Dear Readers, Fans, & Fellow artists:
Yes, it’s been some time since the last update but so much has went on. I’ve learned so much from myself in the past few months. I realize that NO ONE can ever determine my path or faith but me.
I spoke briefly about my project in the last article but so much has changed since then. I can’t say too much about the project before we’re ready to release the details. But I will tell you this. It’s far from the original sizzle reel that I wanted to shoot. The concept, cast, crew has grown and has included some of Hollywood’s top filmmakers and International respect and admiration for this project. Details about the Director, Director of Photography, Producers, the crew and the wonderful cast to come very, very soon. So be on the look out for that.
Besides producing my film, I have been connecting with a lot of Nollywood’s elite in New York City. Nollywood, for those who may not be familiar with, is known as Nigeria’s Hollywood. Nigerian films are on the rise, extremely popular in Africa and has spilled over onto U.S. soil. I attended the Nigerian Entertainment Awards a few weeks ago, courtesy of the lovely Chi Chi Anyanwu. I must admit, it was not what I expected but I was definitely entertained and had a great time. I also attended the 1st Generation Nigerian Play Project in September. Although it was a workshop, they really nailed it. The entire cast and production worked so hard to produce an insightful, empowering and very funny piece. There are so many stigmas about Africans, as a whole, from the world but hopefully ignorance will slowly dissipate when it comes to the perception of other cultures.
Another event I had the pleasure of going to was ‘Taste of Africa’ which was held at the Taj Lounge. Yvonne Orji, another talented actress and an extremely funny comedian, performed. Of course, she brought the house to tears of laughter with her comedy. Please check you local cable listings for Yvonne’s one hour comedy special on the Africa Channel.
Most of the network of black actors within New York City know of, heard of, or at least facebook friends with the talented Chi Chi Anyanwu. Chi Chi is one of the producers of the 1st Generation Nigerian Play Project but she is also a casting director as well. “Say Grace Before Drowning”, a film Chi Chi casted, was selected and premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival in September. I am so proud of Chi Chi for all her hard work, endless effort she puts in to a given project and helping actors that come her way find opportunities to flex their craft.
I have been chosen to be one of the models for a well-known and popular contemporary artist, Mickalene Thomas. She currently has her artwork displayed at the MoMa and at the Brooklyn Museum. Myself and Esosa Edosomwan, will be display in the form of a portrait, at a well known gallery in Manhattan starting in November. As soon as I get the date of the gallery opening and reception, I will update everyone. Mickalene’s art featuring myself and Esosa will be on display till the early 2011.
There is so much more to update you with but I’ll save that for the next issue. I finally figured out how to operate twitter (lol). It can be addicting but I try not to abuse it by updating ridiculous things like “I’m eating now” or “I’m walking” or “I’m in the bathroom”. You’ll be surprised how many people update with statements like that.
Every day and night, I thank GOD for giving me the opportunity to follow my dreams. I am also thankful for the people He has placed in my life and especially thankful for those, with negative energy, He has removed from my life. There are no excuses anymore, because I have the tools I need to get to where I will eventually be. It’s a matter knowing when to use the right tools at the right time. I’m learning from my talented peers and those who paved the way for us. Learning is eternal for me. School is always in session!
I am a woman on a mission…Mine!
As always, I thank you so much for supporting myself and NeoBlack Cinema Magazine. Sit back, buckle up and enjoy this ride with me. Stay tuned!!!!
Stay Blessed Everyone!
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