Zeus Campbell’s personal journey to Academy Award winner
Host: Tomeka M. Winborne
Description: Zeus Campbell’s personal journey to Academy Award winner
Runtime: 32:47 Minutes
Zeus Campbell is an actor and director, known for Hump Day Romance (2015), Great Moments in Black History (2019) and Hump Day Romance (2012). Most recently Zeus was a cast member in the 2019 Academy Award Winning Live Action Short-Film, Skin.
Zeus Campbell, known to many as “Top Rope Zeus,” began his career as Sketch comedy writer who produced his own projects through his YouTube Partnership. He is also a working Actor & Content provider for websites around the country; with his own Relationship sketch comedy Web series entitled "Hump Day Romance,” available on his YouTube channel” TopRopeZeus”. Zeus is an expert at writing and producing funny commercials, ad campaigns in making diverse characters come to life on the screen with conceptual sketches and videos. He believes this is his passion, his love, and what he was born to do. Zeus loves working with other film directors & talented creators and is not waiting on his big break. He is creating it. He believes, “Live your Dreams Not your reality.”
Hump Day Romance" is a mini-series that takes comedian Top Rope Zeus' own personal relationship lessons and history and gives them life through humor. Each episode is centered on: relationship advice, pop culture references, and the do's and don'ts of life. While laughing at the way information is presented, Top Rope Zeus forces you take a good look at yourself, and the relationships you've gotten yourself in, or maybe out of. Zeus' unique, yet honest point-of-view on the world provides a hilarious, but philosophical observation on today's relationships, dating, and everyday life.
Twitter and IG: @TopRopeZeus
In conversation, NPR’s Ailsa Chang sat down with Angie Thomas, the acclaimed author of The Hate U Give, and the movie’s director George Tillman Jr., to discuss how the book and film connected with their own personal experiences.
The Hate U Give tells the story of a teenage girl, Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), who is a part of two worlds: the poor, predominantly black neighborhood where she resides, and the white, affluent prep school that she attends. Her worlds are turned upside down when she witnesses the fatal police shooting of her childhood friend, an unarmed black male teenager. Following the tragic shooting, Starr is drawn towards a life of activism to stand up for her friend, who is called a “thug” and other misinformed names by the media, and to protest the wrongful actions of police brutality.
George Tillman Jr., the director of the film, spoke with Chang about what it was like to base certain scenes from the movie on actual talks he received growing up. He discussed how emotional it was to bring these scenes to life, particularly because he now has a teenage son himself. “This deals with history,” he said. “This deals with survival and how we can continue to stay on this earth without police brutality or being shot or being killed. You know, this is part of the fear of the African-American community.”
Another significant theme in the book is how Starr navigates between her two worlds, and how she feels an internal pressure to erase her blackness while at her fancy prep school with her white classmates. Certainly, many of us can relate to this uneasy pressure growing up or currently in the workplace, and this double life is actually based on author Angie Thomas’s life experiences.
Growing up, Thomas also lived in a mostly black neighborhood while attending a predominantly white, private college in Mississippi. She described her own experiences as a struggle, and practiced the art of code switching. “I would make myself more presentable I thought. I was careful of how I spoke. I was careful of how much emotion I showed,” Thomas said. “And it was a struggle because so often I was silent on things that mattered to me. And I would experience microaggressions from my classmates, and I was silent about them. I never called out the racism.”. READ MORE........