By Trey Ford – Poet, hip-hop artist, educator, and now screenwriter Ebony Payne English debuted her first film Kuongoza which means “lead” or “guide” in Swahili. Cast, crew, and special guests arrived in black tie or tribal couture attire to the Jessie Ball DuPont center to walk the purple carpet in front of a mosaic mural of Harlem Renaissance pioneer and world renown author Zora Neale Hurston. The film blends the urban world with Greek Mythology resulting in a blend of desire, betrayal, and female empowerment.
Following the premier, cast, crew and fans gathered in the Main Library courtyard for dinner, dancing and music. The team now plans to enter the film festival circuit and start touring the film before shopping it to a streaming platform. Shown is filmmaker Ebony Payne English and Executive Producer Jerome “Jody G” Seabrooks.