Monday, December 29, 2014

Exclusive Interview with Timon Kyle Durrett 12/23/14


Sistah’s Place2 had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Timon before the holidays and catch up with him to see what’s going on with him.  He is a laid back and humble man destined for greatness. Timon is determined to leave not just a great legacy, but one to be remembered as meaningful, purposeful, and fulfilling.
Photo Credits: Tarji Michelle Smedley




 
Can you tell us about your current projects that you are working on?

Timon: Well currently, I am not working on any projects in film.  Most recently over the summer in Chicago, I filmed 72 Hours in June that was directed by Chicago’s own Christopher Nolen.  He is a great producer out of Chicago, not to be confused with the other Christopher Nolan.  I played the role of Cleavon "Von" Burkett where I was given the ultimatum to right all the wrongs with women that I had in my life or God (played by Harry Lennix) was going to take me out.  It was a lot of fun working on that film.  From what I understand it is set to be released Spring of 2015.

More recently I worked on a comedic TV pilot called Life Twirls On written, produced, and directed by Kenya Moore.   It’s loosely based on the life of Kenya Moore (from Real Housewives of Atlanta) and her two sisters.  They are trying to resolve their differences while going through crossroads in their lives.  I played the role of Eric, the best friend to Henry (Kenya’s TV Husband to be).  I am hoping that this gets picked up and is something that can be coming down the pipeline.   It was really good and a lot of fun to work on and we did get some good feedback on it.

I am taking a break from filming to work on my writing.  I am self-publishing my first book called Who The Hell Do I Think I am?  The book is a self-help and self-development book. Simply put a concise, plain spoken, straight forward, matter of fact, right in your face, first person evaluation, critique, and fortifier of its reader.  I describe it as a quick read and it's something that struck me one day.  It will be out on Amazon soon and I am real excited about it.  "I am looking forward to getting that other part of my voice out there... so that my space between my birth and my death have significant weight in the balance of time."

What attracts you to a particular role that you are considering to play?

Timon:  There really are a lot of factors to be considered.  I don’t like easy roles.  I want a role that is emotionally challenging, physically challenging, and psychologically challenging. By psychological, I mean a role that forces me to have to dig in, do my research, and use my instinct.  I want to play a role that has not been done 100 times.   I want people to look at the scene and be like,” how did you draw from that?”  To play in a scene, if I don’t utter a word that scene speaks volumes.  For example, The Walking Dead has physical grit and is grimy.  I would love to play a role like that.

If you could work with any one legendary director, producer, or actor/actress, who would it be and why?

Timon: That is a long list; of course I would love to work with Christopher Nolen again.  Working with the entire staff and cast while I was in Chicago filming 72 Hours was the best experience that I had in practicum.  I love to work with directors and producers who convey real messages like Ridley Scott.  I would have loved to work with his brother Tony Scott, but unfortunately he has passed on.  I would love to work with Clint Eastwood.  As far of producers, Janine Barrios is an executive producer from TV show Criminal Minds and a powerful sister out of Los Angeles.  Other directors  include Jermy Saulinier- directed Blue Room , Scott Cooper-directed Out of the Furnace, Kathryn Bigelow- directed The Hurt Locker, Andrew Dominik- directed Killing Them Softly, Scott Walker- directed Frozen Ground.   I like movies like these because when you watch them it does not look like a movie set, it looks real.  That vision is what I love to be a part of.  I want someone watching whether on their laptop or big screen to say, “that looks real.”  It captures the essence of the story not just the surroundings.  The directors allow the actors to bring the characters to life; not just the writing, the setting, and all the other technical stuff.  I like for great directors to allow actors to act.  These directors that I have named allow actors to do just that.  They give actors the pieces and allow the actors to put the pieces together.  In my experience, it makes a more enjoyable filming at least for me it does.   

As for Actors, (man Letrise) that I would love to work with:  Jeffery Wright, Lenny James, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Harry Lennix (love to work with him again), Andre Braugher, Mireille Enos, Javier Bardem, Alfred Woodward, Billy Campbell, and Sean Penn just to name a few.  I have seen them in different roles and they embody those characters so much that they make me believe and I love that. 

What inspires you and keeps you motivated?

Timon: I have been asked that question a lot and it’s always the same.  I want the space that I occupy between my birth and my death to be meaningful, purposeful, and fulfilling.  You know I want significance, a significant weight in the balance of time.  I know it sounds corny (laughs).  As for my acting and writing goes, I want to convey the truest messages portrayed or play very complicated and interesting characters that are real whether it’s on stage or film.  I like to take the viewers and audience on an emotional roller coaster.  That’s significant to me.  I really enjoy that and I think it would be cool one day if my great grandson were to look at the screen and see my work and say my great granddad was cool.  “I want to leave one of the greatest legacies for my family and people who have watched me. I want them to see that if you’re going to do something, be passionate about what you do.”

