WHAT IS BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS?
WHO IS BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS?
BHMD IS OUR STORY IN 90 SECONDS OR LESS
If you have 90 seconds then you have enough time to watch Black History Mini Docs Presented by Legendary Producer-Director Neema Barnette (Civil Brand, Women thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, Queen Sugar)
This is a fast and entertaining way to educate young and old about the contributions of Blacks in American history. Think of it as "Cliff Notes" for the digital age. Barnette teams up with her husband Reed R. McCants (Cuttin’ Da Mustard, King Of Stage), also an award winning filmmaker who brings his unique style of storytelling to chronicle the many contributions and achievements of African-Americans throughout history.
The series features the stories of great heroes and she-roes like Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Thurgood Marshall, Madam CJ Walker, James Baldwin and Malcolm X along with great living legends like Angela Davis and Harry Belafonte. Famous contemporaries like Tupac Shakur will also be included as well as everyday un-sung heroes in the Black community who have devoted their life’s work to upholding the race and giving back. BHMDs is designed as a crash course in Black history. It meets the demands of our fast paced digital age, by using quick cuts and the cinematic savvy of music videos and movie trailers.
Designed for easy access, the series is available on smart phones, tablets, computers and presentations through any media outlet. Black History Mini Docs are commercials for OUR REAL HISTORY. Later sets will include: Writers, Actors, Producers, Novelists, Playwrights, Journalists, Politicians, Activists, Freedom Fighters, Musicians, Composers, Scientists, Inventors and Unsung Heroes whose work and sacrifice deserve tribute.
REED R. McCANTS
Creator, Producer, Writer, Director, Editor, Narrator of BHMD
Along with being an exceptional graphic artist Reed R. McCants is a 40-year veteran of film, television and stage, has always been committed and devoted to preserving and nurturing the Arts in the Black community. A product of Harlem in New York City, Reed feels it is essential to give back.
Reed has created or co-founded three theatre companies in New York and Los Angeles. Rainbow Connection Theatre (1986 - 1988), Rebirth Drama Company (1989 - 1993) and the Live Theatre Gang (1996 - 2006). During these tenures, he has performed, produced and or directed well over 1000 theatre productions.
As a actor Reed has starred in Civil Brand, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, Run for the Dream: The Gail Deavers Story, Project X and Road Raiders. He appeared in over 50 television commercials including the first Diet Coke commercial. Reed is the husband of legendary filmmaker/director and Executive Producer of Black History Mini Docs, Neema Barnette. Next year they will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in marriage.
Writer, Producer, Narrator for BHMD
Horace grew up in South Holland IL. He began his comedic career at the age of 15 performing at Giovanni’s in Dolton, IL. His travels have taken to Los Angeles, CA were he successfully graced the same stage as Martin Lawrence, Sinbad, Chris Rock and Chris Tucker at the famous LA Improv. While in Los Angeles, Horace has performed at the Comedy Story and Laugh Factory.
Glasper is not only a brilliant comedian but is a talented actor as well. He has appeared in feature films such as “Heaven Ain’t Hard to Find”, “Janky Promoters”, “The Parking Lot” (staring Hot Sauce and written by a fellow Chicago Comedian Barry Brewer, and recently filmed “The Prayer” directed by Dennis La White. Horace has worked with Keisha Knight Pulliam, Sindbad and Lil Zane in an up and coming film “Cutting the Mustard” by Reel Rebel Productions. Horace has appeared on the Nickelodeon’s “Just Jordan”. Horace has extensive stage performances. He has appeared in “Black Angels Over Tuskegee as Theodore/Layon Gray Enterprises, “A Soldier’s Play” as Pvt. Henson/Negro Ensemble Theater Company, “Perry Mission” as Militant/Negro Ensemble Theater Company, “Roselee Pritchett” as Lowe /Negro Ensemble Theater Company and “Day of Absence as Citizen 3/Negro Ensemble Theater Company. Horace has written a script, “40 And Leroy Smoke Cali”, that is slated for production. The script, “40 and Leroy Smoke Cali” led to a Webisode series.
Writer, Producer, Narrator, Editor in Chief for BHMD and host of BHMD Podcast.
