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November 3, 2010 / Tamara

SPREADING THE WORD: New York-based Filmmaker and Educator Brings Breakout Documentary Film to Phoenix

PHOENIX, AZ – NOVEMBER 3, 2010— With successful screenings in New York and Washington, DC, Brooklyn-based  filmmaker and educator, Aiesha Turman, is taking her documentary film, The Black Girl Project (www.blackgirlproject.com) west…. Next stop…Phoenix, Arizona. Teaming with Phoenix-based social organization, Urban Soulcial (www.urbansoulcial.com), the screening, open to members  of the  group, will take place on Saturday, December 4th.

“Teaming with Urban Soulcial is a great way to reach as many Black girls and their allies as possible in the Phoenix area,” says Turman. “We, as a community need to focus on embracing and uplifting our young women and show them that their lives are just as valued as that of their counterparts so that they too can and realize their full potential.”

Produced by Turman’s Super Hussy Media (www.superhussy.com), The Black Girl Project (BGP) focuses on one core question: “who are you? “That one question spawned another, then another and yet another, but the one initial question is at the heart of the film.

Hosted by Urban Soulcial founder Courtney Crosslin, The Black Girl Project event will begin with a screening of the film followed by an open discussion between the audience and director via LiveStream (http://www.livestream.com/haveawonderful).  Questions will also be fielded from the general public simultaneously via with Ms. Turman (@blackgirlproj) and Ms. Crosslin (@urbansoulcials) following the movie. The social media based event gives participants a chance to ask the filmmaker questions around some of the themes touched on in the film as well as allowing past audience members and those interested in viewing the film to share their thoughts as well. The hash tag for the event will be #BGPinAZ.

“The Black Girl Project is perfect for an Urban Soulcial event,” said Crosslin.  “We created Urban Soulcial to support creatives like Aiesha and bring awareness to projects such as hers. We’re honored to bring this film to Phoenix and hope it sparks discussions that ripple out into the community beyond one night.”

This film, also the impetus for a non-profit (www.blackgirlproject.org) of the same name, seeks to portray black girls as the complex beings they are. Not just the two sides of the coin we see perpetuated in the media: saint or sinner. It also seeks to spark inter and intra-generational dialogue between black girls and women.  The film screening will also serve as a fundraiser for the Black Girl Project organization. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit http://blackgirlprojectphx.eventbrite.com/.

 

ABOUT URBAN SOULCIAL

Urban Soulcials are semi-private affairs that cater to an ultra-niche audience (think dinner parties with a cultural twist and an element of surprise). An Urban Soulcial is an avant-garde event that will revolutionize the way you connect, soulcialize, shop and play. Urban Soulcials create one-off experiences in intimate settings.

For more information about Urban Soulcials, visit www.urbansoulcial.com.

 

ABOUT BLACK GIRL PROJECT

The Black Girl Project aims to address the challenges girls face in their daily lives, in addition to helping girls build a strong sense of self, develop healthy relationships and take care of their bodies and minds. Black women and girls are under siege within their own communities and society at large. Not only are they more likely to contract HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), they are at high risk for physical and sexual assault, and death from curable/manageable ailments such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. In addition, they are more likely to be living at or below the poverty line.

The Black Girl Project addresses the critical worldwide problem of low self-esteem, lack of education, poverty rates and issues specific to black adolescent and pre-adolescent girls regardless of ethnicity. The Black Girl Project is designed to foster positive self-esteem, critical thinking, leadership, academic achievement, community service and entrepreneurial skills among girls, ages 8 to 17, in the United States, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Europe — wherever there are black girls in need.

This film, also the impetus for a non-profit of the same name, seeks to portray black girls as the complex beings they are. Not just the two sides of the coin we see perpetuated in the media: saint or sinner. It also seeks to spark inter and intra-generational dialogue between black girls and women.

For more information about the Black Girl Project, visit: www.blackgirlproject.org.

 

ABOUT SUPER HUSSY MEDIA

Super Hussy Media is independently owned, written, edited and designed by filmmaker and writer, Aiesha Turman. A strong believer in the empowerment of young women and girls, particularly those of color, Aiesha created Super Hussy as a means to explore black life as it related to the female gender across place, class, time and sexuality. The site focuses on projects that are intensely personal and through them, hopes to shed light on the contradictions, triumphs, perils and beauty that is black womanhood.

Utilizing traditional and emerging media as tools for investigation, Super Hussy Media engages in frank dialogue surrounding the issues of race, class, gender, spirituality and sexual orientation and the roles they play in the lives of black women and girls through the use of women and families, both historic and contemporary. By illuminating the hardships, struggles and complexities of black womanhood, Super Hussy Media seeks to change the paradigm through which black women are viewed and ultimately, how they view themselves.

For more information, visit: www.superhussy.com

 

CREDITS

Conceived + Directed By 
Aiesha Turman

Primary Participants

Chanel Jones

Courtney James

Netchem Hairston

Aurelia Spence

Amanda Rivera

Tiffany Coley

Paige Padgett

Melissa Henry

Chenequa Snell

Additional Photography

Nasheim Williams

Netchem Hairston

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