Event Recap:CREATIVE SOCIETY OF CT’s Majestic Mixer

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Creative Society of Connecticut took a giant leap forward three weeks ago and opened their  exclusive creative arts secret event series up public! In fall 2014, CSCT hosted their 1st event that resulted in a great outcome of new connections and new inspiration. For their first public event  that  took place on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the beautiful  305 Knowlton Studios in Bridgeport, CT ,themed as the Majestic Mixer! The mixer consisted of  live art demonstrations by William Corprew (@80Gramz) and Olivia Nyguen (@Fiyabomb) , poetry by Kimolee  Eryn (@kimoleeryn)& Tea Montgomery (@Teamontgomery), Author Talk from Johnnie Bird (@johnniebirdIII), and an enlightening financial talk by Sigmund Morriar. 

Creative Society of Connecticut is a networking organization, of collective artistic practices, that hosts uniquely-themed events.CSCT helps to connect creative & local businesses by fostering new collaborative relationships. It is a meeting place of influencers in the art, music, film, fashion, and media industries.CSCT’s vision is to create a social gathering available for creative minds to engage in conversation, collaborate and network while sharing knowledge and resources of information.

Check out the performances in a video below and pictures from this cultural experience that is growing in the artsy city of Bridgeport,CT

 

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80gramz Art Work

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CSCT Founders and Artist

(Nicole Carson, Thyda Korn ,80 Gramz, FiyaB0mb, Ninja Nay,Akiya Mcknight)

 

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(FiyaBomb’s Art Work)

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(All Photos by @djxink & @lcuevas)

CSCT is planning their next event  installment for August 2015 but will be collaborating with other creatives and organizations to bring you a variety of mini events in June and July so stay tuned!If you would like to be added to CSCT mailing list email them at the email listed below.

 

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Instagram : @CreativeSocietyCT

Email:Creativesociety203@gmail.com

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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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(L-R Cory Hardrict, Julito McCullum, Eric Hill Jr, LiL JJ and Chris Jarrell)

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!

Episode 1

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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.

Watch All Episodes Here

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Short Movie Mondays: “For The Record”

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The Dating and love world is very different for millennials than most past generations.Love letters,chivalry,respect and commitment seemed to have faded away leaving a generation of lost unconnected and unloved souls. Film and Tv have held a major part in the depictions of love and relationships as well but Chicago Filmmaker Maurice Dortch wants to take it back to the essence of connection and love with his new short  film “For The Record”.

For the Record  was wrote NK Gutiérrez as well as Dortch and stars  the chicago native Corey DeMon, Natasha Forouzannia, and David A. Leonard.

“For the Record” helped me remember what it was like sitting next to the radio, pressing record when your favorite song came on so you could create mix tapes for that special girl and let her know how you feel. And that’s why I started this film off with my dedication to my girl”

“A demure record store clerk wants to overcome his apprehensive behavior win over the heart of his favorite customer or risk losing out on a chance at love”.

 

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Facebook:www.facebook/mauriceldortch

Theater Thursday:Brandy is making a debut trip to Broadway with new role in CHICAGO

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A Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and actress, Brandy Norwood, one of the multifold talents of our time has landed a debut poignant role on broadway with her role of Roxie Heart in CHICAGO. Brandy is no amateur when it comes to acting she started acting as a pre teen on the Thea show, starred in her own sitcom, “Moesha,” and recently received a 2014 NAACP Image Award for her role as Chardonnay on BET’s “The Game.”

Chicago will begin April 28th and run until June 21st at The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street NYC.

Visit official website for tickets & info

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Brandy also released via her website,BRANDY DAILY, that she will be hosting a special meet & greet with her amazing fans  on June 20th as she closes her run at Chicago!

Web series Wednesdays: London based series “Housemates”

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Web series Wednesdays maybe my most favorite segment I have on shesvintage.com  because this segment allows me to research,discover and learn from web content all over the world that I might not have ever acquired the chance in the physical daily meetings with people.This week I discovered a very comedic, milennial-ish, british  all black women british cast called Housemates. Housemates  meaning roommates is a  cross between the american hit 90’s and 2000’s shows Girlfriends and Living Single. As we dive into the world of Mya, Chenayi, Jade, Michelle and Zara issues can arise in a house full of women high strung off estrogen and uncertainties that quarter life crisis brings. The series is produced written and directed  by Monique Needham. The first episode premiered  March 18th 2015  on BWNG TV via their YouTube channel and the second episode premiers tonight.Watch episode 1 below

 

CAtab6pVAAAaWs4.png-largeBWNG TV started as a blog where four friends deconstruct, discuss and deliberate thoughts and topics formally kept in the confines of a London Living Room. From the blog and creative ideas comes the web series in which four guys come to terms with quarter-life crisis in the form of dating, relationships, work and self-improvement. The channel has now expanded to BWNG TV, a platform for independent creatives to to produce creative and unique narratives. 

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