‘OTHERHOOD’ The Phase after Motherhood

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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I had the opportunity to see Otherhood a few weeks ago and this movie brings all the feels. It’s charming, funny and warm. It will have you pondering whether or not you are being a good daughter or son.

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Listening to Cindy Chupack and Cathy Schulman speak about their journey during the Q&A after just makes you love this even more. From losing their first production deal, to securing Angela Bassett, to losing their director it was indeed a journey. A journey that I believe everyone will enjoy once they watch it. Losing their director turned into good luck for Cindy Chupack who makes her film directorial debut with Otherhood. This film also gained the Women In Film stamp by producing this with an all-female crew.

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Otherhood stars Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and felicity Huffman. Feeling forgotten on Mother’s Day, three best friends leave upstate New York for a road trip to New York City to surprise their sons and try to weave themselves into their adult lives. I have to say I was impressed on how they equally balanced out the storylines with all of the characters. As a person of color, it was refreshing to see a mother son relationship that was told in great way. When I tell you that Queen Angela bursts on the screen and dominates it…chile, you not ready.

otherhood-1014x570Yes, you’re probably wondering Mother’s Day in August, someone made a mistake. But, in actuality it was a mistake made on Felicity Huffman’s part that pushed the movie back. In the wake of Felicity Huffman pleading guilty to the College Admissions Scandal earlier this year the decision was made to push it back. Huffman was one of the 50 people indicted. Now that the dust has settled some, Netflix is releasing the feature this Friday.

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Otherhood: Life Beyond Motherhood, or the next phase as I see it. Premiering on August 2nd on Netflix and in select theatres.

‘WHEN THEY SEE US’ Drops Official Trailer

 BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

30 years ago, today a woman was raped in Central Park and five teenagers of color were framed for it.

Netflix has just release the full trailer for Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” a four-part series about the wrongly convicted Central Park Five.

Based on the true case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit, the show follows the young men (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise) in the spring of 1989 when they are first questioned about the brutal assault of a Caucasian female jogger in New York’s Central Park. The later part of the series will also see them as men, spanning 25 years and highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement they reached with the city of New York in 2014.

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The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.

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“When They See Us” launches on Netflix on May 31.

The 30th Anniversary Screening of ‘Do The Right Thing’

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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At the TCM Film Festival, I had the opportunity to attend the 30th Anniversary of Do The Right Thing at the TCL Theater in Hollywood. It was the World Premiere screening of the newly remastered version of the film. A conversation before the film included Academy Award Winning Costume Designer, Ruth E. Carter, Legendary Casting Director Robi Reed, and Spike Lee’s sister, Joie Lee.

Rewatching the film 30 years later was amazing and to see the all the of the actors whose careers started from this film. Such a great thing for Spike Lee to give so many people their first gig. This was Robi Reed’s first time casting. Robin Harris, Martin Lawrence, Joie Lee was their big acting break. Also, while watching it, it was a sign of things to coming. Da Mayor kept referring to Ruth and the kids had Black Panther comic books. 30 years later Ruth E. Carter wins an Oscar of Black Panther.

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Rest in Peace to Bill Nunn, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis.

LIVING SINGLE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS!

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

So many shows came out of the 90’s. There were a plethora of great Black shows that we still binge watch today, and thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and reruns on television a brand-new generation is exposed to the greatness that was 90’s television.

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Living Single premiered in 1993 and lasted five seasons. In a 90’s kind of world, we were glad we had our girls. Khadijah, Synclaire, Regine, and Maxine were the friends that we could relate to, who we wanted to hang with, chill with, laugh with, and do life with. Soon after Living Single premiered a new show Friends premiered on NBC and took the spotlight away and lasted for 10 years and left Living Single into the background.

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“When Friends came out, we knew we had already been doing that. It was one of those things where there was a guy called Warren Littlefield who used to run NBC, and they him when all the new shows came out if there was any show you could have, which one would it be? And he said Living Single and he created Friends.”
-Queen Latifah

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But as we celebrate 25 years since its premiere, a ​reboot is in the works.

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Kim Coles talked about how she envisions her character Synclaire James-Jones these years later, “Listen we always said that Synclaire and Overton were going to have twins, Syncloverton and Overclaire. I would love to see them now.”

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Queen Latifah hopes to be involved as a producer for the reboot. Though the idea is still up in the air, the six actors that created magic back then continue to figure out which method and platform would be best to deliver the content.

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TV One is celebrating Living Single’s 25 years on Friday from the first episode to the last with exclusive interviews with the cast starting at 6 pm.

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.

