FILM: BABY BLUE

 

Kim Fields is a veteran actress and an eminent household name who starred in two long-running series: NBC's "The Facts of Life" and Fox's "Living Single." Both shows remain in worldwide syndication, consistently reinforcing her place as a global pop-culture icon.

 

As an esteemed and versatile performer in front of and behind the camera, Kim is currently enjoying praise for starring in and serving as an executive producer on Lifetime's "You Light Up My Christmas," which premiered in December 2019. She is recognized for developing and curating successful content on several digital and social media platforms, including her own. Kim has accumulated numerous starring and guest-starring roles in TV movies and series, as well as independent feature films over her 40 year career, including the critically acclaimed, award-worthy faith-based feature film "A Question of Faith." Kim delivered a powerful performance in that movie. Kim also appeared in the acclaimed British comedy series "Living the Dream." Proving her endurance as a fan favorite and industry staple, Kim also starred in the highest-rated 2017 holiday movie for Lifetime, "Wrapped Up in Christmas," and one of Hallmark Channel's highest-rated movies, "For Better or for Worse" in 2014. Kim also continues to be lauded for her successful (and unexpected) runs on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Season 8) and "Dancing with the Stars" (Season 22).

 

Among her diverse talents, Kim Fields is an award-winning director, as well as a successful filmmaker and producer. She directed a Christmas episode of Disney's "Raven's Home," and she was lauded for directing HBO's "Insecure" Season 3 show-in-a show, "Kev'yn." She was one of the lead directors for nearly 100 episodes of "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" on TBS.

 

No stranger to the holiday entertainment space, Kim created, produces and hosts the nationally syndicated radio special "Holiday Love," garnering over a million listeners annually.

 

Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood is an author, award-winning publisher of Life Changing Books Inc., movie producer and owner of TressaAzarelVIPclub.com, an organization that inspires women through business and networking mentorship.

 

In 2003, Tressa resigned from her teaching tenure to fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Two months after writing her first novel "A Life to Remember," she raked in over $40K in sales. Since then, she has turned her knowledge into a multi-million dollar empire. With over 162 titles published in print to date and even more digitally, Life Changing Books (more lovingly known as LCB) was awarded Independent Publisher of the Year in 2011. Her entrepreneurial work both as an author and movie producer have been featured in Black Enterprise, Hip Hop Weekly, EURWeb, The Source and Rolling Out.  

 

Tressa also expanded into the film industry with Life Changing Films. Life Changing Films' debut movie "Secrets" (adapted from the J. Tremble novel "Secrets of a Housewife") was released in 2017 and won Featured Narrative Film at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Since that time, Tressa has soared by writing and producing "All In," featuring Lil Mama, Elise Neal, Traci Braxton, Rob Riley and Jim Jones, which was released in 2019. In addition, she executive producers "Sinners Wanted," a faith-based phenomena that appeared at MegaFest 2018.

 

When she is not teaching others how to write and publish, or reviewing scripts for her promising film catalog, Tressa is mentoring girls ages 10-17 on becoming self-starters and leaders through her program Be The Boss Entrepreneurial Program. She resides in the DMV area with her family.

 

Nakia Stephens is an award-winning screenwriter/filmmaker born and raised in Atlanta. She is a graduate of the first public HBCU in Georgia, Savannah State University, where she studied Mass Communications with a concentration in Radio/Television Broadcasting. During her undergrad tenure, Nakia also studied writing in Shanghai, Beijing and Ghana. After receiving her degree, Nakia went on to work and study screenwriting in Los Angeles. Her travel and studies helped influence her love for storytelling so much that in 2014, Nakia decided to be the master of her own fate by creating the Damn Write Originals screenwriting Label. Nakia is an avid champion for women and people of color, and as Founder and Chief of Content for Damn Write Originals, she is devoted to telling authentic and purposeful stories. Since the launch of her label, Nakia has had over 20 of her screenplays produced to screen, including her most notable projects: "Suga Water," "Cream x Coffee" and "Novella." Nakia has been featured and recognized for her work by festivals and platforms such as BLAVITY, ABFF, Rolling Out Magazine and Black Girls Rock! She also garnered partnerships with major media outlets such as Revolt TV and Black&Sexy TV, and most recently, she inked a development deal with Earvin "Magic" Johnson's cable network AspireTV.  Nakia believes in the  magic of storytelling and always creates art with a purpose greater than self.

