A Successful Mentoring
Ciara “Cc” Allen is a filmmaker that loves to tell stories. Graduating Cum Laude from Howard University with a B.A. in film production in 2012, she creates plot driven films to showcase the beauty of characters and their evolution in given situations. Ciara has created a number of short films, PSAs and promotional videos, each with an effort to prick the social conscience of her audience. She also indulges in editing, another form of storytelling.
Ciara’s first short film, “Black and Blue”, is a dramatic period piece that tells the story of Diana, a college bound girl whose life is altered when her brother is drafted into service during the Vietnam War. As the family’s new breadwinner, Diane endures the effect of poverty, war and the volatile effect it has on her small town.
Black and Blue is currently enjoying success and exposure on the festival circuit, having been an official selection of the following festivals:
- Black Star Film Festival (Philadelphia, PA) – “Winner-Audience Award-Best Short”
- HollyShorts Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
- Cleveland Urban Film Festival (Cleveland, OH)
- International Black Film Festival (Nashville, TN) – “Winner-Best Short & Best of the Fest”
- Crystal Palace International Film Festival (London, England) – Notified that Black & Blue is a finalist for “Best Short”
Recognizing Local Heroes
Phil Black is and author, inspriational speaker and founder of The Manhood Project(TMP). The Manhood Project is a coaching and personal development program designed to maximize the positive qualities of young men, while minimizing temptation to engage in at-risk behaviors. The program focuses on character building, communication skills development and personal exploration.
Oliver Ragsdale is currently President of the Carr Center in Detroit, MI. Through its core programs of the Artist Hub, Carr Center Arts Academy and Carr Center Presents (exhibitions & performances), the organization serves as a center in the development, preservation and promotion of the African and African American cultural arts traditions to its multicultural audiences.
Gregory & Donna Kelser are the proprietors of Southfield based Kream The Salon LLC. As a husband and wife team they lead by example and engage their staff and customers to “give back” to the community. Most recently, Kream was featured in a community news story on WXYZ TV for offering free salon services to young ladies at Detroit International Academy in preparation for prom. In addition, the salon sponsors an impoverished family each Christmas holiday to purchase clothes, toys and essential items. The Kelsers’ spirit of giving also extends to supporting small businesses. Periodically, they will feature the products and services of emerging entreprenuers during salon hours to promote to Kream customers.