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BHERC Presents 26th Annual ‘Sistas Are Doin’ it for Themselves’ Film Fest April 27 in Hollywood

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*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’s proudly announces its 26th Annual “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Short Film Showcase, which takes place Saturday, April 27th 2019 at Raleigh Studios in the Chaplain Theatre at  5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA  90038.

Starting at 7:00 pm, nine short films will be screened that are all written, directed and produced by emerging Black Female Independent Filmmakers. 

Highlighting the evening will be a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Emmy Nominated Actress  Anna Marie Horsford (The Bold & The Beautiful, The Shield, A Madea Christmas & many more).

Among the many characters that Ms. Horsford has placed, three of the most memorable are Thelma Frye (Amen), Dee Baxter (The Wayans Brothers), and Mrs. Jones (Friday).  Anna made an indelible mark in the daytime CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful, where she received two Emmy nominations for her portrayal as Vivienne Avant for “Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series” in the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards.

Tickets for the “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Short Film Showcase are available now. For adults its $25 and $10 for youth ages 8-18.  Please RSVP (310)284-3170.  Street parking is available and parking is also available on the lot for $10.

2019 Line Up for “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Short Film Showcase:

  1. THE WATER WILL CARRY US HOME (7:00 min.)

IT ALL STARTED WHEN…Middle passage. Slave ship. Orishas. Mermaids. The Water Will Carry Us Home tells the story of stolen Africans who are thrown off a slave ship whilst sailing through the Middle Passage. Upon falling into the sea, the unimaginable happens when mermaids save their spirits. 

Gabrielle Tesfaye: Director

  1. THE LOCKDOWN CLUB (28:00 min.)

A gripping tale of six different high school students who are stuck inside a classroom with their teacher while their school is on a lockdown due to an active shooter. Will they make it out alive? Or kill each other first?

Valerie Alleyne Udeozor: Director/Writer

Valerie Alleyne Udeozor, Rebecca Alleyne & Delores Alleyne: Executive Producers

  1. HOME SWEET HOME (9 min.)

When two Thugs try to rob a homeless woman, they get the surprise of their lives

Romell Foster-Owens: Director

Koji Steven Sakai: Writer

Romell Foster-Owens, Toy Lei & Sandra Evers-Manly: Producers

Sandra Evers-Manly, Suzanne Lezotte & Andrei Zinca: Executive Producers

  1. THE COUNTER 1960 (18:00 min.)

 While waiting for his friends to arrive and discuss the string of police killings of unarmed black youth, Joseph slips, and in a miraculous occurrence of time travel, finds himself and his friends back in 1960 where they are seated at a ‘whites only’ lunch counter.  The past is about to inform the present.

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd: Director/Writer – Ashley Jackson: Writer/Producer

Kimberly Ogletree: Producer – Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd: Executive Producer

  1. THE PECK SITUATION (15:00 Min.)

 This lyrical tale told without dialogue explores the life of a married couple in a funk, most evident in the passionless PECK exchanged every morning. Searching for answers, the wife takes an excursion to Venice beach where the real demons holding her marriage hostage are exposed.

Carmen Elly Wilkerson: Director/Writer/Producer

Sandra Evers-Manly: Executive Producer – Maahra Hill, Payton Skelton & Diane Musselman: Producers

 

  1. YOUNG & NAÏVE (5 min.)

 While contemplating why all her beautiful and successful friends are single, Robin uncovers one of the biggest secrets in the world…Child Sexual Abuse.  The eloquent words of Robin’s journey to face her past begin a tidal wave of healing hearts at Poet’s Jazz House….just somewhere to go in the midst of searching your soul.

 Tuesday Conner: Director/Writer

Tuesday Conner, Phil Tyler, Lynne Conner & Rodney Conner: Executive Producers

Sam Morris, Eliza Roberts, Malcolm Synigal, Sr. & Nina Womack: Producers

 

  1. ARE WE GOOD PARENT? (9:00 min.)

 When Lauren and Bill’s 14-year-old daughter says she’s going to her first dance with her classmate Ryan, they question their preconceived notions of her sexuality and their openness as parents.

Bola Ogun: Director – Hailey Chavez: Writer – Tatiana Olsak & Bola Ogun: Producers

  1. GAME OF CHANCE (12:00 min.)

When a mother learns that her 14-year-old son has been mistakenly taken hostage by the local drug lord for a crime he didn’t commit, she takes a weapon she swore she would never pick up again and goes to get her son.  What she doesn’t know is that thirty federal agents sit across the street waiting for the culmination of a seven year sting.  Deborah M. Pratt:  Director – Victoria Fredrick:  Producer

  1. FRENCH FRIES (15:00 min.)

French Fries explores a young, hip African-American foodie couple’s fight to resolve communication problems in a modern marriage of six years, four months and three and a half days.

