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Hooray for Hollywood.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COVER STORY ABOUT BLACK Hollywood, "Reel Prophets" (December 2006)! Ms. Richardson did an excellent job of featuring the best of the best. I was so incredibly inspired by everyone featured. I'm an indie filmmaker, and it was a blessing to see the women making it happen behind the camera. I applaud them all for staying committed to presenting positive, powerful, non-stereotypical portrayals of African Americans.

I am an American Black Film Festival alumnus and appreciate Jeff Friday for all that he has done. I formed my production company, Holy Hill Productions, to make films that inspire and entertain. My first film, The Altar, stars Elisabeth Omilami (Ray, Glory Road, Madea's Family Reunion) and won 2nd Place for Best Feature at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival 2006. I also wrote, produced, and directed a short film series called Mattie, Johnny and Smooth White Stones that was selected for inclusion in the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

Thank you again, BLACK ENTERPRISE, for putting these trailblazers center stage!

Cassandra Hollis, Producer/Director/Writer/Talent

Atlanta

HolyHillprods@aol.com

www.holyhillproductions.com

I COMMEND YOU, NICOLE MARIE

Richardson and the rest of your team, on the December issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE. The cover story was very encouraging. It illuminated what Hollywood, many media outlets, and maybe even the White House (according to the article "Is Bush Stemming Ad Dollars to Black Media?" Newspoints) want to keep in the dark: positive images of people of color on screen. The development and success of the independent films and projects being produced, directed, and moved forward by blacks is a phenomenal trend, and I'm glad BE is bringing national attention to it.

I am happy to see people of color getting involved in bringing more of these images to TV, film, and theater, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Please continue to uplift the black community by bringing attention to good news that inspires us all.

Mia Hall

hallmian@gmai.com
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Hall, Mia
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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