This month has been a true whirlwind!!!! It started with producing a new digital series for BRIC TV called SOLEKINGS, which will launch on October 4, 2017. Then my baby brother graduated from High School and he is off to Penn State in the fall. We screened Mars & Venus at the People's Film Festival and are looking at distribution opportunities for the film at this time. I had a few network and Broadway auditions, so we shall see where that all ends up. We had a private screening and fund raiser for a short film I produced called Silent Cries: The Prelude (which has been accepted to three film festivals thus far), and I just completed principal photography on my upcoming mini-doc with writer, wall street guru, wellness coach and my sister-friend Krishna Davenport called Conversations with Black Women in America. The BRIC TV web series Brooklynification that I am in has just been accepted into the Miami Web Fest for my episode, "The Bidders." The documentary I am in, Back To Natural has just been accepted into the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival. And the film that I am in, which is the directorial debut of actress Gabourey Sidibe (Precious, The Big C, Tower Heist) and funded by media giant Refinery 29, The Tale of Four (based on Nina Simone's "Four Women") debuts this week at the Nantucket Film Festival.
Whew!!!! All that is such a blessing and so amazing and I am ever grateful. However, I am especially excited about this coming Saturday. I will be directing a staged reading of the play You Wound't Expect by Marilynn Barner Anselmi. Some of you may recall that last year I was blessed to play the lead in the same play at the August Wilson Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, directed by Shaunda Miles for deMask Us. Well this year the play is a part of the new reading series for the DC Black Theater & Arts Festival and we will be performing the reading at none other than the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum!
This will be an incredible event and the fact that my company MOOREthanEnuff Media is producing this run, I am elated. If you will be in the DMV area, I would love to see your face in the place. Below is a synopsis of the show and you can click here to access the eventbrite to register to attend. It is free to the public and I as always appreciate your support and love. If you are not in the area or unable to attend, sharing the flier with those you know that will be is also requested.
YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT is a play based upon true events surrounding the North Carolina Eugenics Program (c. 1946—1968).
Between 1933 and 1973 North Carolina sterilized 8,000 people as part of a eugenics program that sterilized 60,000 women nationwide. Written by playwright Marilynn Anselmi, You Wouldn’t Expect focuses on a group of characters affected by the sterilization program that changed so many lives and, in turn, prevented others.
“African-American women were disproportionately targeted,” says Anselmi. The intense drama showcases the relationship between two women—Mary Tom Walker (the Deputy Coordinator at the local Eugenics Office) played by Alyssa K. Simon and Temperence Hedgepeth (her new Assistant Coordinator) played by Okema T Moore —thrown together by the powers that be and are forced to work with each other despite their obvious differences in the middle of a divided south. The cast is rounded out by Adiagha Faizah, Alexis Braxton, Paul Wallace, Z. Jones, Grace Johnson and narrated by Ta-Taneshia Pearson.