• Armiel Chandler

Culture Spotlight Featuring Deborah Cardona


Deborah Cardona (a.k.a.) Sexy wrote her first novel from behind the walls of a prison cell. This is where she discovered her hidden talent and began to write day and night. Deborah (Sexy)Cardona wrote 13 novels and published 5 them through her publishing company Deja vu Publication. She is the first urban Latina fiction author. Deborah (Sexy) Cardona always wanted to turn her first book Chained into a movie. As the literary game changed the opportunity presented itself and 10 years later Chained the movie was created in 2018. Chained is an HBO award-winning film. Chained has been in numerous film festivals including the Hip Hop film festival. And you can find it on multiple platforms such as Amazon Prime, YouTube Red, Tubi, Google Play, and Ruko. In two short years, Deborah (Sexy) Cardona is a force to be reckoned with the author turned director just wrapped up her second movie Pocket Full Of Game. Is working on a talk show, a series and is collaborating with other directors to create content for her own network Deja vu Tv.

Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? My experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival was an adventure it is 4 days of greatness. The panel discussion, movie screenings, infused with the Hip Hop culture, music, networking with creativity in all walks of life and so much more. At the HHFF you get a different experience at this film festival because it stands out and distinguishes itself from the traditional film festival. Why because it is by our people for our people.


Why are stories from the culture important? Stories from the culture are important because there is so much going on in our culture that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. We are creative, talented, and unique and we express ourselves artistically but people are so one minded and boxed in. We get to step out the box and bring you in our world through our stories.


What projects are you working on now?

The projects we are working on are

  1. Pocket Full of Game

  2. Sip and vibe with Deja vu

  3. Butterfly the series


Why do you think the Harlem film house and Hip Hop Film Festival is important?

Harlem Film house and Hip Hop Film Festival is important because it provides a platform for creatives to showcase their work. Learn, connect, and network with actors and directors. If you really want to perfect your craft in film or production you can find the tools you need at the Harlem Film house.

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