|Welcome to TruJuLo!
TruJuLo is a production company founded by Fanshen Cox that uplifts stories that speak TRUTH in pursuit of JUSTICE in service of LOVE.
|WHAT ARE WE UP TO?
|Sista Brunch is the Webby-nominated answer to Hollywood’s tired-ass excuse that ‘we can’t find any Womxn of Color to hire.’
Co-hosted by Anya Adams (two-time NAACP Image-award-winning director) and Fanshen, and produced by Christabel Nsiah Buadi (NPR, Spotify, British Vogue) and Brittany Turner (DEIA, development and producing executive), Sista Brunch shares the stories of Black womxn surviving and thriving in media and entertainment.
Guests include the writer of the Netflix hit Really Love, Felicia Pride, Former Senior Vice President of Talent Development at Warner/HBO (and now screenwriter and author of The Executive Chair) Kelly Edwards, and Marvel films’ (including Black Panther!) lead hairstylist Camille Friend.
Listen to our first two seasons on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Follow on Instagram: @sistabrunchpodcast and Twitter: @sistabrunch and Facebook: sistabrunchpodcast. And please subscribe to, review and share the podcast!
|Fanshen met Redondo’s writer/director, Lucretia Stinnette when Lucretia directed the Inclusion Rider video in partnership with Endeavor Content and Color of Change. Lu is making the film as part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women program and it aligns with everything TruJuLo stands for:
In Redondo, there is no clear answer to who’s right or wrong – only questions. What informs how we see others? How do we as individuals “other” others? What personal baggage colors our perceptions in everyday interactions? How much of what we see in viral videos can be trusted? The differences between the perspectives are subtle. They’re based on how people see themselves, and how they think others see them (from the Redondo fundraising deck).
Redondo has wrapped its initial filming phase and is moving into post-production. We are still actively fundraising and deeply appreciate your donations HERE (be sure you have selected ‘AFI Directing Workshop for Women’ and ‘DWW Film – Lucretia Stinnette, REDONDO). You can also follow updates on Redondo on Instagram @redondomovie
|The Inclusion Rider got a boost last summer when co-authors Fanshen and Kalpana Kotagal were introduced to Endeavor Content’s Dr. Tasmin Plater and Caroline Joyner from Color of Change. The updated Rider greatly benefitted from listening sessions with representatives from Respectability to ensure appropriate representation for disabled cast and crew, with IllumiNative to be inclusive of Indigenous and Native peoples, with Women of Color Unite’s Cheryl L. Bedford and by establishing clear language around the accountability measures that are integral to successful adoption of the Rider. AMC Studios and a number of production companies also signed on to using the Rider for all their productions. And just last month the Recording Academy announced use of the Rider for the 2022 Grammys Awards Show. Fanshen and Kalpana continue to work with Color of Change to implement the Inclusion Rider in other industries as well, including in Fashion and more broadly for Music.
If you’re not sure exactly what the Inclusion Rider is, check out this explainer video: #ChangeHollywood: The Inclusion Rider
We’ve got 7 other active projects and more on the way. Check out the What are you working on? page on the website for more.
|AUNTIE FUN-SHENThe pandemic has been ROUGH on all of us. I’m sending out big love and well-wishes for joyful experiences for you and yours. I experienced all kinds of high and lows too. I got divorced – Diego and I remain friends. I got a boyfriend – he’s freaking amazing. I lost my dear pup Mixie (she had a wonderful life and was 15 years old). Recovered from a major surgery. Along with my siblings Winston, Shaun and Darren, cared for our parents who are struggling with dementia. Wrapped up 7 years of touring One Drop of Love (so much gratitude to all of you who supported the show). And started a production company!
But by FAR the most joy I’ve experienced in the last couple years comes from being an Auntie to Bryson, Jaida, Payten and Solomon Cox. A few years ago the kids dubbed me ‘Auntie Fun-shen’ and I was privileged to get to spend an hour a day on weekdays with them when school abruptly ended and they were without formal classes for several weeks.
Here are some things I did to keep up my ‘Fun-shen’ status:watched Marvel movies so Solomon and I could talk for long stretches about the characters and how and why Auntie can’t handle all the violencedownloaded Roblox and Among Us to my phone so Bryson and Solomon could beat me senseless at video gamestook in – with great interest – a detailed description of every one of Jaida’s crystalscheered every time (and it must’ve been a hundred or so) Payten did a backflip on her trampolinekept the kids engaged so the parents could have some alone time by watching some horrible tween movies together on Zoomhelped set up a talent show with the Cox kids and my bestie Tameka’s boys (Silas, Isaiah and Daniel) and gave out prizes; they sang, danced and rapped and it was truly spectacularmost importantly provided a loving, present, encouraging, kind, supportive ear for whenever they were anxious or scared or angry while living through these unprecedented timesI know many of you are parents or even grandparents (and maybe even a couple of great-grandparents!). Your jobs are hard enough – so I’m wishing for you that you’ve got friends & family who can step in and help be the fun in your kids’ lives. And if you are someone without kids in your life – find some to be with and lend a loving and supportive ear. The benefits are deeply, deeply mutual.
How do you help keep the young people in your life feeling good and experiencing joy? This Friday I’ll post this question on our Instagram profile @trujulomedia and on our Facebook page TruJuLo Media – hope you’ll head over to your favorite social space and share with us!
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