Category: Great Stories

Third Horizon Film Festival

Sun bursts from sea. Water not dousing his fire but hiding the shadows that follow; Water that welcomes his light. She stands, both edge and the deep, his birth her third horizon. -N.S.   Every film has two driving forces: the main character’s outer goal, and her inner need. Filmmakers go to film festivals for…
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Be Your Own Storyteller: Melody Cooper

We interviewed visionary storyteller Melody M. Cooper in the wake of her selection to the Meryl Streep funded IRIS Writer’s Lab for her project The Sound of Darkness. She also landed a 2016 Shudder Labs Fellowship from AMC Networks and is also winner of the Women in Cinema International Screenplay competition. Melody M. Cooper is…
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Be Your Own TV Show: ABFF Interview with Kimberly Young

In this short interview with “2 Self Help Books Away From Being Perfect” web series creator Kimberly Young and director Lopez Williams, we find out the motivation behind this humorous take on the personal development scene.

Be Your Own Producer: ABFF Interview with Pryor Hill Productions

In this in-depth interview done both at their screening of How To Tell You’re A Douchebag, and then after the American Black Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary Awards Ceremony, we find out how Julius Pryor and Marttise Hill leveraged a passion for film into a balanced, entrepreneurial life. Hear: – how they handle gatekeepers – what…
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Be Your Own Servant

Anika Madison, one of our partner bloggers, interviewed someone she greatly admires.  Here is her interview with Mrs. Cassandra Sheppard, President and CEO of Youth Impact Ministries, Inc. in Miami-Dade, Florida. — Mrs. Cassandra Sheppard, head of the Youth Impact Ministries, Inc., received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. She received her Master’s in…
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Be Your Own Ambassador

We caught up to Rachelle Salnave, director of La Belle Vie: The Good Life, between multinational trips and film festival screenings, to discuss the vision behind her filmmaking. — When Rachelle Salnave lived in Harlem with her family, she had a hard time convincing other Haitians that she was one of their sistren. Haitian had a certain…
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A Smart Picture of Dr. Jones

Be Your Own Educator

Anika Madison interviews hometown hero, Dr. Billy P. Jones, a dedicated educator who uses his classroom as a springboard for more than just learning. We’re happy that Anika discovered his story! — My interview with Dr. Billy Jones took place in his office where he is always surrounded by treasured memories and an impressive library.…
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Adventures at Hermitage: Day 3

People from all walks of life are walking up and down the beach with these metal nets, digging up the sand, sifting through it and dumping it back on the beach. I walk up to one of them. “What are you looking for?” I ask. “Shark teeth,” he answers. “They’re here!” Apparently, shark teeth are…
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Like Water

I burned my favorite baking dish last week. Real ugly: food caked on black and brown. I just wasn’t ready to give it up, though. I sat it in my sink and soaked it in baking soda, soap and water for 3 days. I rinsed it off and there was still plenty residue. I pushed…
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The Disease of Freedom

Today’s #wordblog is from the incomparable Rich Ejire who you can find here. His word is “drapetomania”: a term coined by Samuel A. Cartwright during the 19th century to describe the “affliction” experienced by Black slaves that caused them to run away from their masters. —- “Do you want to be free, or do you…
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