Tag: Yougahnese Williams


Mustang Film Review
26 Nov 2015

Mustang Film Review

I could not have imagined a better shero! Lale, played by Günes Sensoy, the youngest of five sisters in Mustang, leads the pack in defying the new restraints set on the five girls by their grandmother and uncle who is determined to rule with an iron fist. After a harmless co-ed game at the beach with a few male classmates, the threat of a scandal...

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Interview with Film Maker and Activist Leslee Udwin
18 Oct 2015

Interview with Film Maker and Activist Leslee Udwin

Black Syrup Media met with Leslee Udwin at the San Diego Film Festival for an amazing interview on her documentary India’s Daughter. Udwin gives an overview about the film, the problems she’s faced since the film’s release, India’s ban on the film and what we must all do to promote change in our world. 


India’s Daughter
10 Oct 2015

India’s Daughter

India’s Daughter. Wow! I sat in the audience at the screening of India’s Daughter at the San Diego Film Festival, trying not to cry, trying not to cringe. I was only somewhat successful. I knew of the incident because I am a diehard fan of Amy Goodman and DemocracyNow.org. Amy Goodman covered the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the 23-year-old medical student by...

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Variety Presents NIGHT OF THE STARS
08 Oct 2015

SDFF Variety Night of the Stars

  October 1, 2015 was the night that the Museum of Contemporary art in San Diego became the gathering place for likeminded fans to pay homage to people in the film industry that are making progressive change.   Adrien Brody was this year’s recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award. Celebrated for his work in The Pianist, Houdini, The Grand Budapest Hotel and a slew of...

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Review Mother of George
07 Oct 2015

Review Mother of George

Yes, I know I am very very late to the party. Mother of George premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, January 2013 and I am just writing this review nearly 3 years later. However, no matter how much time has passed, Mother of George still deserves many marvelous reviews. Director Andrew Dosunmu has given us a treasure that raises the bar for African films in...

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2015 Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles
23 Sep 2015

2015 Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles

2015 Labor Day weekend marked the 7th annual Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles, California. From the opening day African drum procession to the African drum circle that closed the weekend’s cultural events, jazz, blues, reggae, R & B, Afro beat, hip hop, rock, and neo soul music was the soulful soundtrack of the festival. The stage was also filled...

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Ester Lou of Black & Sexy T.V.
28 Aug 2015

Ester Lou of Black & Sexy T.V.

Ester Lou Weithers is ​a 21st century storyteller, eager to write and direct stories that reflect ​the cares of her generation. The daughter of a pastor, Ester learned the power of story at a young age. However, her strict religious upbringing in Houston by her Caribbean immigrant parents prompted her to work in corporate America after leaving Florida A&M University. She flirted with a career...

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LA Uncubed Job Fair/Block Party in Santa Monica
28 Jul 2015

LA Uncubed Job Fair/Block Party in Santa Monica

Uncubed returned to Los Angeles, California for another insanely fabulous summer block party in Downtown Santa Monica. The mission: link job seekers in the tech industry with hiring startups. However, Uncubed is not your average boring job fair. LA Uncubed’s day of food trucks, open bar, freebies from every company present, upbeat music, sidewalk art, Pacific Ocean breeze and California sunshine was complemented with presentations...

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The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical
20 Jul 2015

The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical

I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they’ll do wonders. I count on them. ~ Maya Angelou How do we spread Michelle Alexander’s message about the prison industrial complex which she detailed inhere bestselling book, The New Jim Crow? How do we proliferate discussions and debates that engage our...

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Making Money With Thumbtack
14 Jul 2015

Making Money With Thumbtack

To bid or not to bid? This questioned plagued me time and time again as a Thumbtack.com newbie. I’d sit in front of my computer giving my screen the side eye with almost absolute certainty that Thumbtack was a scam! I was sure that Thumbtack had employees submitting fake leads to get unwitting professionals like myself to waste money buying credits to send quotes to...

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