It’s official I’m DGA

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IT’S OFFICIAL — I’M DGA!

Frankly, I never thought that I would become a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), but it’s now official, and I am grinning from ear to ear.

Queen Sugar kissed and signed in to the guild by my Sisters in Cinema Ava DuVernay, Neema Barnette and Julie Dash, I am in fabulous company and couldn’t be happier.

Sisters in Cinema BronzeLens Catalyst Award

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BronzeLens Catalyst Award

 

A fun day with Sisters in Cinema at the BronzeLens annual luncheon. Also an important event that since 2009 has celebrated women of color working in film and television.

I was honored in to receive the Superstar Catalyst Award along with Queen Sugar’s Tina Lifford (Aunt Vi) who received the Visionary Superstar Award and Samantha (Sam) Vincent producer of the eight films of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

It’s a wonderful event with women from various industries coming together to celebrate women of color working in film and television. Lots of cackling, looking at shoes and coifs, and cheek-to-cheek kissing.

Kathleen Bertrand, Deidre McDonald and Nnena U. Nchege do an amazing job of putting this event together. The event took place August 24, 2018.

Photographer Zanele Muholi

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PHOTOGRAPHER ZANELE MUHOLI

I first met photographer and visual activist Zanele a couple of years ago while attending a Black Portraitures conference in South Africa. Thanks Deb Willis!

Now, in 2018, seeing Zanele’s large scale black black black (yes 3 blacks) and white self portraits hang in exhibition at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is breath taking — beautiful and painful. The exhibition titled Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness carries questions, commentary, observations, analysis, deep pain and a deeper love for self.

If you are unfamiliar with Zanele’s work, yes you can go online and learn more about her but I suggest picking up a copy of her recently released long awaited first monograph also titled Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness produced by Renée Mussai and Zanele Muholi.

Hanging out with Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky

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Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Paula Grissom, Aku Kadogo and me.

Been following composer, multimedia artist and writer Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid since the 90s. Truly genius. Finally had an opportunity to bring him to perform and work with students at Spelman College. Generous and kind with a supersonic mind that easily catapults from Washington, D.C. to Antartica and all spaces around an in between. Great to hang out with him for a moment. Paul’s Website

Sisters in Cinema

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A beautiful photo of Julie Dash @Julie Dash and DeMane Davis @DeManeDavis. Awesome women who are helping to move the needle forward for women film and television directors. Photographer unknown at the moment.