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  • Writer's pictureTaylor Armstead

Culture Spotlight Featuring Chanelle Angelique

Chanelle Angelique is an entrepreneur, writer and producer from Brooklyn NY.

Chanelle developed a deep love for art of many forms at an early age. Through make- up artistry she entered the film world where she is able to express her thoughts through her favorite art forms. Using her personal trials as motivation, Chanelle sees creating and sharing her stories as a method of therapy.

Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival.

I was introduced to the Hip Hop Film Festival in 2019 and knew almost instantly that I found a safe space. You can tell the organization is ran with love and really designed to help creatives grow. The value of the programs and events such as Act Up, The Boss Pitch, and various cyphers far exceeds your donation. I appreciate what the festival brings to the culture.

Why are stories from the culture important?

I love stories from the culture because I see myself. I can see that I'm not alone in my joy or pain. I was so inspired by seeing a story that I could relate to that I decided to write my short film, Anniversary.

What projects are you working on now?

I'm currently developing the follow-up to Anniversary which will either be a series or feature film. I'm also producing a short film inspired by one of my poems and working with a few super talented creatives on some dope projects!

Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important?

The Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival open doors for artists on all levels welcoming everyone to their nurturing home. They give you access to all the tools to help build your craft, confidence, and audience. With the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival I feel seen, supported, and valued. Those things you can't put a price on.

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