For those of you who have ever lived in New York City, you know that the search for affordable, clean, decent housing can be a daunting, seemingly never-ending task. Compound that agony with building a new boo-ship and falling out with your good friend and you have the premise for the film Didn’t I Ask For Tea?
Released from newly founded production company blackSTORY, Didn’t I Ask For Tea is a dialogue-driven film that was screened at the Brooklyn Museum, Pan African Film Festival, Black Star Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival, Black Harvest Film Festival, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, Rwanda International Film Festival, Paris Black Movie Summer Festival, Reel Sisters Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Black Film Festival.
The story comes to us from two longtime friends, former MadameNoire editor Rahwa Asmerom and Essence Ward. Didn’t I Ask For Tea? is the first production for blackSTORY films and the writing and directorial debut for both Asmerom and Ward. The aim of the blackSTORY in this film was “to create a work driven by intelligent and sharp dialogue, but also a work that reflected unconventional ideas about black culture.”
For example, the film opens with a conversation about the Huxtables and whether or not “The Cosby Show” negated Black cultural esteem. Given today’s scandalous headlines, the conversation–one which Black folk have been having for some time now– is certainly more relevant and more culturally complex than ever before.
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“Didn’t I Ask For Tea?” features emerging actress Trae Harris, who made a stunning turn as “Nina” in the indy hit film “Newlyweeds.” The eight-person cast also features Keona Welch, Tre Davis, Roger Baptiste, LaTonia Phipps, Monique Lola Berkley, Shaquille Berry and Aden Fisseha. Along with Asmerom and Ward, the film was produced by NY-based producer/director Jeremy Batchelor.
blackSTORY films will continue to focus on dialogue-driven, women-led productions. Upcoming works include the web series “Conversating While Black” featuring MaameYaa Boafo (An African City) and Andrea Lewis (Black Actress), set for release in March 2016, and a feature film “Maya vs. Settling,” due out in 2017.
Now, that the film is online, you can watch it below.
For more information about Didn’t I Ask For Tea and blackSTORY, click here.