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Creator Shakesha Williams talks about the inspiration for Curvy Girls Rock

Written by Urey Onuoha

There’s something about the friendships on an ensemble TV series like Girlfriends and Sex and the City that is highly appealing and can even be aspirational. But when even your favorites don’t have characters that you can relate to, what do you do? If you’re Shakesha Williams, you create your own.

The new web series, aptly titled Curvy Girls Rock, follows five plus-size women as they explore careers, sex, love, and relationships. The goal of the series, says Williams, is to show that women of all sizes are sexy, desirable, and strong. “I love ensemble TV series…I just always feel that being plus-size is the butt of the joke,” she says. “Women of every size have sex and are beautiful and desirable. We have life partners, lovers, and face the same things that all women do. I want to see those stories played out on screen.”

In addition to casting actors that are actually plus-size, Williams is answering other calls for diversity in entertainment by writing ethnically diverse characters (and casting them appropriately), and heading up a production that is led primarily by women. Williams, who recently won Best Screenplay Short at the Widescreen Film and Music Video Festival for her short film My Story, sheds light on the show, the importance of body positivity, and how she’s overcome challenges she’s faced as a filmmaker.

Q: Tell us a bit about Curvy Girls Rock.

A: Curvy Girls Rock follows the lives of five plus-size women as they explore their careers, sex, love, and relationships. The women — Jazzy, Adrienne, Zuri, Reagan, and Ivy — are all from different walks of life but are connected in some way. The series is amazing. We have a great cast and season one is filled with characters that everyone can relate to. We want to show that women of all sizes are sexy, desirable, and strong. Not that they can be, but that they are.

Q: Why this show? Why is it important?

A: The success of Curvy Girls Rock will show Hollywood that it’s time to cast size diversity in leading roles more often. It will also make it clear to the industry that plus-size women are the majority, not the minority, and are sexy, desirable, proud, ambitious, and intriguing.

Q. Who is your favorite character and why?

A: I don't know if I have a favorite character. As the writer, I feel connected to each character in many ways. I'm a fashionista like Jazzy, a business owner like Adrienne and Zuri, a mother like Reagan, and a passionate artist like Ivy. That's why I love each of them. They are beautifully flawed like all women. I think each character is relatable in a way. The character diversity is why I absolutely love the series!

Q. Besides My Story and CGR, you have a number of other credits to your name. How did you get into filmmaking?

A: I knew when I was a child I would become a filmmaker. I started writing scripts after I was cast in Annie in fourth grade. I loved everything about the stage and the screen. In 2010, I attended AIU Atlanta and was a Digital Film and Post Production major. I began making shorts in 2012. I love how a good film or television show makes you feel. I love that good content can make you think. It can drive a full day of conversation at work or it can impact a life. I knew I wanted to be part of that. I knew I wanted to move people. That's how I feel about filmmaking!

Q: What challenges have you faced as a woman, and a woman of color, in the industry and how are you overcoming them?

A: My road has been unique. I've never been one to wait for an opportunity. When I realized I was ready to begin making films, I started Harlem Fusion Studios. With HFS, I have the ability to create the content/movies/shows that I want to see. As a writer, my worldview is shaped by my culture, upbringing, and experiences. It's not easy being an executive producer, but I'm getting an invaluable education in filmmaking. I can say that with everything there are challenges and roadblocks. But I don't tend to let too many things get in my way. I'm pretty much a fireball. I'm not always confident but I will never stop trying or give up in the face of adversity. 

Q: How can people find more information about the Curvy Girls Rock series?

A: There’s a number of ways. First, through the Curvy Girls Rock website (http://www.cgrseries.com). We’re also all over social media. We have a pretty active Facebook page (Curvy Girls Rock: The Series) and also share behind-the-scenes content on Twitter (@cgrseries) and Instagram (@curvygirlsrockseries). 

Curvy Girls Rock Series Extended Scene Trailer.

It's finally here! Check out the extended scene trailer for Curvy Girls Rock. The series is set to debut in 2018! Let us know what you think of the scene and the series. We thank you for all of your support and look forward to sharing season one with you soon!!!

 

 

Harlem Fusion Studios announces the Indiegogo Campaign for “Curvy Girls Rock.”

Cast of Curvy Girls Rock Clockwise from top left: Nathan M. Ramsey (Shane), Ellisha Marie (Zuri), SJ Hannah (Conroy), Andrea Ilene Shapiro (Reagan), Dante Sharpe (Max), Namiah Terry (Jazzy), Zoe Goslin (Adrienne), Nick Bombicino (Bruce), and Rasheeda Wallace (Ivy). 

