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Meet Guo Pei, China’s First Haute Couture Designer

Guo Pei is best known for making the canary-yellow gown Rihanna wore at this year’s Met Gala in New York. Growing up during the Cultural Revolution and China’s opening up, Guo shares how the country’s past has shaped her designs and innovations.

 

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Get to know Poet Angelica Poversky

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Get to know Poet Angelica Poversky

By Patrick B. Hill

 

 

 

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Angelica Poversky and I am from Vancouver, BC

What is your profession?

Firstly, I am an artist- a spoken word poet and media artist. I am also a full-time student at UBC in the Bachelor of Media Studies. And I am the assistant manager for the UBC Arts and Culture District!

At what age did you fall in love with art and why?

I began writing poems at a really young age. My first poem I wrote was on the first day of kindergarten. My dad inspired me and taught me about rhyming words and something about that enticed me. I think it was this idea that you can make the words fit rhythmically to an idea that I originally fell in love with. As I have grown older art inspires me and I fall deeper into bed with it for a whole multitude of reasons that continue to change and keep me surprised.

 

How important is art in today’s society?

Art is literally survival in today’s society. I don’t think there is anything that is more important when it comes to being able to speak truth, ignite imagination and share stories. A lot of times I see poetry as a tool for activism. I had the pleasure at performing at the recent 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial sharing the stage with Emanuel Jal and it really occurred to me in that moment how messages of peace through spoken word can bring out a lot of power and inspiration in all of us.  On a personal note it works with overcoming hardships for sure, but there is something deep in the way it helps and heals others too.

There are little Angelica Pohveherskie’s out there that are either learning about poetry or learn it from their parents. Break down the moment of your first time writing and reading your poetry out loud to classmates. What would you tell those who want to be poets?

I can’t quite remember exactly the process of my first poem but something along the lines of stealing the rhymes of the Arthur Theme Song and slapping in some butterfly metaphors. The first time I shared my poetry I believe it was in elementary school where this Family Channel anti-bullying rally came as a result of my poem winning in their poetry competition! So that was cool and definitely thought that my poetry’s butterfly metaphors were hot shit! Anyways that was a hugely transitional moment for me because it gave me validation, even if my poetry was only good for a 10-year-old level, it was making bends already and I was excited to see what would happen. I think the younger you are the easier it is to believe in yourself because the future isn’t painted as specifically.  I would say keep holding on to that childhood sense of hope and belief. I hang on to it like a magnet on a fridge. As you get older you see all the ways and specific to do list items you have to tick off to achieve your next goal. But all of that stuff, making business cards, submitting your poems to literary journals to inevitably get rejected, e-mailing people to book your next tour- are the gross and gritty things that make the beautiful art stuff happen in public. Keep building on that hope, knowing there is a lot more to be done than write poems to be a successful poet.

Love that statement. The first video we posted of your poetry performance was “Pluck me” which can be seen. Take me through that performance and the metaphor meaning behind “Pluck me” for readers who are watching the video for the first time.

Sure! So that poem is basically a discussion of my life as a woman where I am a “pretty flower” waiting for the right “plucker”. I divided the world into pluckers and flowers, or the binary of men and women. I use the garden metaphor to go into some more gender role stuff about what is expected out of femmes. I wrote this poem based off a few different encounters where I was told to be pretty or act in a certain way regarding what was assumed out of my gender.

When you are performing your poetry in front of a crowd, do you ever get nervous or are you more comfortable in front a crowd?

I used to feel nervous performing but now I definitely feel most alive in front of a crowd. I’m excited to share and be truly myself when I’m up there.

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Okay. Seen that poetry organizations are integrating to YouTube to showcase poetry to viewers. Do you feel like the best experience for people to see poets perform is by showing up to a poetry slam event in their community or do you think this element is better than attending poetry night? How do you feel about it?

I think coming out to a poetry show is the best thing you can do. There is something in the air that will keep you coming back. My friends and I are starting a new show Between Three Wheels and we will be putting it up on YouTube (the whole hour) for those that want to re-watch or couldn’t have made it, but like any live performances the video can never quite do it justice. On the other hand I recently released a second poetry video with an art film to go with the words, and that is something that needs to exist primarily as a video where the performance would be missing an integral aspect to it. (That is until I can start doing performances with projections!)

