Interview: “The Woman in the Window” star Mariah Bozeman

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Young and talented child star Mariah Bozeman graced the screen with Amy Adams and Anthony Mackie in the Netflix suspenseful thriller The Woman in the Window. The film tells the story of Anna Fox (played by Amy Adams), an agoraphobic child psychologist who becomes fascinated with watching the world through the windows of her New York City brownstone. She takes an interest in a new family–the Russells, who have moved in across the street; a husband, wife, and teenage son who appear to have very intense relationships.  Anna’s life is turned upside down when she believes she witnessed a brutal crime. The film is based on the best-selling novel by A. J. Finn; shocking secrets are revealed and nothing and no one is what they seem. Acclaimed director Joe Wright expands his palette and is also known for such beloved and critically-acclaimed dramas as Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, and The Soloist excels in this taut thriller space.

I was able to chat with Mariah Bozeman about her role in the film, her audition process and more. Check out the interview below!

DG: What role did you play in the film?

Mariah Bozeman: I play Olivia Fox, the daughter of Anna and Ed Fox. Amy and Anthony are both amazing actors. We had fun joking on set and I learned so much from them.

DG: How did you prepare for the role and what was the audition process like?

Mariah Bozeman: I really learned about Olivia’s character  and her relationship with her parents before I taped. I filmed my self-tape with my agent Jenny, then I received a callback, which I had to go to New York for. I was able to do a table read with the entire cast, which was great and very helpful.  When I returned to Chicago, I had to wait another week before finding out that I got the role…I was so excited!

DG: That’s good! It seems like you prepared very well for the role. With his film being a thriller, were you a little frightened or intimidated?

Mariah Bozeman: I’m not really a huge fan of scary movies and thrillers, but being that I read the entire script before filming Woman in the Window, there were no surprises for me. Knowing what was going to happen each step of the way, took away the fear factor. I actually became less afraid of scary movies after going through the entire process.

DG: That is great that the film helped take that fear away from you. Being that you are young and already starring in films with greats like Amy Adams and Anthony Mackie, how did you get your start in acting?

Mariah Bozeman: My cousin Marcus Martin was studying film. He always believed that I would be an actress. Unfortunately, he passed away when I was 5. I waited a couple of years before I began acting again. I did theater camp and booked a commercial for a director’s website and I was hooked from that moment on. 

DG: I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin. I’m sure he motivated you and continues to motivate you in spirit.

Speaking of motivating and inspiration, are there any child actors that you look up to?

Mariah Bozeman: Yes! I think that Marsai Martin is great! I also love Storm Reid, Zendaya; they’re all so amazing and talented.

DG: Yes, when I think of child actors, I also think of those great ladies.

The Netflix film comes out tomorrow, Friday May 14 and it is a must-see. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Women’s Month: Chi Anderson; The Creative Coach & Lady of all Trades

Chi (pronounced Chee) is a multi-talented lady of all trades. From modeling to coaching, life and runway, to creative directing and acting, she does it all! She lived a comfortable and safe life for so long, but through therapy and self-reflecting she started to step outside her comfort zone and live for her.

Chi started modeling at the age 18 and enjoyed it but decided to tap into the Corporate America world and ended up staying there for 20 years. During that time, she lived a normal day to day life, even got married but through therapy, she realized she had insecurities prior to her marriage and during her marriage. While identifying that, she did some soul searching and decided to do the “big chop” and started feeling better about herself. The chop, for her, brought life into her life and encouraged her want to live for herself–even if it scared her.

“If it doesn’t scare me, I won’t do it.”

In the midst of finding herself and not knowing who she was or what she liked, Chi got her certification in life coaching and her business Prize and Shine was born. Her purpose for the business was to coach ladies outside of their comfort zone, which was something she had experience with and was experiencing.

After not being happy in her marriage and feeling alone, she decided to get a divorce at 35 and did her second big chop. While doing so, Chi decided to start her sister loc journey and during that time, she recalls her locs playing an influential part of her life. Besides bringing life to her life, the sister locs taught her to be patient, open-minded and even motivated her to tap back into something she loved–modeling. After being off the scene for 20 years, at age 38, Chi started back modeling and got back to her happy place.

“Modeling is my ministry.”

Just when she thought she was done, runway coaching fell into her lap. With Chi being a model and a life coach, runway coaching made sense to her to add to her trades. At some point, one of those trades had to take a back seat, so Chi decided to shut down her life coaching business Prize and Shine. Creativity poured into Chi and she decided to take on the business venture of being a photoshoot creative director. It may seem simple, but it entails a lot such as garment assistance, posing assistance and being a confidence builder, which is something women and men need during photoshoots because the photography can only do so much.

Chi Anderson does so much and still remains to look youthful. She shared a few secrets because she wants everyone to win!