Cast of Curvy Girls Rock Clockwise from top left: Nathan M. Ramsey (Shane), Ellisha Marie (Zuri), SJ Hannah (Conroy), Andrea Ilene Shapiro (Reagan), Dante Sharpe (Max), Namiah Terry (Jazzy), Zoe Goslin (Adrienne), Nick Bombicino (Bruce), and Rasheeda Wallace (Ivy). 

Produced by the American Film, Television and New Media Company Harlem Fusion Studios; the groundbreaking web series “Curvy Girls Rock” has just released its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

“Curvy Girls Rock” is a scripted web series that follows five women from different walks of life. Each woman explores careers, sex, relationships and love. Most importantly, this web series features plus size women as the main characters. “Curvy Girls Rock” will show that women of ALL sizes can be seen as beautiful, fashionable and worth viewing on the screen from week to week.

The goal of the Indiegogo campaign is to raise the funds and awareness needed to get “Curvy Girls Rock” off the ground. The series would like to promote positive body images by featuring fashions and beauty from new and existing designers. The creator of “Curvy Girls Rock” and Founder of Harlem Fusion Studios, Shakesha Williams, describes “Curvy Girls Rock” as the curvy version of “Sex in the City;” which is spot on. The campaign will allow “Curvy Girls Rock” to work with different brands and have plus size fashion represented in mainstream media.

The five main characters (Jazzy, Adrienne, Reagan, Zuri, Ivy) embody the title of this series in every way. It will be easy for audiences of all ages to relate to these characters. The Indiegogo campaign is only the first step in allowing the characters in this series to positively represent the majority of real life women. “Curvy Girls Rock” will make it evident that curvy women are sexy, desirable, proud, ambitious and intriguing.

The target goal of the campaign is to raise $100K in 60 days. Raising this amount will allow “Curvy Girls Rock” to reach its full potential as a series. In exchange for your contributions, “Curvy Girls Rock” has some amazing perks. They include red carpet premiere tickets, exclusive t-shirts and an opportunity to have a speaking role in the series.

“Curvy Girls Rock” plans to make innovative changes in television and film for the better; the indiegogo campaign is only the start. Harlem Fusion Studios encourages you to contribute to the Indiegogo campaign, and spread the word about the web series “Curvy Girls Rock.”

You can access the campaign here.

Contact

Alejandra Paz apaz@harlemfusionstudios.com

Website: http://www.harlemfusionstudios.com/cgrseries

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curvygirlsrockseries/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgrseries/

 

Curvy Girls Rock: Web Series Launches Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

Creator of internationally acclaimed, My Story, writer Shakesha Williams has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to bring awareness and facilitate the production and filming of Curvy Girls Rock, a series following the lives of five plus-size women living in New York City and their exploration on career, relationships, and love. The campaign seeks to raise $100,000 for the development and filming costs and seeks to begin filming by mid-April, 2017.

Created by, written by, and directed by women, Curvy Girls Rock aspires to represent on screen the 67% of American plus-size women who have been long misrepresented and ignored by the media by promoting messages surrounding body confidence, positivity, and power.

“The time is now to show Hollywood the importance of casting diversity in size,” said Curvy Girls Rock writer, Shakesha Williams. “Plus-size women are now the majority in this country, and this series will show that they can be sexy, ambitious, and proud – a true triple threat!”

Those interested in supporting Curvy Girls Rock, should visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/curvy-girls-rock-web-series-film-television#/ to learn more and to discover how to help spread the word via social media. In exchange for a contribution, a series of “perks” or benefits can also be found, including tickets to the premiere, the opportunity to participate in an upcoming episode of the show, direct access to the cast and producers of the show, and the chance to be an extra or become a character on the show with a speaking role.

If you would like more information about Curvy Girls Rock or an interview with creator, Shakesha Williams, please contact Alejandra Paz at apaz@harlemfusionstudios.com.                                                                   

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Curvy Girls Rock Web Series Coming Soon

Harlem Fusion Studios had the first table read for scripted web series Curvy Girls Rock. The incredibly talented cast gave life to the script. We can't wait to film. Curvy Girls Rock features plus size actresses in the lead roles. The series follows these women through love, careers, relationships and sex. Promos and photos are coming soon.