DEVIL AND SAINT: Brooklyn Filmmaker Aiesha Turman Set to Screen First Feature, The Black Girl Project

BROOKLYN, NY – AUGUST 4, 2010 — Saint. Sinner. Stigma. Enigma. Black Girl. Black Woman. Brooklyn-based educator and filmmaker, Aiesha Turman, announced today the screening of her first feature, The Black Girl Project ( will take place on Friday, August 27th at the Spike Lee Screening Room on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University.

“In a culture where Black women and girls are either praised for their saintly accomplishments, stripping them of any other character except that of a martyr or mammy, or demonized and used as the scapegoat when explaining all the wrongs with the Black community and society in general, it is important to hear and see Black girls speak their truths,” says film director, Aiesha Turman.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception to celebrate the completion of the documentary followed by the screening of the hour long film.  A panel discussion and informal Q&A session focusing on the central themes of the film follows where the audience will get to speak with Aiesha Turman and featured participants from the film including Courtney James, currently a senior at The City College of New York, Paige Padgett, a Political Science major at Lehman College and Netchem Hairston who attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).  The discussion will be moderated by Neycha Herford, a highly sought-after personality and lifestyle expert with a multidisciplinary background as a musician, transformational counselor, writer, speaker and new media journalist.

Produced by Turman’s Super Hussy Media (, 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.

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.  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, email Tamara Walker at or visit


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: 3_Layout 1 (1)


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.

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Conceived + Directed By
Aiesha Turman

Primary Participants
Chanel Jones
Courtney James
Netchem Hairston
Aurelia Spence
Amanda Rivera
Tiffany Coley
Paige Padgett
Melissa Henry

Additional Photography
Nasheim Williams
Netchem Hairston