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STEP : Movie Review “Directors Cut”

Taking a trip to Jamaica, Queens is not a journey that is made on a regular for someone that lives in the deepest part of the Bronx but exceptions were made last night. Thankfully no regrets were made either. Movie goers formed a long line inside the theater entrance waiting for a chance to see STEP before it’s release in theaters on Friday, August 4th. The seats filled up quickly to no surprise and unfortunately a few late comers could not see the film because the theater was completely packed and sold out!

The movie starts and you instantly know what step is and why it is so important to these young women. “You mess with my sister you mess with me,” one of the opening quotes in the beginning of the film.

The movie STEP is a true story about high school girls on the Lethal Ladies step team at a Baltimore charter school. STEP follows these ladies during their senior year showing the ups and downs of making it out of difficult circumstances at home and in their community. Empowered by their teachers, counselors, coaches, teammates and family these ladies fight for their dreams of winning a step championship and being accepted into college.

The storyline focuses mainly on the lives of three young women, Blessin, Cori, and Tayla, all with different personalities and backgrounds but with common goals and obstacles.

blessin

Blessin is the fireball, the creative, and at times the screw up. She is the founder of Lethal Ladies, with a beat face intact Blessin seems to always have it together on the outside but battles a lot internally. Her home life is inconsistent, where food is hard to come by and so is support. It seems her family struggles also to support Blessin and direct her in the right direction to succeed and go to college.

“It’s like sometimes I go somewhere else.

It’s like therapy when I step.”

Blessin

 

cori

Cori is the intellect and introvert and stepping allows her to be everything she is not on the outside. She comes from a big family being the oldest of six siblings and is determined to become valedictorian and also receive a full ride to John Hopkins University. Although she has the support of her family, Cori understands that her family cannot afford college let alone her dream school.

“It’s like comfort doesn’t really exist.

It’s not something that ever stays constant.”

Cori

 

tayla

Tayla has the sassiness of the group and her mom is right there along for the ride as the honorary mascot/coach. Tayla also has dreams of going to college and leaving Baltimore and struggles with staying consistent with her grades.

“I’m like a notch down from Beyonce because she doesn’t mess up.

I mess up sometimes.”

Tayla

This film will surely pull at your heart strings from the beginning to end. Seeing how these ladies persevered over so many hardships and continued to support each other as sisters is powerful. STEP is emotionally inspiring and empowering. The fight that everyone in the community has for these young ladies is not shown enough on the media. Seeing the principal, counselors and teachers at The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) fight and encourage these young women will encourage you to do more for the youth around you. BLSYW mission was to graduate 100% of their students and have all of them go to college! This is a phenomenal goal and you can tell these adults truly care for the well being of these students, it was not about the numbers or data, it was about changing lives, circumstances and families. Support, empowerment, resilience, and faith was the over theme of this movie and I highly recommend you, your children, and friends go see this movie!

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2nd Annual Prom Gown Giveaway Is Here!

 

Bronx, New York {January 18, 2017} — Prom day is one of the most memorable days of a young ladies adolescence. There are so many factors that lead up to creating an amazingly memorable day but the most important thing for any young lady is the gown she is wearing.

Reel Reality has the honor of providing several young ladies facing financial hardships the opportunity to receive a free prom dress! Our special day will be held at:

Eastchester Gardens Community Center
3016 Yates Ave
Bronx, NY 10475
May 6, 2017
10am – 2pm

This project started after founder, Meah Denee Barrington, had several gowns in her closet and wanted to do more than give them to a local thrift store. So she reminisced about her own prom day remembering how magical and memorable it was and wanted to give another young lady that experience.

Our goal this year is to raise 100 gowns and $1,000!

Last year, our goal was 50 dresses and we passed that goal raising 70 gowns instead. Along with meeting our goals we fully dressed every young lady that came to the event with a gown, shoes, and a purse! With the help of generous individuals and local businesses we created many memorable prom nights.

Donations will be collected  until May 2017.  

Free prom gowns are just the beginning Reel Reality will be raffling off accessories, along with providing hair and make up! We are focused on creating a total beauty experience and help create the most memorable prom night for these young ladies. Therefore we are in desperate need of help specifically through donations and sponsorships. If you are interested in sponsoring a young lady, donating a dress, or volunteering your services please contact Reel Reality.

To qualify to receive a free dress, girls must RSVP for the event. Application and qualification details are available here or by emailing reelrealityblog@gmail.com.

 

ABOUT REEL REALITY:

Reel Reality is a production company and online video community that cultivates and creates digital media that is uplifting, youthful and educational. Our mission is to create and showcase content that caters to millennials of color, showcasing their excellence along with showing them that life should be appreciated and lived freely.

Reel Reality supports and showcases the work of independent actors, writers, producers, business professionals and more! Reel Reality works to show how real life stories, circumstances, and testimonies influence the stories presented on television and within the film industry and vice versa.