PODCASTS WE LOVE!

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Podcasts are nothing new but they have recently exploded on the scene. There are currently 540,000 podcasts and inceases about 2,000 each week. Think of podcasts as old school talk radio from back in the day, or informative/comedy in your ears. I have learned so much from podcasts, from writing, to therapy, to just basic comedy, my ears perk up at each listen. You can always click on your search bar however you find podcasts and search by subjects. There is something for everyone.

Below are my favorites that I listen to.

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. So he has set out to change that. This podcast is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out and talk to people that has been on his show and hopefully find some real relationships along the way.

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Yo, Is This Racist?
Hosted by Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome. They attempt to solve racism on a weekly basis. With the help of their comedy guests they answer questions from submitted voicemails about whether or not something in fact is actually racist. I must warn for a lot of cursing.

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The Read
Bloggers Kid Fury and Crissie cover hip-hop and pop-culture stars and their lives. They take turns throwing shade and spilling the tea with a humorous attitude. No one is safe from their scurinity except for Beyonce’ and Blue Ivy. I don’t always agree with their views but a good time. I must warn for a lot of cursing.

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How Did This Get Made?
This podcast explores the question of how bad movies can sometimes be amazing. Hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. They watch bad movies and report back on the results. They say everything and anything about the movie and don’t hold back. A hilarious good time.

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Hilliard Guess’ Screenwriter’s Rant Room
Host Hilliard Guess, a member of the WGAW, and award-winning writer and his co-hosts Lisa Bolekaja and Chris Derrick. They drop invaluable industry knowledge in an unfiltered manner. It is real talk from real working writers. I have learned more about the industry than I did in my years of schooling. Comedy mixed with knowledge. In my top five of favorite podcasts.

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Paper Team
A great podcast about television writing and how to launch your career in the industry. They have guests that give invaluable information, from showrunners, writers, fellowship directors, to how to network properly. It is a great resource and I learn each time.

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3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast
The official podcast of the Writers Guild of America West. They give updates on the Guild and interviews with screenwriters about screenwriting, movies, television and the business.

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Boss Up Moms
Moms who are also entreprenuers often find themselves in need of balance and community. Boss Up Moms are a group of women that meet weekly to discuss their success, failures and inspiration on balancing motherhood, family, and their businesses. While I am not a mother, it is very informative and great to hear how they juggle it all.

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OD Podcast
OD stands for Open Discussion and that is exactly what they do. Funny thing is they always are touching on subjects that I am currently going through. They get me and I love it. It is an unfiltered conversation about things that matter and some things that don’t matter but still great all in the same. Hosted by Alicia and Drvco who made in Atlanta and don’t let you forget it.

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Jesus and Jollof
This podcast is definitely in my top 5. They get to the core of adulting. While I may not be ready to hear everything that they say I always tuck it in the back of my head for future reference. They get me too and I love it. Hosted by Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji, two proud Nigerian women who are cut up at every turn but they talk about things they love, their life and how they have overcame to help us navigate life. They drop some major gems.

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Rants and Randomness
Host Luvvie Ajayi talks about things that she is loving and things that she is side-eyeing. She rants on everything from society to pop culture. Her guests from her tribe stay dropping gems. A great podcast overall.

These are just a few to get started. Subscribe and start listening to greatness.

The 12th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic Cinco de Mayo Party

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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On May 5, George Lopez hosted a Cinco de Mayo party for his 12th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic for his Foundation.

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George Lopez created the foundation after in 2005 when he himself needed a transplant which was graciously given by his wife. The mission for the foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

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“I am thankful for the kidney transplant I received in 2005, which has allowed me to pursue my two passions – playing golf and giving back to others less fortunate.” – George Lopez

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Each year his family and friends come together for the Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise awareness for kidney disease. Such a great fun event that brings awareness to a disease that affects some many people.

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In June, the foundation hosts a camp for children affected by kidney disease. Within this camp the children will experience a week-long summer session at a medical specialty camp for children that will learn new strategies of medical self-care, increase their self-confidence, and build supportive friendships with peers who have the same medical conditions.

