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HORACE GLASPER

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.

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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.  Thank you!


REED R. McCANTS 

Creator, Producer, Writer, Director, Editor, Narrator of BHMD


Reed, a 30-year veteran of film, television and stage, has always been committed and devoted to preserving and nurturing the Arts in the African-American community.  A product of Harlem in New York City, Reed feels it is essential to give back. Subsequently he has created or co-founded two theatre companies in New York and Los Angeles. Rainbow Connection Theatre (1986 - 1988), Rebirth Drama Company (1989 - 1993) and he was the founder of the Live Theatre Gang (1996 - 2006). During these tenures, he has performed, produced and or directed well over 200 theatre productions.


He appeared in over 50 television commercials with leads in Xerox, Humira, McDonalds, Budweiser, General Motors and the first Diet Coke commercial for television. As a actor Reed has appeared in Hill Street Blues, A Different World and several films for television included Disney's Justin Case, Run for the Dream: The Gail Deavers Story and Road Raiders costarring opposite Bruce Boxleitner. Reed has also starred in such feature films as "Project X starring Matthew Broderick, Civil Brand which also stars Mos Def and Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, produced by T.D. Jakes and starring Blair Underwood and Pam Grier.


Reed’s directorial debut was Cuttin Da Mustard, the award winning comedy self-bio film featuring Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder), Keshia Knight Pulliam, (The Cosby Show, Madea Goes to Jail), Charles S. Dutton, and Comedian Sinbad. McCants also produced and directed a comedy hit web series spinoff of his feature film, Cuttin Da Mustard, entitled 40 and Leroy. Currently Reed is the creator, producer and editor of Neema Barnette’s presents, Black History Mini Docs. 

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AMINA FAKIR  
Writer, Producer and Host of BHMD Podcast


Amina Fakir is an actor, filmmaker and former Miss Black America.  She is a native of Detroit Michigan and a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A in Communications.  She also earned an advanced program certificate from UCLA in TV, Film and Digital Entertainment. 

Ms. Fakir made her film debut as a lead actor “Chameleon Street” an independent film which later won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  Later that year Ms. Fakir relocated to New York City and then to the Los Angeles area where she earned a leading role in the National touring company of “The Living Room” before settling in and making an LA based entertainment career her mainstay.  In 1994 she teamed up with Juney Smith to write, direct and produce independent feature films including “Harlem Shake” which credits Ms. Fakir as the Executive Producer. 

Ms. Fakir is a popular volunteer in the Los Angeles area, lending her time, money, fund raising and other efforts to favorite charities.  She is a Co-Founder of “Light the Path Home”, a Juneteenth Candlelight Commemoration.   In June of 2020 she joined Black History Mini Docs as a writer, producer and host of the newly launched Black History mini Docs Podcast.

NEEMA BARNETTE

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 African-Americans 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.

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AH-KEISHA McCANTS

Writer, Narrator and Chief Editor for BHMD Blog


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.

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