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Video Film Review: MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Ava DuVernay’s film, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE finds light at the tunnel’s end

In this video review, our wonderful host,  Stefanie Alleyne, meets up with today’s panelist, Beryl Edgecombe, at the popular Hell’s Kitchen restaurant and bar, Traffic to discuss the award winning indie film, “Middle of Nowhere.”

Written and directed by Ava DuVernay and a winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival’ for Best Director, a first for an African American female, “Middle of Nowhere,” bravely tackles a subject rarely seen on the cinematic screen. The concept for this film was conceived from her own personal observations. Being raised in Compton, California, Ava has stated that she witnessed first hand too many families whose lives reflect this narrative. Here she reveals a story that is all too familiar Continue reading


This is an urban fable of the Brooklyn kind

Producer Shani Harris; actress and producer Antonia Badon; and historian and videographer, Madelaine Piel, sat down with our host, Stefanie Alleyne, at the traditional Irish restaurant and bar, “Percy’s Tavern,” in Alphabet City in the Lower East Side in Manhattan to review filmmaker Spike Lee’s latest project, “Red Hook Summer.”

Co-written by the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author, James Mc Bride and Spike Lee and directed by Spike Lee, this is yet another film by Lee in the series that he calls the “Chronicles of Brooklyn.”  Expect to happen upon lots of familiar faces from previous films by the director as well as being introduced to a number of newcomers. Spike Lee is well known Continue reading

Film Review: PARIAH warrants acceptance with its vibrant, universal themes

Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman, a guitarist and songwriter; Hima B, a LGBTQ documentary filmmaker; and Yolanda Shoshana, a lifestyle provocateur; join our host, Stefanie Alleyne, at Pop’s of Brooklyn in Greenwich Village, New York, to discuss and review this poignant, funny and sensational film.

Dee Rees, is a talented writer and filmmaker whose directorial debut, Pariah, began as an award-winning short in 2007 that has transformed into a feature length film in 2011/2012. A crowd favorite at Sundance in 2011, the cinematographer, Bradford Young, was honored with the U.S. Dramatic Competition Excellence in Cinematography Award for his brilliant work on the project. Spike Lee is an executive producer.

The cast features a number of outstanding newcomers. Two in point, are Adepero Oduye who portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay) and Pernell Williams as her best friend, Laura. Kim Wayans, known mainly for her body of work as a comedian on the 90’s tv series, “In Living Color,” gives a moving performance here as Alike’s rigid, conservative mother. Other in the casts include Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell and Sahra Mellesse.

Shot in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, and semi-autobiographical, Pariah follows the journey of Alike, a 17-year-old African American teenager who comes of age and to terms with whom she wants to be free to be.  Tissue alert: you will need them for the smiles, laughs and tears.

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Hima B. is an independent filmmaker who makes documentaries, narratives, experimental films/videos that explore intersections between race, gender, sexual orientation, labor, & economics in relation to women/girls.  Born in India & raised in the US, Hima earned an MFA from Mills College while stripping at the seedy Market St. Cinema.  She came into filmmaking through the crossroads of her sexuality, organizing for sex worker rights, & desire to creatively use the moving image to also address contemporary social issues. Hima’s first documentary, Straight for the Money explored how lesbian and bisexual women in the sex industry negotiate their sexuality.  In 2008, Hima collaborated with ten HIV positive women to create HIV Sisters, an online living AIDS quilt that explores how women and girls are infected, impacted, and at risk for this disease.  She is a 2011-2012 mentee in the newly formed Queer.Art.Mentorship program.  Hima is currently in post-production on  License to Pimp, a documentary which follows 3 strippers and their journeys as they choose to adapt, fight & quit in response to their workplaces engage in illegal labor practices.
License to Pimp  What would you do if your workplace became a brothel?
HIV Sisters: Living Quilt

Louisville, Kentucky native, Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman, is an American vocalist and guitarist based in New York City. She composes and performs indie rock, electronic and dub reggae music. Two of her original songs, “Echelon” and another created with the band, Audio Dyslexia, “Parallel,” are featured on the soundtrack of the film, Pariah. The digital and CD release dates are December, 2011/January, 2012.

 Subject of music documentaries “Fireflies,” “Getting My Name Up
There” (Austria) and “Afropunk” (USA), Coleman’s compositions also appear in Robin Wright Penn’s
“Sorry Haters ” (IFC), award-winning “P.R” (Greece/UK), and in art quarterly ESOPUS 7 (USA).
Honeychild Coleman toured with legendary all female punk reggae UK group The Slits as the sole
guitarist.  She is currently the bass player of Brooklyn post punk outfit Bachslider.   She also spins
records and produces remixes under the pseudonym of DJ Sugarfree BK. Her latest solo album, “
Bereket Window” was released on female focused UK label lnvisiblegirl Records.

Pariah Soundtrack:  https://www.facebook.com/PariahSoundtrack
Bachslider: www.facebook.com/honeyccoleman#!/pages/Bachslider/220379011336945
Bachslider: www.soundcloud.com/bachslider
Invisiblegirl Records (UK) http://www.invisiblegirl.co.uk/news.html
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/honeychild8rm

Yolanda Shoshana “Shoshi,” is a lifestyle provocateur that arouses women around the world to think and take action to live a luscious life. Her philosophy is that the luscious life is about LOVE..love of yourself and making life the best lover you ever had!

Born in Houston, TX and educated at the College of Santa Fe, NM, she is a multi-platform media personality, lifestyle journalist, luscious life guru, sex goddess, perfume creatrix, wedding officiant, matchmaker,  and new thought speaker in New York City known as the “Luscious Lifestyle Diva”.

She is a popular expert on sex, love/relationships, aphrodisiacs, courtesans, divine feminine, and luscious living. Watch her tv show, The Luscious Life with Shoshi, about all that’s good in NYC bi-weekly on Mondays at 6:30pm on Channel 56 in Manhattan. You can also listen to her radio show, The Luscious Life, on WomensRadio.com.  She is also starting a modern day courtesan school called School of the Courtisane Moderne and the creatrix of a perfume line called Modern Courtesan by YS.

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