Book Black Women Hosts Red Carpet Film Event

Book Black Women, Inc. is hosting a Night With the Stars, Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Three films will be screened during the event. Participants must dress all in white.

“I have read that the color white, in African cultures, symbolizes peace, good fortune, creation and the spiritual realm of ancestors. I found it beautiful and in line with the Book Black Women brand,” said Ayana Washington, founder of Livre Black Women, Inc.

“Apart from that super deep look, I think the white contrasting against the green landscape is a beautiful concept.”

The venue for the event will be the backyard of the 1897 Poe House, located on Bradford Avenue in historic Haymount. The house, owned by EA Poe, a local businessman and owner of the Poe Brick Company, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is part of the Cape Fear Historic Complex Museum.

The three films screened at the event are all directed and created by black women. The first, “Black Women’s Experience of Cumberland County Vol. 1”, was created by Michele Falls. In the documentary, Falls tells the stories of thirteen local black women and their cultural, professional and personal experiences in Cumberland County.

In an interview with the Fayetteville Arts Council, Falls said: “This documentary is a love letter to myself as a child and to my beautiful little black American daughter. I started this project to better understand my black heritage and give my daughter a foundation that I never had.”

The second film, “The Race Against Race”, created by Nattalyee Randall, chronicles her experience of using running as an act of protest during the Black Lives Matter movement. The film was accepted into four film festivals: DOC NYC, Trail Running Film Fest, Africa World Documentary Festival and Love and Hope International Film Festival.

The last screening is “I’m a Star”, directed by Alason Little. The episode follows a dancer preparing backstage for a dance recital, a future star. This is the fifth episode of the Dogwood series, a Yellow Beanie digital project.

“I didn’t choose the movies, if you can believe that,” Washington said. “I let artists come to me organically, and their movies were introduced to me. I know it sounds super artistic, but it’s true. I started talking to friends about the type of event I wanted to organize, and they, in turn, connected me with incredibly talented black female directors.”

A Night with the Stars is open to the public. Wine and theater snacks will be offered, and a red carpet will be rolled out with a Hollywood stage and repeat backdrop for photos.

Tickets are $40 for a standard seat or $60 for a VIP seat. For tickets and more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-with-the-stars-tickets-296378715717.

Joseph K. Bennett