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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Entertainment Wednesdays: Movie Trailer - Beyond The Lights

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Sharee and I recently saw the trailer for BET/Relativity Media's Beyond the Lights (Previously titled Blackbird) from the writer-director of my favorite movie, Love and Basketball, Gina Prince-Bythewood.
The synopsis reads:

Blackbird is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new artist who has just won a Grammy and is primed for stardom. But the pressures of success compel her to nearly end her life until she is saved by a young police officer. They fall hard for each other, despite the protests of their parents who want each to focus on their own career ambitions. But he might be the missing piece to unlock her artistic potential. 
Beyond the Lights stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker. Danny Glover and Minnie Driver co-star.

The film is produced by Stephanie Allain and Reggie Bythewood (Gina's husband).

Fact: The idea for the film came after Gina saw Alicia Keys in concert in 2007. Sony wanted Beyonce or Rihanna for the lead. However, Prince-Bythewood fought it. After Sony put the project into turnaround, the movie was pitched by Gina in an eight minute presentation with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, from this year's hit Belle, as the lead to BET/Relativity Media.
 Beyond the Lights will debut on Nov. 14.

Take a look at the trailer below. 
We would love to read your comments. 
Would Beyonce or Rihanna have made a better Noni Jean?

Writer-Director - Gina Prince-Bythewood -  Twitter @GPBmadeit
Producer - Stephanie Allain - Twitter
Producer - Reggie Bythewood - Twitter @RocktheFilm

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Take A Leap South Africa Seed&Spark Campaign

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Over the last week and half we have been promoting in social media about our Seed&Spark campaign in support of Take A Leap: South Africa.  Well, the time is here, and it officially launched on Mon, July 14.  We have 45 days to raise at least 80% of $4155 (approx. $3324) for the project to be "green light" and for us to received any contributed money. We have incentives and wishlist items you can choose to place your donations to.  We also have a vacant Editor position (travel editing experience preferred) that you can apply to via the campaign site.  Click the link below to see our vision, our passion, and your commitment in supporting, viewing, and sharing the Take A Leap webseries.

Rhonda W. & Sharee W.