Monday, June 2, 2014

Writing // Production Experience.

The First Family (multi-cam sitcom) -  August 2012 - September 2013 
BET’s Centric - National Broadcast
Writer Episode 122 – “The First Veep Down”
Assistant to Executive Producer

In The Meantime (feature-length screenplay)
ABFF / GMC Television Network Screenplay Competition Winner - June 2012
Uplift Network – National Broadcast - August 2013

The Bohemian (web miniseries)
LA Web Fest  - April 2012
- Outstanding Achievement -Lead Actress
- Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Tisch Alumni Emerging Television Writers Showcase - March 2009

Single Ladies (television show / VH1) - December 2010 - 2011
Assistant to Executive Producers

Flavor Unit Entertainment / CBS - July 2009 - August 2011
Development Assistant

His/Herstory (short film) -  2003-05
Toronto International Film Festival, Reel Venus Film Festival,
Berlin Black Cinema Film Festival, Pan-African Film Festival, et al

Matriotism (full-length play)
Tribeca Performing Arts Center  - December 2004 - April 2005

Epi-Phenomenon (feature-length screenplay)
Sundance Screenwriting Lab-First Round Selection - June 2002
Urbanworld Screenplay Competition-Honorable Mention - July 2002

Coal Colored Females (one-act play)
Recipient of NYU’s OASIS -Ism Grant - March 2002
Voices From the Edge Festival, New Perspectives Theater - February 2002
Dramatic Writing Dept. Ten-Minute Play Festival - December 2001

Southern Love Acoustics (feature-length screenplay)   
Finalist Urban World Screenplay Competition - August 2001
Dramatic Writing Screenwriting Lab Workshop - Spring 2001

Maze (one-act play)
Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source - September 2001
National Black Arts Festival, Mosaic Silhouettes - July 2001
Horizon Theater, Young Playwright’s Festival - July 2001

Clark-Atlanta University - BA in Mass Communication, magna cum laude
New York University  - MFA in Dramatic Writing / Tisch School of the Arts
New York University - Certificate in Film Production School for Continuing Studies


Nzinga Kadalie Kemp began writing for stage and film in the thriving arts 
community of Atlanta, Georgia where she earned her B.A. from Clark-Atlanta 
University. She later received her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New 
York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Nzinga's work has been 
showcased in venues nationally, including the Tribeca Performing Arts Center 
and the National Black Arts Festival. Her debut film, His/Herstory, has been 
featured in over thirty film festivals internationally including the Toronto Film 
Festival. Epi-Phenomenon, a feature screenplay she wrote, was a first-round 
selection in the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab and received Honorable 
Mention in the UrbanWorld Screenwriting Competition. Her short play, The 
Bohemian, was featured in the New York University Tisch Alumni Emerging 
Television Writers Showcase and has also been produced as a web series. The 
Bohemian was honored at the 2012 LA Web Fest for Outstanding Lead Actor 
and Music Composition. Her feature screenplay, In The Meantime, won the 
2012 GMC Television Network Faith and Family Screenplay competition and will 
premiere on the Uplift Network (formerly GMC) in August 2013.  Nzinga 
wrote an episode of "The First Family" airing on BET's Centric. She lives in 
Los Angeles and is a part of a "Steamfunk" Hip Hop band called The Milky Way.

Monday, August 12, 2013

In the Meantime // Premiering on the UP Network -- PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release          




ATLANTA – August 8, 2013 – UP, America’s favorite channel for uplifting entertainment, presents the UP Original Movie In The Meantime (#InTheMeantime)starring Kali Hawk (Bridesmaids, Couples Retreat), Darrin Dewitt Henson (The Express, “Soul Food”), Terri J. Vaughn (Friday, “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Sugar Mommas”) and Grammy©-nominated artist Musiq Soulchild in his film debut.  A romantic comedy with heart, In The Meantime will premiere exclusively on UP on Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. EDT.

Directed and produced by former Tyler Perry Studios executive Roger M. Bobb of (“Raising Izzie,” For Colored Girls, “The Rickey Smiley Show”) and based on Nzinga Kadalie Kemp award-winning screenplay from the 2012 UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition presented at the American Black Film Festival.  In The Meantime also stars Thomas Mikal Ford (“Martin”), Rodney Perry (Madea’s Big Happy Family), David Mann (Madea’s Big Happy Family, “Meet the Browns”), and Tamela Mann (Sparkle, Madea’s Big Happy Family, “Meet the Browns”) and Demetria McKinney (“House of Payne”). 

