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May 17, 2013

Watch WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT on the Urban Mediamakers new cable-TV show – Indie Cinema –  airing tonight  (well really Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.) – on AIB-TV! ! Viewers  in Georgia, stay up this Friday night and bring in Saturday morning with Indie Cinema – Channel 6 on AT&T U-Verse and Channel 5 on Comcast!


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WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT Flourishes During Women’s History Month!

March 18, 2013

WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT screened to a wonderful audience at the Women in Media – Newark Women’s History Month Film Festival. Many great films directed by woman filmmakers, awards,  as well as panels and discussions sealed a successful program this year. It was an honor to be a part of it. Special thanks to Philip Thomas, who moderated an insightful and in-depth Q & A session. I reflected on my process as a director  throughout all stages of making the film and provided the audience with a more intimate perspective. Mr. Thomas then opened up the Q & A session to audience members, and they also asked thoughtful questions. Their response exhibited enjoyment of the film as well a high level of understanding for the themes and respect for my vision as a director. THANK YOU Pamela Morgan, Executive Director of Women in Media – Newark, for making this possible! Your organization is immeasurable!

WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT will also screen at the  20th Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves BHERC Program in Hollywood Raleigh Studios Saturday March 23, 2013 at 6PM.

For many years, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) has organized a screening and dialog centered amongst African American Women Filmmakers to share their films and their stories. White Sugar in a Black Pot screened with BHERC this past year at their successful African American Film Market Place, and I am delighted to collaborate again to reach another audience. Click here for more information about the program including  info about the other films!

I remember sitting in an NYU Tisch Film Directing course  of  10+ students and being the only woman director there. This did not serve as intimidation for me. I was there to develop my craft and direct more films.  My perspective has not changed. Happy Women’s History Month!

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Interviewing With Doug Doyle – WBGO Jazz Radio Statio

February 26, 2013


I had the pleasure to speak with Doug Doyle at WBGO Jazz Radio Station and I had an amazing time! Special thanks and deep gratitude to Pamela Morgan, Director at Women in Media – Newark who made this interview possible.

It was an honor to be interviewed by Mr. Doyle as I discussed White Sugar in a Black Pot, my participation in the upcoming Women in Media – Newark Women’s History Month Film Festival, and my goals as a director for narrative features.

I also had an opportunity to share the interview with filmmaker Shazia Shrivastava whose film Do Pahar (Afternoon) is also screening within film festival. She connected via phone from California and we discussed themes within our films, expounded on our process of filmmaking and shared upcoming endeavors.

The entire interview, including clips from our films, will be available this Friday evening March 1st!

White Sugar in a Black Pot will screen Saturday March 9th at 12:55 PM at Rutgers University Paul Robeson Theater. The screening is free and open to the public. A Q&A session moderated by Philip S. Thomas will follow.

I look forward to sharing the film with another great audience.

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February 5, 2013

It has been a full year since WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT screened first in San Diego January 2012, and our film continues to touch many audiences! I am excited for our upcoming  New Jersey premiere at the Women In Media – Newark Women’s History Month Film Festival March 7 – 9, 2013

The screening is free and open to the public!

I am honored to share the screen with many other amazing films created by other thriving filmmakers! We are telling our stories, and taking wonderful measures to reach our audiences. In this era where pathways are packed with content of all sources, I am honored that WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT continues to navigate an exciting path of success.

Screening: March 9th, 12:00 PM at Rutgers University – Newark Campus 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Newark, NJ 07102

I will be in attendance, and I look forward to another screening filled with great energy from the audience!! I am very grateful for the continuous support!

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Continued Success in the New Year!

January 6, 2013

2012 was a wondrous year for me as a director, writer, and free spirit!

When I look back on the wonderful events that took place in 2012 beginning with the premiere of WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT in California all the way to the enormous love from Brooklyn, I am proud of the success, the audiences I have reached, the inspiration I have found, the projects I’ve started, and the confidence to continue it all!

WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT screened at more than twenty film festivals reaching USA, Canada, France, and Nigeria. We picked up many awards highlighting both story and craft as well as dedication to community from outstanding organizations, and committees including a Citation from the New York City Council, a CINE Golden Eagle Award, and an African Movie Academy Award to name a few!

Screening and reaching many audiences touched me the most. As an emerging director, support is one of the greatest rewards that I could ever receive. Connecting with so many diverse audiences brought my film to a new level and unlocked its purpose to entertain, inform, and ignite!

