My daughter and I had the opportunity to attend a VIP Everything Everything Screening & Interview with Amandla Stenberg & Anika Noni Rose.
“Everything Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to SCID, an illness that causes her to faint every time she leaves her hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door.
Directed by Stella Meghie and based on the New York Times best-seller novel by Nicola Yoon, “Everything Everything” stars Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”) as Olly. The film also stars Anika Noni Rose (“Dreamgirls”).
As part of this press junket we got to screen the film with the talent, enjoy a beautiful VIP gourmet lunch at the W -Midtown that ended with a panel discussion and sit down for a roundtable Q & A session with Amandla Stenberg, Anika Noni Rose and the films director Stella Meghie.
Brunch was a beautiful soiree on the top floor of the W. We enjoyed all sorts of delectables, the wine menu was impeccable. I chose the Mumm Cuvee because sparkly and light seemed right for this occasion.
Amandla Stenberg blessed us with her natural hair commentary and told us how she maintained her mane during the filming of Everything Everything.
During the roundtable discussion, select Atlanta bloggers and journalists were able to sit with the artist and ask a few questions.
The SistahChick: Do you have any advice for teenagers regarding making decisions for themselves when their parents disagree with those decisions?
Amandla: It depends on what the decision is and the relationship. I realize as I get older that the relationship that I have with my mother is part of growing into an adult. It’s actually important. My mom has been mad at me before but that’s part of it…
Anika: Mother/Daughter relationships are complicated… moms try to protect and even though they push it’s all love. There has to be balance and you have to figure out where you are in the world and when you no longer need your mother’s protection. Parents are there to remind them that if they are going to make that jump that they should think about what will happen after.
It was an honor to meet these two actresses and to get up close and personal with them. My daughter and I had a great time at this press junket. Seeing a major motion picture with African American female leads is important. Seeing actresses with natural hair is important. Everything, Everything has both! You can check this film out in theaters May 19th.