As your poetry continuously grows. As a poet, what should be the goal for you in poetry? do you wish for your poetry to inspire people to reach their inner poet or is there something else?

My personal goal as a poet and artist is to shed light on different parts of humanity. Invite new ideas in. Stir up trouble. Expose problems. Explore imagination!  All in hopes of healing, growing, laughing and thinking differently. That is how I want to affect my audience.

As an artistic programmer I do constantly create events and hope that people will make their own art as well, or engage with it in other ways if that isn’t their thing. But if it is their thing I love helping people get access to making that possible for themselves.

Want to know more about Angelica Poversky go to these links below.

Website link:

https://angelicapoversky.com

Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/AngelicaPoverskyPoetry/

Instagram:

@angelicapoversky

YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC56EH7oQf083HLYFa5YTkwQ


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Get to know Author Kennedee Devoe (Ten Questions)

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Getting to know Author Kennedee Devoe (Ten Questions)

By Juan C. Diaz @TearsofWarDiaz

 

 

1. What city and state do you hail from? Carson, CA.

2. Who are your favorite authors? Terry McMillan.

3. What genre do you write? Urban Contemporary. 

4. What inspired you to write in that genre? Because I knew my stories would be relatable to the urban community. 

5. When you published your first bookwere afraid of getting sued by any of the male character’s books because it was autobiographical? I was at first. But then I realized they probably don’t know how to read lol Just kidding 🙂 I didn’t feel that I projected them as the only bad person in the relationships, I also took ownership of my actions as well. It wasn’t a one-sided story for to people to have sympathy for me as a victim. The story was to showcase that I wasn’t allowing myself to be a victim despite the men’s actions. 

6. How did readers respond to your first book? It seemed like there were two sides of responses for my first book. People either really loved it because they totally relate because they had been on the receiving end of some bad relationships also. Or people really hated the back because they couldn’t wrap their heads around why I would do such awful things, and then have the nerve to write about it. I think that my transparency is what really grew my following. I’m genuinely thankful the readers that have accepted me for who I was and who I have become. 

7. Why did you choose to focus on the deterioration of friendship for your second book? I decided to write about my friendships because  I noticed the demise of so many friendships on social media. I knew it would another relatable read. I really wanted to let people know who we’re having “frenemies” in their life that it’s ok to cut that lifeline. I think that people start thinking that because you’ve known someone for years that you have to continue to be loyal to someone that has been disloyal to you.  

8. After writing two autobiographical books why did you go for fiction in your third book? To be honest book 3 is 80% fiction 20% truth. I really wanted to challenge myself as a writer to write the story from a males perspective. I must say that the feedback that I received from Panel Discussion/Book Launch Party the readers thoroughly enjoyed the story. 

9. Can you describe the main character in your third book? Gino Baptise is a man that has witnessed the infidelities of his father. Those infidelities have made an everlasting mark on his life that lands him in prison. While imprisoned he starts to reevaluate his life wondering if his cheating is an inherited or learned behavior. He finds himself at a crossroad where he must decide his fate and change his life.  

10. What’s next for Kennedee Devoe? I have a successful run, but I took a hiatus from writing to work on a personal career and heal from my previous relationship. My goal is to finally get off page 2 my 5th book lol I have this thing that’s called a job that just won’t let be a great writer lol I’m going to really try to release it late 2018. I can guarantee that book 5 will be another page turner…

 

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Get to know Creator Kashif Boothe (Kashif Boothe Entertainment)

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Get to know Creator Kashif Boothe (Kashif Boothe Entertainment)

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMag

 

I would like for you to introduce yourself by telling the readers where you from and what you do.

My name is Kashif Boothe; I’m from London, UK and I am a freelance development assistant within factual and scripted TV and an independent filmmaker.

Did you attend filming school? If so, how long did it take you to complete filming school

I attended a sixth form college (which is apart high school education) and studied Media, Film & TV and music production. I studied Film at Roehampton University and graduated in 2013.

