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Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy and definitely doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a special someone to realize that they aren’t cut out for the ordinary nine-to-five. And some people realize it early in.
In recent years, entrepreneurship has skyrocketed. Let’s meet some entrepreneurs under the age of 30, who have threw up the peace sign to the nine to five and are already making their marks in the business world.
Are you looking for the silverscreen to give you more heroes/heroines of color? More stories about the black experience in America and not a whitewashed version of how we think and act? I know I am.
Black America has been conditioned to take what few images we can get of ourselves when it comes to entertainment. While we’ve had our onscreen triumphs outside of being portrayed as maids, thugs and wh*res – there is still an empty, canyon-like space where the broader range of our stories could and should be told. Well, black independent filmmakers are slowly but surely filling that space through Kickstarter campaigns and grassroots fundraising for the projects Hollywood repeatedly dismisses as irrelevant and unimportant.
The great news is that we don’t have to sit and wait for “somebody” to do “something.” These filmmakers are putting in the work and turning out stellar projects for our viewing pleasure, discussion and social action. And one of the greatest things about this indie movement is that many of these artists are accomplished black women.
With growing YouTube channels, film festival award-winning projects, Oscar-nominated films – there are a host of black women filmmakers who are working their gifts and talents to ensure that the span of black experiences are brought to screen in truth.
Here are six indie filmmakers/producers that you should keep your eyes open for.
Last year, fans of up-and-coming filmmaker Issa Rae and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes were excited to find out that ABC bought the rights to their developing comedy series, “I Hate LA Dudes.”
The show was expected to follow the life of an aspiring journalist who struggled to navigate the L.A. dating scene after a recent move to the West Coast. However, the project, which Rhimes hoped would be the first comedy for her Shondaland production company, will not make it to our TV screens this season.
Hello Beautiful caught up with Issa Rae at the Los Angeles viewing of her latest web series “The Choir,” and she revealed that ABC passed on what would’ve been her first break into network television.
“ABC passed on ["I Hate LA Dudes"] so I am working on another series right now,” she said. “But the process of working with [Shonda Rhimes] was freaking amazing and I learned so much from her.” The mastermind behind the popular web series “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” said she’s setting her sights on cable TV now. ”That was network television; this one is kind of different” she said, describing the new comedy project she’s co-writing and co-executive producing for HBO. “Cable, that’s my home.”
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
It’s been a while since Issa Rae has been talking about bringing the insanely popular webseries “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” to television. And after meeting with several networks who didn’t understand her vision, it seems that Issa Rae has finally found a home at HBO.
Several outlets, including Awkward Black Girl’s own Instagram page are confirming that Issa Rae will be teaming up with writer, actor and television producer Larry Wilmore. You may recognize Wilmore from his regular appearances on the Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” as the “Senior Black Correspondent” and the “Senior Executive Commander-in-Chief Who Happens To Be Black Correspondent” after the election of President Obama. But before all of this he wrote and produced for hit shows like “In Living Color,” “Sister Sister,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “The Jaimie Foxx Show” and “The Bernie Mac Show” among others.
So, if Wilmore’s track record is any comfort, this should work out quite nicely. Plus Issa is going to stay on to co-write and star in the series.
This is the second show Issa’s been able to bring to television seeing that she partnered with Shonda Rhimes to bring “I Hate L.A. Dudes” to ABC.
She’s making crazy moves right now and we couldn’t be happier for her!
YouTube sensations usually tell the same ol’ story: “One minute I decide to upload a silly video, the next minute, I’m making a career!” This rags-to-riches tale is becoming a reality for hundreds of stars who are literally making a living off their YouTube shenanigans.
Jenna Marbles is a platinum-blonde vlogger who drew 30 million views per episode between 2011 and 2012, according to International Business Times. The top-rated CBS program Two and a Half Men pulled in less than 15 million viewers during that same time period. Sorry, Ashton Kutcher. At least you made $24 million for that season which is damn-near astronomical compared to Marbles’ $346,827 earnings in 2012.
Wait, what? Are you telling me some wacky blonde makes $350,000 a year, a surgeon’s salary, from ranting on YouTube? Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying, and she didn’t even need to drown herself in medical school debt for it.