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Everyone has someone in their life that has been affected by this disease, I know that I do. If you want to donate to this great organization you can via their website georgelopezfoundation.org.

NANCY VUU S/S ’19

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On Saturday, October 13 Nancy Vuu, a luxury fashion designer and The House of Vuu Foundation hosted an exclusive fashion show during Fashion Week in LA.

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The exquisite affair was held at a Beverly Hills mansion owned by Zac Eglit of The Address. Several of LA’s elite and out of town guests flocked to the estate to view Nancy Vuu, latest collection for the Spring/Summer ’19. The intricate details of each garment left you wanting more. From flowers to frill it is a definite must see collection.

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Nancy Vuu decided that she would use her fashion platform to uplift for a good cause. As a mother of four, Nancy had a vision while she was at church to raise awareness and to encourage the fight against child sex trafficking. It is of the utmost importance for Nancy to use her fashion shows for good. For her everyone can appreciate some form of fashion, the expression, individuality, style or just all over beauty and she tries to capture all types of support through fashion and the causes that she believes in.

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ABOUT NANCY VUU:
Nancy is a designer that hails from the Bay Area of California. Her first show for LA Fashion Week 2014 was an instant success and landed Nancy many high-profile clients including royalty. She has dressed celebrities and athletes for many shows and red carpets. Vuu has also been featured in Glamour Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE Magazine, and VOGUE Italia, as well as many notable fashion blogs.

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“We believe that every person is Fashioned for LOVE & GREATNESS. “
– Nancy Vuu

ABOUT THE HOUSE OF VUU FOUNDATION:
To empower both women & children to recognize that every individual, regardless of their circumstance, is unique, beautiful and wonderfully fashioned. By doing so, we believe that this will create a culture shift that will enable them to embrace and walk into their full identity.

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Please visit The House of Vuu Foundation at https://www.nancyvuu.com /house-of-vuu-foundation for more information.

Also, visit Unicef to find out how you can help end the child sex trafficking. https://www.unicef.org/

AN EVENING WITH ANGELA BASSETT

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Had a priceless evening with Hollywood Confidential on Monday night at the Saban Theatre. The phenomenal, talented, iconic Angela Bassett graced the stage and dropped some gems and inspired us all to never lose our fire and to go after our dreams. Angela Bassett was also given the Icon Award by Essence at the end of the night. So, yes priceless moments.

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Thank you so much to Hollywood Confidential and creator Steve Jones for allowing us to be in the room to hear from a legend and a master at the game.

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About Hollywood Confidential:

In seeking to provide a solution, entertainment executive Steve Jones and his company, Brand Maverick Entertainment, launched a free panel series entitled The Hollywood Confidential, designed to educate aspiring actors, producers, writers and directors on the inner workings of entertainment from the perspective of industry veterans.

Specifically, The Hollywood Confidential is a forum where Hollywood’s elite come together for a discussion to reveal tips, strategies, and secrets, as well as recount their own behind-the-scenes experiences as some of the industry’s most respected power players.

Serving the entertainment community since 2013, The Hollywood Confidential has reached thousands of attendees and has additionally pulled in over 20 million impressions online. The panel consistently features an array of topnotch talent and executives with the likes of Golden Globe nominee Michael Ealy, Actresses Sanaa Lathan, Brandy, Tichina Arnold, Meagan Good, Kimberly Elise, KeKe Palmer, executives Cori Murray (entertainment director, ESSENCE magazine), Endyia Kinney-Sterns (VP of Development, OWN Network), and Kimberly Hardin (casting director credited with the discovery of J. Lo, Halle Berry, and Taraji P. Henson) amongst it’s past participants.

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Make sure you follow Hollywood Confidential on social media to know when the next installment will be. I am not sure how they will top Angela Bassett but it is only up from here.

