My New Lab…

Very happy to tell you the pandemic hasn’t completely stopped my momentum… ‘Midnight In Kansas’ continues to impress, and I can announce myself as one of the eight writers chosen for this year’s MPAC Hollywood Screenwriting Lab. As I said at Urbanworld last summer, I hate that this country continues to make this story evergreen, […]

A New Day

The way post Ramadan 2019 played out, the decision to no longer give up social media this month was made a long time ago. I don’t think any of you would accuse me of arrogance when, in our current state of affairs, I had to think about what I actually have left to give up. […]

No Time to Die

Well, I’ll start with the relatively obvious: I’ve never been happier or more at peace. Anything is possible. I’m not saying that in the optimistic way, but in the pessimistic way. A few of you have at some point read Manning Marable’s excellent breakdown of Malcolm’s life; more of you I think watched the recent […]

2019

Where to begin? I finally made it to the Playboy Jazz Festival this year. I finally made it to Strawberry Fields. I had a strong feeling that John was going to play ‘Continuum’ live at the Forum, but I was too deep in the eye of the hurricane at that moment to go to that […]

Coming Soon – ‘1 Out of 30’

So, for those who missed the post yesterday or just want to see it on its own, here’s the trailer for ‘1 Out of 30’, the short I wrote for the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program. Trailers can overhype or oversell the wrong things to pull you in, but bias aside, this one is pretty […]

Episode 8 – ‘That’s a Wrap’

Two weeks from now, ‘1/30’ goes live to the world. Here’s a roundtable that got the class back together to introduce you all to the trailers for each of the short films. Part of a special group, have a special mentor, in a special moment. Enjoy!

Episode 7 – ‘Postmarked’

Episode 7 of the behind the scenes making of the AT&T shorts takes you to the set of ‘Postmarked’. Angela wrote a beautiful story and Malakai is a committed director and if you watch film and television at all you’ll probably recognize an actor or two who appear in this short. Enjoy!

Episode 4 – #SETLIFE

One thing I’ve been asked about more than a few times referencing ‘1/30’ is how has it been having someone who is not Black or Muslim directing this story. I’ve told anyone who would listen that Vishnu (the director) from pre-production on has been hyper sensitive (in all the right ways) about not being disrespectful […]