John Singleton is bringing the “Snowfall” to FX

Back in May FX network announced that they would be ordering the latest pilot from legendary director John Sigelton! John Singleton and co-writer Eric Amadio are exploring the early days of Los Angeles crack cocaine epidemic through the intersecting stories of three different people in ” Snowfall”.

 The series will follow Franklin Saint, a “young street entrepreneur on a quest for power”; Gustavo Zapata, a “Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream”; and Logan Miller, a “prominent family’s ‘black sheep’ desperate to escape his father’s shadow.” 

  

John recently posted on his Instagram that Lauren London and Deray Davis have been added to the cast of Snowfall and filming will take place this summer.Singleton has had an amazing year in Tv  he directed the fifth episode of “Empire,” on Fox.
Singleton also has two other projects in development — a Miami-set club drama and New York-centered society entry — both at HBO. It looks like John is coming harder than ever and I’m interested to see what stories he has to tell now! 

Trailer Tuesday’s : DOPE the movie + 2 Magazine Features Starring DOPE’s cast!

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Ricky Famuyiwa’s new film, DOPE, is an highly anticipated movies of the summer!Famuyiwa wrote and directed  the hip hop coming of age story and leveraged distinguished  support from Legendary Actor & Director Forest Whitaker and Diverse Artist Pharrell Williams as Producers.  The Film stars Shameik Moore ,Kiersy Clemons ,Chanel Iman, A$ap Rocky, Zoe Kravitz, and Quincy Brown.

(Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

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Last a night DOPE had its West Coast Premiere and Will be having its NYC premiere at ABFF Friday June 12th before its nationwide release Next Friday June 19th! In the meantime the DOPE cast has been on a whirlwind press run including snagging two features in prestigious  Magazines such as Glamour and Instyle Magazines for their July issues!

  

Happy National Best Friends Day: My Fav 5 Actress BFF’s

Cree Summer & Lisa Bonet

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Cree & Lisa Bonet Starred on the early 90s hit tv show “A Different World” (now streaming on NETFLIX) as well as Cree is Zoe Kravitz (Lisa’s Daughter) God Mother.

“I always say to people, I’d much rather walk into a room with Lisa than by myself. She helps me get my strut on (laughs), you know what I mean? It makes me feel more powerful.”-Cree Summer

Jada Pinkett-Smith & Queen Latifah

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Jada and Queen rocked our worlds with their strong roles in the fiery box off hit 1996 “Set It off” as well as Queen being one of the very first people to know about Jada’s early relationship with Will Smith!

Sanaa Lathan & Gabriel Union

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This BFF duo starred opposite of each other in the 2000 Hit “Love and Basketball” and have been connected ever since!

Adrienne Bailon & Julissa Bermudez 

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Best Friend Girl Duo both The Big Apple City ,NYC, have been friends since they both entered the entertainment industry at a very young age! Adrienne & Julissa also had a hit reality show called “Empire Girls” a few year ago!

Tasha Smith & Elisabeth Rohm

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Short Movie Monday’s : Keep Pushing

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Growing up as kid in the 90’s hip hop music made you feel ,made you dance and most importantly made you think but that vibe is sadly not prevalent  in hip hop music today. Although there are still small circles of new generation hip hop artist that spit knowledge and make you feel good simultaneously like Kendrick Lamar ,Jcole,and Wale the music with lack of luster still outweighs. This remarkable retrospective  lets us take a stroll down memory lane in hip hop with hopes to inspire hip hop artist today to remember to not  just entertain but to inform and uplift the people of our culture through Keep Pushing .

Set eight years before Revolutions Per Minute ,the feature film that director Timour Gregory  and associate producers are striving to make next, Keep Pushing” sees a teenage Billy            ( Jadon Woodard) torn between pursuing his dream of becoming a rap artist and enlisting in the army during the First Gulf War. Features Harry Lennix and Pharoahe Monch.

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TV One’s “For The Love Of Ruth”Airs Tonight!!

This Mother’s Day weekend TV one has a special treat for all the women with their new tv film “For the Love of Ruth” which  Airs May 9th! TV one has taken  on the bible story of Ruth  and put a modern day spin on it with an all star cast including Loretta Divine, James Pickens, Jr., Denise Boutee and Gary Dourdan.