Pieces: JAZMINE SULLIVAN

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On Saturday, October 6, Color Creative’s music division, The Peak, presented “pieces,” an intimate evening of live songs and the stories that inspire them. For the first installment, Jazmine Sullivan graced the stage and took us behind the lyrics of some of her most popular songs. It was a great night of feels and great music. Thanks, Issa Rae and Lyft for such a great experience.

THE STEVE HARVEY MENTORING PROGRAM 2018 CAMP

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On Father’s Day weekend, I had the opportunity to visit The Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp at The Rock Ranch in The Rock, GA, founded by the late S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A.

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The 10th Annual Camp kicked off on Thursday when over 200 fatherless teens arrived from as far as California and as close as right here in Atlanta. This four-day camp is the largest youth mentoring program offered by The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation.

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While the boys settled into camp, Steve Harvey gathered the single mothers for dinner to speak to them about what will happen over the weekend as well as advice on how to raise boys without fathers an encouraging them.

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The Mentoring Camp are interactive programs that include workshops that focus on manhood, personal responsibility, dream building and the importance of nutrition & physical fitness. They are also introduced to positive role models who are leaders in business, their communities, entertainment and the military.

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The boys participated in a variety of activities while at the Ranch, including fishing and zip lining. Some of the teens had never experienced a camp like this, and had never been fishing or participated in any other the activities.

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During the camp, the mothers participated in The Single Mother’s Enrichment Summit sponsored by Ashley Stewart and hosted by Editor-at-Large of Essence Magazine, Mikki Taylor. This summit offered mothers discussions and educational sessions on family, wellness, finances, college, homeownership, and the keys to raising productive young men.

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Special guests during the camp and the summit included Grammy-Award winning singer and producer Anthony Hamilton, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Cynthia Bailey, Kristina “Zane” Robert and more.

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Sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, Google, Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Luster Products, Neiman Marcus, Fremantle Media, Mercedes Benz, Choice Hotels, US Fish & Wildlife, Peachtree Tents, and Global Sales.

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If you have a fatherless teen or know of a teen that could benefit from this, I suggest you fill out an application to attend in 2019. It is a life changing experience of these young men, and most of them have come back to give back to the next generation.

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GIRLS WHO BRUNCH TOUR

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On May 27, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the Girls Who Brunch Tour Tutus and Tennis Shoes Gala. This was my first introduction to this amazing organization and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. Personally, I have a heart for teenage girls and to be able to be in the room with such strong women and girls was refreshing. Watching the girls have so much fun in a safe environment was a sight to see.

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Girls from across the country gathered at the Southern Exchange Ballrooms in Atlanta, GA. Emceed by Philanthropist, Producer, and NY Times Best-Selling Erotic Author Zane, and included performances by Neyo’s sister Nikki Lorraine, Amya Roxxstar, and the Mako Girls. The evening concluded with the presentation of certificates for the Girls Who Brunch Tour Ambassadors.

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ABOUT GIRLS WHO BRUNCH TOUR:

The purpose of Girls Who Brunch Tour is to cultivate, inspire and empower at-risk girls between the ages of 9-17 years old. They provide tools needed for literacy, education, life skills and health & wellness to help girls become leaders in their communities.

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Through the Ambassador Recognition Program, teachers, counselors, parents, and mentors recommend girls who maintain a good GPA, display exceptional leadership qualities and perform community service. Each tour is facilitated by Ambassadors and Women who are considered leaders in their community.

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Inspired by Black Girls Rock, Girls Who Brunch wants to be an outlet to display the achievements and the true definition of Girl Power nationwide. They have committed themselves to a National Tour to promote education, literacy, and self-esteem in the inner cities of America.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER:

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Ni’cola Mitchell is a best-selling author and has been featured in Black Enterprise as one of the 5-Follow Worthy Bloggers to Watch. She joined the literary scene with one main objective: To Stimulate Your Mind, One Word At A Time. Through her independent publishing company NCM Publishing, she published numerous titles which have been featured on various best-selling lists throughout the country. She started Girls Who Brunch out of a need to help at-risk girls that would be lost if they didn’t have anyone step in. Being an at-risk girl was all too familiar to her because she too was at-risk at a certain time in her life. On the tour, Ni’cola aims to bring well-known people in the community for the girls to see, speak to and look up to.