Le Vie Magnifique de CHARLIE (The Charlie Movie)

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

At the BronzeLens Film Festival last month, I had the opportunity to see a phenomenal film, Le Vie Magnifique de Charlie (The Charlie Movie).

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ABOUT THE CHARLIE MOVIE:
The Charlie Movie is a movie about living a carefree life, with a bit of Black girl magic thrown in. After her sister Brandy’s untimely death, Charlie’s approach to grieving gives the people in her life pause. Follow Charlie and her best friends Kayla, and Keturah as they go on a hilarious, wild, and exhilarating ride that will surely be the craziest day of Charlie’s life.

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This movie shot entirely in Atlanta over seven jam-packed weekends with a very little budget gives a gritty New York feel combined with present day Atlanta flair. But, you could not tell by watching this movie that the budget was low. This amazingly talented cast and crew brought this story to the screen like no other. You could feel the camaraderie from Charlie and her friends ​like they have been friends forever in real life. The look of this film was heavily influenced by French cinema and early films of Spike Lee, Madonna, and Prince.

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CAST:
Kortnee Price (Charlie)
Nikki Lashae (Keturah)
Lailaa Brookings (Kayla)
Ashley S. Evans (Brandy)

Writers: Bobby Huntley and Nikki Wade for Divadom Entertainment
Director: Bobby Huntley
Executive Producer: Chet A. Brewster for Davenstar 1 Entertainment

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In her first role, Kortnee Price gives an outstanding, award-winning performance as Charlie. She was able to embody her 16-year-old geeky self into this role. Bobby allowed them to bring their own personality or version to their characters. It showed.

This film features an original song “The Best of Me”, written by Jypsy Nichols, Jeff Paige, Bobby Huntley, and Nikki Wade. This song brings the whole film full circle at the end.

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This film is a must see. If you are in the Atlanta area, The Charlie Movie will be shown at the Peachtree Village Film Festival on September 24 at 3 pm.

Follow them on social media for updates:
Facebook: The Charlie Movie
Instagram: @thecharliemovie

SPOTLIGHT TUESDAY-BLACK TV AND FILM COLLECTIVE

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

I had the honor and privledge of being asked to join up with an awesome organization as a blogger. The Black TV and Film Collective inspires and assists those in the film and TV industry in the New York City area.

ABOUT THE BLACK TV AND FILM COLLECTIVE:

The collective is a membership-based organization with the mission to create pathways for people of color to achieve their long-term career goals within the TV, film and digital entertainment industries.

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They provide their 1000+ members access to classes and workshops focused on craft development, social engagements and events to promote networking and relationship building, and opportunities to showcase the talent of their members via producing original content.

There is power in numbers and together there is unlimited
potential in what we can achieve.

The Black TV and Film Collective was founded by Huriyyah Muhammed and Kahlil Garner.

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Huriyyah, in addition to being the founder of the Black TV and Film Collective she is also the Managing Partner of Infinite Wings Media. As an independent film producer, she has led the production of multiple independent film from development to market, and recently completed filming projects in Kenya and India. Her documentary, Bulbul: Song of the Nightingale is in post-production while Soko Sonko, Swahili for Market King continues to win awards.

Huriyyah is a writer, director, and producer who is passionate about creating long-lasting opportunities for people of color within the film, TV and digital media industries. Huriyyah holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Spelman.

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Kahlil Garner in addition to being co-founder of the Black TV and Film Collective is also a filmmaker. He got his start working in post production and Community Theater in New York and obtained a MFA in writing and directing from Columbia College in Chicago.

Kahlil has written, directed, and produced both fiction and non-fiction shorts. He is also a professor of Film and Television at the City University of New York. At the Collective, Kahlil focuses on leading Membership Engagement and will soon offer a summer intensive directing workshop.

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MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS:
Regular Membership
(30-Day free trial, then $9.99 a month)
-Gives you access to member only resources, attend events and take advantage of production resources.
-Job opportunities are sent to your email
-Professional listing in the online roster
-Access to monthly meetings including writers table reads, project pitch meetings and networking events.
-Among much more….

Premium BTFC Membership
($19.99 a month)
-Exclusive Member Benefits
-This is for members who have set high goals for themselves and expect to fully utilize the resources of the Collective to achieve them.
-One-on-one opportunities with Producers and Potential Funders
-First access to job opportunities sent to your email
-Use of the BFTC Production office
-Free admission to all monthly meetings including writers table reads, project pitch meetings and networking events.
-And much more….

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Follow them on social media for more information and their website to complete your membership:
Instagram: @btfcorg
Facebook: Black TV and Film Collective

http://www.blacktvfilmcollective.com