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January 10th, 2018 by Cherry

The series trailer for Leimert Park is simply a delight! MACRO is the creative team behind ‘Fences’, ‘Mudbound’ and the digital series ‘Gente-fied’ and Homegrown Pictures who brought us ‘Dear White People’ and ‘Hustle and Flow’ I love that it’s telling the story of not only the friendship of black women but our love lives with a nice dose of humor. As an LA transplant watching the gentrification of predominated black and latino neighborhood from ‘afar’ in West Hollywood (experiencing its own explosion of expensive housing) this web series truly speaks to me. The new web series stars Ashley Blaine Featherson, Ashli Haynes, Asia’h Epperson, Wade Allain-Marcus, Frantz Latten, Ikenna Okoye and Brit Manor and is an official selection at The Sundance Festival 2018. Mel Jones is doing double duty as a first time director and creator of LEIMERT PARK with Kady Kamakatè and Davita Scarlett. The series is Executive Produced by Stephanie Allain, Charles King and Aaliyah Williams. 

“I wanted to see images of black women being the objects of desire and seeking pleasure with no shame,” states director and co-creator Jones. “Leimert Park reflects the black women I know and love and I hope it inspires women everywhere to practice self-love and self-care and embrace their sexuality.” “I’ve been mentored by and partnered with Stephanie Allain at Homegrown Pictures for seven years and she encouraged me to create this show which was my authentic story to tell.  Aaliyah Williams, who runs digital at MACRO, heard this story before it was even a script and championed the series and advocated for me as a first time director. I’m forever grateful to both of these incredibly supportive women.  It will be a dream come true sharing “Leimert Park” with sisters throughout the nation, audiences at Sundance, and with all women.

LEIMERT PARK: Things get complicated when three best friends share a house in South LA’s Leimert Park.  Despite being married, beats-maker Mickey hasn’t had an orgasm with her hubby in three months, Bridget  mistakes sex for love while assisting a handsome visiting artist in residence, and Kendra secretly shoots videos of numerous sizzling sexual encounters, hoping this will finally break her into the art world.  
I adore romcoms but always felt the true perfect match is when the woman gets to know herself and more importantly loves herself! I am so looking forward to moving to Leimert Park! So make sure you find this new series and share with friends.

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May 28th, 2014 by Cherry
I first read about this film when it was at another festival earlier this year either the Tribeca or Sundance (can’t remember which and doesn’t matter since I didn’t attend either!) but from the moment I saw the image of the POC, the amusing topic and well the cast .. oh my the cast.  Well it made my heart flutter!  It’s not often that this topic is show on TV let alone in Film from the non white POV (where they feel uncomfortable or they have a ‘magic’ negro/latin/asian to move the story along to make the white people .. well better white people!).   So imagine my pleasure to see that it will be screened as a GALA for the upcoming LA Film Fest (June 11 – 19, 2014) 
I’m hoping to be able to cover the red carpet to talk with the cast, writers and directors about the how/what/when/why of coming up with the story and getting it made.  I’m sure getting it made was the REAL battle $$$$ and no connections is why alot of talented people haven’t made in Hollywood!  If your in LA or planning to make a trip to SoCal plan it around this festival that is an adept blend of indie and big budget films!   So buy your ticket NOW to see Dear White People before it sells out!  What the heck SPLURGE and buy a package so that you can enjoy the festival and see everything!
Dear White People
Dear White People

Galas

(USA, 2014, 106 mins, DCP)

Directed By: Justin Simien

Screenwriter: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe
Executive Producers: Stephanie Allain-Bray, Leonid Lebedev
Cinematographer: Topher Osborn
Editor: Phillip Bartell
Music: Kathryn Bostic
Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell
Samantha White is a bold young student at the prestigious Winchester University who wants change and is not afraid to provoke it. Tired of the empty gestures and the phony platitudes other students offer the administration in the name of diversity, Samantha walks the ornery talk she gives on her radio show, Dear White People, by running for president of the all-black residence hall. If only everyone could keep up with her politics. 

Justin Simien’s prize-winning directorial debut is a satirical look at campus life and racial identity in a “post-racial” America. An ensemble cast of rising star talents, including Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris and Brandon Bell, makes the political very, very personal.

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