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S5 Summer Reading List: EP 2 "Dear Martin" and “Dear Justyce” with Nic Stone
Nic Stone tells a riveting storyline told from a young, Black male perspective, about what it means to be Black in America. We speak about the discipline it takes to write a book and just how she was able to create a relatable and earth shaking tale using inspiration from real life Black boys.
FIND HER ON INSTAGRAM HERE: https://instagram.com/nicstone?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
NIC’S WEBSITE: http://www.nicstone.info/
S5 Summer Reading List: EP 1 "The Taking of Jake Livingston" with Ryan Douglass
New York Times Bestselling author Ryan Douglass talks with us about his spooky tale “The Taking of Jake Livingston” and his process of writing this thrilling tale. We reflect on the art of sewing nuisances of life, sexuality, ethnicity and culture into this fictional narrative. Ryan’s a force in this emerging era of writers challenging the narratives of fiction.
FIND HIM ON INSTAGRAM HERE: https://instagram.com/ryan_souflee?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
RYAN’S WEBSITE: https://ryandouglasswriter.com/
ART OF ME: S4 EP 10: "The Art of Creatively Persevering" w/ Tazbah Chavez
Tazbah Rose Chavez is a performance poet turned director and television writer. She is currently a Co-EP/Director on FX’s Reservation Dogs and a Co-Producer/Director on NBCUniversal’s Rutherford Falls. Before that, she was a staffer writer for SyFy’s Resident Alien. Raised in Payahuunadu, Tazbah is a citizen of the Bishop Paiute Tribe and comes from the Nüümü, Diné and San Carlos Apache people. Tazbah is a director of film and music videos and was recently part of AT&T’s Hello Lab Filmmaker Mentoring Lab in which she wrote and directed the short film Your Name Isn’t English, executive produced by Taika Waititi and currently streaming on DirectTV. Tazbah has written ads for Nike N7, and directed health and cultural preservation campaigns for tribes throughout California. She has performed her poetry in acclaimed spaces such as the Smithsonian - National Museum of the American Indian, Meow Wolf and the Grand Performances Stage to name a few. She holds a degree in American Indian Studies from UCLA, is a former intern of Sundance Institute’s Native and Indigenous Program and serves as the co-chair of the Native American and Indigenous Writer’s Committee at the Writer’s Guild of America.
ART OF ME S4 EP 7: "Emotionally Healthy Creative" w/ Allyson Hoover
Allyson was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and currently works in North Carolina and Georgia in the film industry. She has worked on a variety of video shoots throughout the past 4 years, ranging from thriller feature films to reality television shows, and many more in between. Allyson has a deep appreciation for humankind and wants her work to reflect the idea that every human is valuable and important in the world. Her passion for storytelling through cameras drives her to continue pursuing her dream as a director of photography, has brought her to many new parts of the country, and taught her valuable life lessons along the way. Find more of Allyson's work here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9945834/
ART OF ME S4 EP 4: "The Art of Casting and Acting for Film w/ William Jefferson
Will is an actor, casting agent, and filmmaker from Chicago, Illinois. William Jefferson Jr (born September 11 1994 known professionally as an American Actor, Award-Winning Filmmaker (The Decision), and Entrepreneur (The Actor Advisor). William started his career in 2013 at the age of 18 doing a well-known web series on YouTube Juke " A Chicago Story" which hit over 1 million views. William is set to star in several upcoming films and projects under Mobula Productions. Who has been produced by Emmy- Nominated Producer. Follow Will's work here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10675106/
ART OF ME S4 EP 3: "The Art of Acting with Down Syndrome w/Ignacio Marquez"
Ignacio Marquez is an actor and director chatting with us about his film "Special". and the importance of creating space for creatives and artists with disabilities. Marquez believes that the film industry should take the limits off actors with Down-Syndrome. He has a beautiful love for Afro-Venezuelan music, food, and art and expresses these themes in his film.
Watch "Special" on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p83llwgk-ts