In the Meantime is the story of Jazmin “Jazz” Welles (Kali Hawk) a confident, educated woman who thought her path in life was all laid out in front of her. When she loses her job and her longtime aspiring artist fiancĂ© Blac (Musiq Soulchild) decides they need to take a six-month break from each other before getting married, Jazz loses direction. With Blac gone, Jazz is forced to move in with her very pregnant sister Nina (Terri J. Vaughn) and her husband Reverend Clay (Thomas Mikal Ford) and throws herself into endless activities in an attempt to find herself.  So when Nina recruits Jazz to teach an adult literacy program at a local community center run by the committed Sister Fay (Elisabeth Omilami) and her antagonistic daughter Felicia (Demetria McKinney), Jazz reluctantly agrees.  There, she is paired with Kwame Davis (Darrin Dewitt Henson), an attorney focused on career advancement, also reluctantly volunteering his Saturdays in an effort to please his boss. Jazz and Kwame work together to find new and creative ways to engage their students including, Minnie (Tamela Mann), a grandmother who yearns to read her Bible and be able to read the karaoke screen with her grandchildren; BJ (Rodney Perry), a West-African who is working to obtain his US citizenship; and Frankie (David Mann), a former R&B artist who wants to stop relying on his children to get him through his daily tasks, like reading a menu. As the two teachers guide each student toward individual success, they find themselves personally inspired and drawn into an unlikely friendship that surprisingly blossoms. What started out as a chore becomes an uplifting journey for both.  With Jazz’s relationship break set to expire and Kwame’s partnership at the firm speeding forward, both Jazz and Kwame find their lives changing in unforeseen ways.

“We were very excited to introduce this smart, funny, well-acted film at this year’s ABFF in Miami, since it was the winner of last year’s UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition” said Brad Siegel, vice chairman, UP.  “The overwhelmingly positive audience response at the ABFF world premiere screening was thrilling for those of us attending, particularly winning writer Nzinga Kadalie Kemp, director Roger M. Bobb and cast members Kali Hawk and Darrin Dewitt Henson.  In The Meantime represents the depth of talent and kind of entertaining, contemporary and faith-friendly stories that we develop and share with our viewers.  We are continuously inspired by the quality of writing and storytelling we are getting from the young, up-and-coming writers that are entering scripts in the competition.”

In The Meantime is a simple story that mirrors everyday life in so many ways, and, that’s a significant part of what drew me to this script,” said Roger Bobb.  “Jazz thinks she knows true love. However when she expands her definition of what love truly is, through helping others and rekindling her love of community, family, and her faith, she discovers the strength and the foundation needed to change her life. Telling stories like this never gets old, and I feel blessed to be a part of the creative team and to be once again working with UP to bring this wonderful story to life.”

In the Meantime is the second UP Original film to trace its roots to a grand prize-winning script at UP’s annual Faith and Family Screenplay Competition at ABFF in Miami.  In 2012, UP’s World Premiere Movie Raising Izzie  was the first film to win the competition.  Based on David Martyn Conley’s screenplay, the film premiered one year after its win at ABFF and set ratings milestones for the network, ranking number one in its time period among African-American adults 18-49 and women 18-49 among all ad-supported cable networks.  UP’s Somebody’s Child, from screenwriter Siddeeqah Powell, won honorable mention that year and also boasted strong ratings, ranking second in its time period among all ad-supported cable networks in the key African-American demos of W25-54 and W18-49.

Bobb’s directorial debut film, Raising Izzie received two NAACP nominations. He formerly served as executive vice president of Tyler Perry Studios where he produced the acclaimed feature drama For Colored Girls as well as the hit comedy Madea’s Big Happy Family. His numerous feature co-producing credits include Why Did I Get Married Too?I Can Do Bad All By MyselfWhy Did I Get Married? and Madea’s Family Reunion. On the small screen, he serves as executive producer and director of “The Rickey Smiley Show,” he executive produced and directed numerous episodes of the hit television series “Meet the Browns” and served as supervising producer and director of select episodes of the long-running sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” Bobb has won six NAACP Image Awards and he is the only two-time winner of the Best Film Award at Film Life’s American Black Film Festival.

The film’s soundtrack features the original song “In The Meantime” by Billboard Music Award winner and Grammy ® Award-nominated KEM, and also includes the song, “Here I Am” by the Stellar Award-winning Tamela Mann as well as a duet, “Still Believe in Love” by Grammy ® Award-nominated Musiq Soulchild  and Demetria McKinney.