What is your profession?

I am a freelance development within factual and scripted TV and an independent filmmaker.

When did you fell in love with art?

I fell in love in with art when I was 13

What made you fall in love with art?

I fell in love in art when I saw how people could relate to what is happening with a painting, a picture or in a movie

Why is art important to you?

Art is important to me because I am able to express myself. I’m able to create to content that is important to me and tell stories I want through comedy or drama.

Who inspires you as a child and now?

As a child, my Grandmother inspired me and now the people who inspire me are Mara Brock Akil, Kenya Barris, and Issa Rae

How important is art in today’s society? 

Art, it is very important in today’s society as it is the main source of expression, if we couldn’t express ourselves what would we do?

 

Explain to me the absence of art would do to you and society?

If there was an absence of art I wouldn’t know what to do, my life is art, it is what I do every day and I’m not exaggerating, I work in the media industry Monday – Friday and on the weekend I focus on my independent projects. If there weren’t any art in today’s society, there wouldn’t be a platform for people to express themselves or be able to watch TV or play game consoles. If there weren’t art it would have a massive impact on the world we live in today.

How long have you been filming?

I’ve been filming for 6 years

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Take me through the process of writing a short film or web series. Nate & Jamie web series for example. What was the process like when you were creating Nate & Jamie and how difficult was it making this web series?

The way I came up with Nate & Jamie was not done in a conventional way. The pilot episode was originally a one-off comedy sketch which was based on a story by Joshua Samuels who plays Jamie in Nate & Jamie. When I released the comedy sketch the reaction was positive and people wanted to see more, I wanted to take advantage of the success and decided to turn it into a web series. The process of writing Nate & Jamie was pretty easy I spent two weeks writing and re-drafting the script. I came up with the idea of the first season in less than a day, once you’ve come up with the idea it’s about filling up the gaps in between the beginning and the end of the story.

How long does it take to for you to complete a script?

It takes me probably 3-4 hours to write a script, depending on how long I want the film or episode of a web series to be and that all depends if I don’t get writer’s block.

 

Is there a preparation difference between writing a short and web series? If so explain?

For me there isn’t any difference, I usually come up with an idea, I will write a quick summary of the idea on my phone or on a piece of paper. I will then create a step outline, which is an outline of how the story will be told and then I write the script.

What does the director do? (for those who do not know about the director position)

A Director is a creative force in a film’s production – visualizing and defining the style and structure of the film, then bringing it to life. I will cast actors, edit the script ( the majority of the time on set) choose shot selection and editing.

How challenging is it to be a director?

The most challenging thing about being a director is when your team doesn’t understand your vision

What is your view on the filming industry today?

The film industry today is stuck, I think it’s lacking originality, there are too many reboots it’s all about making money and not good films. I think that’s why producers and directors are moving to TV with shows like Empire, Insecure, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. The TV industry is taking more risks, showing the diversity and it’s paying off.

What are some things you like or don’t like about the filming industry today?

What I like about the filming industry are meeting writers, directors, camera crew and actors who have the same passion for filmmaking as you do. What I don’t like about the filming industry is the lack of diversity on and off the screen, it’s been proven with shows like Insecure and Chewing Gum that shows written and produced by black writers/directors are successful because they are authentic. I would like to see an Asian/Latin version of Sex and The City or Friends, there is a huge gap in the market and it is frustrating that film industry hasn’t taken advantage of it.

A production in Hollywood contacts you for one of your scripts. You take a flight to L.A. to meet with the production company. They offer you a six-figure deal which is $200,000 for your work. As part of the deal, you have to give up all rights to the script, and extra incentives. You also lose creator control. Would you take the money or would you negotiate for control including incentives?

I would negotiate for control and incentives as I could not imagine one of my scripts being made and I wasn’t apart of it.

 

How important is creator control from your opinion?

I think it’s important because you if have a vision you should make sure you execute it. But on the other hand, I think it’s good to collaborate and get someone else’s perspective as it could make the project even better.

Is it better to be an independent filmmaker or do you think it is better to be in an established production?

