A huge film and stand-up comedy buff, Colette has worked in publicity, marketing and promotions for over twenty years. A graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. degree in Communications, her storied career began in radio as Promotions Director for local radio station, WILD-AM. From there she transitioned to the world of stand-up comedy handling publicity and marketing for The Comedy Connection in Faneuil Hall, one of the country’s top ten comedy clubs. Following her stint there, she was hired for her branding and marketing prowess for the start-up concert venue Showcase Live in Foxborough, MA. Colette later took on the role of Public Relations manager for The Roxbury International Film Festival. The self-described “woman on the go,” her passion for travel, food and all things entertainment can be read about in her bi-weekly column In the Mix.
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Named earlier this year by Variety magazine as one of their “Top 10 Documakers to Watch,” Deborah Riley Draper is driven by passion to tell the stories of the numerous unsung African American trailblazers and heroes whose achievements and lives have been either ignored or buried in our collective history.
Set in New York City, Don’t Think Twice is a warm, funny, engaging and insightful look into the lives of six improv performers — Jack (Keegan-Michael Key of “Key & Peele”), Sam (Gillian Jacobs from HBO’s “Girls”), Allison (Kate Micucci of the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates); Lindsay (Tami Sagher, writer/producer on “Inside Amy Schumer”); Bill (Chris Gethard, host and star of Fusion’s "The Chris Gethard Show”); and Miles (Mike Birbiglia, “Trainwreck” and “Orange is the New Black”) — who after 11 years of hitting the stage together nightly in hopes of making it big, are faced with the realization that not all of them will be able to make their dreams come true.
Gray spoke to the Banner about her role as elementary school teacher Kate in If/Then, being on American Idol and how discovering Prince helped her grow up.
Yoba spoke with the Banner about “Bad Dad Rehab,” his entrepreneurial spirit, and the lifestyle company and innovation studio he co-founded called iconic 32.
Kurios is a magical universe set in the Victorian era where the imagination has no boundaries, and all is possible.
RIFF will screen approximately 54 films, shorts and documentaries from across the globe in a wide array of genres. The current slate of films reflect and explore a broad range of topics from racism and diversity, to bullying, family dramas and relationships, to living one’s dream and fatherless homes.
The actress tackles the title role of Miki Howard in TV One’s first ever bio-pic “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story” airing this Sunday and starred in Spike Lee’s film “Chi-Raq” last October. She spoke to the Banner about prepping to play Howard, filming Chi-Raq in Chicago and what #BlackGirlMagic means to her.
‘Matilda The Musical’ comes to the Boston Opera House
Esther M. Antoine spoke to the Banner about her path to musical theater and her role in “Matilda the Musical,” a production based on a book from popular children’s writer Roald Dahl.
In a career that includes print, radio, television, and digital, Roland S. Martin has continually pushed the envelope for excellence in journalism by asking the tough questions and pushing for answers, doing the research, and challenging those who simply throw out facts without being able to back them up. Named Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists, Martin is host and managing editor of TV One’s first national daily news program, News One Now. The program presents issues and stories from the world of politics, entertainment, sports and culture that have an impact on the African American community.
Josh Kriegman talks about the making of his documentary
Josh Kriegman, who served as Anthony Weiner’s chief of staff for two years when he was in Congress, knew that the former U.S. Representative would be a great subject for a documentary.