Creative Projects To Fund:House of June is serving us “Fried Ice Cream” with their feature film!

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The brilliant imaginative  women over at House of June, an independent art film house based in ATL, have launched their first feature film fundraising campaign via Indie GoGo. Headed by Amber Bournett (“the lens”), Ebony Blanding (“the pen”) and Tempest Roque (“the producer”) this campaign will run through May 30, 2015 with a goal of raising $58,000. HOJ plans to serve us up a flavorful film of young mavericks, encapsulated within a tale of Atlanta summertime’s vibrant adventures and Catch-22s called “Fried Ice Cream”!

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“FRIED ICECREAM”‘s  concept visual Do The Summer Thing is here below

FRIED ICECREAM follows AKEEBAH & SLOAN, two mix-matched peas in a pod living and finding self in the summer solstice of inner-city Atlanta. Faced with ultimatums by their parental figures and Sallie Mae to work summer jobs to afford their last semester in college, they arbitrarily become ice- cream truck drivers in West End Atlanta. Quirky adventures ensue when their entrepreneurial spirits become hallucinogenic.

This project is for all the women and men who feel like their characters aren’t being represented accurately on-screen and by supporting this film the range of image and perception of brown people complexities will be forever redefined! Drop these trail blazing women in Film/Art a few coins below!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fried-icecream

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Interviews I Love:Full Ava Duvernay TFF 2015 Interview curated by Q-Tip

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Musician and Actor Q-Tip sat down to speak with the most iconic female director and writers that our generations has ever seen, Miss Ava Duvernay, at the prominent SVA theater for the Tribeca Film Fest last Wednesday. Ava and Q-tip met merely minutes before the interview started but it appeared as if the two were connected or friends because the flow of the interview was so seamless. Ava and Q-tip reminisced on when Ava first connected with her passion of film, her love for hip hop and how she plans to be a director directing with her cane into her older years in life!

Here are my favorite quotes from Ava that resonated with me and that I believe will resonate with many people out there..

“Don’t ask for permission”

“It’s not possible for anyone to stop me from making films it’s not in the realm of possibilities”

“Just get started”

Creative Projects To Fund : The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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San Francisco,California  has a history of Music such as Jazz, Art,Authors and many different mediums of creativity. Beginning around the 1920’s -1940’s a vast amount of African- Americans migrated to the west coast post world war I and II.Many of these african americans came from the deep south and mid west great plain states. San Francisco was pegged the Harlem of the west coast during the migration of these african americans because of the creative careers and artsy energy they brought to the area. African-Americans highly populated  neighborhoods such as the Fillmore District, Western Addition, and the Bayview District. These areas were once between 40% -95% black in 1970 but sadly there are only less than 8% African- Americans still reside in san francisco.The rapid and vast decline of this community in San Francisco is quite appalling and many want to know why?

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Jimmie Fails,born and bred, San Francisco African-American male can tell us a few reason why in his new film The Last black Man in San Francisco. Fails through his life story can give people a perspective about feeling alienated and left out in his rapidly changing hometown with the help of  fails child hood friend and documentarian,Joe Talbot.

The duo have already shot a concept trailer with no resources just skills and a few people who were willing to lend their talents to them.The Last Black Man in San Francisco must raise 50k by June 3rd in order to be made into a feature- length film but this can only happen with the help of all of you out there! The film has already been deemed groundbreaking and is highly supported by San Francisco International Film Fest and San Francisco Black film Fest!

But this isn’t just a story for black people or for people who lost their homes..It’s a universal story for anybody that feels like an outsider in their hometown.-Jimmie Fails

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joeandjimmie/last-black-man-in-san-francisco

Brotherly Love Review: Not your predictable love story

 

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On Monday night April 20th I walked in AMC Magic Johnson Theater located in Harlem to a very intimate red carpet and the beginning of a love story. Flavor Unit Entertainment, Jacavi Films and Electric Republic logos were all stamped on an step and repeat backdrop to bring the Brotherly Lovefilm to life.Cast members such as Cory Hardrict, Eric Hill Jr., Marc John Jeffries, Jay “Lil JJ” Lewis and Julito McCullum began to arrive in a very smooth manner with not many security guards. For many of the actors such as Julito, Marc John Jeffries and Eric Hill Jr this was home and they all appeared to be very comfortable.