There are pros and cons of being an independent filmmaker and an established production. I prefer being an independent filmmaker because I am in control of my projects and do not have to consult any business partners etc. To be an established production would be great, as I would have a budget and the connections to hire a crew, PR and well, known actors.

What is your goal at the end of the day? Where do you see yourself in five years?

My goal is to have an established production company known for creating content that informs, educates, inspires and entertains its audience.

In five years I see myself having produced a few indie feature films, which have got into major film festivals, my production is an established brand and I am in the beginning stages of adapting one of my web series’ for a TV network.

So, what are you doing now, and what can we expect from you that we should be on the lookout?

I’m currently in pre-production of a new web series, Nate & Jamie Season 2 and 2 short films

Where can readers find your production and work?

Readers can find my work at youtube.com/c/KashifBoothe

Bianca Phipps a rising star

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Bianca Phipps a rising star

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

 

 

 

Bianca Phipps, a young Colorado spoken word poet, and actor. Bianca Phipps has performed countless plays from her child hood to her adulthood including “Hamlet.”  She’s been part of the  SOAPBox Production Slam CUPSI team from 2014 to 2015. For those who are not familiar with SOAPBox. It consists of undergraduate students of UNCO’s College of Performance and Visual arts with the shared goal of producing artistic projects and developments. Students would explore contemporary social and cultural issues through a theatrical medium. As Bianca Phipps enters her final year at University of North Colorado, she is prepared to tackle art outside of college.  An art student with compassion and vision. Let’s not forget a poet. A very great poet might I say.  She has written several poems including two most notable poems “The Heartbreaker” and her recent poem “Stay with me.”  Both poems have push her to new heights. There is no bound what she can do. Her poet performance of “Stay with me” at the Button Poetry Slam night has garnish a lot of attention.

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Her performance can be seen on video which you can find it on Button Poetry YouTube Channel. The video has over 65,075 views and has 5,564 likes. In the comment section of the video, you can see audiences rave about her performance. People quoting her words from her poem to compliments. One fan said her poem was “Amazing.” Another fan said, “let’s just appreciate how much talent this took to write.” While the other fan said, “Ever since I watched “Almosts”, I loved Bianca. Her choice of words is methodical, her voice tone alterations are opportune, her body language is demonstrative, and everything she does during her three-minute bits from pouring her feelings, to transitioning between intensities, to simply leaving the podium is perfect. Though I do appreciate impulsiveness in spoken word shows, I find myself fond of aptitude more… Bianca has both.”

Bianca Phipps “Stay with me” performance was powerful and touching. I manage to get in touch with her. I ask her questions about acting, art, performance, poetry, and future.

 

When did you fell in love with art?

I fell in love with art at a young age. I was always reading books: picture books, Nancy Drew, even my mom’s Reader’s Digests, anything I could get my hands on. It really opened up my eyes to the magic of storytelling and how many lives a person gets to live through stories.

What made you fall in love with art?

The moment I knew I was irrevocably in love with art was when I was nine. My mom took me to go see a live performance of Beauty and the Beast, and I spent the whole show on the edge of my seat. I had no idea that it was even an option to be a performer, and I knew from that moment on that I wanted to be able to bring stories to life.

Why is art important to you?

Art is important to me because it provides me with a platform to express parts of myself that I struggle to vocalize. Art is a universal language. I can show my vulnerabilities and my strengths. I can watch or read someone else’s work and find mirrors in the lines that reveal parts about me that I didn’t even know existed.

Who inspire you as a child and now?

I absolutely adored fictional characters. Hermione Granger and Nancy Drew were my idols as a child. I wanted to solve mysteries and learn magic. Growing up, I didn’t lose that adoration – but I do think I started to find people who reflected the qualities that I loved. Women who stood up for what they thought was right, not just for them but for everyone around them. Women like Maxine Waters, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay. Poets I look up to are Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rachel McKibbens, and Raych Jackson – they all have such stunning, honest, and raw work and I hope one day I can be half as good as they are.

How important is art in today’s society? 

Art is one of the most valuable resources we have today. Art elevates voices that are otherwise ignored. Art looks us in the eye and says, “what you’re feeling is not unique, and isn’t that relief?”  It gives us the ability to find solace halfway around the world, and fight for justice in multiple ways.