What advice do you have for our black youth today about following their dreams and showcasing their gifts?

Timon: Know who you are, stay true to who you are, know what you want, and go after that.  That is what matters the most.  In a world where you can be anything you want to be, be yourself and just be great at it.  I have seen so many people compromise who they are and what they want for the sake of popularity or money. There is nothing worse than looking up one day and saying, what I could have, or I should have done this or that, but knowing that you didn’t because of someone else’s opinion or someone else’s criticism.  I have learned that the hard way early on, and as of late the easy way.  If you stay true to yourself, there is going to be a space for you someplace.  Do what you love and love what you do because that is how you really live.”

 You can learn more about Timon Kyle Durrett by following him on his social media at www.Twitter.com/TimonKDurrett and www.Facebook.com/TimonKyleDurrett  He is a talented actor and writer that you definitely want to keep your eye on.
Photo Credits: Sterling Photography
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12/13/14-Exclusive Interview with Thea Camara Following her Passion


Sistah’s Place2 caught up with Thea Camara to discuss her current projects and inspirations.  It was truly an honor to speak with Thea about her passion and dreams.  She truly is an inspiration to all the dreamers discovering their passion and following their dreams.

Photo credits: Justin Harris
 
What are your current projects that you are working on? 
Thea: I am always working on my craft whether it’s taking classes, auditioning, or working on booked gigs.  I do whatever possible to keep my tools sharpened.  I have a new love for writing and I'm becoming more confident with my writing.  I still have a ways to go. Recently, I was asked by Zondra Hughes of the Six Brown Chick's to conduct an interview with Terrence Howard.  Howard is one of the lead actors in the new TV Show "Empire" on Fox.  I blogged about the experience.  You can find it here:  http://theacamara.wordpress.com/author/theacamara/  it’s called “Moment in Time....Priceless". Blogging has become another creative outlet for me

Do you have any release dates for 2015 on the projects you have completed?
Thea: This past summer I had the honor and pleasure of working with one of Chicago's finest Directors Christopher Nolen on his movie "72 Hours". I am excited about this project.   Following Christopher's work and hearing nothing but great things about him.  I knew he was the one I needed to work with.  I played the mother to the main character (Timon Kyle Durrett) and was one of the only female actresses to work alongside Harry J. Lennix in this movie.  The entire ensemble of cast was amazing.  Mr. Nolen took extremely good care of all that was involved.  He truly set the bar.   The release date is scheduled for Spring 2015.

I completed another movie written and directed by Kimberly Connor. She is an awesome female filmmaker and one to watch out for. I worked in her last film called "Jump In" which starred Karen Malina White. You may remember her from A Different World and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and many others.  Kimberly’s newest movie is titled "Before I Do". Working with Kimberly has been remarkable. She is such a passionate person and wants the very best for you as an actor and everyone involved in the project. She's an inspiration to women filmmakers everywhere.  The movie had an ensemble a great actors including Jenson Attwood and Omar Gooding.  Chicago natives were present as well like Lamar Barnes, Drea Kelly, Harold Dennis, and Michelle D. Ivy. This movie is also set to be released in spring 2015.
What inspired you to get into acting?

Thea: I have to go back to the beginning, being on my parents’ front porch performing for my friends and family. Watching people performed on television and immediately connecting to the performing arts. Performing is truly a calling. Not having the luxury to pursue my desire to become an actress early in life I buried it. It took me a while to reconnect with it, but it never left me. 

 In 2009, I made the decision to follow my passion for acting. I recently left Corporate America, to pursue acting vigorously. Although this is very different for me I have not looked back. I feel more of myself today then I have ever in life.  I just hope that this inspires one person to just lean in and follow your dreams and don't be buried with them.

If you could work with any legendary actor, who would it be and why?

Thea: Well, I have already worked with a legendary actor, Mr. Harry J. Lennix. He is a Chicago native, super smart, and consummate professional at his craft. To have had the opportunity to work in a scene with dialogue alongside him was "Priceless". I have studied him over the years and this was it for me.  There are many others I would love to work with, like Tyler Perry, Angela Bassett, Melissa McCarthy etc.  But right now, I feel like I have worked with one of "The best".

What advice do you have for our young people and black women about following their dreams?
Thea: God has given us many gifts and it's up to us to find out what our passion are.  Ironically, I was speaking with Pastor Darius Brooks about it last night at an event about "Gifts & Passions" he said, 'If you could do what you love for free...that's your passion. He also gave me a scripture to ponder 2 Peter 1-10. This thing right here... performing, commercials, acting, theater, film, and television I could do for free. However, it’s nice getting paid!!! LOL.