Janine Sherman Barrois: Director/Writer – Khaliah Neal: Producer

Amy Emmerich, Shannon & Stone Roberts: Executive Producers

Visit the website www.BHERC.org and join us on Social Media:  https://twitter.com/bhercdotorg.   https://www.instagram.com/bhercdotorg   https://bpb.opendns.com/b/https/www.facebook.com/black.hollywood.9

 

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Regina Hall: Actress Signs First-Look Deal with Showtime

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*Regina Hall has inked a first-look TV deal with Showtime. 

The actress will develop and produce TV projects under her production company RH Negative, TheWraps reports. She is currently developing a one-hour special that she will star in and executive produce.

“I am excited to call Showtime home,” Hall said. “Working with Amy has been such a delightful and organic experience. I am thrilled to expand our partnership to create smart, meaningful and impactful stories.”

“Regina is an undeniable and brilliant force in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera,” said Amy Israel, executive vice president, scripted programming, Showtime Networks Inc.. “She is one of the most dynamic and fearless actors of our generation and in her work on ‘Black Monday,’ she hilariously destroys every scene she’s in. We are thrilled at Showtime to continue and expand our relationship with Regina as a producer and eager to get to work on what promises to be an ambitious slate.”

READ MORE: ‘One Night in Miami’: Regina King’s Feature Directorial Debut Set for Christmas Day … in Theaters / WATCH

 

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In related news, Showtime has renewed Hall’s dark comedy “Black Monday” for a third season. The show is an 80s comedy that follows the employees of second-tier Wall Street trading firm the Jammer Group in the year leading up to “Black Monday,” the day when international stock markets crashed in 1987.

Hall plays the ruthless and ambitious Dawn, who is “brash like the boys” and totally ride or die. SPOILER: season two ends with a twist – Dawn locked up after “having taken full credit for the titular Black Monday scam in order to help her on-and-off again beau Mo (Cheadle) avoid life in prison,” per Vulture.

“Dawn just never gets it right,” Hall joked as she discussed the finale with the outlet.

Meanwhile,Hall is also starring in and executiving producing the film “Masters” and Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers” adaptation. You can also catch her in “Breaking News in Yuba County,” set for release January 29.

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T.I. Defends Ice Cube Amid Backlash for Working with Trump on Platinum Plan for Black America

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*T.I. has come to Ice Cube’s defense after the rapper caught heat for working with Trump’s reelection campaign on the Platinum Plan for Black America.

Trump’s “Platinum Plan” is a four-year plan that includes a $500 billion package for the Black community and aims to create 3 million new jobs and 500,000 new Black-owned businesses.

Ice Cube previously hit up social media to drop a video titled, “What’s In It For Us,” in which he said politicians must sign the “Contract with Black America” to secure the Black vote in the Nov. 3 election.

The contract serves as a “blueprint to achieve racial economic justice.” 

Ice Cube’s contract was “written in the backdrop of the killing of George Floyd, which set off a wave of protests not seen since the Civil Rights Era of the 1950’s and ’60’s, and a global pandemic in which the Black mortality rate is more than double the White rate and in which 45% (nearly half) of Black-owned businesses closed.”

READ MORE: Michael B. Jordan Partners with LyftUp to Provide Free Rides to Underserved Communities

The hip-hop star took to social media to address how he was approached by Democrat and Republican leaders about his Contract with Black America initiative. 

“Both parties contacted me,” he said. “Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election.” 

Cube has been catching flak from fans, colleagues and liberals for meeting with the Trump administration, many calling him a sellout. 

In an interview with Power 106 Los Angeles, T.I. was quick to defend Cube.

“I think people are being presumptuous,” he said. “To add input to this initiative for the greater good of your people, and only one side responds? That’s not Cube’s fault.” Obviously he highlighted that Republicans are quick to utilize any interest in helping them out as an endorsement, but T.I. thinks it’s the fault of the Democrats for not engaging with him.

Watch T.I. share his thoughts on the controversy via the clip above (starting at the 14:28 of the YouTube video).

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Small Asteroid May Hit Earth Before Election Day

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*Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has warned that a space rock, known as Asteroid 2018VP1, is set to reach Earth a day before the presidential election on Nov. 3rd. 

Tyson made the announcement on Twitter, noting that the rock is approaching Earth at more than 25,000 mph.

The asteroid is reportedly the size of a refrigerator but Tyson makes clear that even if it enters Earth’s atmosphere, there is no cause for worry. 

“It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov 2, the day before the Presidential Election,” Tyson wrote on Twitter. “It’s not big enough to cause harm. So if the World ends in 2020, it won’t be the fault of the Universe.”

READ MORE: Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds to Sexual Assault Allegations in Facebook Post

NASA also confirmed news of the asteroid reaching Earth on Nov. 2. 

“Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approx. 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth,” NASA wrote on Twitter. “It currently has a 0.41% chance of entering our planet’s atmosphere, but if it did, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size.

“Close approaches by small objects of this size are not rare, and even if something of this size were to impact, the object would not likely survive the Earth’s atmosphere,” Donald Yeomans, a senior researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told The New York Times in August. 

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