One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime – ask yourself, are you aware of breast cancer? On July 25, Tressa Azarel Smallwood of MegaMind Media launched the first rollout of four female-centric original short films spotlighting women’s mental health issues in partnership with BET HER.
BET HER and Tressa Smallwood were in search of prominent African American women primarily known for being in front of the camera that would be open to directing a short film surrounding breast cancer. Veteran Hollywood stars Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Moesha”) and Vanessa Bell Calloway (“Coming to America” ) each directed 20-minute dramatic shorts focusing on topics vital to today’s Black families.
The forthcoming two films delve into breast cancer awareness in a block titled “The Waiting Room” and includes short films “Like, Comment, Subscribe” and “A Long Look In the Mirror”). “Like, Comment, Subscribe” is directed by Sheryl Lee Ralph, written by Shateka “SJ” Johnson, and will star newcomer Jasmine Luv (“Chicago Med”) and a cameo appearance by Victoria Rowell. Vanessa Bell Calloway will direct “A Long Look in the Mirror” starring Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”).
The special presentation is set to premiere Saturday, October 17 at 9PM.
“BET Her is dedicated to telling stories that support and celebrate Black women in front of and behind the camera as well as bringing awareness to important issues directly affecting the Black community,” said Lorisa Bates, VP, Content Strategy, Co-Productions & Multiplatform. “We are proud to be the platform for these powerful stories and of the work that our female talent has put into these projects that are ever so timely.”