ABOUT THE FILM
Meet SHANI—a young black woman that by all means plays it safe at work. Her game face is always on and when in doubt, she remains pleasant. It's paying off with winning favor from her colleagues except for Brad--the crowned drinking buddy of the office.
There's a clear divide between the way black employees are treated vs white employees. Shani is wrestling with how she should deal with these blatant disparities on one especially tense "Black Friday". Will she finally challenge the way her boss cherry picks job related offenses, or keep quiet and stay under the radar?
This film explores the sad reality of being black not only in corporate America, but in American society. Shani's struggles with speaking up, being heard and challenging unearned favoritism are highlighted in "Privilege Unhinged".
SHANI is a cute, young, black professional that's poised and put together. She's the model employee for other blacks in the office that want to excel. Shani feels tremendous pressure to stand up for all of them, but she's on the fence about playing martyr after seeing another black person suffer greatly in the name of fairness.
BRAD is unemployable and he knows it. He's spoiled, privileged and gets away with bad behavior. He's coasted for a while, but Shani's talent is putting pressure on him to do more than be a full time bro.
EMILY secretly looks up to Shani and secretly wonders how Shani and the black employees are eating up the obvious favoritism going on in the office. She won't say anything though. If she does, she knows she won't be talented enough to keep her job.
CANDACE has seen it all. She's seen versions of Shani, Brad and Emily over the years in the office. Candace wants to see a change, but realizes that expecting anything other than the dysfunctional norm is probably pointless.
JULIE has to answer to people that are adamant about racial quotas amongst the staff, but her best performing employees are not white. In order to keep her productivity high, Julie has to balance her staffing needs and the desires of the managing board. She wishes she could tell Shani this information but a lawsuit would soon follow.
MARCUS can't catch a break. He's willing to play nice and tolerate the lazy employees but he doesn't want them on his team. He feels set up, angry and realizes he is in a lose-lose scenario if he wants to get ahead at Trendy Magazine.
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Lande Yoosuf is a television industry professional with over 10 years of experience casting at networks such as MTV, NBC, WEtv, truth and Bravo to name a few. Lande oversees all aspects of casting and production at One Scribe Media and has a strong emphasis on story composition. She also facilitates workshops and consults those in need of guidance for pitching television programming. Lande is fully committed to ensuring that her client's creative goals, vision and needs are met while keeping with One Scribe Media's expressed brand.
In addition to her work with One Scribe, Lande has a strong commitment to giving back. She mentors students aspiring to work in the media industry and frequently speaks publicly to youth about her professional journey. Lande is currently writing several screenplays that cover themes of media influence, sociology, gender and race relations, pop culture, women's empowerment and self image. Some recent works with her perspectives on these issues are on her blog with the Huffington Post.
Ultimately, Lande hopes to contribute to women's increased control, ownership and management of media by writing and producing a series of television shows.
Lande graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Television and a minor in marketing. She resides in Bronx, New York.