African American actors are needed. And, we are pleased to announce that one of our crew members is currently casting for a indie short film project in Los Angeles that will be shooting in May. This is a paid opportunity and will shoot 1 – 2 days.
This casting call is looking for two youthful looking African American females in the 18 – 30 year old range and one youthful looking African American male in the 18-30 year old range.
Send a two minute monologue to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 7th, 2018.
Actress Vernika Eshay Rowe. This photo is courtesy @Venika_Eshay_Rowe Instagram
For African American Actors – A Few Words of Advice
I watched Kerry Washington on television the other night. She told Jimmy Kimmel about auditioning for her role on Scandal. She stated that many of her friends thought the role was for them and that she didn’t believe her audition went well. But, she went anyway. It was probably discouraging to hear friends say, “The role was written just for me,” and think to yourself, “Well that means the role isn’t mine.” No one knows who is going to get the role, but the person who doesn’t show up, will never get the role.
It was strange to her Kerry talk about being somewhat insecure about the role when she clearly became Olivia Pope in every sense of the word. All of us deal with doubts and fears from time to time, keep going anyway. Every one questions themselves, but every with a little doubt in your head, claim a victory. Talk positively to yourself and watch your life change.
At Black TV Film Crew, we know a lot of actors are out there looking for a break. This may be yours.
Don’t give up and just keep going.
Final note for those needing motivation:
We recently started a Pinterest page to help keep us motivated and remind us of all the talented black folks all over the world. If you’re on Pinterest, let’s connect.
(Feature photo published courtesy of @Lesliedapwatda’s instagram)
As Black Panther secures its place in history as the 10th highest grossing film of all time, I wanted to share the impact that the film has had on black, bald women.
Not everyone chooses their baldness. Not everyone looks into the mirror and says, “I’m going for the big chop.” For some 6.8 million Americans, the decision is made for them as a result of Alopecia. Alopecia, the hair loss condition, wreaks havoc on a woman’s self esteem. Alopecia tells women they’re abnormal, they’re unattractive, they’re undateable—they’re worthless. But Black Panther and the warriors of Wakanda did something for bald, black women that had NEVER been done before. They recognized them as strong, beautiful, valuable, and regal.
“There are so many women of color who are hiding behind their wigs and their weaves.” —Jurline Redeaux
I would have missed this point entirely had I not connected with Jurline Redeaux, a member of Black TV Film Crew and a black woman who has suffered from Alopecia for more than 30 years. In an initiative to connect with our members, we reposted member photos late last week when we came across Jurline. She posted a photo of herself in a chair, her head shiny and bald, with the caption, “Black Panther screening in Long Beach. #warriorgoddess.” I guess it was the hashtag that got me, but it was also the glow in her face, the smile, and her eyes. She seemed proud. Her photo oozed, “I am a warrior goddess.” And so we reposted it. And what happened after is what inspired this article.
“The Black Panther movie empowered me. After I saw the preview with the women who were bald, I was empowered to go to the opening bald.” —Jurline Redeaux
When Jurline saw that we had selected her photo on Black TV Film Crew’s Instagram page. She left this comment, “You got me crying this morning. I used to be so ashamed of my baldness that I used to sleep in my wig.”
Courtesy Jurline Redeaux instagram
Sleep in your wig? An awakening began. I perused Jurline’s Instagram and I saw a photo of the warriors of Wakanda united with a photo of black women all rocking close cropped, bald heads. I wanted to know why Jurline was ashamed. And I wanted her to know how regal she appeared in her photo. And so I responded, “You are beautiful. Your image will inspire others who struggle with baldness.”
But that was just the beginning. The day I met Jurline via Instagram, I was a guest on Karima’s Show & Tell radio show. The question was raised, “What do you think is the cultural impact of Black Panther?” Me and three other guests gave varied answers but the most riveting answer was given by Danny Asshole (that’s what he calls himself.) I’m paraphrasing but the essence of his statement was, “Those beautiful black women with them bald heads… Before Black Panther, I would have never considered dating a woman with a bald head. But now… Those women were sexy. Ummph. They did something to me.”
