Ananse Creative Youth Enterprises, LLC.

Survey!

Hey everyone! I’m working on a few different projects, and I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

If you could, please take a few moments to take my survey and give me your honest opinion. In return, I will select two responders to receive a $20 gift certificate from Paypal.

If you haven’t already, please like The Dramatical Life’s Facebook page, as the winners will be announced there on October 17th.

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Oct 10
Survey and Prizes!!!

I love me some Project Runway. Of all the competition shows, this is the one I will watch with religious fervor. I like to think that if I didn’t choose this creative path, fashion design would have been the choice. So every week, I get to indulge this passion through this show.

This week’s episode really hit me though. Korina and Char, two contestants on the show, are in the bottom two. Both are…

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Oct 3
Oh! The Drama! Attitudes and Latitudes
"Don't flatter yourself." Idris Elba as Colin.
No Good Deed (Dir. Sam Miller) (2014)

No Good Deed (Dir. Sam Miller) (2014)

I literally just walked out of the movie theater after watching No Good Deed starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson. This movie has me feeling all types of ways.

*For the readers who haven’t seen it, there may be spoilers, so go watch the movie, then come back and read this post.*

Otherwise, we’re good?

Okay.

"Don't flatter yourself." Idris Elba as Colin.

“Don’t flatter yourself.” Idris Elba as Colin.

I…

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Sep 16
Oh! The Drama! “No Good Deed” and The Craziest Thing I Will Never Do Again

Oh! The Drama! Vulnerability pt. 3– Not Everyone Will Get It

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Do not be afraid to experience your emotions; they are the path to your soul. Emotions erupt to remind us we are alive, that we are human. And to let us know we are growing. Trust yourself enough to feel what you feel. –Iyanla Vanzant

One of the running jokes in film school was how “emo” everyone is. We’d be in the middle of a set and someone–an actor, a producer, a director, a PA– will…

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Sep 7
Oh! The Drama! Vulnerability pt. 3— Not Everyone Will Get It

Getting Into Focus– We Need a Stronger Black Hollywood

A couple weeks ago, Woody Allen (I am NOT putting his picture on my blog) made headlines when he responded to a question in an article by the New York Observer about the lack of black actors in his films. Responding to the question of whether he will cast a black actor, he said:

“Not unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is…

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Aug 17
Getting Into Focus— We Need a Stronger Black Hollywood

Creative Inspiration: Injustice and Unrest

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Mike Brown, murdered by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.

Mike Brown, murdered by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.

Like many people, I have been following the developments in Ferguson, MO very closely. Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, died at the hands of a police officer, who shot him up to ten times while his hands were raised. The anger and rage I feel is boiling over. This happens way too frequently. Here in the Bay Area: Oscar Grant, Alan…

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Aug 17
Creative Inspiration: Injustice and Unrest

Creative Inspiration– That Little Voice…

I hear voices.

Whenever I’m ruminating over a story, I hear conversations between characters in my head. I try not to edit the voices too much in my head, otherwise they lose their intensity. Besides, I’m nosy. I want to hear the story.

And it really is like eavesdropping on my characters. Who approached who? Who disrespected who? What’s the new gossip? The dialogue paints a picture for me. Are…

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Aug 4
Creative Inspiration— That Little Voice…

Oh! The Drama! “Power” and the Curse of the Ride or Die

It’s summertime. TV sucks. Ugh.

Power (2014)

Power (2014)

But since it’s summertime and TV sucks, I got Starz so I could catch Power. And I know how much I said I was over the thug/gangster shows…and I really am over them…but yeah I’m really addicted to this show too.

Omari Hardwick stars as Ghost, drug kingpin who wants to be an legit businessman. He is married to Tasha, played by Naturi Naughton (random…

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Jul 26
Oh! The Drama! “Power” and the Curse of the Ride or Die
Disney Princesses

Disney Princesses

My daughter loves princesses. I guess this is my fault. She watches “The Princess and The Frog” at least once a week and we own at least three Princess Tiana dolls. Princess Tiana doesn’t bother me…there were no Black princesses when I was growing up so I’m glad she at least gets to experience one in her lifetime.

What is hard, though, is that for that one Black princess, there…

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Jun 11
Creative Inspiration: Princesses

Carnaval San Francisco Pt 1

Here is a first look at my Carnaval SF show! It is very much a work in progress, but I would love some comments/suggestions regarding it. Shouts out to my girl Akeeba Marshall who provided the VO!

 

 

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May 22
Carnaval San Francisco 2013

Creative Inspiration: Give No F*cks

Some fake artist are so afraid of what people think of them, so afraid to be vulnerable and honest in they art. They don’t put nothing out, and what they do mediocre. I give no fucks I’ve made the ultimate sacrifices for this art. Being an artist should hurt a little bit, if you ain’t hurting you ain’t dope.

This is a quote from my cousin’s FB page. My cousin and I haven’t had a real conversation…

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Mar 14
Creative Inspiration: Give No F*cks
Oh! The Drama! Slavery In Film—Should We Let It Go?Okay y’all, I have to admit…I slept on Nick Cannon. It’s kinda hard for me to shake that image of…View Post
Jan 24

Oh! The Drama! Slavery In Film—Should We Let It Go?

Okay y’all, I have to admit…I slept on Nick Cannon. It’s kinda hard for me to shake that image of…

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Oh! The Drama!- Diversity Casting and Hollywood’s issue with race on TVSo Tuesday was my birthday (woo-hoo 28!)…anyway, I didn’t do anything big, just read and watched…View Post
Jan 17

Oh! The Drama!- Diversity Casting and Hollywood’s issue with race on TV

So Tuesday was my birthday (woo-hoo 28!)…anyway, I didn’t do anything big, just read and watched…

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Getting Into Focus: Never Experienced Sexism? Become a Female Director…Pic from “How To Be A Female Director” (2012) Dir. Trisha Gum
I am a female director. While I can…View Post
Sep 2

Getting Into Focus: Never Experienced Sexism? Become a Female Director…

Pic from “How To Be A Female Director” (2012) Dir. Trisha Gum

I am a female director. While I can…

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Oh! The Drama! Trayvon Martin, “Fruitvale Station”, and Race in Film/Media-Another life gone way too soon.
I tried to write this post a couple weeks ago during the trial.…View Post
Jul 16

Oh! The Drama! Trayvon Martin, “Fruitvale Station”, and Race in Film/Media

-Another life gone way too soon.

I tried to write this post a couple weeks ago during the trial.…

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