the ability to screenshot has influenced culture and the culture of ‘receipts’ (which is a african-american vernacular coined by queers basically meaning ‘proof’ – used in reference to someone being problematic). As well as, how screenshots allow us to archive, collect, call-out, and curate personal online profiles, media, gossip and other stories.

INTERIOR: FOOD COURT

Two black femmes are sitting in a booth, facing each other. Their orders from the menu are splayed out in front of them. OW and SLAYOMIE are eating with one hand and on their phone with the other.

OW:

damn, she even made a photo album called ‘the tea room’. it’s got a kermit picture and everything. screenshots of conversations. you’re in there too! you want to see?

SLAYOMIE:

I know. do you forget she @’d me?

OW:

she’s really coming for everybody. i can’t believe she came for my mom. my mom is a lovely woman, leave her alone!

SLAYOMIE:

it’s a good thing that i called him. he showed me other parts of the messages that she left out.

OW:

good. (shakes head) this girl she’s now going for now, have you seen the conversations? how she lured this one into a public psychological diagnosis? (cackles)

Dr. Phil stahp! it’s not right to out someone like that.

SLAYOMIE:

she went into archives to find them. so much has changed since the summer.

OW:

I know right?! she came for me at 9am. trying scalp me while i still had crust in my eyes. rocked my night scarf off.

Slayomie holds her arm out, her phone in OW’s direction. Looking disappointed, she hops out of her side of the booth and joins OW. She squishes OW and holds her arm out.

SLAYOMIE:

act right! (poses, snaps photos) k, got it! (heads back to seat) i’m still laughing ‘cos he’s so awkward. i thought it was just to me, but here are the receipts that it’s with everyone. hi exclamation mark. night exclamation mark. have you seen how he texts me? i can show you?

OW:

(laughing)

yes, every time you send me screens, i try not to die.

SLAYOMIE:

awe, your mom is so cute. she’s liking all my pictures. (pause)(laughing) she posted

the photo we just took of us to her page!

OW:

i taught her how to screenshot, so she wouldn’t harass me to send her photos. she can steal as many as she wants of me now from the intranet.

SLAYOMIE:

what’s going on with you and your man? he’s so fine, did you put that chocolate bar emoji on his face? is it really like that?

OW:

it wasn’t me! he probably did it for me and any other side combo.

SLAYOMIE:

girl, what are you doing?

OW:

you have proof that i clearly don’t know.

CUT TO BLACK

THE END

Kamika Peters

Kamika Peters

Kamika Peters is an odd, twenty-something years old budding multi-disciplinary artist who happens to be a black, queer, femme with disabilities born on Algonquin territory to West Indian guardians. Predominately self-taught and interested in exploring  complex truths in their identity, their trauma, and the oppressive paradigms that exist in their world using many mediums.