Gbenga Akinnagbe talks with Afrofusion TV about producing “Newlyweeds”
March 17, 2014 § 1 Comment
It was a mild October night when Afrofusion met up with former host of the ABC show Culture Click Nzinga Blake at a Silver Spring, MD bar, where she was hanging out with a mutual friend. They had just attended the premiere of a new independent film Newlyweeds, and who, perchance, should they be hobnobbing with at the bar? None other than former Wire actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, one of the producers of the film. Turns out he and Nzinga go way back to when Akinnagbe had a part on the TV series Barbershop. Naturally, we wanted to talk to him about the new movie and find out what other projects he was getting into, and Ms. Blake was naturally the one to do it! Gbenga has starred in another recent
movie, called Home, is very active in social justice issues, and has started his own line of T-shirts and clothes, Liberated People. Newlyweeds was released to critical acclaim, and was a hit at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Shaka King, it stars Amari Cheatom and Trae Harris in a comedic story about a couple whose obsession with weed turns into “a love triangle gone awry.” When we talked to Akinnagbe, the producers were preparing for a Baltimore premiere; it has since premiered in Philadelphia, and was recently released on DVD, Netfilx and iTunes. For his part, Gbenga Akinnagbe is still doing his thing as an actor and activist. In December it was announced that he’d been cast as a regular on the new 24: Live Another Day series, shooting in London. You’ll be able to see him as ambitious CIA Field Operative Erik Ritter once the show premieres in April 2014. In the meantime do yourself a favor and check out Newlyweeds on demand, or stream it on Netflix or iTunes. And don’t forget to visit Akinnagbe’s Liberated People website. Bless.