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An Actor With a Purpose; Nate Parker Talks Beyond The Lights Movie At ESSENCE



Beyond The Lights is an upcoming movie written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Gina is well known for her work as director of acclaimed feature films, Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees. Gina’s new movie Beyond The Lights is a story of a young female musician on the brink of stardom and struggles with the pressure of her new-found success. The movie stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni Jean, Danny Glover as Captain David Nicol and Nate Parker as Kaz Nicol.

During ESSENCE I had a chance to participate in a round table press Q&A with Beyond The Lights Star Nate Parker. During the Q&A Nate discussed how he connected with the character, the type of the movies he likes to work on and the plot of Beyond The Lights. You can watch part of the interview below.

Watch The Beyond The Lights movie trailer below.

See Beyond The Lights in theaters November 14, 2014.

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