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Exclusive Interview: Grace Lee (Director, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”)

About two weeks ago, I was able to watch a free screening of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, and I was introduced to a woman whom I’d heard about thanks to social media, but has never really understood the impact of her social work. During that same week, I was able to talk to the director of the film, also named Grace Lee.

In the interview below, Lee and I discuss the film’s newest accolade—a Peabody Award—and how Lee came to find what she didn’t she didn’t know she was looking for Boggs. We also discussed the hot issue at the time (and technically still is a hot issue despite it not being featured in the news), the unrest in Baltimore triggered over the police-involved death of Freddie Gray.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is currently available for free viewing on PBS until May 24. Definitely check it out for yourself.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Grace Lee (Director, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”)

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Exclusive Interview: Kal Parekh (“The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim”)

If you had read my past Moniqueblog recaps of Pan Am (which are still available on the Internet Archive), then you might remember how much I loved Kal Parekh’s co-pilot character Sanjeev, or “The ‘Jeev,” as I called him.

I was able to speak with him back then about his role on the show, and now I’m happy to say I was able to speak with him many years later about his role in a new film,  The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim. 

The film, based on real experiences, tells the story of a Muslim informant hired by the New York Police Department’s intelligence unit to provide information (bated or otherwise) on terrorist activity. Parekh plays Det. Nick Patel, whose intent on meeting his goals could prove to be detrimental.

Read below to learn more about Parekh’s character, as well as more about the film, working with the cast, and how the film tackles the subject of Muslim stereotyping. The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim comes to AMC theaters in Times Square in NY May 29.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Kal Parekh (“The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim”)

Interview Rewind: Orlando Jones (“Sleepy Hollow,” Season 1)

Say it ain’t so! But it is. Orlando Jones is leaving Sleepy Hollow. I’m sure there are many fans who are like, “But we fought so hard for Irving to get the respect he deserves!” And, at the very least, Team Witness came back to full effect in the final episode. We have that to relish. Continue reading Interview Rewind: Orlando Jones (“Sleepy Hollow,” Season 1)

Exclusive Interview: Loren Anthony Discusses “Ridiculous Six”

I’ve been covering the news surrounding The Ridiculous Six for about a week now, and I’m very excited to say that I was able to speak directly to one of the actors who left the film, Loren Anthony.

In this interview, Anthony details what the general feeling was on that particular day of filming and his personal feelings when it came to the absurdly offensive treatment of his people and culture, as reflected in the leaked script. I know there are those out there that have wanted to know how much the actors knew about the film before signing on; Anthony covered this and much more in our phone call, which you’ll read below.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Loren Anthony Discusses “Ridiculous Six”

Exclusive Interview: Joe Lynch (Director, “Everly”)

Everly starring Salma Hayek and Hiroyuki Watanabe, is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, and the film features Hayek as a woman who is trapped in a building full of people who want to kill her. Her only goal is to get save her daughter and somehow get out alive, even though the odds are stacked against her.

I was excited to speak with Everly director Joe Lynch about the film, what it was like working with Hayek, and any advice he’d have for filmmakers. You can read our exchange below.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Joe Lynch (Director, “Everly”)

Interview Rewind: Sahara Davenport (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)

Like so many fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race and of drag queens in general, I was extremely sad to learn about Sahara Davenport’s death in 2012. When I was still running Moniqueblog.net, I had the chance to speak with Davenport about her then-latest single, “Go Off.” After getting off the phone with her, I’d hoped I’d be able to catch up with her again in the future. Here’s my interview with Davenport.


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Exclusive Interview: Mara Marini Talks Guest Role on “Black-ish”

Tonight’s black-ish will welcome guest star Mara Marini to the party. You might remember her from her guest starring role on Parks and Recreation, and the bubbly actress has brought even more laughs and fun to the already-fun black-ish set.

I was excited to speak with Marini about her time in acting, working with some comedy greats and what’s next for her in her very busy life.

black-ish airs every Wednesday at 9:30/8:30 c on ABC.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Mara Marini Talks Guest Role on “Black-ish”

Exclusive Interview: Edy Ganem (“Ana Maria in Novela Land”)

Ana Maria in Novela Land could be thought of as Lost in Austen meets the telenovela. A woman becomes a part of her favorite telenovela and realizes more about herself in the process. Edy Ganem plays the lead roles of the telenovela fan, Ana Maria, and the show’s star character Ariana Tomosa, and I was excited to be able to learn more about the roles from her. In an email interview, she explains more about the film, her opinions on the rise of the telenovela in American pop culture, and her favorite telenovela.

Ana Maria in Novela Land is now available on VOD.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Edy Ganem (“Ana Maria in Novela Land”)

Exclusive SXSW Interview: Darnaa

SXSW is underway, and one of the many musical acts you can see at the festival is R&B/pop singer Darnaa. I was happy to have a chance to catch up with her before her SXSW performance via email, and in the interview, you’ll learn more about how her musical family, what the song “Surv!val” means to her, and the special message she has for her fans.

You can learn more about Darnaa and her music at her website and you can keep up with Darnaa on Twitter. Continue reading Exclusive SXSW Interview: Darnaa

Exclusive Interview: Sanjay Shah (Screenwriter/Consulting Producer, “Fresh Off the Boat”)

COLOR has covered Fresh Off the Boat extensively when it comes to the episodes and characters, including an interview with Kid Eddie himself, Hudson Yang. But now we’re going behind the scenes with Sanjay Shah, one of the screenwriters for Fresh Off the Boat.

I was happy to ask interview Shah via email about working on the show, what fans can expect from upcoming episodes, and how he feels about the public embracing the show.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Sanjay Shah (Screenwriter/Consulting Producer, “Fresh Off the Boat”)