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Girls Who Brunch is always seeking donations to continue to assist these girls across the country.

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​Please visit their website to donate and volunteer for this great organization that is changing the lives of our girls. (www.girlswhobrunchtour.com)

KIMBERLY MAYS, CEO OF KSM FILMS PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO MECCA

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On May 5, 2018, a group of legendary dancers from the 90’s otherwise known as MECCA were honored in a special ALL-BLACK tribute affair. Hosted by Kimberly Mays, CEO of KSM Films, these 4 extraordinary dancers who danced behind our favorite 90’s groups including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Jodeci, Father MC, Mary J. Blige, Slick Rick, and Kid-N-Play just to name a few. These ladies are Carolyn Johnson, Saleema Mubaarak, Merylin Mitchell, and Shane Johnson.

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The night was filled with excitement, from a plaque ceremony which each lady received a plaque with their name engraved on it, to dancers performing in tribute, to Christopher “Play” Martin who screened his upcoming documentary “And I Danced” which included the ladies giving interviews, to lastly video messages from friends, and those they had worked with in the past.

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It was an extreme honor to be in the presence of dancing royalty as they danced the night away, reminisced on old days and pointed themselves out in videos that played on the screen.

Back in the day, unlike now, dancers had to learn intricate routines and deliver each move with precision. They were also seen as celebrities, you were intrigued by them and wanted to know how they did what they did. They were truly gifted in what they did. After almost 30 years, they received their accolade for being instrumental in paving the way for dancers all over.

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Shane Johnson
Shane began in the entertainment business when she was eight years old. She attended The Amas Repertory Theatre in Harlem where she studied acting, singing, and dancing. She mastered the triple-threat status at an early age and went on to choreograph over 100 music videos and worked with legendary artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown. She also is signed to Ford Modeling agency and has appeared on the cover of several magazines displaying her unique style. As an actress, she has starred on shows that have been shown on HBO, NBC, ABC, and FOX, and has performed in on and off-Broadway plays. Almost 30 years later, Shane is fulfilling her dream of being a writer and a producer for an upcoming television show and a film.

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Merylin Mitchell
Although hair was always the first love of Merylin, starting in high school where she majored in Cosmetology, she decided to go after her passion for dance in the early 90’s. Throughout Merylin’s career, she worked with such artists as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, and Bobby Brown. Touring for years allowed her to jump back into her first love, she would style the dancers, models, and studio personnel on tour and made her transition back to a hairstylist. So, in 2000, she attended Hair Design School and immediately began to freelance in the fashion and entertainment industry. After Merylin received her license, she landed an assistant hair stylist position at the Frederick Fekkai’s salon in New York. Since her dancing days, she got the opportunity to work behind the scenes on TLC’s What Not To Wear as a hairstylist to show host Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, and makeup artist Carmindy. Merylin continues to be a freelance hairstylist catering to her array of versatile clientele.

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Carolyn Brown
Carolyn not only got to work with some of the greatest artists of all time, including Michael Jackson, Wh itney Houston, Mary J. Blige, and Bobby Brown, she also got to work with her high school friends. She continues to have a love for dance and choreography, but she has found a new passion for styling. Carolyn has spent the last couple of months as a Uniform Styling Consultant for Delta Airlines.

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Saleema Mubaarak
Dancing was a way of escape for Saleema, she has been blessed to work with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Bobby Brown, and Kid-N-Play just to name a few. To this day, she still enjoys jumping on the dance floor and putting those feet to work with the intricate choreography that she was trained in. Saleema has found another passion since dancing with helping others with a career in healthcare.

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Kudos to Kimberly Mays for putting on a first-class event that was full of excitement from beginning to end. She truly put her blood, sweat, and tears into this event, leaving everything on the floor. This tribute did not stop in Atlanta, it is about to go worldwide.

