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AHEAD of the release of her new album B7 due out this Fridaymultiple-award winning singer Brandy joins Zane Lowe on Apple Music to run through her At Home With playlist. 

The singer told Apple Music: “I love where the music is, I love where the music sits. And although I’ve overcome a lot of the experiences that I sing about on this album, I love that I was brave enough to go there.” During the chat, she talks about returning to music, reflects on the success of her massive 1998 collab with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” and her relationship with the late Whitney Houston. She also talks about working with Chance The Rapper and Daniel Caesar on new music, achieving success at such a young age, parenthood, the healing power of music, and more. 
 
Highlights and key quotes from the interview,  feel free to use and credit Zane Lowe on Apple Music. Check out all of the artist-curated ‘At Home With’ playlists on Apple Music HERE
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About Her Return To Music…
 
It’s just, when you’ve been away from music such a long time, it just felt like something was missing in my life. I just wanted to get back to it. I just felt inspired. I felt like it was time to tell my story through music and get back at it. And it’s just such a great time, such a great journey.
 
Well, I would have to say that music doesn’t really stop. I’m always singing, I’m always creating, just not in the studio, not on a certain project, you know what I mean? But like I said, I’m always singing. And then I’m always finding ways to satisfy that hunger to be passionate about something. I’m acting, of course, creating with my daughter, raising her, and just living life. But to just really sit down and focus on a project, that’s when it’s something else, it’s something serious. Or you think about all the other things that you’ve done and try to do something that’s more evolved and reinvents yourself, and that’s where it gets you start to really think about it and try to put something together, put a body of work together, that you can be proud of.
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About Striving For Honesty With Her Forthcoming Album B7…
 
I felt like I wanted to just be as honest as possible with this new project. I wanted to approach this project like if this was my last chance, if this was my last shot at creating music, what would this project be about? What would it sound like? Would I just bare it all? Would I tell my story as deep as I could tell it? And I wanted to, of course, stay true to R&B but at the same time go outside of the box. So I wanted to work with someone that could understand that and that’s why I was able to connect and have that chemistry with a DJ Camper. And we just had such a great chemistry. And then also with LeShawn Daniels who I’ve worked with for many, many years, who’s no longer with us. But he was such a crucial part, such an instrument in how I was able to push forward and writing and producing with this music.
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About The Success of Her 1998 Hit Collab With Monica “The Boy Is Mine”…
 
Oh my God, that’s the biggest song of my entire career, I think. What an amazing record. I think when I first heard the record with Rodney Jerkins, I couldn’t believe to hear the instruments that he used in that song. I was blown away by it. I knew that just with the topic of the song, it needed Monica on it. I thought that she just brought such an amazing flavor, an amazing swag to the song and every time I hear it, it sounds fresh and new to this day.
 
And I want to say this. After that duet, I remember Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey then doing a duet. I always say that it was because of “The Boy Is Mine” my two favorite artists got together to do a duet. I always feel like me and Monica had something to do with that.
 
And I think, especially when you say Monica and myself, I mean, that song was about a boy and it was about us competing over a boy. And so naturally people are going to put us against each other even more because of the topic of the song and what we’re speaking about. So we played into the competitiveness of it.
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About Collaborating With Chance The Rapper on “Baby Mama”…
 
Well, “Baby Mama” is my cool point song. That’s my I need my mama points. Just to do a song about her, to do a song expressing my love for her, and then just my independence as a mom, a single mom. And I think a lot of moms out there, single moms don’t get the credit. When people say baby mom, that’s like a negative. Yeah, but it is not. It’s definitely a triumph. I love being a mom.
 
He FaceTimed me before we did the song. And he told me all about that story and his family. And that’s one of the reasons why I wanted him to be a part of the song because I just thought his story was amazing. And he’s just a great artist in general. And then also, like I said, the cool points.
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About Working with Daniel Caesar…
 
Oh my God, Daniel, his voice. He’s just anointed, just a magical, anointed artist. And so just like I said before, about chance, it’s like the chemistry was just not forced. We just came together and his team, they just got me and we just were able to put together a great song and I absolutely loved what he wrote. And just to see him go into the booth and for that song to just pour out of him, to work with him was just a dream. It was great. And to see him that young, it’s like just an old, old soul. I’m like, “You’re really in your twenties, dude? Is this really true?”
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About Her Relationship With Whitney Houston…
 
