CBIFF is Taking it Up a Notch


Join the Columbus Black International Film Festival as we merge artistic styles of poetry and music. We will feature, Izetta Nicole Spoken word and emcee, DJ Pastel and Columbus’ own T.Wong. Buy your tickets now, they will inflate at the door.

Columbus, Ohio native DJ Pastel started her journey of djing in 2010. Being an avid listener and fascinated with music since her early childhood years it was easy for her to integrate seriously into this domain. Her first event was at Social Room in Columbus’s Downtown Arena District where she became the house Dj for Thursday nights.

With 6+ years of experience, Pastel has Dj’d at hundreds of private parties and weddings along with some of the hottest clubs and bars too!! Open to all genres of music Pastel has extensive knowledge of music along with her song library of over 25,000 songs.

(pronounced Tee-wän)
As unique as the name, the sound and style is equally as unique. Singer-songwriter, T.Wong, offers an experience. Since the release of his EP, Dreamin’ In Motion (2014), and Debut Album, Journey (2015), he has been likened to acclaimed artists like Frank Ocean and Lenny Kravitz, as his sound transcends listeners to an alternate space.
Traversing different spaces is T.Wong’s ode as he embraces all his worlds as one as artist, entrepreneur, and brand. Entwined with the world of music, he is one of two owners of a Black-owned law firm in Ohio. In his legal capacity, he represents a myriad of clients ranging from enterprises to artists. Further, T.Wong acts in the capacity of a private counselor, mentor, and facilitator.

Queen Sugar Baby!

QS_QC_310_2_TWIf you know one thing, you know we rock for Black women in front of AND behind the camera. That’s why we love Ava DuVernay, and we’re so happy she, and Oprah Winfrey, developed a television series that allows for women of diverse backgrounds to create work. We need Queen Sugar; and we have needed it for a long time. Queen Sugar Ep 310

Some of the most prominent (and our favorite!), African American women directors have worked on this show. From Julie Dash and Neema Barnette to Cheryl Dunye and DeMane Davis. This show would not be what it is without the creative visions of these talented women. For this reason (and many more), we are so excited to announce that we’re currently working with the shows most recent director, Ayoka Chenzira, to promote Episode 310, which she directed. It airs tomorrow, Wednesday August 1st at 10pm EST on OWN.


Dir. Ayoka Chenzira center, Cinematographer Antonio Calvache left, with Actress Dawn-Lyn Gardner and Screenwriter Cholé Hung right.

If you’re not hip to the Queen Sugar craze (honestly how are you living your best life?), the show, based on the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile, is set in Louisiana, and chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings: Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood), a worldly-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.

In the series’ third season, the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys. They soon find that their fight extends beyond their close-knit family, but also to the community.  Charley remains in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and


Left-rt: Actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Director Ayoka Chenzira, and Actress Tina Lifford respectively.

professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure Micah’s  safety and future. Ralph Angel is still reeling from learning from Darla that he might not be the biological father of his son, Blue, and attempts to push forward as the new cane season begins. A new and unexpected love in the form of an old friend comes into Nova’s life and challenges her long-held notions of relationships while also offering her something she didn’t think she could ever have.

The show is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer. (via OWNtv)


Save The Date! TEDx KingLincolnBronzeville: CREATE

Hello Lovlies,

We’ve got news of an upcoming event in the Columbus area that you may want to check out. Tedx King-Lincoln Bronzeville is hosting CREATE, a series of live talks from educators, creators, doctors, and activists in the community and whose work supports the community. The talks will be held at East High School Saturday, September 8th at 9AM EST.

We hope to see you there!


Black Chick Media

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Coming Soon to Netflix: A Madam C.J. Walker Limited Series starring Octavia Spencer

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photo via usatoday.com

Hello Lovelies,

Have you heard the news? At a recent Television Critics Association press conference, Netflix announced plans to produce an 8-episode miniseries about the life of Madame C.J. Walker.

The series will star Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and will be executive produced by LeBron James through his production company, SpringHill Entertainment and Zero Gravity.

The series will be co-showrun by Janine Sherman Barrois (who is currently executive producing and showrunning TNT series Claws), and Elle Johnson; and will be based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Leia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter.

In addition, the first episode is set to be directed by Kasi Lemmons, who directed Eve’s Bayou (1997), and most recently Black Nativity (2013), based on the musical by Langston Hughes.

For those of you who live under a rock and don’t know who Madame C.J. Walker is, a short history lesson is in order:

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Madame C.J. Walker photo via biography.com

Madame C.J. Walker was the first African American woman who became a self-made millionaire. The source of her fortune was from her line of hare care products that she developed herself.

Walker became one of the wealthiest self-made women in America, the wealthiest African-American woman in America, and one of the wealthiest African-American business owners to ever live.

We’re incredibly excited for this project not only because of the talent involved, but also because the story of Madame C.J. Walker is long overdue.

Keep your eyes open for this one.


Black Chick Media