INDIEFEMME FILMS PRESENTS 

 

Sassy Susie
ROUNDTABLE SERIES

INDIEFEMME presents the Sassy Susie Round Table Series, a three-day filmed discussion based on Zora Neale Hurston’s life, work, as well as history and current events featured in the film, iMATTER.

 

Zora’s authors, artists, actors, and historians will gather together in a Los Angeles hotel on dates coinciding with the iMATTER screening.

 

INDIEFEMME will pursue a limited series licensing deal with cable and streaming networks.  

Below are proposed guests and topics.

 

*No offers have been made. These notes are pre-Covid:

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Valerie Boyd

Wrapped In Rainbows

Program Director, author of WRAPPED IN RAINBOWS, teacher of magazine writing, critical writing and narrative journalism. 

http://grady.uga.edu/faculty/valerie-boyd/

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Vanessa Bell Calloway

Letters From Zora

Award-winning stage, screen, and television actress; Producer, Director, Creator

https://vanessabellcalloway.com/vanessa-bell-calloway

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Sylviane A Diouf

Dreams Of Africa In Alabama

Award-winning historian and curator of the African Diaspora. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University and a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

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Novella Ford

Schomburg Manager of Programs

Manager of Public Programs at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/novellaford/

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Melanna Gray

ZORA 2020 Creator

Actress, writer, producer, and creator of Zora 2020.

https://www.indiefemme.com/

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Lucy Hurston

Speak, So You Can Speak Again

Sociologist, Ethnographer, Public Speaker, Data Collection, ​Key Note Addresses, Motivational Speaker

Oral History Collections, and Zora's niece.

http://www.lucyannehurston.com/

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Sharon Jones

Critical Companion to ZNH

Professor in the Department of English Language and Gender in the Fiction at Wright University

https://people.wright.edu/sharon.jones

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Carla Kaplan

A Life In Letters

Associate Professor in the English Department at Yale where she also teaches in Women's Studies, African-American Studies, American Studies.

 

https://carlakaplan.com/  

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N.Y. Nathiri

Zora!

Professor, author, and founding member and Executive Director of Preserving Eatonville, FL.

https://zorafestival.org/

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Phyllis McEwen

Hurston & Bethune

Poet, performance artist, instructor and First Lady of all things Zora!
 

http://theweeklychallenger.com/hurston-bethune-at-the-woodson/

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Deborah Plant

Barracoon

Dr. Deborah G. Plant is an African American and Africana Studies scholar and literary critic. 

https://www.purchase.edu/offices/international-programs-and-services/there-global-festival/featured-guests/deborah-plant/

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Elizabeth Van Dyke 

Zora Lives, From Sun To Sun, ZNH

Actress, director, co-founder of GOING TO THE RIVER; a program for female playwrights of color.

https://www.elizabethvandyke.me/

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Cheryl Wall 

Zora Collections

Distinguished critic in the field of African American literary studies at Rutgers University & Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English.

https://english.rutgers.edu/news/department/44-cheryl-wall-named-board-of-governors-zoraneal.html

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Alice Walker

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing

Novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. She wrote the novel The Color Purple;  Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

http://alicewalkersgarden.com/

1. HIP-HOP & THE TALENTED TENTH

THE EVOLUTION AND FUTURE OF THOUGHT AND RHYTHM. 
 

2. ALL THE ZORA'S!
A GATHERING OF WOMEN WHO HAVE GRACED THE STAGE AS ZORA NEALE HURSTON

 

3. WOULD WE KNOW ZORA & LANGSTON W/O CHARLOTTE OSGOOD MASON? OPPORTUNITY DINNERS VS OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ARTISTS TODAY - CAN WE EVER ESCAPE THE INVOLVEMENT OF WHITE PEOPLE BEING INVOLVED IN BLACK ART? THEY INFLUENCE WHAT WE MAKE, PROFIT OFF OF IT, AND LORD CONTROL OVER US.

4.  BLACK AMERICANS & INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
 

5. BUFFET FLATS & MANSION PARTIES
 

6. COLOR STRUCK & MAAFA RESIDUE - HOW FAR HAVE WE COME IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COLORISM?

7. MR. ROBINSON'S BARBERSHOP - THE STATE OF BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES
 

8. RIOTS, MARCHES, & NON-VIOLENT PROTESTS

 

9. PASSING: JOSEPHINE C SCHULER & RACHEL DOLEZAL

 

10. DIALECT, MEMES, GIF'S & LITERATURE 

 

11. PEDDLING VOTES IN 2020 - FLIGHT, FIGHT, OR FREEZE

 

12. IS THERE A SUCH THING AS RACIAL SOLIDARITY? - CLOTILDE, MAAFA, TRIBALISM - A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE HEALTH AND WEALTH OF THE DIASPORA, HAVING MAAFA CEREMONIES AS A WAY TO CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER AND HEAL. 

 

13. HARLEM, GENTRIFICATION, & MIGRATION

 

14. UNSUNG WOMEN OF THE RENAISSANCE

 

15. CHESS, THE NEW GREEN BOOK, PROTECTING OURSELVES DURING THE KLAN RESURGENCE. 

 

16. THE BEST OF OUR LEADERS - HOW TO RAISE INTELLECT, LEARN TRADES, & ACTIVISM

DUBOIS, WASHINGTON, & GARVEY

 

17. COMMUNISM, THE OTHER ISMS, AND POST ZORA ACTIVISM

 

18. THE DIVIDE BETWEEN BLACK MEN AND BLACK WOMEN AND OUR SUPPORT OF EACH OTHER. HOW DO WE COME CLOSER TOGETHER?

NICK CANNON VS. TERRY CREWS - THE HEIDI KLUMS OF THE WORLD FEELING THE RIGHT TO THROW BLACK WOMEN UNDER THE BUS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BLACK “BOYFRIENDS” , HUSBANDS, CHILDREN. 

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