Yeah. I mean, she had a very, very tough time, especially in the end of her life. What she was able to, not only accomplished, but what she was able to do and experience with her voice is unmatched. And I really wished that that’s what she could be remembered for more so than anything, is how she was able to touch us with her voice. I mean, her voice is just, I mean…
 
When I first met her, I couldn’t believe that she was even a real person. I’ve saw her. I ran away from her and I was screaming and I just couldn’t believe it. And she embraced me and she asked me about just how I was taking everything. And I just remember just having a conversation with her and just her being a really down-to-earth person. And immediately, she just made me feel comfortable to just be myself. And we just had so many great moments like that.  I remember being in the studio with her and just singing with her and feeling like I’m singing with my idol.
 
I never would’ve thought. I just wanted to meet her. I never thought I would be able to just be in the studio and to share a mic with her. Of course, she was breathtaking. I mean, to see someone that looked like you, I don’t even think I can describe it. I can say this. She never represented that it was impossible. It always felt like what she did and what she accomplished was possible. That was the magic of Whitney Houston, even though it was impossible what she did, it always felt like…
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About Early Ambitions and Achieving Success At A Young Age…
 
Well, singing was all I had going for me. That’s the only thing that I really believed in that I had, and that was fueled by always performing in church and always being around my dad who encouraged me to sing. That was it for me. And then I was always motivated by people around me that said that I wouldn’t do anything. I wouldn’t make it. I was bullied a lot as well. So that encouraged me to prove people wrong. And that was my drive.
 
Oh my God, I was having so much fun, my dreams were just coming through like that. It was like, “Is this really happening?” I went from being in high school one semester and then on TV the next. I just couldn’t believe what was happening to me. I was just having the time of my life. To be at taco bell and to hear your song on the radio, it’s like, “What’s really going on?” And it was just a beautiful time for me. No you dreamt it. I dreamt it. I wanted to be everywhere I could be. I was a kid that listened to the radio all the time and I wanted to be popular.
 
 I was just singing love songs at that time. And I really didn’t know what love was. I had my puppy loves and my crushes here and there, but I had no idea what heartbreak was at that time.
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About The Most Challenging Part of Making The Album and The Healing Power of Music…
 
For me, it was my struggle with heartbreak and finding my self love. That was difficult for me, just always looking for love in someone else and needing someone else to fill a void that I needed to fill for myself. And it could sound cliche, but it’s really not. It was really something that I really needed to face within myself, is to find that true love within me, because looking for it in other people and looking for it in relationships…
 
And it was a long road, it took so many years for me to realize that. Thank God for music, because without music I feel like I could journal about it, I could get counseling on it, all of that helps, but music is like for me to really use music as a way to heal, and it really helped me discover that, along with everything else that I did to work through it.
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About Self Reflection and Finding Her Voice During Her Time Away From Music…
 
Brandy: Self reflection, solitude, truly doing the work to be honest with yourself, it’s just I took the time to really set myself free in the last eight years.
Zane: From what? When did you realize that, if you could look back on it now…
Brandy: Well fame, and everybody else’s opinion, and all of that, it’s not real. And the validation from every person in your life, that only lasts for so long. You need your own voice to outweigh everyone else’s voice. And like I said, when you can sit with yourself, when you can really sit in your own solitude, and really get in touch with your higher you, the better part of yourself, that becomes the voice that rings true. That becomes the voice that you listen to. That still small voice within yourself, that becomes the most important voice. And when you get in touch with that, that voice becomes louder and louder.
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About The Perils of Fame and Addiction…
 
Brandy: Well, I’ve come through a lot when it comes to fame. I’ve endured a lot when it’s come to fame. I’ve been through my struggles with that. I’ve been blessed to come out the other side of it but it’s a very dangerous thing. It’s very scary and I don’t like fame, fame. I don’t like it at all. I think that there should be rules to it. My daughter, she wants to follow in my footsteps in terms of music and getting out there. I’m really afraid for her to do that, very overprotective, because fame, it could kill you. It really can.
 
Zane: Alcohol is survival. Prescription medication is survival. Addiction, it’s survival. It’s like, “How do I know myself through this experience which is so hyper acutely focused and then attach to business?” How’d you get through it? How did you get through it?
 