I left the studio realizing Danny’s comments and Jurline’s photos and comments were related. Black Panther had impacted people in a way I hadn’t realized. Black Panther impacted the way people saw black women with bald heads. And, Black women with bald heads no longer had to feel ashamed of their baldness because the #1 movie in the world said, “You are beautiful, strong, regal and valuable.”
I interviewed Jurline shortly after my mind began to connect the dots. This is my summary of what the Black Panther movie did for bald, black women with help from Jurline.
1. It made them beautiful to others who did not see them that way.
“There are men who will straight up say, ‘I don’t want to date a woman with no hair.’ There are men who will say to a woman suffering from Alopecia, ‘I don’t want to see you without your hair on.’” —Jurline Redeaux
2. It gave bald women freedom.
“I went to church for the first time bald after I saw Black Panther. And they ushered me to the front. I feel free, I’m no longer ashamed.”
3. It gave women boldness.
“I’ve been other places bald, but now when I go, I’m bold with it, I’m regal.” —Jurline Redeaux
4. It connected people to their ancestors.
“I believe my people suffered from Alopecia before they were brought to America. My grandmother suffered from it. When I saw the women on screen, not only did it empower me, it connected me to my people.” —Jurline Redeaux
5. It gave a sense of pride.
“Black Panther made me proud to be bald. I’m proud.”
Not too long ago, a black teen girl had her wig snatched off at school. The video and article went viral on Facebook. She, too, suffers from alopecia. Imagine how she may feel now knowing that bald is beautiful and bald is being praised. Hopefully, she’s a bit more inspired and empowered. I loved the Black Panther movie even before I realized how it positively impacted black, bald women. But learning of this cultural impact made me appreciate the efforts of the cast and crew even more. To produce a body of work which is so giving to the community is the ultimate act of love.
Has Black Panther inspired you in some way? If so, leave it in the comments.
Everyone loves a good comedy special, the trouble is keeping up with the latest. Have you ever scrolled through the Netflix comedy section, but not find anything relateable or anything laugh out loud funny? We have. So, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 Must See Black Comedy Specials airing on Netflix right now. They’re arranged by order of most recent release date, not how funny they are.
Black Comedy On Netflix?
Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish (2/27/18) – Marlon has definitely been keeping himself busy these days, with a hit TV show, Marlon, comedy tours and now his new Netflix special. While addressing really hot topics in today’s society, he does so his very silly, loud and ignorant way. Classic Marlon. Memorable Wayans.
Trevor Noah: Afraid Of The Dark (2/21/18)– Trevor Noah, known best for his political satire as host of the Daily Show, was truly made for stand up. The South African native, hosts this special in NYC. This show is smart, gut bustlingly funny and will make you start tuning into his prime time show. Afraid of The Dark gives more insight to how Noah thinks and his true self shines through.
Chris Rock: Tamborine (2/14/18) – Chris Rock takes you through his divorce and life after in Tamborine, but in a way much like his Everybody Hates Chris days, leaving you in tears. In Tamborine, Rock admits he knew he made it when he’s in divorce court and realizes that he has to pay all of the lawyers himself. Ca-ching! Chris Rock, at his best, is honest and his brutal honesty is hilarious.
4. Dave Chapelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation (12/31/17)– Chapelle has a two-part comedy special that came out over the second half of last year, and each one will have you literally in tears. In true Dave Chapelle fashion, he tells tales of his life at home, and life on the road. He brings along that hilarious narrative voice from the Chapelle Show. Chapelle sets the tone of the special during his opening when he delivers a punchline so funny that you never see it coming, plus he references Stove Top stuffing.
