"In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it."

- Maya Angelou

KADY KAMAKATE Ivorian-American producer Kady Kamakaté began working in production on music videos, short films and commercials early in her career. She quickly discovered producing as her passion, and her most recent short film, "They Charge For The Sun," directed by Terence Nance, will have its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival. Kady has produced digital campaigns for award-winning content studio, Portal A, for brands including Google and Youtube. She is currently in pre-production on Leimert Park, a web series she co-created. 

KADY KAMAKATE

Ivorian-American producer Kady Kamakaté began working in production on music videos, short films and commercials early in her career. She quickly discovered producing as her passion, and her most recent short film, "They Charge For The Sun," directed by Terence Nance, will have its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival. Kady has produced digital campaigns for award-winning content studio, Portal A, for brands including Google and Youtube. She is currently in pre-production on Leimert Park, a web series she co-created. 

QUINCY O'NEAL bka "THE UNIVERSE" Quincy is an actor who, before moving to the sunny City of Angels, froze his bum off at Yale. A lover of Carolina bbq, Tar Heel sports, and squash (the sport and the gourd), his work reflects the complex, oftentimes paradoxical American experience. Somehow, his roles always involve ascension, whether pushing roller skating cardboard donkeys down church aisles or helping the Youngers integrate their new neighborhood, trapping Nijinsky in his final performance or finding the higher self and transcending social media addiction.

QUINCY O'NEAL bka "THE UNIVERSE"

Quincy is an actor who, before moving to the sunny City of Angels, froze his bum off at Yale. A lover of Carolina bbq, Tar Heel sports, and squash (the sport and the gourd), his work reflects the complex, oftentimes paradoxical American experience. Somehow, his roles always involve ascension, whether pushing roller skating cardboard donkeys down church aisles or helping the Youngers integrate their new neighborhood, trapping Nijinsky in his final performance or finding the higher self and transcending social media addiction.

BROOK SITGRAVES TURNER Raised on the mean streets of Cleveland, OH, Brook traded in her spikes and love of photo finishes, discovering a new, but equally rewarding passion for writing and producing. Her short film, "Firefly," was selected as a part of Film Independent's 2015-2016 Project Involve Fellowship. She is a producer on documentaries: One Day I Too Go Fly and Naija Beta. Her current motto is "Run, Write, Repeat." And no, she's not kin to Tracee Ellis Ross. 

BROOK SITGRAVES TURNER

Raised on the mean streets of Cleveland, OH, Brook traded in her spikes and love of photo finishes, discovering a new, but equally rewarding passion for writing and producing. Her short film, "Firefly," was selected as a part of Film Independent's 2015-2016 Project Involve Fellowship. She is a producer on documentaries: One Day I Too Go Fly and Naija Beta. Her current motto is "Run, Write, Repeat." And no, she's not kin to Tracee Ellis Ross. 

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