*From an award season that’s proving to be historic for women of color emerges the one-of-a-kind partnership of the writing/producing team of Sharon Brathwaite and Peres Owino – partners involved in the record-breaking 16 NAACP Image Awards nominations for Lifetime Network.
Their Image Award nod for Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie for ‘Seasons of Love’ was executive-produced by guest-starring NAACP Image Award winner and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson; who currently is starring in Lee Daniel’s new FOX breakout hit ‘Empire.’ Says Brathwaite:
‘This has been a dream come true having Lifetime believe in us and the NAACP blessing us with this recognition.’
‘Seasons of Love’ follows Amir (Cleo Anthony) and Kyla (LeToya Luckett), a couple in a new relationship who are thrown for a loop when Amir’s father (Richard Portnow) suddenly passes away and Kyla’s ‘ex,’ Miles (Rob Riley), comes back into the picture. The two struggle to determine what truly matters in this story of life, love and family. Famed singer Gladys Knight and Cliff ‘Method Man’ Smith also star.
‘I’m grateful to Lifetime and all the black women who worked to get ‘Seasons’ to the screen. It’s very humbling getting this caliber of recognition from the NAACP,’ says Owino. She acknowledges the fact that Lifetime’s ‘Seasons of Love’ was directed by Princess Monique, produced by Henson and Amber Raspberry, and written by Brathwaite and Owino – all of whom are women of color from different parts of the African Diaspora.
Brathwaite, whose family hails from Jamaica and Barbados, and Owino, a native of Kenya, make a formidable creative team because they are both powerhouses in their own right.
Brathwaite has appeared in over forty network shows. Pilots and films include, ‘Think Like A Man’ opposite Gabrielle Union and Jerry Ferrara and her recent episodic work on ‘Suburgatory,’ ‘Bones,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘The King of Queens,’ ‘Everybody Hates Chris,’ and ‘Longmire.’ She can also be found behind the camera writing and producing shows for networks FOX, CBS, NBC, BET, E! and Discovery. She is currently one of the writer/producers on the NAACP Image Award-winning show ‘Unsung’ as well as ‘Celebrity Crime Files’ that air on the TV-One network. Sharon Brathwaite is also a member of the Producers Guild of America.
Owino is reveling in her new one-of-a-kind documentary ‘BOUND: Africans vs. African-Americans,’ which won the Women In Film-Lena Sharpe award at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. ‘BOUND,’ explores the complex relationship between Africans and African-Americans, their historical experiences and how this has affected how they see themselves and each other.
Produced by actor/producer and NAACP Image Award winner Isaiah Washington, BOUND is set to screen at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), Toronto and Sweden before its Spring 2015 release.
Owino’s latest screenplay ‘The Basket Weaver’ was a finalist at the Hollywood Screenplay Contest and Semi-Finalist at the Table Read My Screenplay competition in London. A trained actor, Owino is an LA (Los Angeles) Ovation nominee who has appeared in dozens of plays in LA and NYC (New York), and has played coveted roles like Hamlet and Lady Macbeth. Her most recent film credit is the feature film ‘Default’ with David Oyelowo.
This spring (2015) Brathwaite and Owino are set to go into pre-production on their next feature with producer and media mogul Je’Caryous Johnson. Brathwaite and Owino will also serve as producers on the project.
Follow Sharon Brathwaite on Twitter: @MzSharonB , Instagram: @4MzSharonB and Facebook: www.facebook.com/SharonBrathwaiteOfficialPage Follow Peres Owino on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @PeresOwino or her website www.nyarnam.com
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