Ah-Keisha is an award-winning playwright/songwriter, stage director, filmmaker, media-maker and creative arts educator. She is passionate about literacy as an intersectional and multicultural phenomenon influenced by an increasingly digital world in complicated ways. At 19 years-old, she made her NYC Off-Off Broadway debut through her interactive poetic play, Cafe Millennium. The play tackled the emergence of digital technology by highlighting the complexities of human relationships, within and outside of the individual while in community.
Ah-Keisha is a professor for the City University of New York's (CUNY) School of Professional Studies, Masters in Applied Theatre program. Ah-Keisha's writing has been published in Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Specter Magazine, and For Harriet. As a Theatre, Media Arts and Literacy educator, she's led workshops for students across many demographics including K-12, college, non-profit organizations, and mental health and rehabilitation centers. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and an M.S.Ed in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Producer of BHMD
Prominent, innovative and prolific, director and producer Neema Barnette has engaged audiences with a body of compelling socially- and politically-charged work that defies the narrow stereotypes of Blacks usually depicted in entertainment. Working in both television and film, Barnette has earned the respect of peers and critics alike by winning countless accolades.
Neema changed the game by becoming the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IN TELEVISION TO DIRECT A SITCOM and the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO RECEIVE A THREE PICTURE DEAL FROM A MAJOR STUDIO in history. Neema has directed over 50 hours of network television, 10 movies for television and four feature films including CIVIL BRAND and WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED ON THE 7th DAY.
Neema Barnette has won many Best Directing awards including a EMMY AWARD and several Emmy Nominations, a Directors Guild of America Award, an NAACP Image Award & 3 Nominations, the Delta Lilly Award, an Adelco Award, a International Monitor Award for THE COSBY SHOW and the PEABODY AWARD.
Her feature film “WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED ON THE 7th DAY” received an NAACP IMAGE AWARD nomination for BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE in 2012 Neema’s feature films have also garnered awards. CIVIL BRAND won the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) HBO Audience Blockbuster Award, the Urban World Film Festival Audience & Best Picture Award and was an official selection of both the Sundance & AFI Film Festivals. In addition, Neema is the very proud receiptant of The Peabody Award, An Reel Sistas Trailblazer Award and the Sojourner Truth Award at Cannes.
Barnette was chosen by powerhouse film director Ava DuVernay to join the all female directorial team of the first season of the OWN networks hit series QUEEN SUGAR serving as director/producer during the first season. In her director/producer role, Barnette directed two episodes herself, and helped to mentor other directors as they transitioned from from television to film throughout the entire production. Recently, Barnette has directed a variety of popular television shows including, Raising Dion, Black Lightning, Marvel’s, Luke Cage, Bosch, and the up-and-coming limited series Genius Aretha For Nat Geo.
Writer and Host of BHMDs Podcast "Music Mondays"
Native New Yorker Greg (born September 4, 1953 in Queens, NY) has spent the majority of his 20-plus year career as a highly successful Graphic Artist and Print Production Manager for numerous award winning NY advertising agencies specializing in entertainment, real estate, education and healthcare.
Greg's musical and artistic creativity was encouraged at an early age - earning admission to the prestigious High School of Music and Art in Manhattan from 1968 - 1971. He vividly remembers those years as some of the most profound in the course of American history – witnessing many momentous events that contributed to his personal development and achievements. It was during these years that the concepts of social and historical responsibility were born, and continue to this day. After graduating from the State University of New York as an Advertising Art & Design major in 1973, Greg soon established himself in the NYC world of advertising creating award winning print ads for major Hollywood motion picture studios. As manager, Mickens was in a position to hire and mentor several talented African American artists who have since cultivated successful careers of their own. It was during this time that a friendship with fellow creative artist Reed R. McCants was born.
Currently, Greg works as a freelance graphic artist in New York City and is a proud contributing writer for Black History Mini Docs. Compiling information from a variety of sources, his biographical narratives are designed to entertain, enlighten and inform while educating about the lives of pioneering African Americans (past and present) who effected a positive change in our cultural climate. "It is important to show a side of the African American experience not portrayed in today's media. With such excessive negativity emphasized, it is imperative to present the positive aspects in all ways possible. Many of our forefathers remain unknown to a great many individuals. We cannot rely on outside sources for this information – we must provide it ourselves. Contributing to Black History Mini Docs is a tremendously rewarding experience – with the goal to educate, motivate and inspire an entirely new and unique audience."
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