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Culture Spotlight Featuring Roslyn Campbell

Roslyn Campbell, Project ALY Project Manager, has a background in the performing arts and social services. Roslyn is an alumni of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts who has performed in several independent films, sketch comedy shows, and tv and theatrical productions. Her most notable roles were in the regional theater production of Menopause the Musical and in the NYC International Fringe Festival production of Tragedy at HOOD:14542 A Hoodsical.Roslyn can also be found drumming with Batala New York City, an all female Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae Band and performing stand up comedy throughout the city. In her work in social services and public health, Roslyn has facilitated workshops on HIV prevention and education, interventions, Interpersonal Communication, Self-Esteem, Empowerment, Anger Management and Creative Arts Therapy. Ms. Campbell joined CAMBA’s Project ALY in December 2016 coming from SCO Family of Services where she worked as the Independent Living Specialist for the LGBTQ Youth Group Home Services. Roslyn is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and has a BA in Psychology. She has also completed graduate level coursework in Drama Therapy at NYU and Applied Theater at CUNY School of Professional Studies., My Daughter Tyler, is Roslyn's first experience as a screenplay writer, producer, and co-director. 

Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival. Wow is all I can say! It was beautifully overwhelming! It's amazing to me how much thought and technology went into taking this amazing event virtual!

Why are stories from the culture important? I think our stories are important because we need to see more of ourselves and the diversity of ourselves reflected in all forms of media. The powers that be continue to look at us as a monolith and in doing so, creates destructive narratives in an attempt to demonize us as a whole and diminish our power. With the stores we tell from OUR culture, it shows people that we are diverse in our attitudes, how we present, our upbringing, and with that diversity still have shared experiences that impacts all of us. So we must keep telling our stories.

What projects are you working on now? Project ALY (Accept LGBTQ Youth) is working on one more short film based on another one of our Role Model stories titled Proud Dad. This is a story of a single African American father who rejects his son after finding out he is gay when outed at a family get together by his grandmother. This will be the final short film project for Project ALY since the program will end at the end of the year. We also have our last bus shelter poster coming out at the end of this month promoting LGBTQ family acceptance.

Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? The Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film festival are SO important because it is a platform where creative works from the culture are elevated, featured, and presented by the culture for the culture. There is an open invitation and an overwhelming feeling of welcoming and belonging. In my first experience attending the Hip Hop film festival as an audience member a couple of years ago, I was in awe of all of the support, camaraderie, and all of the creative works that affirmed all us in being great as we are. In that space we were not stereotypes. oddities, curiosities, fetishized, samboed, subservient, gentrified, or colonized in any way. We were just allowed to exist, breathe, and enjoy the reflection of our humanity through the creative works represented that year. I have been in love with the Hip Hop Film festival ever since. When my supervisor agreed to submit our film to film festivals I insisted that she made sure to submit to the Hip Hop Film festival. We had no idea that we would be selected for any festivals at all, let alone seven! But the Hip Hop Film festival is the one I coveted most of all.

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