Brandy: A lot of work, a lot of self work, a lot of counseling, a lot of family. You have to also want to make it too. You have to want to be better. You have to want to be the best version of yourself. I don’t have a choice either. I have a daughter. She’s everything to me. It’s either get it right or mess up her life. I don’t choose to mess up her life so I choose to be what I have to be to be the example that I need to be. That’s all I can really say
 
Brandy Tells Apple Music About Parenthood…
 
It is very scary because as a parent, you lead by example and what you do affects them because they’re watching you, and that’s how you teach, is by what you do. But at the same time, you don’t want to be dishonest, you’re not perfect, you have to be open with them so they can understand that through the things that you do, through the trials and the areas of life you learn and you grow and you overcome. And one of the beautiful things that I believe that I’m happy to share with my daughter is that I was able to go through a lot of the things that I’ve gone through, but I was able to overcome them as well.
 
I could look back on those things and truly that I’ve learned and I’ve come out on the other side. There’s really light at the end, at the end of the tunnel. So she can see that, and she’s also proud of that as well. Just seeing her go through her trials and her errors in life she can look to me and say, “Well, my mom came through a lot, I can come through it as well?
 
The hardest thing for me, I would say is just because you have to lead by example. I don’t like when she sees me down. I don’t like when we have to argue or when I’m in the wrong. And I have no problem with apologizing. I have no problem with that. But I just don’t like when she has to see me, when I’m not my best, you know what I mean? But I can’t, because again, I’m not perfect. I’m a human being. And I always let her know that. Oh yeah. Yeah, I’ve had those moments, of course. I mean we all go through depression. We all have moments where we’re not feeling the best, but I just don’t like for her to see me when I’m not my best.

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The South by Southwest® Music Festival (SXSW®) has announced an initial list of Showcasing Artists invited to perform at the 36th annual event. The festival offers the opportunity to connect entertainment, technology, and media professionals with emerging acts, established artists and industry mavens, and share in something big on a truly global platform. The first essential and international music event on the industry’s calendar, the SXSW Music Festival takes place March 14 – 20, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Each year, the SXSW Music Festival programmers present a global lineup of artists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Korea, Uganda, U.S., Wales, and Zambia, to name a few. The result is a unique live music experience where industry pros and music lovers experience multiple one-of-a-kind events from a range of up-and-coming and established artists. A few highlights from this first round of artists include: Aeon Station (Ocean City NJ), ANAVITÓRIA (São Paulo BRAZIL), BLACKSTARKIDS (Kansas City MO), CHAII(Auckland NEW ZEALAND), Claire Rousay (San Antonio TX), Delta Spirit (Los Angeles CA), DUMA (Nairobi KENYA), Ezra Furman (Chicago IL), HOODLUM (San Antonio TX), Horsegirl (Chicago, IL), James McMurtry (Austin TX), Maxo Kream(Houston TX), MC Yallah (Kampala UGANDA), Monaleo (Houston TX), Poppy Ajudha(London UK-ENGLAND),  Priya Ragu (St. Gallen SWITZERLAND), Surfbort (Los Angeles CA), TEKE::TEKE (Montreal CANADA), Vitreous Humor (Lawrence KS), W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend to Cause Havoc) (Lusaka ZAMBIA), Y2K92 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA), and Yard Act (Leeds UK-ENGLAND).

This is the first of several announcements revealing the wide array of Showcasing Artists who will perform for the international creative community at SXSW. These showcases give attendees the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s headliners in small-stage performances at unique venues in downtown Austin. A few of this year’s showcase presenters include British Music Embassy, American Dreams, The Legendary SOB.’s, Nyege Nyege Tapes, Fire Records, Rolling Loud, The Anniversary Group, High Road Touring, Jazz re:freshed Outernational, Move Forward Music, Kill Rock Stars, Cosmica Artists + Records, Ernest Jenning Record Co., New West Records, Rocky Road Touring, Polyvinyl Records, Double Double Whammy, Keeled Scales, Park the Van, Don Giovanni Records, Nine Mile Records and Touring, and Focus Wales.