  1. Take Naps!
  2. Drink water.
  3. Rinse body in cold water because it helps keep things closed like your pores. Hot water dries out your skin.
  4. Warm water helps with digestion
  5. Enjoy what you love but in moderation. (drinking, smoking, etc.)
  6. Don’t let people or things worry you.
  7. Stress stops you from sleeping and gives you bags under your eyes.
  8. Sex is good cardio.

Chi Anderson is a great role model to women because she is the epitome of “it’s not too late to do what you love to do.” She is filled with positivity, embrace and love and she continues to share her wisdom amongst others. She is also the personification of a woman building other women up.

Be on the lookout for the Creative Coach, you may see her in a print ad, at a photoshoot or even on the tv screen, since she is an aspiring actress.

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Check out her website –> https://chithemodel.com/

Episode 10: Founders of Cre8tive Tribe Media Garrick Wade and Justin Jenkins Interview: Available on Podcast Platforms

Director, producer & founder Garrick Wade and writer, producer, and co-founder Justin Jenkins were a pleasure to have on this week’s episode of The Gold Spot Podcast. Their company Cre8tive Tribe Media produces web series and short films, such as The Reading, which was recently released this month on Amazon Prime! Make sure you watch it!!

We last spoke in 2019, but this time I had to check in with them to see how they’ve kept themselves busy during the pandemic, the variety of films that have hit the streaming sites recently, who they would love to work with, their views on making race-related content, their plans for 2021 plus a whole lot more.

Our 2019 interview HERE

Make sure you visit their website: https://www.cre8tivetribemedia.com/

Follow them both on Instagram: @JustinJWrites and @GarrickApproved Follow them both on Twitter: @JustinJWrites and @GarrickApproved

The Reading on Amazon Prime

Judas and The Black Messiah Review

Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton (played by Daniel Kaluuya), the Deputy Chairman of the Illinois Chicago Black Panther Party and the “placed” comrade and informant William O’Neal (played by LaKeith Stanfield). To “other” races and officials, Hampton looked like a threat and terrorist but to black people, he was a man looking for social change. He, along with the Black Panther Party, believed in fighting back and holding the police accountable. Even though slavery had “ended” in 1865, Black people could not vote equally until 1965 and don’t get me started on black women.

Fred Hampton wanted unity and equally; he also wasn’t no dummy when it came to politics. During this time, the 1960’s, Dr. Martin Luther King has been assassinated and everyone knew the government had something to do with it. Fred was a threat to the police and even the government because he was fearless, direct but not a terrorist. The FBI hated him so much that they assassinated him, with the help of William O’Neal—a black man who was facing felony charges and wanted out.

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Informant, snitch, backstabber O’Neal was a car thief amongst other things. When he got caught stealing a car, the FBI—specifically Roy Mitchell offered him a deal. The deal was to get close to Fred Hampton, report back all his findings to Mitchell, in exchange for money and no prison time. O’Neal did just that and that included telling the were abouts of Hampton, drawing up floor plans of the Chicago Headquarters and even Hampton’s home. When O’Neal gave pushback to Mitchell, he was reminded that he is facing prison time and if he runs, he will be found.

O’Neal went as far as drugging Hampton the day he was assassinated because he knew that he was going to get killed and he wanted Hampton to not feel his death. On the night of December 4, 1969, the Cook County police raided Fred Hampton’s apartment, injuring several other members and shooting Hampton twice in the head. His fiancée Deborah Johnson was 9 months pregnant at the time with his son and was just feet away from his assassination.

O’Neal was interviewed in 1990 explaining why and how he became an informant and disloyal “member” to the Black Panther Party. The interview aired on April 13, 1989; he committed suicide by walking into traffic on January 15, 1990.

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Kaluuya and Stanfield played these roles well compared to the actual footage of Fred Hampton and William O’Neal. Both actors have a great range of acting jobs. LaKeith playing a romance role in The Photograph; or a free-spirit spacey friend in the FX show Atlanta, or a proper black guy in the sunken place in Get Out. Daniel playing a regular guy trying to escape white people in Get Out; or a Marvel character who serves as the King’s right hand man in Black Panther.

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Overall, the film was informative and a history lesson. If you don’t know the truth about Fred Hampton and had any misconceptions, I’m sure they are clear now. Witnesses, including Deborah Johnson can attest to his bravery and leadership. What are your thoughts on the film?

Episode 9: EXCLUSIVE Teenear Interview Episode Available

Sweet and talented Slip n Slide RnB Recording Artist Teenear graced The Gold Spot Podcast on this episode. She opened up about how she maneuvered through the pandemic from shooting videos in her room to having a very small staff of people on set with her. Teenear talked about her singles she dropped last year and her most popular one that has been a Tik-Tok fav “Special Attention. She opened up about being private, keeping her private life off social media, and who she would love to collab with this year.

