Robert, a classically trained dancer, dreams of becoming a famous rap star. After suffering a humiliating defeat at a leading open mic competition, Robert struggles to redeem himself in the eyes of his community. He falls hard for a girl named Stacy but his family’s prejudices threaten to tear them apart. Can Robert overcome his fears and troubled home life to achieve his hip hop dreams? It’s a journey of swagger, struggle, and self love that we all must travel. Do you have what it takes to be iLLA?
Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes.
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Ronvé O’Daniel is an American rapper, producer and actor, born in Queens, New York, where he lived until he was four years old. It was then when he and his family eventually moved to Marietta, GA where he was raised. He released his debut solo album entitled, "He Speaks So Well" in the fall of 2011. "He Speaks So Well" created a tremendous buzz throughout the industry, including a spot on Billy Danze’s (from legendary hip hop group M.O.P.) mixtape series "R.U.N "(Rap’s United Nations) as well as DJ Green Lantern's "Overtime Grind Mixtape Vol 2." Ronvé has also been featured in XXL Magazine as well as Allhiphop.com. As a professional actor, Ronvé was featured in productions including Altar Boyz, Seussical the Musical, and Amen Corner. Currently, Ronvé is continuing to work as a recording artist. His current singles “Classy” and “Star Power” are in full rotation and are available on iTunes.
Jevares C. Myrick
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Jevares C. Myrick is an American-born Producer/Composer, Singer, Dancer and Actor born in Montgomery, Alabama where he lived until he was eight years old, until his family moved to Marietta, GA. His regional theater credits include The Producers, Sophisticated Ladies, Ragtime, Grease, Ain't Misbehavin, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, All Night Strut, Smokey Joe's Café, among others. Jevares attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio on a full scholarship as a Voice Performance/Opera Major and was featured in several Opera and Musical Theatre productions. Shortly after, he decided to pursue a career in performing, and was immediately cast as a lead performer for Royal Caribbean and Holland America Cruise Lines. Currently, Jevares can be seen composing and creating corporate backing tracks for Six Flags Over Georgia, Georgia Aquarium, Simon Corporation, and the Atlanta Lyric Theater.
As a team, Jevares and Ronvé were members of the hip hop group The Undergrads, which released a mixtape, two albums and opened up for acts such as Kelly Rowland, Bone Crusher and Travis Porter. As producers, they cofounded Varsity Squad Productions, and worked with notable figures such as 2-Chainz, DJ Toomp and DJ Jelly.
J Kyle Manzay
J Kyle Manzay received his MFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Off-Broadway, The Actor’s Rap starring Vanessa Simmons and the workshop production of The Bootleg Blues starring Chadwick Boseman and Tracie Thoms. J Kyle is a recurring director at the Soul Repertory Theater’s New Playwright Festival at the Dallas Theater Center. With Sony Entertainment he wrote, produced, and directed former Sony Recording Artist Jim Jones’ album Prey IV Reign, Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones. Mr. Manzay is the founder of Korner Theatricals, which recently produced the Off-Broadway production The Great MacDaddy starring Khalil Kain. As an actor he received the 2004 Obie Award for Outstanding Performance and has been nominated for 5 AUDELCO awards including a nomination for his work in the post-Katrina inspired Waiting for Godot opposite Wendell Pierce. J Kyle has been featured on “Good Day New York”, “The Hot 97 Morning Show”, “The Wendy Williams Show” and featured in the New Yorker Magazine, New York Times, and XXL Magazine.
Currently the New York representative for Scandinavia's largest theatrical stage rights agency, Nordiska ApS. Negotiated international licenses for live stage rights for many Broadway musicals including, The Addams Family, Flashdance, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, The Full Monty, AvenueQ, Wicked (Helsinki), Next To Normal among many others. Currently also the Managing Director for Sundance Productions Inc which is the New York office of BB Promotion – The Art of Entertainment, the group is now one of the leading firms providing high quality live entertainment in Europe. Based in Mannheim, Germany, the group’s field of responsibility and line of business includes directing concerts in the region, facilitating national and international tours of musical theatre productions as well as premieres of German productions. Currently working with Briones Productions in Mexico for licenses of CATS and Rock of Ages. Additionally David co-conceived and produced the hit Latino musical 4 Guys Named José which played Off Broadway B;way and is in the MTI catalog and Blackbirds of Broadway which played to great success in theatres across the U.S., The Montreal Jazz Festival and two commercial European tours. David has also managed and/or booked Tango Argentino, Flamenco Puro, as well as domestic and international tours of A Chorus Line, Ain't Misbehavin', One Mo' Time, My One and Only, Ballet Folklorico de Chile, Ballet, Folklorico de Mexico, Dancers and Musicians of Bali, Antología de la Zarzuela, National Dance Company of Senegal,Spellbound, A Magic Night In America,Africa Oye, and 3 Mo’ Divas.