 

Explain to me the absence of art would do to you and society?

I wouldn’t be alive without art. I don’t think that’s a statement that’s unique only to me. Art is my purpose and my drive. Without it, I wouldn’t be. On a grander scale, if art was removed from society, we would be stripped of our humanity. Art allows us to exist as someone else, and that someone else is always a real person. It humbles us. It connects us. It is what lifts us from the dust and gives language to what always feels unspeakable. Without it, we would be barren, lonely creatures.

When I saw your poet performance of “Stay with me,” I flipped the cup. Like literally flipped the cup. It was beautiful and brilliant. Describe that moment as you are performing that epic poem?

Ah, thank you so much! That poem is one of the most fun – and most difficult – to perform for me. I wrote it at a time where I was struggling to tell someone that I was in love with them – and tell myself that I was in love – and it took me weeks to figure out the line of thought that I wanted to follow through the poem. When I perform that poem, I always take a second to remember the way I felt when I performed it for the first time. And then I clear my head, and I start, and I don’t let up until it’s over.

Take me through the process of performing at a Button Poetry night. What was that experience like when you step on stage and when you step off after performing your poem in front of hundreds of people?

I’ve performed where Button is present a few times – at CUPSI, the collegiate level national poetry slam, and Rustbelt, a regional slam where “Stay With Me” was filmed – but I’ll talk about Rustbelt, specifically. There is no better energy than the energy at a poetry slam. Everyone in the room is cheering for everyone in the room, and they are such a responsive and emotive audience. There’s no shame. There’s no fear. It’s as large as a church service and as intimate as a house reading. Stepping onstage is always more frightening, I think – it’s a long walk from your seat to the stage, and the moment right before performing is so silent. And then you begin, and when it’s over, it’s a raucous celebration. There’s nothing like it.

Is it more difficult to memorize or show emotion?

For me, I think being able to honestly convey the emotion without letting it overwhelm me is the hardest part. I’m an actor, so memorization comes easy to me, but I am an incredibly emotional person, so giving the audience an honest performance without hurting myself is a fine line I am always trying to walk.

I notice you are involve with acting from films to theater.  How long have you been acting?

I’ve been acting since the seventh grade! I’ve always been a very performative person, and when I started taking classes in middle school, I was swept away. Theatre is how I discovered slam poetry – so, it was all meant to be, in the end.

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It almost seems like you can do anything. I mean you are just involving with a lot. What is your goal at the end of the day? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Oh, thanks! I like to keep myself busy. At the end of the day, if I can pay the bills with my acting, I’ll be happy. In five years, I like to see myself as a professional performer, living comfortably with my boyfriend and a cat we rescued. (The cat might not happen, but a girl can dream!)

So, what are you doing now, and what can we expect from you that we should be on the lookout?

I am currently in a production of Romeo & Juliet with Nebraska Shakespeare (so, if you live in Nebraska and want to see a kickass, sixty-five minute production of R&J, let me know). I’m in the works of writing a second chapbook, but writing is a slow process, so that won’t be out for another year or so. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram to know what I’m up to in my daily life!

 

You can order her book “White River Happiness” in the link below and you can follow her as well.

 

 

Follow Bianca Phipps on instagram 

@Biancaphipps

Follow her on twitter 

@biancabeee

Follow her on Tumblr 

http://biancaphipps.tumblr.com

Follow her on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/BiancaPhippsARTS/

 

If you wish to book her at your poetry slam event, email her at

biancaphipps95@gmail.com

 

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Get to know “Beautiful Nightmare” author Johnna B. (Ten questions)

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Get to know “Beautiful Nightmare” author Johnna B. (Ten questions)

By Juan C. Diaz @tearsofwardiaz

 

 

 

 

What city and state are you from? ST. Louis MO

 

In what ways does your city influence the genre that you write in? Being born and raised in St.louis(one of the most dangerous cities in America) you attaint a certain attitude. A type of thick skin and rough edge. And that is displayed in my characters.