We chatted it up back in August of 2019 when her single “I Like It” featuring Lil Baby was released. Here’s the story HERE

Follow her on IG: @TeenearR

Website: https://teenear.com/

Check out the episode on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more!

Special Attention video

Episode 8: Tre-G Interview Available

I had to catch up with Tre G to see what he’s been up to since the release of his EP As I Am and mannnn has he been busy! He didn’t let the pandemic get the best of him. Tre was busy allllll 2020 from in-person performances, to virtual performances, writing a play, releasing a single and video plus more. It was such a pleasure to catch up with him. Make sure you check out this interview and his new single “The Feeling” AND the dope video for it. Tre G is an artist you want to keep an eye on. From his nostalgia sound to his creative videos, you may see him on a stage near you OR on TV.

Here’s the link to our interview from 2019:

https://daniigold.com/2019/06/19/st-louis-artist-tre-g-drop-new-ep-on-6-21/

Follow Tre G! Instagram: TreG_Music Twitter: TreG_Music Website: TreGMusic.com

Check the episode below.

American Skin: Harsh Reality of Being Black in America

Nate Parker did it again. He wrote and directed yet another great film–American Skin. Like Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker premiered American Skin at a film festival in 2019 and it was released over the weekend on Apple TV.

This film portrayed the story of Lincoln Jefferson, a black man and father who was wrongly pulled over by the police with his son. The officer asked for his license, insurance and registration; asked if he lived in the neighborhood where he was coming from. The officer told Linc that his insurance was expired and proceeded to ask him if he was on parole or had any warrants–not relevant to him being pulled over but that’ll be addressed later. The officer asked him to get out the car and he complied. As he was doing so, his son Kajani was getting his phone out to start recording. The second officer felt threatened and told him to put his phone away and get out the car.. Kajani did get out the car but did not put his phone away. He proceeded to get out of the officer’s way and he was shot and killed in front of his father, Linc.

A little background information on Kajani, he was a non-troubled teenager. He started attending a better school due to his father getting them a pass due to him getting a job at the school. Kajani learns that you can resist arrest from police officer but what Linc had to teach him is that it only applied to people who aren’t black. Kajani didn’t understand but he heard his father .

A year later, a few college students hear about this story and decided to reach out to Linc to do a documentary. While they are following Linc and his family around, a verdict is finally reached and the officer is found not guilty and is able to return to work. Linc being a hurt father and a black man wants his pain to be felt amongst others, so he kidnaps the police captain of the department and rallies up some close family and friends to hold the police department hostage with workers and officers inside, including the one who killed his son.

Linc decided to hold a trial of his own by selecting the jury as inmates at the jail, which is a jury that doesn’t consist of “peers” like a normal trial would have, along with other non-officer hostages. The hostage officers watched the process and gave their input of what goes on situations like this, race and black people in general. The trial starts with officer Randall recalling the night of the murder. He states that he and his partner saw Linc’s car speeding down the street and that’s what prompted them to pull him and son over. Officer Randall says he didn’t clock them but he used to judgement to pull them over. While Linc was asked to get out the car, Kajani started recording the incident on his phone; Randall states that since Kajani didn’t stop recording, he pulled him out of the car and even was prompted to kill him.

The “trial” got intense when the officers started to talk freely about “getting the bad guys” and the statistics of black on black crimes being more crucial then black people getting killed by the police, which IS NOT relevant to the case. A police officer killed an unarmed teenager. PERIOD. Randall claims that if the insurance was not expired, then he would have let them go, but when Linc wanted to get an the updated insurance card from the glove compartment, Randall and his partner wouldn’t let him. After much antagonizing, Randall says he profiled Linc and Kajani because they were in a nice area with a beat up car. This is a normal act for officers–profiling.

The jury deliberated and found Officer Randall guilty of murder. Instead of being sentenced, Linc decided that the consequences would be shooting him. The room was in a frenzy as Linc aimed the gun at Randall, and when he pulled the trigger, no shot was let out. It was an experiment to show Randall what his life has been like since the killing of his son, waiting on a jury to determine Randall’s faith and just the overall anxiety of it. Luckily, all of this was still captured on film by the college students. Once it was done, Linc decided to let everyone go and even walk out with Randall.

While walking out, Randall announced that Linc was unarmed and to not shoot but the SWAT team decided to shoot him anyway. Partial moral of the story: being unarmed will still get you killed. Another unfortunate reality is the reports of situations like this. The news claimed that Linc had PTSD, dealing with Islamic extremists, and that he possibly committed suicide—then went on to a sports segment to talk about a black basketball player. There was no sensibility at all and it is the harsh reality of America, being American and having black American Skin.

What are your thought on the film??