UNSOLVED: THE MURDERS OF TUPAC SHAKUR AND THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

From the director of the People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story comes Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G. Now this is not your ordinary docu-series that we all have seen before, it is so much more. During a private screening, I had the chance to see the first episode in the 10-part series and it gets straight to the point quick. The first episode gives you everything that all the other documentaries gave you in an hour. It leaves you on the edge of your seat and wondering what can be next.

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Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations by LAPD Detective Greg Kading into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

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Emmy Winner Anthony Hemingway directed the pilot episode and will executive produce the series, along with Mark Taylor. Kyle Long (Suits) wrote the pilot episode and will also executive produce. Detective Greg Kading will also serve as co-executive producer.

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CAST:

Tupac: Marcc Rose
Biggie Smalls: Wavyy Jonez
Detective Greg Kading: Josh Duhamel
Detective Russell Poole: Jimmi Simpson
Officer Daryn Dupress: Bokeem Woodbine
Detective Fred Miller: Jamie McShane
Sean “Puffy” Combs: Luke James
Voletta Wallace: Aisha Hinds
Suge Knight’s Estranged Wife, Sharitha Golden: Letoya Luckett

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Bokeem Woodbine on Unsolved:
Woodbine appeared in what was Tupac’s last video “I Ain’t Mad At Cha”. He calls working on Unsolved “Kismet”, and definitely no coincidences.

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UNSOLVED: THE MURDERS OF TUPAC & THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G PREMIERES ON FEBRUARY 27TH at 10 PM! 

BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

I had the opportunity to dial into a teleconference with the cast of TV One’s latest movie Behind the Movement. Behind the Movement will premiere during Black History Month on February, 11 at 7 pm.

Behind the Movement is the story of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This movie honors the contributions of those untold heroes of the civil rights movement. It will tell the behind the scenes preparation that took place during the three days between the eventful evening when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Behind the Movement was written by Katrina O’Glivie and directed by Aric Avelino.

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THE CAST:

Rosa Parks – Meta Golding (The Hunger Games)
Edgar “E.D.” Nixon – Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy, The 100)
Jo Ann Robinson – Loretta Devine (Waiting to Exhale)
Raymond Parks – Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster)

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Meta Golding

There is a lot of audio and video available of Rosa Parks, she says but she read everything that she could get her hands on.

“Rosa Parks was a very prolific writer, so I read everything she wrote. Some of her family members wrote about Rosa, about what she was like from a family perspective.”

Meta tried her best to stay true to Rosa Parks, to embody her and not imitate her.

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“Even though she’s an icon, I didn’t really know very much about her personally, I didn’t know her voice.”

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“I think that sexism did not discriminate and was very much a part of the civil rights movement, and so we didn’t get to hear or see the in-depth stories of the women who fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.”

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Isaiah Washington

E.D. Nixon was a Pullman Porter and Civil Rights leader who worked with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. to initiate the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was key in bailing Rosa Parks out of jail and positioning her case to spark the boycott.

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Like Isaiah Washington, I didn’t know who E.D. Nixon was and what he did until this movie came about.

“I thought I was pretty up on my American History and my African-American and Woman Studies.”

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Loretta Devine

Joann Robinson was one of the unrecognized women of the movement. After a verbally abusive encounter on a segregated city bus, she was instrumental during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Joann became an advocate for equal rights for African-Americans.

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“This was very special to me. I was very excited to do this because I don’t get to do this very often. I do a lot of comedy, and creating characters. So, this had to be basically from her perspective.”

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“When you are a voice for something, if you believe in something and decide to support something, you have to support that belief and that voice of action, with preparation, with giving your energy to making something work. And so, I think that is why this is really important for people to see now.”

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Behind the Movement taught me so much personally, I learned more than I ever learned in school while watching.

Make sure you tune in on February 11 at 7 pm on TV ONE for this phenomenal film that tells a part of history that a lot of people don’t know anything about.