The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a nomination to anyone of color in major categories. Ditto for this year, and years before this and last year.
As I reflect on the year behind and the year to come, the greatest lesson I've learned and I want to impart is the need to control our own narrative across all facets of our digitally connected lives both in our fiction and IRL (in real life).
There's an independent film festival in West Philadelphia that has been fertile ground for some of the best contemporary black filmmakers, producers and actors: The 4th Annual BlackStar Film Festival, which will take place July 30 through August 2.