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Bomani Story, Denzel Whitaker, Chad Coleman, and Laya DeLeon Hayes at SXSW with THE ANGRY BLACK GIRL AND HER MONSTER
Hey friends, Barbarella here! It’s Spring Break in Austin, Texas, and that means talent from around the globe converges here for SXSW, bringing their unique flavors of music, movies, and ideas to the endlessly growing city. This year, one such talent, Bomani Story, brings his reinvention of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to screen. Seasoned with urban flair, The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster not only offers messages that will appeal to the underrepresented population it targets, but also pulls others into its tale of a young girl’s drive and determination fueled by her love for her family. The story focuses on a teenager who believes death is a disease that can be cured, and she believes she can find that cure. Some dialogue and scenes hit hard, encouraging conversation and self-reflection after viewing.
I strolled to a fancy hotel in the heart of everything to meet up with writer/director Bomani Story and cast members Laya DeLeon Hayes (“Doc McStuffins”), Chad Coleman (“The Wire”), and Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther). We had a delightful conversation. Check out this excerpt from it.
Barbara: What does it feel like having this movie screening here?
Chad: It’s incredibly exciting here. Last night was magical for me, man.
Denzel: Yeah, absolutely.
Chad: You always want to be a part of something that’s relevant and right now. This is it. And it’s just an honor, the responsibility of this film, the power, the subject matter, just an amazing experience. I’m really proud. The energy, the way we relate to each other, and we’re all just experiencing