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The Divas of Culture:
Michelle Materre and Aisha Karefa-Smart
Will Interview Director and producer Neema Barnette works in both television and film, Barnette has earned the respect of peers and critics alike by winning countless accolades, including an Emmy Award for her after school special, "To Be A Man." She has realized the need to expand her audience beyond the young urban crowd and attract all people to her work. Born and raised in Harlem, Barnette made her first foray into entertainment as an actor while a student at New York's High School for the Performing Arts. She later attended NYU and moved on to directing at the insistence of theatrical producer Joseph Papp, who saw in her a unique visual style. She directed "The Blue Journey", by playwright OyamO (a.k.a. Charles Gordon), for Papp's Public Theater. She has since gone on to direct some of our favorite television shows such as ‘The Cosbys” and “Frank’s Place."
Also, Ann Bennett is a producer, director and writer for documentary films and multimedia projects with over twenty years of experience. Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster are a husband and wife filmmaker team based in Brooklyn, NY. Shaka King is a writer, director, and producer whose short films Cocoa Loco and Herkimer
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