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Meet Kalia Love Jones, the 13-Year-Old Creator Who Directed Her Own Animation Film

Young people are flexing their creative minds at such a young age, and it’s admirable to say the least. California resident Kalia Love Jones, 13, is a hardworking creative that wears many hats. Between her schoolwork, she trains as a gymnast, plays the piano, the flute in honor band, and in her spare time makes films aimed at women empowerment, according to The Santa Clarita Valley Signal . View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Power Of Hope Film (@thepowerofhopefilm) Her maiden animation film, “Power of Hope,” is an aspirational short film that strives to remind young adults — women in particular — that they can pursue their big dreams regardless of pre-existing or present circumstances. “It’s about a girl who is trying to become an architect, but as she’s trying to reach her goal, a bunch of obstacles are getting in her way, so she tries to overcome those obstacles to reach her goal,” Jones said to The Santa Clarita Valley Signal . “I wanted to show the film through...

Njera Perkins

Sep 25, 2020

Filmmaker Nia DaCosta Makes History as First Black Woman to Direct a Marvel Movie

Black women in film have been making major strides this year. As a filmmaker, Nia DaCosta is one of the latest to be added to the growing list of groundbreaking achievements as she was named director of “Captain Marvel 2,” making her the first Black woman to direct a movie in the Marvel Studios franchise, REVOLT reports . Users online were excited to hear the news as the demand for more Black storytellers has grown tremendously during 2020. I think this is an awesome hire. I can't wait for her CandyMan take and now the Captain Marvel sequel. An exciting filmmaker to watch. — Steven Stiller (@StevenStiller) August 6, 2020 DaCosta — better known for directing the indie film “Little Woods” in 2018 and the upcoming “Candyman” remake alongside Jordan Peele — is entering into a realm no other director has known before. After proving to stand out amongst her competition, the Marvel corporation hand-selected her to bring the new film to life, Deadline reports . DaCosta, like other Black...

Njera Perkins

Aug 11, 2020