FILM: EVERYTHING IS FINE

 

Victoria Lynn Rowell (born May 10, 1959) is an American actress, writer, producer and dancer. Rowell began her career as a ballet dancer and model before making her acting debut in the 1987 comedy film "Leonard Part 6." In 1990, Rowell joined the cast of the CBS daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless" as Drucilla Winters, her signature and longest role on television, for which she was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. She departed from the show in 2007. Rowell is also well known for her role as Dr. Amanda Bentley in the CBS medical crime drama "Diagnosis: Murder" (1993–2001). From 1993 to 2000, she appeared on both series simultaneously.

 

Rowell has had a number of roles in feature films. She starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the 1992 comedy "The Distinguished Gentleman," and she later had roles in the  films "Dumb and Dumber" (1994), "Barb Wire" (1996) and "Eve's Bayou" (1997). Rowell is an 11-time NAACP Image Awards winner for "The Young and the Restless."

 

 

PRODUCER: TRESSA "AZAREL" SMALLWOOD

 

Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood is an author, award-winning publisher of Life Changing Books Inc., movie producer and owner of TressaAzarelVIPclub.com, an organization that inspires women through business and networking mentorship.

 

In 2003, Tressa resigned from her teaching tenure to fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Two months after writing her first novel "A Life to Remember," she raked in over $40K in sales. Since then, she has turned her knowledge into a multi-million dollar empire. With over 162 titles published in print to date and even more digitally, Life Changing Books (more lovingly known as LCB) was awarded Independent Publisher of the Year in 2011. Her entrepreneurial work both as an author and movie producer have been featured in Black Enterprise, Hip Hop Weekly, EURWeb, The Source and Rolling Out.  

 

Tressa also expanded into the film industry with Life Changing Films. Life Changing Films' debut movie "Secrets" (adapted from the J. Tremble novel "Secrets of a Housewife") was released in 2017 and won Featured Narrative Film at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Since that time, Tressa has soared by writing and producing "All In," featuring Lil Mama, Elise Neal, Traci Braxton, Rob Riley and Jim Jones, which was released in 2019. In addition, she executive producers "Sinners Wanted," a faith-based phenomena that appeared at MegaFest 2018.

 

When she is not teaching others how to write and publish, or reviewing scripts for her promising film catalog, Tressa is mentoring girls ages 10-17 on becoming self-starters and leaders through her program Be The Boss Entrepreneurial Program. She resides in the DMV area with her family.

 

Dez White, 36, is a writer and creative based out of Los Angeles. She is the founder of  Orchard Operations, a creative firm that helps bring  people's ideas to life, from reality  shows (" Blew aA Bag," "Famously Arrested," "A Night with the Queen : Nicki Minaj ,"  "Curtain Call : Saweetie ", and "Black to Life") to technology innovations (Invisible Text ,  Chymoji and, Odellmoji). She holds three patents and has broken ground as one of the  youngest African- American CEOs in the tech industry. Dez started her career writing at a  popular gossip blog.  She then turned her passion for following stories into creating  them, landing several production and ghost writing opportunities for some of your  favorite shows. Dez has producinged credit with major production companies, including  Machete Productions and DuBbose Media Group. Through these experiences, she  developed a passion for script- writing and creating gripping characters that who stick with  the audience even after the movie has ended. Having family members who have  suffered from mental health issues, this project was near and dear for the budding  writer. The film's focus is to nudge mainly African- American families to embrace and  fight together against mental illness.

MUSIC: THE COUCH

 

SJ Presents is a songwriter-producer from the Bronx, NY. By applying a style as authentic as her confident, straightforward and magnetic personality, SJ Presents creates music that is relevant, engaging, insistently genuine and fresh.

 

Her sound is a collection of vocal and production influences similar to the likes of Alicia Keys, Rihanna, SZA, Brandy and Chris Brown. SJ Presents has the amazing ability to write anything she can think of or is challenged to write. "My mom is the reason why I write," says SJ Presents. "When I was little, at least three nights a week, my mom would come home from work, and we'd practice the alphabet, spelling, pronunciation and writing until it was time for bed. Not too long after these sessions, I began composing Christmas songs."

 

Since then, SJ Presents always believed that making music is the thing that she is destined to do.

 

Mikhala Jené is a singer-songwriter from Jacksonville, NC. Her voice and musical style are heavily influenced by the vocal stylings of Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Brandy and Beyoncé. She has a dynamic tone that is often described as angelic yet powerful, which is a befitting description, considering she grew up spending most of her time singing in the church choir. "My mother introduced me to music," says Mikhala. "She sang in the church and always played gospel music throughout the house, so gospel has had a huge impact on my voice." At the age of 14, Mikhala's love for music blossomed when she led her first solo and received an overwhelming response from the congregation. From then on, she was certain of her purpose and was impelled to share her gift with the world.