 

What influenced you to become a writer? My love for reading truly influenced my aspirations to be a Author. I wanted to write what I wanted to read. I didn’t see anyone combining love, thriller, suspense, horror and psycho so I decided I would try my hand and forge my own lane.

 

Which writers inspire you the most? Stephen King and Kwan Foye are my two top favorite authors when I first started out I wanted to intertwine them but boost my crazy level up 100.

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Who or what inspired you to create Valencia Ball, the main character of your novel Beautiful Nightmare? I honestly don’t remember where I came up with her. I wanted to write about love, a woman who was in love with being in love.  She was an afterthought. The book was originally supposed to be about Raven. But one night I sat down and didn’t get up til the next morning and I worked her in and it seemed like the novel was made just for her.

 

Without giving too much of the story away, can you tell us a bit about the character Raven? She is a lesbian who loves women and she also loves to beat and torture them. She is hell bent on keeping Valencia in her life.

 

 

A few of my homies that have read Beautiful Nightmare have stated that the two male protagonists are too soft and don’t seem realistic at times.  Can males living the street life be hopeless romantics as well as gangsters? Yes they can, you’ve never seen the story of the Btk serial killer who was out killing women but went home to his wife and daughter as if he hadn’t been out killing women all night. Just cause you’re in the streets doesnt mean you don’t want to be loved. Most women are a man’s weakness he’s a big grizzly bear in the streets but turns that off when he is around his woman.

 

Will there be a sequel to a Beautiful Nightmare? Yes it will be released October 31st.

 

Many fans (myself included) would like to explore more about the friendship of Valencia and Sena. Will there be more books depicting those two characters, a prequel perhaps? Yes there will be a part 2 but it will focused more on Sena and Moochie’s relationship. And Shady will become a more relevant character and she now plays the part of Sena’s comrade.

 

Tell us about other novels that you’ve published. I also have a novel called Wicked deceptions, Sins of destruction, Wydow maker, Smitten Kitten(co-written by Chris Renee and Shadress Denise) Sex on the Rox(short story) and Vengeance will be released October 31st.

 

Follow Johanna B. on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJohnnaB/

Follow Johanna B. on Twitter.

@JohannaB1

 

Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall

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Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

As we get set for season two of “Just Friends” the web series on YouTube, I sat down with Ally Marshall one of the creator, co/producer, and writer of the series. She teamed up with another great producer and visionary Ian Miles for this project. For those who haven’t seen the series, you can still watch it on allyswayproductions YouTube channel before season two premieres this fall. The story is about Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) and Owen (Chris Anderson) who happen to be best friends. Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) happens to be in a relationship with Jacob (Marquis Valdez). However, Amanda has feelings for Owen, but she doesn’t want to pursue a relationship with Owen. Amanda’s best friend Harper (Britani Ashanti) ponders Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) choice to be with Jacob (Marquis Valdez) over her best friend Owen (Chris Anderson). While Mya (Ronni) who happens to be an ex friends of Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) wants whatever Amanda have. The series takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first episode has over 26,632 views on YouTube. The second episode has 23,966 views. As the third pulled in 10,183, and the season finale episode ended at 7,866. Leaving it all in total of 70,000 views.  It is one the most underrated web series on YouTube and now season two should be interesting.

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I spoke to Ally Marshall the creator about her background and the web series through Facebook messenger.

Gives us the background on how you started your production company and what is the goal?

Well I went to the Art Institute and then I decided to Branch out on my own with the help of Ian miles my partner and our goal is to make great entertainment and to get a distribution deal.

Oh okay. That’s a great school. So, what was your experience at the Art Institute? What did you learn and do you apply what you learn from your experience at school to your work?

Yes I learned camera angles and editing my experience was okay. Oh and I also learned lighting and sound.

Where are y’all at right now with the production and distribution?

We are in the beginning process of shooting just friends the web series season 2.

Okay. I love that series

Thank you so much.

Your welcome. Since you brought that up. We been promoting your web series for awhile on our site. We loved it and I know our readers loved it. Tell me what was the process like doing “Just Friends” web series?

Thank you I really appreciate you promoting it on your website and I’m glad to hear that your readers loved it. The process is work but it’s worth it in the end. I write the script and work it out with Ian miles to his ideas and feedback and then we do casting and call backs and then we get started.