My hope is to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams. There's a reason they're still alive.  #LeanIn

 Thea’s Camara’s advice” It is so important to do the work and not focus on the fame.  If this is your passion then do the work, take time do the character development, background work, and take classes.  The person that needs you will find you.” 

You can learn more about Thea Camara and stay informed on her upcoming projects by following her on social media links below as well as her websites and blogs.


 



 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Best of 2014 Top 12 Blog Articles

As this year counts down, Sistah's Place2 had a great year with some hot topics for our audience.  You made these articles the most viewed and listed in order the top 12 for the year thus far.  There is 16 days left in the month of December and we have some interviews with some very talented actor/actress and author's that will post in December over the next  2 half weeks.

If you missed an article, you can catch up to see how and why these made the list of the Best of 2014 Top Blog Articles:
  1. Book Review -Ladies Night by Christian Keyes
  2. Should a woman ask a man out?
  3. Does Celibacy Make the relationship better?
  4. How do you get out of the friend zone?
  5. How to Identify your soul mate?
  6. Learning How to Love Again
  7. Are you a Bitter woman?
  8. Why are You the Other woman?
  9. Domestic Abuse Pt. 1- How many times must you get hit before you walk away?
  10. Are you Inspiring a Black Woman or tearing her down?
  11. 10 Tips for Healthy & Happy Relationship
  12. Have You ever Acted on a Crush?
We love to hear from you on these articles, which article was your favorite?

 As we continue to plan 2015, we are taking our platform to another level so that Sistah's Place2 can spread her wings to offer our audience more blog articles on relationships, inspirational messages, more celebrity interviews, new authors feature interviews, and movie and theater showcase. 

Sistah's Place2 has discovered the passion for bringing inspiring news that entertains and encourages you to follow what is deep within you.  It's up to you to birth your greatness that is longing to be created.  There is greatness within you.  We hope to inspire you to follow your dreams.  Subscribe to our blogs via email so that you don't miss a article. 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Book Review Ladies Night by Christian Keyes


December 9, 2014

Book Reviewed by Sistah’s Place2 – Ladies Night  by Christian Keyes



Book Cover: Courtesy of Christian Keyes

Ladies Night  by Christian Keyes is the first novel from the multi-talented actor, writer, and producer. Mr. Keyes' novel is a well written journey about Amp Anthony, an ex-con looking to change his life by making better choices. 
 

After getting out of prison, Amp is challenged with rejection as he pursues employment while staying in a halfway house for 90 days. Driven by determination, he works hard to overcome the obstacles placed before him, because he is determined not to go back to prison.   Amp is faced with many of the challenges that many Black men are faced with upon release from prison.
Amp is introduced to Amateur Night by one of the dancers from Club Eden.  This one night invents "Black Magic", the stripper that will get your undivided attention with his sculpted body, exotic movements, and throbbing muscles. 


This well-written book is definitely a page turner with a great story-line and plot twists that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with the character Amp Anthony as he struggles to stay true to himself.  I loved reading every page as each chapter held my interest and drew me into the story. Even though, there were moments when it got hot and steamy.  One of the many things I loved about Ladies Night’s storyline was Amp’s heart of dedication and humility.  I highly recommend Ladies Night by Christian Keyes.
 
Learn more about Christian Keyes, follow him on  www.Twitter.com/ChristianKeyes and  https://www.facebook.com/ChristianKeyesOfficialFanpage
website: www.Christiankeyes.com 

Writer-Letrise Carter/Sistah’s Place2

Book review published on:www.sistahsplace2.blogspot.com andwww.sistahsplace2.com



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Press Release 12.3.14

We want to thank all of our readers for your continued support.  Our audience has grown and we are happy to be crossing over the beautiful seas with new readers from Vietnam, India, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Ukraine.   We have an increased growth from France, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Australia, United Kingdom, and United States. Wow, Thank you from Sistah's Place2 for following our articles. We are excited to have grown with viewers and readers across the world.  We are adding to our platform in order for us to get the next level. 


 If you missed some blog articles, you can catch up on the most popular based on the most viewed by you our audience.

November's top articles:
1. Does Celibacy Make the Relationship Better?
2. Have you ever acted on a crush?
3. A time to be Thankful

Our most popular Blogs Year to Date:
1. Should a Woman ask a Man out?
2. Does Celibacy Make the Relationship Better?
3. How to identify your Soul Mate?
4. Are you Inspiring a Black Woman or tearing her down?
5. Why are you the Other Woman?
6. Are you a bitter woman?

 After all, we are dreaming big over here at Sistah's Place2 as we stretch across the world to new readers and followers.  We thank you for your continued support. Follow us on Facebook for daily inspiration at www.Facebook.com/Sistahsplace2