In a neo colonial period, some criollas lead by Princesa Alba rebel and enter the casona (mansion) of their patrones (bosses) where Princesa starts a seducing game with various queer love interests. She with her criollas dance celebrating their new found liberty.
Jason is a young entrepreneur from the streets who managed to go legit and distance himself from his shady past. His business collapses. He and his partner Eloise are expecting their first child. News of the pregnancy puts extra strain on Eloise’s relationship with her right-wing father. Their unborn child is diagnosed with a critical illness. Jason’s old crew reach out with a solution. He is forced to make a choice. The consequences are devastating.
Malcolm Jamal Turner, an African-American Harlemite and struggling music writer from the Ohio suburbs, is... ambivalent about the neighborhood's changing demographics (when not outright hostile). Armed with little more than white Americans' conditioned fear of black violence, Malcolm concocts a ludicrous scheme to de-gentrify Harlem.
“Maverick” comes home to the Bronx, after twenty-one years. Suffering from the traumas of abuse and neglect, that go hand-in-hand with our American prison systems, he's become a loner, hardened over his lengthy sentence. Layers of frustration and fear, lie underneath his heavy penetrating stare. He’s a changed man figuring out his place in a family he barely remembers, while dealing with the pressures of a changed world and a twenty-one-year-old daughter he doesn’t know.
New Orleans, 1968. After the death of her mother, eight-year-old Althea is left in the care of her devoutly religious yet verbally abusive godmother, Grace. When the abuse heightens, Althea turns to drawing to release her pain. Unbeknownst to her, Althea's thoughts expressed through her art manifest far beyond the paper. After Grace suffers an untimely death, Althea is taken in by Grace's friend, a kind, fellow church-member. Years pass, and Althea moves with her own family into a new home. While unpacking, Althea’s daughter stumbles upon her mother's old drawings and unearths more than just memories of Althea's past.
Surina & Mel are our first gen, metropolitan, modern day Laverne and Shirley. This story tracks the life of a fun, unlikely odd couple: Surina, who’s brash and non-committal, and Melanie, who’s straight laced and type A. While Surina zigs, Mel zags, but they work as friends because they pick up the slack of each other. And most importantly, they’re always there for each other. Together, they unsuccessfully navigate their lives as grown ups, one micro-aggression at a item.
One night, younger sister Liv decides to take her brother, Dominic, out for a night of adventure after his recent breakup. Shot almost entirely from the back of their father’s trusted pickup truck, Dominic and Liv drive continually throughout their small rural town as Dominic slowly begins to open up. They end the night watching the sunrise realizing the little moments in life can easily become the most treasured.
'WHO ARE WE NOW' by Synacure (aka Bryan Lurie) featuring Abiodun Oyewole's of The Last Poets performing his poem 'Who Are We Now' and Baba Donn Babatunde, also of The Last Poets, on congas. The video also features legendary uprocking dance skills of B-girl Rokafella and B-boy Kwikstep as well as newcomer Alanna Fernandez. The video centers around a central question that Abiodun keeps posing to us, while we fight with each other, go through the mundane and try and run and hide from ourselves. Abiodun is the griot philosopher constantly forcing us to ask ourselves, who are we now...?