Producer Tressa Azarel Smallwood of MegaMind Media has teamed with BET Networks on a new BET Her initiative entitled, BET Her Presents: The Couch. The series will include four female-centric original short films, which will be directed by prominent African American Hollywood stars.
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Vanessa Bell Calloway, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kim Fields, and Victoria Rowell will direct a 20-minute dramatic short. The features will cover a range of vital topics to today’s Black families ranging from breast cancer to mental health.
Shooting began this week in Maryland. Check out each actress/directors’ project below.
Director: Vanessa Bell Calloway
Title: A Long Look in the Mirror
Written by: Deshaen Plair and Safe Oyinade
Cast: Golden Brooks
It tells the story of a broken mother-daughter relationship that is tested to the limits after the youth-obsessed mother receives a cancer diagnosis and struggles to cope with the disease.
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Director: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Title: Like, Comment, Subscribe
Written by: Shateka Johnson
Cast: Jasmine Luv and Victoria Rowell.
It follows a wedding vlogger and bride-to-be herself as she chronicles her journey after she is diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. Through her journey, we will see the ups, the downs, and the love shared with her fiancé.
Director: Kim Fields
Title: Baby Blue
Written by: Nakia Stephens
Cast: Shaquita Smith and Traci Braxton
“Baby Blue” drops us into the world of a first-time mother who after giving birth to her son, spirals from mild post-partum depression into severe post-partum psychosis. While she gets support with the baby, we see the heart-wrenching consequences of her not getting support for her mental well-being.
Premiere Date: July 25
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Director: Victoria Rowell
Title: Everything is Fine
Written by: Dez White
Cast: Charming Lee, Malachi Malik, Vernon Davis
It shows the charmed life of an affluent Black family that seem to have it all but faces a challenge with their estranged son who struggles to hold onto reality with the confidential help of his younger sister.
Premiere Date: July 25