Artists invited to perform include:

2nd Grade (Philadelphia PA)
49 Winchester (Castlewood VA)
A Giant Dog (Austin TX)
Abigail Lapell (Toronto CANADA)
Adam Ostrar (Austin TX)
Aeon Station (Ocean City NJ)
Aertex (Washington DC)
Alex Dupree (Austin TX)
Alien Tango (Murcia SPAIN)
ANAVITÓRIA (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Andrea Cruz (Puerto Rico PUERTO RICO)
Angélica Rahe (Austin TX)
Antti Paalanen (Kokkola FINLAND)
Arp Frique (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Art d’Ecco (Victoria CANADA)
Authentically Plastic (Kampala UGANDA)
Ava Vegas (Berlin GERMANY)
Babehoven (Hudson NY)
Bandicoot (Swansea UK-WALES)
Beauty Sleep (Derry UK-N. IRELAND)
Being Dead (Austin TX)
Bendigo Fletcher (Louisville KY)
Big Bill (Austin TX)
BLACKSTARKIDS (Kansas City MO)
Blunt Bangs (Athens GA)
Blushing (Austin TX)
Bodywash (Montreal CANADA)
Boulevards (Raleigh NC)
Bread Pilot (Seattle WA)
Breanna Barbara (Far Rockaway NY)
Brigid Mae Power (Galway IRELAND)
Buffalo Hunt (Austin TX)
Buffalo Nichols (Austin TX)
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Caleb De Casper (Austin TX)
CHAII (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Charlotte Cornfield (Toronto CANADA)
Chief Cleopatra (Austin TX)
China Bears (Guildford UK-ENGLAND)
Claire Rousay (San Antonio TX)
Claud (Highland Park IL)
COBRAH (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Coco & Clair Clair (Atlanta GA)
Congee (London UK-ENGLAND)
Constant Follower (Stirling UK-SCOTLAND)
corook (Nashville TN)
Couch Prints (New York NY)
Creamer (Nashville TN)
Cuffed Up (Los Angeles CA)
Curse Mackey (Austin TX)
Dan Bettridge (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Danielle Ponder (Rochester NY)
DEETRANADA (Baltimore MD)
Delta Spirit (Los Angeles CA)
Desperate Journalist (London UK-ENGLAND)
Devin Shaffer (Chicago IL)
Diamante Perez (Wichita KS)
Dig Nitty (Brooklyn NY)
DJ DIAKI (Sanankoroba MALI)
Doeman (Houston TX)
Don Lifted (Memphis TN)
Donna Blue (Utrecht NETHERLANDS)
DUMA (Nairobi KENYA)
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (Baltimore MD)
Elephant Stone (Montreal CANADA)
Eli Winter (Chicago IL)
Enjoyable Listens (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Enumclaw (Tacoma WA)
Estereomance (El Paso TX)
Evicshen (San Francisco CA)
Ezra Furman (Chicago IL)
Family Jools (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Fearing (Oakland CA)
Flossing (Brooklyin NY)
Flower (New York NY)
Geese (Brooklyn NY)
Gewalt (Berlin GERMANY)
GIFT (Brooklyn NY)
Glass Spells (San Diego CA)
Go Fever (Austin TX)
Goodbye Honolulu (Toronto CANADA)
Goya Gumbani (London UK-ENGLAND)
Grace Cummings and Her Band (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
GRAE (Toronto CANADA)
Graham Reynolds (Austin TX)
Graham Reynolds & The Golden Arm Trio (Austin TX)
Greyhounds (Austin TX)
Guapo (Houston TX)
Gully Boys (Minneapolis MN)
Gustaf (New York NY)
HAEPAARY (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hamish Hawk (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Haru Nemuri (Yokohama JAPAN)
Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz (San Antonio TX)
HMLTD (London UK-ENGLAND)
Holly Macve (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
HOODLUM (San Antonio TX)
Horsegirl (Chicago IL)
Hrishikesh Hirway (Los Angeles CA)
India Ramey (Nashville TN)
J Soulja (Austin TX)
Jacks Haupt (Dallas TX)
James Hersey (Vienna AUSTRIA)
James McMurtry (Austin TX)
Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel / Acoustic (London UK-ENGLAND)
JayWood (Winnipeg CANADA)
Jekyll (Blackpool UK-ENGLAND)
Jo Schornikow (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jockstrap (London UK-ENGLAND)
JOPLYN (Berlin GERMANY)
Joshua Hedley (Nashville TN)
Junaco (Los Angeles CA)
KABEAUSHÉ (Nairobi KENYA)
KAINA (Chicago IL)
Kampire (Kampala UGANDA)
Katy J Pearson (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Katy Kirby (Austin TX)
KAWALA (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kevin Galloway (Austin TX)
Kiana V (Manila PHILIPPINES)
