Watch 1st Episode Of New Season Of “Trying To Make It Hollywood” Web Series ‘The United Colors of Amani’
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Watch 1st Episode Of New Season Of “Trying To Make It Hollywood” Web Series ‘The United Colors of Amani’

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Here’s a look at the first episode of Season Two of The United Colors of Amani, which

was conceived and produced by Amani Starnes, a real life actress based trying

to make her way through the crazy world better known as Hollyweird.

The Kansas City native and Yale graduate, who, aside from acting, also sings and choreographs, and has appeared in numerous independent

films, TV commercials, plays, concerts, music videos, rock operas, and

musicals, and who has worked with many notable names, including comedian/rapper Donald Glover, says she created the series because on her own experiences

as an actress in L.A., and says that growing up in a mixed race household in the

very black and white Kansas City, MO made me hyper-aware of racial politics and

dynamics from a very early age.

She goes on

to say that: “As a performer, I

became even more attuned to the demands of racial performativity and

image.  After my fair share of

negotiating naysayer critics who balked at colorblind casting and directors

whose work thrived on stereotypes, I came to expect just about anything in the

casting process.

The season

premiere, which was directed by Jordan Black

(of Saturday Night Live, MadTV, and The Groundlings) picks up with Starnes “finding

herself cast in a play where the director questions whether or not she has the

authentic look of an Angolan slave. To what lengths will she go to convince him?”

To see upcoming

episodes of The United Colors of Amani or past epiosdes from Season One, go HERE.

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