May 3

5:00pm ET
Facebook Live


A Love Song and the LA Uprisings

As we approach the 28th anniversary of the 1992 L.A. Riots, how do we engage with the past in a way that is healing and radically transforms our own understanding of time and Black liberation? How does engaging with the past allow us to persevere through the present and envision a new future? How does art, the archive, collective memory, and the power of dreaming challenge and dismantle how our stories have been remembered and recorded? Sophia Nahli Allison examines these themes in her award-winning experimental documentary, A Love Song for Latasha (BSFF19 Best Documentary Short), which will be the centerpiece of this discussion. The short film centers on the life of Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old girl whose 1991 murder set the stage for the racial justice protests that swept the city the following year.*

* A Love Song For Latasha will screen live on BlackStar’s Facebook page from May 1-3. Learn more here


Deniese Davis


Deniese got her start in entertainment by producing indie low-budget projects including music videos, short films and digital content. In the web-series realm she is best known for producing Issa Rae’s award-winning web series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. She is currently a Producer on the HBO comedy series Insecure and an Executive Producer on the upcoming HBO limited series The Dolls while continuing to produce and oversee content for Issa Rae Productions. She also serves as COO of ColorCreative, which provides access and opportunities for diverse and emerging writers and recently sold their first feature film Love in America to Universal. Originally from Las Vegas, Deniese is an alum of CUNY-Brooklyn College and the American Film Institute Conservatory.

dream hampton


dream is a writer and filmmaker from Detroit.

Lynnée Denise


Lynnée was shaped as a DJ by her parents’ record collection. She’s an artist, scholar, and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Lynnée Denise coined the phrase ‘DJ Scholarship’ to reposition the role of the DJ from party purveyor to an archivist, cultural custodian and information specialist.

Marcus Anthony Hunter


Marcus is the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences, Professor of sociology, and Chair of the department of African American Studies at UCLA. He is author of three books: Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America (Oxford University Press, 2013), Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life (University of California Press, 2018) coauthored with Zandria F. Robinson, and The New Black Sociologists (Routledge, 2018).

Sophia Nahli Allison


Sophia is an experimental documentary filmmaker, photographer and dreamer. A native of South Central Los Angeles, she disrupts conventional documentary methods by reimagining the archives and excavating hidden truths. Her work is a meditation of the spirit. She conjures ancestral memories to explore the intersection of fiction and non-fiction storytelling. She is a 2020 United States Artists Fellow in Film and has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France., The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and POV Spark’s African Interactive Art Residency. She is a recipient of a 2014 Chicago 3Arts Award and has received grants from the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab Programs, Glassbreaker Films, and Getty Images. In 2017 she was named the Student Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association. She has a Master’s Degree in visual communication from UNC. Past projects have been featured on The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Root, with Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA, and more. Her short documentary A Love Song For Latasha premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and received the Grand Jury Documentary Prize at AFI Fest, along with Best Documentary Short awards at the New Orleans Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, and more including an IDA Documentary Awards Nomination.