Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated (JJOA) is excited to announce our National Partnership with A24 Films to promote the soon-to-be-released critically acclaimed movie WAVES! The film features actors and JJOA family members Renee Elise Goldsberry and Sterling K. Brown, both of which deliver stunning performances and provide the viewer with a window into some challenges African American families face in today’s world. JJOA, in partnership with A24 Films, have hosted dedicated screenings for JJOA members in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte (taking place 11/26).
ABOUT THE MOVIE
WAVES is a drama that follows the emotional journey of a suburban middle-class African American family as they navigate love, forgiveness, depression and coming together in the wake of a tragic loss. This is NOT a film for kids under the age of 17 years old. The film is rated R, however there is no nudity or extremely violent scenes. This is a movie that should be seen by older teens with their parents. Please view the movie trailer here.
JJOA members are encouraged to support this film and post pictures and thoughts at #WAVESmovieJJ and at #WAVESmovie.
JJOA MEMBER TESTIMONIALS
“As a mother, wife, and psychologist, I was immediately struck by how relevant the themes within were to the African American community, especially our fathers. Over the past 20 years serving my community, I have seen fathers struggle to balance building character and resilience in their boys while creating opportunities for them to have exposure and privileges that weren’t available for them in their youth. I’ve seen the regret when that balance hasn’t been achieved and tragedies occur, as well as the triumph when they are able to figure it out and push their sons towards success. The film also addressed the delicate relationship between fathers and their daughters and how perceptions of appropriate roles can negatively impact growth and development. Waves creates a tremendous opportunity for our Fathers Auxiliary to continue these on going conversations providing support to our fathers which will ultimately benefit our sons and daughters. I have recommended the movie to our chapter and I highly recommend that parents and older teens across the nation see and discuss it as well. “
–JJOA Member, Nation’s Capital Chapter
“As a father raising two African American teen boys, I was blown away after watching seeing the WAVES film in DC recently! The teen lead in the film spiraled out of control so quickly because of issues a lot of our kids are dealing with. The lack of communication that transpired between the kids and parents in the film really had me wonder if perhaps I could be one of those parents depicted in the movie. There were so many issues that came to light for me as the movie caused me to think long and hard about the ways in which my sons and I communicate. Additionally, directly following the movie my sons came to me and promised that during times of despair or stress they will speak with me so we can address serious situations together. Simply priceless!”
–JJOA Father’s Auxiliary Member, Washington DC Chapter
LINKS TO JJOA SCREENING PICTURES
New York: Please view here .
Los Angeles (TBD)
Renee Elise Goldsberry is an American actress, singer and songwriter, best known for her role as Angelica Schuyler Church in the Broadway drama, ‘Hamilton’, for which she won multiple awards, including a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. Born in San Jose, California, Renee completed her master’s degree in Music &Jazz and then plunged into show business with the support of her parents, who were talented musicians themselves.
Renee started her career in theatre when she played Michelle Morris in as how titled ‘Dreamgirls’. Her performance earned her the role of Nala in the Disney show ‘The Lion King’ in 2002, which was a major stepping stone in her career. Her other Broadway shows include ‘The Color Purple’ (2005 – 2006), ‘Rent’ (2008), ‘Good People’ (2011) and ‘Hamilton’ (2015 – 2016). Goldsberry won multiple awards, including a Grammy Award under the category Best Musical Theatre Album for her performance in the Broadway, ‘Hamilton’. Her television career started with a recurring role in the legal comedy-drama, ‘Ally McBeal’. Her performance was liked by a wide range of audience and hence she became popular almost instantly. Her career received a major boost when she played the role of Evangeline Williamson in the series, ‘One Life to Live’, for which she won a Soap Opera Digest Award in 2005. Other popular television series that she was a part of include ‘Life on Mars’ (2008), ‘The Good Wife’ (2010 – 2016), ‘The Following’ (2013) and ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ (2017).She has lent her voice for the character Dhahadu, the Golden Zebra, in the upcoming animated series ‘The Lion Guard’. In 2001, Goldsberry made her big screen debut in the movie, ‘Palco & Hirsch’. She then bagged the lead role in the movie ‘All About You’, for which she received positive reviews. She went on to appear in the movies ‘Pistol Whipped’ (2008), ‘Every Secret Thing’ (2014) and ‘Sisters’ (2015). She is currently playing an important role in the upcoming fantasy horror movie ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’. Besides being an actor, Renee is an established songwriter and singer. She has contributed to the soundtrack of many of her movies. She also won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 1997. She was seen rapping at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2015. She wrote the lyrics of the hit number ‘Everything but the Kitchen Sink’ and featured in the album ‘The Christmas Song: A Holiday Affair’. In 2006, Renee released her first EP, ‘Beautiful’, which did fairly well. Today, Renee Elise Goldsberry is an established celebrity who has made several guest appearances with an impressive fan following on social media. She is a respected personality in the entertainment industry and has been an inspiration to many working women because of the manner in which she has conducted herself.
Renee married is married to Alexis Johnson, and resides in New York City. They have a son named Benjamin Johnson and an adopted daughter named Brielle. The family members are bonded by their common love for music and fine arts. Renee is an active member in the New York Metropolitan Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated.
Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown stars in NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated drama series THIS IS US. For his role as Randall Pearson, Brown won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a Golden Globe, becoming the first African American actor to win his category in the award show’s 75-year history. Additionally, Brown made history by becoming the first African American actor to receive the SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama, and also received a SAG award alongside his cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He has also won an NAACP Image Award and Critics Choice Award, and has been nominated for a TCA Award and a Teen Choice Award. In 2016, Brown portrayed prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s highly-rated award-winning television event series THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. He won an Emmy Award and Critics Choice Award for the role and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award and NAACP Image Award.
Sterling Kelby Brown was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Aralean Banks and Sterling Brown. His father died when he was ten, after a heart attack. Sterling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Stanford University, before receiving his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
Brown can be seen in Marvel’s record breaking film BLACK PANTHER. Later in the year, he co-starred in Fox’s THE PREDATOR (September) and HOTEL ARTEMIS, with Jodie Foster and Brian Tyree Henry. In 2017, Brown co-starred in Open Road’s MARSHALL, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his role. In 2016, Brown co-starred with Tina Fey in Paramount’s WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT.
A lover of theater, Brown has performed in a variety of staged shows, including NY and LA productions of FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), for which he won an NAACP Theatre Award and was nominated for an Ovation Award. His additional stage credits include MACBETH, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS and THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI opposite Al Pacino.
For seven years, Brown portrayed Dr. Roland Burton in the critically acclaimed Lifetime series ARMY WIVES. Additional television credits include SUPERNATURAL, PERSON OF INTEREST, MASTERS OF SEX, THE MENTALIST, CASTLE and CRIMINAL MINDS. His film credits include OUR IDIOT BROTHER, THE SUSPECT, RIGHTEOUS KILL, TRUST THE MAN and SPACEMAN.