Culture Spotlight Featuring Tanzania Hughie
Tanzania Hughie is a Black American Actress, Writer, and Director from the South Bronx, New York. Her roots in this culturally rich environment helped develop her love for the Arts. Tanzania’s career begins with her love of performing from a very young age.
Tanzania studied Fashion and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has a degree in Film and Television Acting from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Tanzania has featured on television shows, commercials, theater, & film. She debuted as a writer and director on the series Bully The Rise of Two Kings, created and directed by Alex Hugo.
She has since started Tanzania Hughie Productions, a production company specializing in scriptwriting, production, and event management. During the height of the pandemic, Tanzania was on the ground documenting The Movement. The marches in Rochester, New York, Wisconsin, and New York City were just some of the events she helped organize and document the sovereignty of Black and Brown people is critical to Tanzania. She hopes to impact culture as a powerful woman in media, to continue her artistry in the advocation of those marginalized people in film, in voice, in word, in life, in love, in ART.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? It felt good to be seen. As the Co-Creator, Producer, Assistant Director, and Writer, hearing from my actors that they love DNA is overwhelming. When you hear that a group of other creators like yourself(colleagues) likes your work...I'm elated!
Why are stories from the culture important? We wanted to highlight a crime cop show that had leads from throughout the diaspora that may not be what we are used to seeing. I am a Black American with Haitian/ Dominican heritage. My co-creator is a Black American with Dominican heritage, so we wanted to highlight afro Latinx throughout the diaspora that looks like us, so our cast is all mixed like real New Yorkers look!
What projects are you working on now? DNA has been turned into a series. I am looking for representation for myself as a writer and an actor.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? We need a platform for us and so we can highlight our community and the people who create the stories about us. We deserve to show off our creativity and enjoy the storytelling.