Kompas Trio (Santo Domingo DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Korine (Philadelphia PA)
Kristeen Young (New York NY)
Kristin Hersh (Providence RI)
Kyle Kidd (Cleveland OH)
Laura Lee & the Jettes (Berlin GERMANY)
Lauren Auder (Albi FRANCE)
Lee Bains + The Glory Fires (Birmingham AL)
Letting Up Despite Great Faults (Austin TX)
Linqua Franqa (Athens GA)
Little Mazarn (Austin TX)
Living Hour (Winnipeg CANADA)
Logan Lynn (Portland OR)
Lord Friday the 13th (Austin TX)
Lucy Gooch (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Luna Luna (Dallas TX)
Lunar Vacation (Atlanta GA)
Mace The Great (Cardiff UK-WALES)
MAITA (Portland OR)
Mandy, Indiana (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Maria BC (San Francisco CA)
Mariangela (San Antonio TX)
Marina Allen (Los Angeles CA)
Mark Burgess of The Chameleons UK (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Marta Del Grandi (Milan ITALY)
Mattiel (Atlanta GA)
Maxo Kream (Houston TX)
MC Yallah (Kampala UGANDA)
Me Rex (London UK-ENGLAND)
Meatraffle (London UK-ENGLAND)
MENZI (Durban SOUTH AFRICA)
Mister Goblin (Bloomington IN)
Mobley (Austin TX)
Monaleo (Houston TX)
Moon Panda (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Moriah Bailey (Oklahoma City OK)
My Idea (New York NY)
Native Sun (Brooklyn NY)
Neighbor Lady (Atlanta GA)
NewDad (Galway IRELAND)
Nuevo (Austin TX)
Nuha Ruby Ra (London UK-ENGLAND)
Number One Popstar (Los Angeles CA)
ONO (Chicago IL)
Ouri (Montreal CANADA)
Pachyman (Los Angeles CA)
PACKS (Ottawa CANADA)
Paisley Fields (Brooklyn NY)
PASTEL GHOST (Austin TX)
Paul Jacobs (Montreal CANADA)
Pays P. (Paris FRANCE)
Penelope Isles (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Phobophobes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Plato III (Abilene TX)
Polyplastic (Los Angeles CA)
Pom Poko (Oslo NORWAY)
Poppy Ajudha (London UK-ENGLAND)
Portrait XO (Los Angeles CA)
Priya Ragu (St. Gallen SWITZERLAND)
PYNKIE (Jersey City NJ)
Renée Reed (Lafayette LA)
Rett Smith (Austin TX)
REYNA (Milwaukee WI)
RF Shannon (Lockhart TX)
Riley Downing (Kansas City MO)
Ringo Deathstarr (Austin TX)
Roan Yellowthorn (Camden ME)
Roller Derby (Hamburg GERMANY)
Rosegarden Funeral Party (Dallas TX)
Ruby (Dumfries UK-SCOTLAND)
Ryder The Eagle (Toulouse FRANCE)
Salt Cathedral (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Sara King (Dallas TX)
Sarah Kinsley (New York NY)
Sarpa Salpa (Northampton UK-ENGLAND)
Savak (Brooklyn NY)
Shawn James (Seattle WA)
Silver Synthetic (New Orleans LA)
Sir Woman (Austin TX)
Skirts (Dallas TX)
Smut (Chicago IL)
Sonoda (Los Angeles CA)
Sour Widows (Oakland CA)
Star Parks (Austin TX)
Stella Sommer (Berlin GERMANY)
Strawberry Guy (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Sun June (Austin TX)
Surfbort (Los Angeles CA)
Tagua Tagua (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Taipei Houston (San Francisco CA)
Tallies (Toronto CANADA)
Teenage Halloween (Asbury Park NJ)
TEKE::TEKE (Montreal CANADA)
Tele Novella (Lockhart TX)
Tempers (New York NY)
THALA (Berlin GERMANY)
Thallo (Penygroes UK-WALES)
The Americans (Los Angeles CA)
The Bad Man (Minneapolis MN)
The Chris Lee Band (New Orleans LA)
The Deer (Austin TX)
The Pink Stones (Athens GA)
The Red Pears (El Monte CA)
The Royston Club (Wrexham UK-WALES)
Thee Sacred Souls (San Diego CA)
Tiarra Girls (Austin TX)
Tino Drima (Los Angeles CA)
Tomar and the FCs (Austin TX)
Tunic (Winnipeg CANADA)
Twin Tribes (Brownsville TX)
Vic Santoro (London UK-ENGLAND)
Vitreous Humor (Lawrence KS)
W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend To Cause Havoc)
(Lusaka ZAMBIA)
Walt Disco (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
WANDERERS (Adelaide AUSTRALIA)
WARFIELD (Los Angeles CA)
Wargasm (London UK-ENGLAND)
Water From Your Eyes (Brooklyn NY)
Why Bonnie (Austin TX)
Wombo (Louisville KY)
XIXA (Tucson AZ)
Y2K92 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Yard Act (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
(This list is subject to change. More performers will be announced at later dates.)