According to The Star, “[T]he top 1,000 YouTube channel makers are pulling in an average six-figure salary and earning an average of $23,000 a month.” With YouTube reaching more adults between the ages of 18 and 34 than cable programming, it’s no wonder why there’s a new lucrative market on the video content site.
Aside from Marbles, YouTube is paving the way for young Black superstars that are also making a sizable income for their lives. At this point we all know Franchesca Ramsey (who we spoke with at SXSW some months ago) and Issa Rae, who have made careers in entertainment with starts on YouTube. Kingsley, a famed African-American vlogger, has far more subscribers than even Lil Wayne and Shakira on YouTube.
YouTuber Emmanuel Hudson, a fine dreaded-up young gentleman, was discovered by Nick Cannon and asked to join MTV2’s Wild N’ Out crew this summer. “Congratulations, I want to see you prevail,” Hudson smugly told Kevin Hart on the show, “but the only reason you’re at the top of comedy is because Katt Williams is in jail.”Yeah, that’s right. His success as a vlogger landed him a spot so close to famous comedian Kevin Hart that he could insult him.
His “Ratchet Girl Anthem” video, an ode to gossipy African-American women, has more than 40 million views. SocialBlade estimates Hudson makes between $259,000 and $311,000 a year.
This brings us to our first question. How in the world does your regular ol’ joe vlogger wind up making a career on an original video content site?
Waiting To “Exhale”: Check Out A Preview Of The New Talk Show Featuring Malinda Williams, Issa Rae And Angela Burt-Murray
I know I can’t be the only one uber-excited this new talk show, Exhale, right? Premiering on the cable channel ASPiRE (the network launched by Magic Johnson last summer) on June 27, this all-black version of The View stars some of our favorite people, including Issa Rae, actress Malinda Williams, comedian Erin Jackson, journalist (and former Essence EIC) Angela Burt-Murray, and journalist Rene Syler. The four women will sit on their colorful couches and talk about a wide range of issues, including love and relationships, health, business and entertainments news (with the stars of course).
In the preview for the show above, the women discuss things like, “Can women have it all?” They also cover health and wellness with actress and wellness coach AJ Johnson, the struggle of trying to speak on intimacy and sex as a gospel artist with Kelly Price, and they even assure us of the Eye Candy factor, as the women sit down with the very “delicious”–as Issa Rae would say–Lance Gross.
Exhale is set to begin with an 8-episode run to see how things go. It’s directed by Victoria Mahoney, and is the network’s third original series.
So all in all, what can you expect? According to Rae, “A new vision on life and the issues.” Definitely seems like it will be fun, yet with a more serious edge (aka, no wig pulling off on this program ladies). Check out the preview above and let us know if you think you will be tuning in. That is, if you actually get this channel on your television and what not… It debuts June 27 at 8 p.m.
Film Based On Life Of “A Raisin in the Sun” Playwright Lorraine Hansberry Happening; Issa Rae And Jaleel White Cast So Far
According to Shadow and Act, the grand niece of famous playwright Lorraine Hansberry, Taye Hansberry, is working on a script for a film based on her great-aunt’s remarkable life. Taye will work with actress and writer Numa Perrier on the film, and Taye will play the lead role.
Casting is being done by Will Stewart, the man behind the cast of Scandal, and so far, Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae has been cast to play Nina Simone (move over Zoe!), who was a very close friend of Hansberry’s.
Even Jaleel White (yes, Steve Urkel), has been cast to play to play writer James Baldwin, another good friend of Hansberry’s. Production will begin in the fall to tell the story of Lorraine Hansberry’s short but accomplished life. A little background for you: Hansberry was the first African-American to have their written work produced into a Broadway play, and A Raisin in the Sun was based on her childhood, as her family tried to move in an all white neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago and had to deal with the many neighbors who didn’t want them there. After moving to New York, she worked with the likes of Paul Robeson and even W.E.B. DuBois. She died at the age of 34 of pancreatic cancer.