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As I sat down in my seat initially I had an idea of the film due to reporting the trailer on my blog a few weeks ago. Comparisons such as the modern-day Romeo & Juliet and Boyz N The Hood were mentioned in the media and in a way I could comprehend that perception but that view swiftly changed as soon as the movie began with a major cinematic first scene!

June Taylor , played by Cory Hardrict,the eldest brother and head of the family  has a heart of gold but is very ruthless due to the decisions he made and street life has chosen to be in. Hardrict  revealed that like June he had to quit his hoop dreams in high school after his mother feel ill and he vowed to his mother he would follow his acting dreams. Ultimately when Cory’s mom passed he left Chicago at 18 years old with barely any money and never looked back.

Sergio Taylor, played by a fresh new actor from the Bronx Eric hill Jr., is an all american star high school basketball.Eric phenomoally brought this character to life because we the audience could feel and see Serg’s confliction between his dreams and his loyalty to his street accredited brother.Eric mentioned in an interview I conducted on the red carpet that director and writer Jamal hill was amazing to work with and gave the actors so much creative freedom and was attentive to everyone on set. Also, Hill Jr. revealed that will smith called and spoke to every actor personally on the phone giving the infamous Will wisdom!

KeKe Palmer Played Jackie Taylor , twin of Sergio Taylor, a very focused young girl  cheerleader who had aspirations to sing! Jackie narrates majority of the film . Jackie love interest is Chris played by Quincy Brown. Quincy who is a very green actor truly took the role and embodied himself fully because his acting skills were quite a pleasant surprise! Comedian, Lil JJ, also switched gears and played a more serious role quite well!

Themes of Brotherly Love include family,love,dreams,struggles of the urban community but most importantly CHOICES! The family element in brotherly love was so genuine it gave the story an even greater impact visually and content wise. Julito mentioned at the screening how everyone in the cast knew each other for years so often times it was hard for him to turn into their enemy on-screen but his acting skills definitely carried him through.

Brotherly Love was 10 year process  that Jamil Hill endured from conception to on-screen! The film was shot in 21 days all in writer/director Jamal Hill’s creative backdrop of Philadephia!The budget was not enormous  yet the quality of the film is still impeccable! This film will give many people a perspective into the lives of many families from urban communities who are often frowned upon or considered people of less fortune or even bad people. No one person is born bad but some people make bad decisions especially when their back is against the wall.Brotherly Love exist everywhere no matter how much the presence has been tainted by poverty,addiction and greed!As with all love stories we know things never go as planned so hit the theaters Friday April 24th,2015 to see how this love story ends!

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Webseries Wednesdays: Coming Home Series ..A Tale of a woman who’s dating an Incarcerated man

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If you are child who had incarcerated males in your family then you may have had experiences of the  long rides to state prisons far from the city, talks through a glass, or hugs over a steel table and the excitement  women in your family had when she got to see her love (boyfriend,husband,finance,child father) chained and shackled like a slave. The things you might not have seen was that woman’s side of  the story once she decided to leave or go experience new things in life. Considering there over a million african american men incarcerated this story line is well overdue .For the people who don’t understand or lack the empathy  now have a chance to get a glimpse until the life of the women who stand by these incarcerated men.The Coming Home web series  created by Brittany Coleman  journeys with Mahogany played by Brittney Coleman and how she tries to remain faithful and all the many other struggles she is faced with while her Boyfriend serves time in prison .Coming Home is also a mirror for women to evaluate their own lives of why and how they are coping with this experience of dating a man in prison.Brittney and writer Duane Sequira are working on season 2. The Full first season 6 episodes  are available now!

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The Creator of Coming Home ,Brittney Coleman, started acting with her sister in a library as a past time. She studied Theater from middles school through college and graduated  honors from Lehman College a Bachelors of Arts in Theater.

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