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  • Writer's pictureArmiel Chandler

Culture Spotlight Featuring Tarana Peaches

Tarana Peaches is screenwriter, singer, and the creator of the award-winning comedy Teacher Problems. With a passion to inspire through fresh and uplifting entertainment, Tarana has combined her love for people, travel and comedy into her first romantic comedy feature, Love Layover

Tell us about your experience at Hip Hop Film Festival? My experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival was refreshing. The constant stream of high quality content from creators that look like me and/or love what I love captivated me from beginning to end. Couple that with the live DJ before and after the show; you couldn't tell me I wasn't at the livest party in town.

Why are stories from the culture important? Stories from every culture are important. Learning about different cultures helps us relate, love and understand our brothers and sisters globally. But what makes Hip Hop Culture so special, is that its reach has expanded far beyond American boundaries. And knowing that there are people on almost every continent (not sure about Antarctica) that love Hip Hop, unites us in a way that no other music or culture can.

What projects are you working on now? I'm currently in preproduction for my first feature, Love Layover. It's a romantic comedy that I wrote about a Jersey native who uproots her life to move with her boyfriend to India, but when he doesn't propose as expected, she decides to stay in India -- without him. I've travelled to over 30 countries, and India is truly one of a kind; inspiration came easy. But what excites me the most about this film is that it allows me combine my love for travel, comedy, and uplifting stories that speak to the hearts of those brave enough to love, fall, and love again.

Why do you think the Harlem film house and Hip Hop Film Festival is important? The Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important as they offer a supportive platform for creators like myself who could otherwise go unnoticed. But even more than that, they embolden us to tell our stories, reminding us that there are people who want to hear it. And that our audience is much bigger than we once imagined it to be.

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