When you wrote the script for “Just Friends” what was Ian thought of the project when you presented it to him?

He loved the idea…we both like doing projects that people can relate to. And we both felt like people would be able to relate to what these characters are going through either through Amanda’s perspective or Owen or Jacob.

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Which brings me to the characters of the story. Episode four, we finally saw Amanda admit her feelings to Owen even though she was resenting it. Though each episode was hinting that she loves Owen. There was a particular moment where Owen broke down after she choose Jacob. Take me back to that moment and how did you feel about that part in your script. What was you’re feeling about this part and why it took Amanda so long to admit her feelings for Owen?

Yes, I remember that scene that was a very emotional scene on a very hot day hahaha anyway I felt like that was the moment when Amanda made her decision she can either choose Jacob or Owen and even though she told Owen they will still be friends in a way she was definitely choosing Jacob because if not she would have just told Jacob to back off and that Owen was her friend first before she even met Jacob. So that was a lesson right there boyfriends/girlfriends can come and go but friendships supposed to last forever. And to answer your second question about why it took Amanda so long to realize her feelings for Owen… Amanda’s feelings were tied up into Jacob for most of the season and the more she was around Jacob the more she realized that Jacob wasn’t right for her and the more that she saw Owen try to move on for instance remember episode 2 Amanda was jealous when Owen had a date… then just little things like that started to add up so once Jacob proved himself to be a player all her attentions turned to Owen especially when she saw Owen and Harper together she got jealous and suddenly Owen looked like gold to her.

As y’all set to do season two, what can fans expect in season two?

Well fans can expect to see more drama new and exciting characters and the comedy that you come to expect from Just Friends the web series.

Are y’all currently working on any other projects that we might end up seen soon?

Not yet

What do you think about the black filming industry?

I feel it’s a lot more opportunities for black filmmakers and black content and entertainment than it used to be and I’m excited to enter that world. I like to show different sides of African Americans and not all of us are gangsters like you see in a lot of films.

What would be a dream scenario in your mind?

Making it to Hollywood my own private jet haha but seriously though I’m doing this to make it I want to be up there with filmmakers like Issa Rae and Spike Lee.

I can’t wait for season two. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seen you on the big screens.

You’re welcome…thank you for the interview and for watching.

 

Season two of “Just Friends” is expected to drop this fall on their YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to their channel and watch all the drama unfold.

YouTube Channel: allyswayproductions

Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/justfriendsthewebseries

 

 

 

 

Interview with All Def Poet Moody Black

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Interview with All Def Poet Moody Black

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine

If you have not heard of Moody Black, you will soon enough. Rather you never heard of his poems or heard him speak; Moody is on a different level. Moody Black a South Carolina native, a visionary, an artist, an actor, a story teller, and photographer is art. To be feature on All Def Poetry giving the history of the platform from the days of Def Poetry Jam where Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, David Banner, Alicia Keys, and more have grace their presence to the platform.  A platform where poets have come through and made a name for themselves. Moody Black performance itself has grace 2,167 views with 197 likes on All Def Poetry YouTube channel. The comments have been all but positive about “In the Field” performance.  His performance can be seen on Neon Renaissance Magazine video section and also on All Def Poetry YouTube Channel.

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So, I got a chance to chat with him over twitter to talk about his performances and issues of today. It was an honor and privilege to sit down with someone who will one day be highly recognize in conversations of great artist and poet. In the conversation, I had with Moody Black, I wanted to know a bit about him. Particularly what made him get involve with poetry. He said to me “my mom, she was a single parent. She would work during the day. Then, take college courses at night. She would bring her literature books home.” He continues “having to know Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes was a rite of passage.” He later explains what made him finally write poetry. “My mom had this book my father got her for their first anniversary (before the divorce) entitled “This Time Called Life” by Walter Rinder. It had poems about being young and free. That really pushed me to write.”  It was that point his desire for poetry grew.

