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Alexander Bedria’s ‘The Zim’ Wins Prestigious, Best of Fest Award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA- Actor Alexander Bedria’s directorial debut ‘The Zim’, which he also wrote, took home the top prize when it recently premiered at LA Shorts International Film Festival. Almost 300 shorts were in contention for the award. 

‘The Zim’ is the story of one man’s struggle to protect his farm and loved ones from a violent land invasion. Inspired by true events that occurred during the controversial Zimbabwean land seizures in the early 2000’s, The Zim follows the story of farmer Daniel Silva (Alexander Bedria) who must decide between fleeing the country or standing his ground. William Zimunya (native Zimbabwean Tongayi Chirisa), his farmhand, is torn between loyalty to his lifelong friend and fear of the powerful men who lead the charge to invade the farm.

“I was inspired by the men and women who endured extraordinary hardship, yet never lost their humanity. I hope the film honors them,” said writer/director Alexander Bedria who nearly five years researching, developing and crowdfunding the film.

As an actor, Bedria has displayed considerable range, recently guest starring on the Showtime series Ray Donovan and HBO’s The Newsroom. His acting credits also include: Scandal, Criminal Minds, 90210, CSI: Miami and The Amazing Spider-man.

This drama stars Alexander Bedria (The Newsroom, Ray Donovan), Tongayi Chrisa (iZombie, Gaffigan), Amanda Wing (Sunshine State), Constance Ejuma (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, 24), Shaun Baker (V.I.P) and Caroline Largerfelt (Gossip Girl).


What It Do With the LUE: Gaim Ov3r!

Gaim Ov3r

By Lue Dowdy

New artist alert! Gaim Ov3r is What It Do!

Recently signed to LUE Production Management and Entertainment Company and based out of the Inland Empire, ‘GAIM Ov3r’ is ready to make his entrance into the world of rap and hip-hop. 

Gaim Ov3r, whose real name is Mitchell P Young, was born on April 2 and raised in San Bernardino California. Starting to rap in high school, he was able to experiment with music by infusing his spoken word talents into lyrics. Being inspired by mainstream artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000 led him to the decision to peruse a career in rap and hip-hop. This talent possesses other gifts. His acting and singing ability makes him a triple threat. 

Currently, he’s working on his mixtape which is scheduled to be released the beginning of 2018. Wanting to ensure that his music sends out good vibes and provides a message he takes his time when creating by researching and studying his surroundings. Make sure you’re on the lookout for this upcoming artist.

His music can be located on all social media sites under his artist name ‘Gaim Ov3r’. By the way ‘Gaim Ov3r’ stands for, ‘G – greater Aim O – over V – various 3 – triple threat R – realities’. 

Come see him on the stage Saturday, October 14 for his first big performance. 

This 17-Year Old Black Entrepreneur’s Beauty Brand is Worth Almost $500K — And She Has More Than 40 Different Products!

Zandra Cunningham, the founder and CEO of Zandra’s Beauty, an all-natural skincare line, started her company when she was just 9-years old. Now, at age 17, her Buffalo, New York-based company has more than 40 products and is worth almost $500,000.

Zandra decided to start her own company after he kept buying skincare products that would leave her skin dry and itchy. “I made it my mission to make products that smelled good and kept my skin soft without irritating it. I wanted to give girls a natural alternative to all those commercial products with yucky unhealthy ingredients,” she say.

But it wan’t easy starting a company in an already competitive industry.

A tough beginning: Zandra started making her own lip balm in the family’s home kitchen. It wasn’t as easy as she thought. She had to learn how to create formulas and use the right ingredients.

Her first attempt to sell her products at fairs and markets did not produce the results she wanted; People did not take her seriously because of her age. Even her parents were skeptical about whether their daughter was serious or just had a hobby.

Proving them wrong: Instead of accepting defeat, Zandra focused her frustration at proving them wrong.

Because of her determination and persistence, her company’s products are now in stores across America, including Paper Source and Whole Foods. Even her parents are working for the company and supporting her all the way.

Her beauty products include a line of balms for lips, cuticles, knees, and elbows, hair and body products, lotions, deodorants, and much more.

Learn more about Zandra’s Beauty by visiting their web site at www.zandrabeauty.com or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zandrabeauty