Stoop Series /

Black Actress Magic: Black Female Diversity in Film & TV


Feb 7, 2017 • 7:00 PM




BRIC House Stoop
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Courtesy of Cassandra Freeman


Even as the film and TV industries—long known for being diversity-challenged, become more inclusive—Black Women continue to be underrepresented in front of the camera. Acclaimed Brooklyn-based actress Cassandra Freeman (Luke CageThe Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story, Blue Caprice, Atlanta, Single Ladies) will lead a panel including Toni Belafonte (Cope TV, Last Lost Love, What Would You Do?, The O2, Supermodel); Marsha Stephanie Blake, who is known for her roles in Getting On, Orange Is The New Black, Happyish and Girls, and recently stared in Othello at the New York Theatre Workshop with David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig; and Santana Caress Benitez (She's Gotta Have It); as they discuss obstacles Black Women face in the industry, while posing some concrete solutions for inclusion.

Illuminating the arts and life around us, BRIC’s Stoop Series explores   music, theater, visual art, media, literature, comedy, and other creative fields, through performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. There’s something different every week!

This spring the Stoop Series includes a special mini-series of How To evenings speaking directly to BRIC’s artist community. These panel discussions bring artists and cultural workers together to share stories about exciting successes and instructive failures in the process of finding resources, collaborating and engaging community around their work.


Venue Information:

The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work. 

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