Sunday, February 26, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Emayatzy Corinealdi

Emayatzy Corinealdi (1980- )

The Invitation (2015)

Corinealdi was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Her father is Panamanian and her mother is an Black American. As a member of a military family, she was raised between Germany and the U.S. states of Ohio, Kansas, and New Jersey. She studied in New Jersey at the Actor's Training Studio, the William Esper Studio in New York City, then at Playhouse West. She co-starred in a number of independent and short films as well as a recurring role on the CBS daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless. In 2012, she made her feature film debut as the lead in the drama Middle of Nowhere. From there, Corinealdi won the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival Star Project, an international acting competition for emerging multicultural artists. Later that year, she won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for the film. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. In 2013 Corinealdi appeared in the short film The Door, part of Miu Miu's fashion series Women's Tales, which reunited her with her Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay. In 2014, Corinealdi was cast in the Amazon drama series Hand of God. Later that year, she has won the role of Frances Taylor, the wife of Miles Davis in the biographical film Miles Ahead. (Source)

About The Invitation (2015)

Kira (Corinealdi) was the model of coolness for 'My white boyfriend's white ex and white friends are freaking nuts' and fought back when the crazy hit its anxiety-riddled peak. I have yet to really zero in on all of my thoughts about this film because it's been that movie that I completely adore and desire to absorb all of its textures. The Invitation delivers so many messages that my inbox is full, down to the optics of having Kira be a Black woman reminding me of just how important 'seeing ourselves' in these texts really are.

"I walked away saying, 'No dinner parties with people I don’t know, in the Hills.' Things can get sketchy up there. It’s already tough to navigate your way up there. You usually have to park your car somewhere else and get a shuttle. You can get stranded up there. I never thought about that before this film in terms of what L.A. can be like, and the Hills and everything. You have to be aware of your company, the company that you keep. This is something that you grow up hearing. This is something your parents tell you: 'Be aware of who you’re with.'" 
-Emayatzy's takeaway lesson from The Invitation

Other Genre Performances

Ms. Tandon, Teacher In A Box (2014)
Girl, Demons (2007)
Eve, Vampz (2004)

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