 

I ask about his first time being on stage doing poetry and what that feeling was like when he got on stage. He explains “every time seem like the first time…I was and still is nervous…hoping I don’t mess up. Hoping people receive my art.” Being on stage is not easy as it may seem when you watch many poets go on and speak from what they wrote or memorize. However, you would not think that of Moody Black “In the Field” performance. A very compelling and powerful poem about a slave taking from home to the field. It was a very intense and well receive poem. I ask him about the poem. I wanted to know what was going through his head when he performed it. “Of course, the thing is not to show that you’re nervous you know the old saying never let them see you sweat” He said. He continues by saying “I always pretend that I’m there and I act as I’m that person in the poem.I put myself in that position.” I watched the video several times and each time it was just as good the first time I saw it. I also wanted to know from him was there a message that the character in his poem was trying to bring to light. “Definitely.  Being captured altered his purpose and changed the structure of his family. And being brought to a new land was confusing. However, he was determination to be free showed our resilience as humans” he said.  I also asked him about today’s society among African Americans in regards of his character in the poem and how it relates today. “Very much so.  African-Americans really don’t have an identity or connection to a culture. A feeling of loss and confusion” He explains. It was a very interesting point he made. Giving the climate of today’s society among African Americans is troubling especially with the unemployment rate, public schools, violence, and broken communities. There aren’t many black own businesses and programs to help produce more opportunities. Instead you have seen more incarcerations and police brutalities among African Americans. I ask him what is the remedy to repair that sense of loss and connection that African Americans struggle in this time. He basically said “education is the key, just gotta keep reaching and teaching.” I made a suggestion of the days of the Harlem Renaissance to reconnect the culture and identity which he agree would be great idea. Giving the circumstances, it would take more than just revamping the Harlem Renaissance to help unify African Americans. However, art has always unify African American communities culturally.

As we about to end our discussion, I ask some questions that relates to his style of poetry. His style of poetry has elements of hip hop in it. When you watch, and hear his “In the Field” performance, you will hear Trinidad James “Gold” style of rhyme within his performance. Who cannot forget that song. I had to ask him about today’s generation hip hop and what he listen to the most. “There’s a few I’m not really into. But Hip Hop, looked all music evolves. I embrace it. With the advancement of technology, I’m able to find the music I like. Right now, I still listen to Drake, Kendrick, Killer Mike, Brother Ali, phonte from little brother, and 2 Chainz.” He said.  He mentions his musical influences as well such as Run DMC, De La, ATCQ, Outkast, Jungle Brothers. Public Enemy, and Rakim. I also wanted his thoughts on the success of black films in 2016 and rather the bar was raised from those movies going into 2017. He wasn’t overly impress with the films but he was slightly impress as he said “nothing wow-ed me yet.” He later said “the films were cool. I would like to see more biopics from black writers and directors.Not sure if any bars were raised, though.” Even though the bars were not raised from his point of view for 2017, one can only hope what would 2017 will bring for black filmmakers.

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As Moody Black gets prepared to go on the road to continue his journey, his legacy will not be defined by one moment, but through many of his accomplishments. Gracing his presences on a platform such as All Def Poetry has not only spark the rise of many opportunities that may land his way. It has allowed him to reach audiences from all over to listen to his words and visualize his message that will spark the brain. Art is Moody Black. Mood Black is art. Even though that may confuse you, you have to think where would you be without art and what would you do without art. Moody Black innovation and vision of telling a story through a book or poem invites the mind to discover the world of Moody Black. As he prepares to go on the road, you may catch him at poetry nights in your community, or guest speak at your local events. His vision is to engage and inspire the minds in search of hope. Though I never mention in the conversation where we both share the same taste of music and the times of Right On! & Word Up! Magazine. I wanted you the reader to know about Moody Black and follow him throughout his journey. For he will be someone on a major platform that will encourage others to listen, love, and learn.

You can follow him on these social media sites

https://www.instagram.com/iammoodyblack/

https://twitter.com/iammoodyblack

You can also check out his website where you can purchase his cd’s, get the scoop on his next performance, or you can book him for your event.

http://www.iammoodyblack.com/

He will also be in North Carolina this Saturday for Pemansip: out the box. The link is below to order tickets to the event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pemansip-out-the-box-tickets-33505287216?aff=es2