Producer/Director: Alonge Hawes / Jairus Burks
Cast: Alonge Hawes (Ajani Garvey), Quentin Williams- (Quan Banneker), Roberto Cruz- (Jose Torres), Shani Hawes- (Asha Luna), Howard Woodburn (Anthony Lee), Tijuana Agnew (Anaya Bassett)
Genre: Web Series
Runtime: 20:49 minutes
Created by Alonge Hawes, Blue Collar Hustle is a web series about young black millennials in Stone Mountain, GA attempting to rewrite their destinies. The series explores the stories of those who stand in defiance of racist expectations, fears, and legacies.
Alonge Hawes is an author from Stone Mountain, Georgia, whose reviews and think pieces have been published in such online publications as Abernathy, Blavity, and Ryse. Blue Collar Hustle, his first foray into screenwriting and producing; was awarded Best Web Series at the 2017 Urban Mediamakers Film Festival. The series was also nominated for Best Drama and Best Representation of Communities of Color at the inaugural Minnesota Webfest, winning the latter trophy. In addition, the series has been named an official selection to both the Top Shorts Film Festival and Top Indie Awards Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Web Series and Best Writing.
Kareem Waris Olamilekan, an 11-year-old artist based in Lagos, is receiving global recognition due to his phenomenal artwork. Describing his style as hyperrealistic, Olamilekan began drawing at the tender age of six. By eight years old, he became a professional, making him the youngest professional artist in Nigeria.
To succeed at hyperrealism, extreme patience is required. While drawing, Olamilekan precisely captures even the most minuscule details in order to bring his works to life. “I try to focus on it to get the detail in the picture and in the artwork too,” he told DD News, adding that those who lack patience will not achieve hyperrealism.
Olamilekan’s typical subject matter includes drawing from everyday life in Lagos, his personal experiences, and family. However, similar to all great artists, his work has a more profound meaning than what initially meets the eye. Take “Daily Bread,” for example. “The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family,” Olamilekan explains. “The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food. Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats.”
The child prodigy began receiving worldwide attention after recently meeting with the French president, Emmaneul Macron, who was deeply moved by his work. At only 11 years old, this is only the beginning of Olamilekan’s accomplishments. His art teacher, Adeniyi Adewole, believes that he is one of the most gifted of his students, saying, “He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe with what he has been doing, he’s going somewhere greater.”READ MORE........