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Happenings…

After closing American Son on Broadway, we packed everything up and took it to Brooklyn to shoot for Netflix.  Watching our show be tailored to fit a new medium was equally informative and fascinating.  I was chest deep in a robust pilot season at the time so it felt especially fortunate to be able to work with such an incredible team in the mornings and then go straight to read for the networks in the afternoons.

Also: Screening Alert! I’m one of the leads in a short titled Remedial Love that just made it into the Manhattan Film Festival!  It’s world premiere will be here in NYC at Cinema Village on Friday April 26th at 9pm.  Watch a clip here and get tickets here.

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2019!

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My contract with American Son is ending just as pilot season is beginning to take off.  It’s been a thrilling ride on my first Broadway show (to say the least). While I never went on for Kerry, I learned an immense amount from her and this experience. I’m so grateful for all the Black Girl Magic (see above!) and to be able to take everything I’ve learned into the next chapter of my journey.  What’s more, Netflix has decided to adapt American Son!  It feels good to have played a small role in such a culture shifting story and am excited that more people will get to experience its heart and weight.

In other good news, After The Wedding is set to premiere in the Opening Night Film slot at Sundance this week!  I had a wonderful time working on the film and can’t wait to see how it’s received.  I’m also more than eager to find out if my scene with the stunning and gracious Michelle Williams made the final edit!

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The Next Chapter…

A few months ago I self taped for the American Black Film Festival’s Star Project that’s sponsored by NBC.  From over 2,000 submissions I was selected to be one of three female finalists!  So I got another opportunity to go to 30 Rock and meet more NBC casting folks.  I also got to do a table read for TV One with Malinda Williams, Essence Atkins, Dennis L. A. White, Aisha Hinds, A. Russell Anderson, Keith Robinson, Thomas Q. Jones and the other finalists.  We were also free to attend a lot of great panel discussions, film premieres and parties.  At the end of the weekend I didn’t win the prize of a walk on role on One Life To Live, but left with amazing new contacts and friends.  I’m so happy to have participated and been acknowledged among so many great creatives.

This week I booked a co-star on Amazon’s Red Oaks.  I’ve spent so much of the last year focusing on cracking the juggernaut that is television that it feels awesome to finally be reaping the benefits of that.  Which brings me to my next piece of news…

Today I walked into the SAG AFTRA office and became their newest member!  I’m so pleased I’ve reached this milestone in my career and am eager to put that card into serious use.

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Ying and Yang Update

Early this year I shot Ying and Yang, a short film that was written and conceived of by my good friend and colleague Devere Rogers.  He is wonderfully talented and charismatic and rounded up a great bunch of folks to help him bring his vision to life.  Since its premiere, it’s screened at Brooklyn Shorts (where it won the Audience Choice Award), San Fransisco Black Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Urban Mediamakers (where we won Best Short) and New Brooklyn Theater Film Night.  Soon it’ll be shown at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, New Filmmakers in New York, and Columbus International Festival of Film and Video (more on that soon).  I’m so happy the film’s enjoying a life on the short film festival circuit and am eager to see what happens next!

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