Listen to the artists who will be performing at SXSW 2022 by subscribing to the official SXSW Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube Music Video playlists.

All SXSW Music registrants receive primary access to Music and Convergence Conference programming, including Keynotes and Featured Speakers, Music Festival showcases, the Comedy Festival, exhibitions, networking Meet Ups, Game Industry  Expo, the Flatstock Poster Show, Registrant Lounge, the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake concerts, and the closing BBQ & softball tournament. Secondary access is available for most Interactive and Film events.

The online SXSW Schedule provides a complete rundown of 2022 programming, broken down by time and event category, with the ability to build a customized schedule. To get started, please visit https://schedule.sxsw.com/.

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture. An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features sessions, music and comedy showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2022 will take place March 11 – 20, 2022. For more information, please visit sxsw.com. To register for the event, please visit sxsw.com/attend.

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HBO Max Acquires Morgan Freeman & Lori McCreary’s THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN For Streaming Starting November 19

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Following the Gravitas Ventures day and date theatrical release, HBO Max has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the award-winning, critically-acclaimed film THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN. The film will debut on the platform Friday, November 19. Based on a true story, the film was directed by David Midell (NightLights), produced by Midell and Enrico Natale of Redbird Entertainment, and executive produced by Lori McCreary, Morgan Freeman and Gary Lucchesi of Revelations Entertainment, along with Sharad Chib, Chris Paladino and Milan Chakraborty.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, which won a bevy of prestigious awards during its festival run, tells the heart-breaking true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veteran with bipolar disorder who was killed by the police during a welfare check after his medical alert device was accidentally activated. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances and the overly aggressive policing tactics that make the news on an all-too-frequent basis, the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. ended at the hands of those who were sworn to “protect and serve.”

The film’s HBO Max debut date, November 19, 2021, is the 10-year anniversary of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s death.

While the title of the film gives away its tragic end, the real-time reenactment of Chamberlain’s final moments alive are a powerful reminder of how interactions with the police can, and do, end for many people of color, and people with mental health challenges, in the United States.

As a former behavioral therapist, and on the autism spectrum himself, director David Midell comes to this material with an added layer of personal experience. “Our goal all along has been to ask important questions about how our criminal justice system treats people of color, people in low-income areas, and people living with mental health challenges.

“I always say it’s bigger than my dad,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. said. “It’s about all the lives that have been lost in this pandemic of killing black men, women and children. And I just hope that the film is…going to force a discussion.”

Producing partners Freeman and McCreary were incensed that the film could not find distribution, and immediately offered to help by using Freeman’s voice and Revelations’ brand to help amplify the story. “We simply could not stand by and see this film ignored. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s story, whose death in 2011 was largely ignored by the national media, deserves to be known by the world,” states Freeman and McCreary.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN comes at an important time in the national conversation about systemic racism and is a searing example of law enforcement’s sometimes callous and cruel treatment of people of color, echoing recent high-profile incidents involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, among countless others. THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN world-premiered at the Austin Film Festival and won the Audience Award and the Narrative Jury Award there. At the Urbanworld Film Festival last year, it claimed the Jury Award for best US Narrative, and continued winning at festivals, and led to an independent Spirit Award Nomination for David Midell in the “Someone to Watch” category.

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