Happy New Year Family.
We GOT this!
WHAT ARE WE UP TO?
Sista Brunch Season 3 launches on Tuesday, January 11
We’ve added a segment called ‘Ask Sista Brunch,’ so if you’ve got questions about working in entertainment – especially for Black womxn, send us a tweet @sistabrunch or comment on instagram @sistabrunchpodcast and we’ll read your question on the show and answer it with that week’s guest.
Flash Before the Bang update:
We are so excited and proud that Troy Kotsur – who will play the role of Coach Farrior in the film Flash Before the Bang – has been nominated for:A Golden Globe AwardAn Independent Spirit AwardThe Gotham AwardsThe Critic’s Choice AwardsKeep an eye out for his wins during award’s season – and send all your positive love and energy as we pitch this project and get it made!
GOODCon Los Angeles
At the end of 2021, I got to participate in an incredible experience. As invited ‘Solutionaries,’ I spoke with Romola Ratnam, SVP at Endeavor Content, about the history, present and future of the Inclusion Rider. We also heard from and spoke to people from different sectors about how their work aligns with positive and sustainable change. The event was put on by the authors of Good is the New Cool – Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones. Definitely check out their work – and join the community!
I was really fortunate that celebrating Kwanzaa was normalized in my childhood. In Cambridge, our elementary school held a special assembly for it each year and I remember that even when I didn’t know what all the symbols stood for, I always felt at home.
As an adult, some years I’ve celebrated faithfully and sometimes there were years in between. Last year I purchased a Kinara (the candle holder), and asked family and friends to reflect on the principles with me for the seven days of Kwanzaa. I realized that celebrating this beautiful tradition is a perfect way to contemplate the previous year and be mindful about the upcoming one.
I share the 7 principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba) with you here, and if they speak to you – consider taking these into 2022 and beyond – with truth, justice and love as your guiding light.
UMOJA – UNITY
KUJICHAGULIA – SELF DETERMINATION
UJIMA – COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY
UJAMAA – COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS
NIA – PURPOSE
KUUMBA – CREATIVITY
IMAIN – FAITH
FROM ACTOR TO PLAYWRIGHT TO SCREENWRITER:
Watch this three-part interview with actor, playwright and screenwriter Keith Wallace, and learn how he builds community to help him stay creative and moving towards his goals in 2022.
Let’s move into 2022 together with our continued commitments to using all our creative abilities to push for more justice in the world.
Fanshen & TruJuLo