While WSIABP ran the festival circuit, I also returned to the development stage and continued to explore characters, story, and my goals as a writer-director. I am confident that I will develop even more material as I prepare for future feature length projects! The best is yet to come!

One of my goals as an emerging director is to bring people together to form positive systems. I am also dedicating my entrepreneurial spirit to envision and create solutions that will expand cinema in a myriad of ways. This past year I also set into a motion the Leading Ambassadors of Black Independent Movies to not only build more alliances amongst filmmakers, but also amongst film artists and film viewers. Please feel free to click the link to learn more about our initiatives and join us as we prepare to act progressively!

While WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT touched many audiences near and far, we have yet to reach our full potential and we will continue to screen at festivals until our online premiere in the spring!

I am honored to share that the film is an official selection for the Women in Media – Newark Women’s History Month Film Festival this March! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this film with many different platforms and grateful to screen with Women in Media – Newark, a thriving organization dedicated to advocating for and educating the public about issues affecting the lives of women using film, video and new media.

I welcome this year and all of its valuable lessons, wonderful experiences, and positive surprises. THANK YOU for your continuous support, positive energy and beautiful reminders! I appreciate it all and will continue to use it as I press forward!

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Black Hollywood Screens WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT This Weekend

November 7, 2012

WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT will screen at the 19th Annual African American Film Market Place and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase Saturday 12:30PM at the Chaplin Theater and Sunday 3PM at the Mary Pickford Theater within the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood California. Ticket and schedule information are available here.

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is significant for numerous reasons. Not only has BHERC served as a catalyst to many filmmakers of color, but also it has been a strong force in helping to cultivate audiences for Black film.

 I am honored that my film will participate and I look forward to strengthening my relationship with the organization as I create more films. Click here to learn more about this wonderful organization.

The platform will screen more than forty films to the general public and honor acclaimed photographers including Malcolm Ali, Howard L. Bingham, Cazzie Burns, Ian Fox, Haywood Galbreath, and many more! I’d like to send positive energy to all filmmakers participating in the festival.

We have surpassed our twentieth screening mark for WHITE SUGAR IN A BLACK POT and we still have many more audiences to reach! This film touches upon many themes that are affecting families in many different ways and we are honored to continue to share our film with many viewers.

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Gifts That Keep On Giving

October 25, 2012

Participating in the 15th Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series was an unforgettable experience that has further propelled my inspiration, drive, and progress as a director for narrative feature films. The festival kicked off with an amazing opening ceremony filled with seasoned industry professionals who provided insightful advice and closed the gap in many areas I am currently researching as a filmmaker. I was able to make more connections and alliances while connecting with other artists of many fields. It was a true supplement to my soul and indeed a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you to the amazing Reel Sisters team for making this happen!
I am so honored to share that I received a New York City Council Citation presented by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams and the Best Screenplay award at the festival. It brings me great joy to receive such recognition. This further exemplifies my commitment to telling poignant unforgettable stories. The workshops were insightful and filled with productive discourse. I couldn’t have asked for more! I was inspired and challenged to view opportunities in new ways and it has made me an even more focused and motivated director. I was surrounded by pioneers and emerging artists. We all share a love and respect for our crafts. The sisterhood and camaraderie amongst all participating members produced an amazing aura. This film festival truly lit up Brooklyn!

Words cannot describe how much I’ve walked away with from this experience. I was able to see

many engaging films that covered a range of emotions, concepts, genres, and forms. The Q&As, one of my favorite parts of the screenings, delved into the journey of each filmmaker and provided a deeper appreciation for the beautiful motion pictures. There were so many thoughtful and inspiring words shared in each discussion. One piece of advice that I walked away with and it continues to resound with me is the idea that you are your gatekeeper. You can do anything that you put your mind to. Do not limit yourself. It is quite easy to survey challenges and difficulties, but as long as you remain focused and work hard, you can create your own opportunities and act on them.

I am also pleased to share that our film screened at the 11th Annual Urban Mediamakers Film Festival the same weekend and also won the Best College Student Film award. I am so grateful to receive this honor. Our cast and crew worked very hard to produce this film and it brings me great joy that we are receiving recognition for our collaboration.

I am delighted that our film continues to reach many different audiences and move them in many different ways. With each platform, screening, viewer, and exchange, our film increases its vitality. I’ve seen viewers smile, shed tears, and ponder. We’ve had more than twenty screenings to date and we look forward to sharing with many more audiences. I am very grateful to have worked to help create this film, and I welcome the support and opportunities to share with different audiences along the way.

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