UP presents a BobbCat Films production. In The Meantime,  starring Kali Hawk, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Terri J. Vaughn, Thomas Mikal Ford, Elisabeth Omilami, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Rodney Perry, Demetria McKinney and Musiq Soulchild.  Directed and executive produced by Roger M. Bobb and produced by Angi Bones.  Casting by George Pierre.  Director of Photography is Ross Sebek.  Screenplay by Nzinga Kadalie Kemp.

Follow our cast and music soundtrack artists online at:
·       Kali Hawk on Twitter @KaliHawk
·       Darrin Dewitt Henson on Twitter @mrdhen and on his website,
·       Terri J. Vaughn on Twitter @terrijvaughn and on her website, 
·       Thomas Mikal Ford on Twitter @BigTommyFord and on his website, 
·       David Mann on Twitter @DAVIDANDTAMELA
·       Tamela Mann on Twitter @DAVIDANDTAMELA
·       Rodney Perry on Twitter @rodneyperry and on his website, 
·       Musiq Soulchild on Twitter @MusiqSoulchild and on his website,
·       Demetria McKinney on Twitter @demimckinney and on her website,
·       KEM on Twitter @KEM_Intimacy and on his website,

For bios, photos, production notes and an online screener, please visit:

UP, ( based in Atlanta, is America’s favorite network for uplifting family entertainment. The network presents original and acquired movies, series, stage plays and music specials along with gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service. The UP brand is reflected in “Uplift Someone,” the network’s successful pro-social initiative.  UP can be seen in more than 61 million homes on major cable systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Charter Communications, as well as DIRECTV on channel 338, DISH Network on channel 188, and Verizon FiOS on channel 224.  

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tutankhamen - Short Story Excerpt

Tutankhamen sat down on the bus station steps. The wool from his pants leg rubbed against his thigh making it itch. He was too hot to scratch. It was sweltering, there was no moisture. As he waited for his ride, he remembered what his homeboy had said about L.A. being the place where people come from all over the world to be homeless. He was still hung over. All the way from New York , he'd been hung over, but couldn't throw up. It was painful. He'd almost gotten kicked off of the bus, because he slowly sauntered back and forth, up and down the aisle with his head bent over trying to make the remnants of the Bronx in his stomach come up for the entire trip. Stale pizza, ten shots of cheap tequila, and Suzie's smell all mixed up together bubbling, but not coming up. He couldn't rest. Suzie smelled of Stay So Fro Afro sheen for as long as he'd known her. When he was little, he thought she wore it as perfume.

She was his mother's age, but he thought of her as his own personal Willona from Good Times. To him, there was nothing trashy about screwing his mother's good friend. He'd been doing it for years. No strings attached, no falling in love. She was just his life long fantasy. He would occasionally get bored with her, particularly when she claimed to be in love with him. The idea was foreign to him. He figured that she loved her husband who'd died on a motor speed boat after doing a couple of lines and drinking harder liquor than tequila. He also figured she liked the idea of a young boy lusting after her. He didn't mind except when that nastily desperate look crept into her eyes prematurely turning blue with age. He didn't think of her on the bus ride at all, only the stench of sweat, afro sheen and sex.

He wanted to be rid of it. He wanted to puke it all out of him, but he couldn't. She said to wanted to marry him just before he left. The words stung, he knew she was lying. She'd ruined it with just the flip of her tongue, all the good years they'd had as buddies. Since he was sixteen, she had been his one consistent indulgence. Suzie sat across from him at her huge imitation oak dining room table watching him eat the pizza that she'd warmed for him.

She took a long drag of her Newport, her lips blackened with tar. Her voice so heavy from years of smoke, it seemed to crack when she spoke. She exhaled a dusty plume of smoke, dabbed out the cigarette and leaned back in her chair. She stared at him for a long time, before opening her mouth. He was sober and regretting every second of it. He knew the minute he left her way-too-small-for-all-the-big-stuff-in-it apartment, he was heading to the first pub he saw.
She never begged for anything, but her eyes were pleading with him to stay in this place. She didn't care if he was good at anything. She just wanted someone to sit with and laugh with, but she didn't understand that he was too young to sit still. Her jokes he didn't get. Most of the things she said flew over his head. She didn't speak immediately. He leaned back taking a breath after devouring two pieces of pizza.

"I don't understand how you can eat while I'm smoking," she said.
"I was hungry and you wanted a cigarette, you got what you wanted and so did I," pizza crust fell his mouth as he spoke.
"You real funny, you know that?"
He dusted the flour from his chin, before getting up.
"So…where you 'bout to go?"
"I don't know yet, prolly to a bar."

Her index finger followed the lines of the imitation wood table as if it were real. 

 She was good at creating a reality that wasn't there.

Nuance / Minusha : The Very Mercurial