I’m excited about most biopics these days, especially ones based around black folks. But I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of side-eyeing the casting of Jaleel White as one of my favorite authors. But hey, I’m willing to wait and see the finished product before I pass real judgment. And who doesn’t love Issa Rae?
What do you think of Hansberry’s great-niece bringing her life to the big (or small) screen?
We love “The View” — especially Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd — but how cool would it be to see all brown faces seated around a coffee table discussing issues that matter to black women? Well that wish is about to come true as Magic Johnson’s new Aspire network is gearing up to air a new talk show based off of the hit ABC series, featuring some of our favorite ladies.
“Exhale” is the name of the new talk show, which according to Variety.com, will feature five prominent African American women in the entertainment space as co-hosts. The women are, number one, our favorite awkward black girl Issa Rae, journalist and former ESSENCE editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray, comedian Erin Jackson, author and TV anchor Rene Syler who’s appeared on “The View” as a guest host, and actress Malinda Williams. Sounds awesome already right?
It won’t be long before the show comes into fruition, as the eight-episode first run is expected to debut in June to coincide with the network’s one-year anniversary. Aspire’s General Manager Paul Butler said of the channel’s third original series.
“We are thrilled to add ‘Exhale’ to our lineup of original programming. This fresh, hip and candid new series will enlighten audiences with its broad range of topics relevant to the community.”
Can we just say “The View” is definitely going to have some serious competition, at least among black women, now? The cast sounds like the perfect mix of positive, passionate, and professional women — not to mention hilarious — we will definitely be tuning in! Will you?
YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest have dramatically changed all of our lives. We now live in a world filled with more opportunities to both retrieve and create information. When it particularly comes to the entertainment business, new and social media have played a critical role in the advancement of new ideas, faces, and stories. Over the past couple of decades, the Internet has spawned a long list of Web entrepreneurs make up a vanguard of leaders you should pay close attention to. Here are superior examples of why the entertainment business should be online — and on the lookout — now.
I’ll Pass: Tracey Edmonds Says There Will Be A “Jumping The Broom” Sequel, And Her “Basketball Wives” Movie Will Be “Uplifting”
In an interview with Essence.com yesterday, producer Tracey Edmonds opened up about her new YouTube channel, Alright TV (for those really “hungry to be uplifted and inspired”), what films and shows she has in the works, and even talked about programs she’s working on with her boyfriend, Deion Sanders (*shudders*). But the most interesting reveal in the interview was not only her plans to bring us another Jumping The Broom (yay…?), but her also filling us in on that darn Basketball Wives movie she is working on with Shaunie O’Neal, which she says will be positive and uplifting. Good luck with that. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:
On working with her boo, Deion Sanders:
“He’s been wonderful. He’s one of the most positive people I know. On the network, Deion hosts Sports Dad where he comes to the rescue of sports-obsessed dads who are pushing their kids too hard. He’s also doing an inspirational blog. I met Deion through business and had a chance to see the wonderful man he is.”
On working with Issa Rae:
I love Issa Rae! We are doing a choir series with her to take a fun look at everything that happens in a church choir including relationships and choir competitions.
On creating opportunities for positive projects with Alright TV, that Basketball Wives movie in the works, and a Jumping The Broom 2…:
In all honesty, when I first started there were more opportunities for projects of color. There were at least seven distributors doing African-American films. Nowadays, it’s maybe two or three. That leaves fewer slots to get a film through and fewer opportunities to direct or produce. We are seeing the same with television. The good news is things are beginning to segue way online, which is global. A channel like Alright is reaching the entire world on YouTube and a wonderful opportunity to get positive images out to the world. There is a Jumping the Broom sequel in the works and I am also producing a Basketball Wives movie with Shaunie O’Neal. It’s not based on the show and is an uplifting story with a lot of twists.
Still not excited about the prospect of a Basketball Wives movie, nor a Jumping The Broom 2. But I’m all for black folks creating new things and having the ability to do so. Do your thing Tracey!
But speaking of Basketball Wives, there are swirling reports that Basketball Wives LA is getting the axe after the second season’s bad ratings. But if you’re still watching that mess, the Miami version will allegedly be back in August.
Check out Tracey’s full interview at Essence.com.