Searching for clean and decent housing that costs less than one soul per month in an area where you don’t feel obligated to carry a sword while building a new relationship and trying desperately to save a friendship are issues we can probably all relate to. This is the premise of blackSTORY’s “Didn’t I Ask For Tea?”, written and directed by former editor Rahwa Asmerom and Essence Ward and previously screened at multiple black film festivals across the country. It’s a work driven by intelligent and sharp dialogue that reflects unconventional ideas about black culture.

A press release breaks down the details:

“Didn’t I Ask For Tea?” features emerging actress Trae Harris, who made a stunning turn as “Nina” in the indy hit film “Newlyweeds.” The eight-person cast also features Keona Welch, Tre Davis, Roger Baptiste, LaTonia Phipps, Monique Lola Berkley, Shaquille Berry and Aden Fisseha. Along with Asmerom and Ward, the film was produced by NY-based producer/director Jeremy Batchelor.

blackSTORY films will continue to focus on dialogue-driven, women-led productions. Upcoming works include the web series “Conversating While Black” featuring MaameYaa Boafo (An African City) and Andrea Lewis (Black Actress), set for release in March 2016, and a feature film “Maya vs. Settling,” due out in 2017.

“Didn’t I Ask For Tea” is now available online. Watch below!

Didn't I Ask For Tea? from blackSTORY films on Vimeo.

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  • Ms. Vee

    Will be watching. And as a reminder brethren we must support with our dollars :)

  • Mary Burrell

    This is cute I love the characters. There are many independent black filmmakers and tons of stories to tell not just the tired hood or slave narratives.

  • Rizzo

    cute characters, but very quiet movie. i kind of enjoyed it.

  • GoldenGirl

    OMG The actress playing Mia is my neighbor!! I just texted her congratulating her. This was a great little film. The actors did a great job!!! I would definitely watch more from this writer/director, etc. We need more film like this!!!