American Skin Interview – Sierra Capri, Shane Paul McGhie and Vanessa Bell Calloway

by Xilla Valentine

American Skin hits Premium Video On Demand on 1/15 and I had the opportunity to interview the cast. On My Block star, Sierra Capri plays Kai a young film studio producing a documentary on a police killing. Leading that production team is Shane Paul McGhie who plays filmmaker Jordan King. Also part of the interview is legend Vanessa Bell Calloway who plays the main character’s mother.

In American Skin, Nate Parker plays Lincoln a Black Iraqi War Vet who seeks justice and accountability for his son KJ’s death.  His son was killed by a white police officer. But when the DA refuses to file charges things get hot. So Linc to hold an entire police station hostage in order to hold a trial in order to get justice. “On My Block” star, Sierra Capri plays Kai, who along with McGhie, is producing a documentary about the shooting.

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Nate Parker as Linc in American Skin


During our interview, we talked about a wide range of topics that centered on life in general. Since people have misconceptions about celebrities I asked each of them to describe who they are in their own words. In which Sierra made it known, “First and foremost I’m a child of God. I do believe that all things are through him. I wholeheartedly believe that he has a plan for everyone.” Then, Sierra Capri goes on to explain how sometimes we don’t understand the things that happen in our life. They will come around full circle, eventually.

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Since the movie is called American Skin, I asked the three black actors to describe a time when they didn’t feel comfortable in their skin. Capri talked about not fitting in due to the shade of her skin. You can hear her response by clicking the video above.

American Skin is a provocative and socially-urgent narrative on police brutality, directed by/written by/starring Nate Parker, with complex, charged performances from an all-star cast, and a script that reflects society’s immediate thirst for justice. Watch it on PVOD this weekend.

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