5. Multiple People: Def Comedy Jam 25 (9/2/17)– The absolutely funniest and most nostalgic special to come to Netflix in the last few months, is Def Comedy Jam. Hosted by Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, DL Hugely and Dave Chappelle, this special takes you back in time to the 90’s and the original Def Comedy Jam series. Performers from the 90’s returned to the stage and did small sets. As a Martin Lawrence fan, I think my favorite part was when Dave Chappelle acknowledged Marty Mar in the audience and his contribution to comedy. You could just feel the love.
These 5 Must See Black Comedy specials will have you feeling black and proud. Get your snacks together, find a seat on the couch and get your laugh on. These specials will not disappoint.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, “Congratulations,” goes out to Jordan Peele who wrote and directed “Get Out.” And, he just won the Oscar for best original screenplay for “Get Out.”
I remember going to see Get Out and I was a little uncertain. I’m not a fan of being scared in the movies and “Get Out” was billed as a sort of horror movie–in a way. Personally, I feel life is scary enough so I generally don’t watch scary movies. But, because Jordan is Jordan, I went and supported Get Out on the opening weekend.
Hands down, it was the best horror movie that I’ve ever seen. It didn’t scary me like Friday the 13th. And, I laughed a lot. The best part of Get Out was the realness of this story in the current state of America. I can see someone going to someone’s house and being drugged and killed. I can see that. It happens. Jeffrey Dahlmer, the serial killer, drugged and killed a bunch of gay black and brown during his killing spree.
My question when I left the movie was simple, “Will Get Out affect who people date and who people feel comfortable with?” Anybody who knows me knows if I don’t know you, I don’t eat your food. I don’t stay at your crib. I don’t do anything that would lead me to a “Get Out” situation. But, I wonder for those of us with “relaxed tendencies,” is “Get Out” going to change the way you handle your business?
Let us know. Anyway, if you decide to keep doing things the way you’ve done them, Jordan Peele warned you. Jordan Peele straight up told you, “Get Out.”
Earlier this week I read reports that members of the Academy had flat out refused to watch Jordan Peele’s Oscar nominated directorial debut, Get Out. The fact that Peele’s film earned nominations in four categories still wasn’t enough for the old, crusty Academy members to give his film 90 minutes. Apparently, being nominated isn’t actually good enough for the people of the Academy. Apparently you must create an “Academy movie.” What the hell does that mean exactly? If a nominated movie isn’t an Academy movie, what is it? (scratches head)
Whoever the nameless, faceless people of the Academy are who refused to watch Jordan’s film you’ve underscored why countless people still believe the #Oscarsaresowhite and also this hashtag #Oscarstoowhite. It amazing how life changes, movies change, but the Hollywood guard desires to stay the same. Movies are reflective of our society. Movies are not stagnant—they are living just like the people who make them.
Anyway, I salute all of the nominees and especially every black person who is up for an Oscar tonight. I know it wasn’t easy. I know the odds were against you, but you prevailed anyway. We are behind you and we support you. Now for the list of the Black Oscar Nominees and Winners…
(8) Adapted Screenplay: Mudbound – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
(9) Original Screenplay: Get Out – Jordan Peele – WINNER
(10) Cinematography: Mudbound – Rachel Morrison (Rachel is not a person of color, but the director is so, she gets the black vote and she also was the DP for Black Panther. )
(11) Best Documentary Feature: Strong Island – Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes
(12) Best Live Action Short Film: Watu Wote/ All of Us – Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen
(13) Original Song: Mighty River from Mudbound – Mary J. Blige
(14) Stand Up for Something from Marshall – Diane Warren and Common
Jordan Peele’s win was history making. He’s the first black writer to win for original screenplay EVER! And, he’s just one of four black writers to be nominated in the Academy’s 90 year history.
We think its impressive to have black people and their work represented in 14 different categories. Way to go! We celebrate the talented creatives in our community who continue to push, claw and fight their way to the top.