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Interview with Numa Perrier, Actor-Writer-Filmmaker

By JULENE ALLEN






In a journey of vulnerability and self-exploration, Numa Perrier, actor-writer-filmmaker, and founder & creative director of House of Numa is debuting her first feature film, Jezebel, a true story which is expected to premiere this fall. Jezebel is a coming-out and coming-of-age tale that uniquely explores sexuality. Starring Tiffany Tenille and Numa Perrier who plays her sister in this film, Jezebel reveals a story about a special bond between siblings. While finding themselves in a predicament, having to support their family, two sisters work as a phone sex operator and internet fetish cam girl. A champion of Perrier’s work is American filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, creator of Selma, 13th and A Wrinkle in Time. In our interview, Perrier discusses how support from the filmmaking queen transpired, why good storytelling entails some level of risk and where feminism and sexual freedom intersect.

The following is a sample of our interview with Numa Perrier which is featured in Women For Action magazine's July -October 2018 Issue.


Women For Action: Where did the idea of producing Jezebel, (a true story about your life) stem from?

Perrier: I’ve been plucking true stories based on parts of my life the entire time I’ve been creating visual art and films. This specific story was one of those I knew I wanted to add to the volume.  It took a long time, 15 years — to gain the emotional distance and the courage to follow through with this particular story.  There was a lot of shame associated with not only the work but the poverty that I was in with my family at the time.  So far, I am happy that I am sharing it, but I still don’t feel entirely comfortable.  I think that’s part of the requirement of this work.  I’m way out of the safe zone with this one.


Women For Action: You play your sister in Jezebel and she also helps you with the seed money for the film. This is her story just as much as it is yours. She shares your vulnerability. Why do you think this story is just as important to her to tell?

Perrier: My sister and I have had a roller coaster relationship. It has stabilized and deepened now especially while working on this film together. Playing her in the film caused me to understand and love her beyond description. She has always encouraged me to explore and exploit my sexuality. In her view, we would not be born with something that wasn’t supposed to be of use to us. This story is very much hers as well, but she has let me tell it how I see fit which has been a tremendous vote of trust and confidence towards me. The story is important to both of us because it brought us closer and may do the same for others. We’re both excited about revealing a piece of a lifestyle and a black family in Vegas that just hasn’t been told before.


Women For Action: Not only did the queen, Ava DuVernay donate to your crowdfunding campaign, she made sure her audience caught glimpse of your fundraising initiative for Jezebel. How did she learn about the campaign and how did DuVernay’s support make you feel?

Perrier: I slid in Ava’s direct message’s and let her know that I had just finished filming my first feature. She wasn’t aware that I was even making one and she was so excited for me having got that far and immediately offered to help by contributing and boosting my GoFundMe campaign on her Twitter. It was very generous and more than I had anticipated in reaching out. The second she did that a wave of people donated including other prominent industry players. It wasn’t a blind reach out—I’ve known Ava since 2008 and been a witness to her hard work and courage in making her space very real and very known. It feels pretty great to know that she is proud of me and cheering me on.

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Coming Up In The July - October 2018 issue

Numa Perrier as Sabrina | Photo courtesy of House of Numa

♦ In our July - October 2018 issue, we are introducing an exciting interview with Numa Perrier, actor-writer-filmmaker and founder & creative director of House of Numa! Perrier is releasing her first feature film, Jezebel, a true story which is expected to premiere this fall. Jezebel is a coming-of-age- tale that explores feminine sexuality in a unique way. Starring Tiffany Tenille and Numa Perrier who plays her sister in this film, Jezebel tells a story about a special bond between siblings. While abruptly finding themselves having to support their family, two sisters work as a phone sex operator and internet fetish cam girl. One of Perrier's biggest champions is American filmmaker, Ava Duvernay, director of Selma13th and A Wrinkle in Time. In our interview, Perrier discusses how support from the filmmaking Queen transpired. 
 Also in this issue, in honor of Black Women's Equal Pay Day coming up on August 7th, 2018, ten black women's voices and causes you probably did not know about but you certainly should follow.
 Plus why commemoration days are important for women and how they help reshape a place of importance!



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Equal Pay For All

Today is April 10th 2018, Equal Pay Day which represents how long it takes within the 2018 calendar year for the average woman to make what a white man made in 2017. This averages out to just 80 cents to a dollar. The fact is that all women regardless of background, race, ability or sexual orientation are impacted by the pay gap. The following video shows you how all women are predisposed to unequal pay.



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Save The Date: April 10, Equal Pay Day

On average, women make just 80 cent compared to women. Yet the gap starts to shift when we examine various groups of color. Black women working full time, year round typically make only 63 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts. For Latinas this figure is only 54 cents, for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women it is 59 cents, and for Native women it is 57 cents. While Asian women working full time, year round are typically paid only 87 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts, the wage gap is substantially larger for some subgroups of Asian women.—NWLC

Join us on April 10th for Equal Pay Day for all women. Participate in the Twitter Storm at 2 PM Eastern. Feel free to download any of the following graphics and share our sample tweets.







Sample Tweets:

1. The disheartening truth is that women of all backgrounds are predisposed to unequal pay. #equalpay #20percentcounts #leaninwomenofcolor #talkpay

2. 80 cents represent the pay gap for the average woman. Yet when you look at the pay gap by race, women of color are considerably affected. Together we must put an end to unequal pay. #equalpay #20percentcounts #leaninwomenofcolor #talkpay

3. Not much has changed since 1985. With a 15 cent increase, women still make less than men. Sadly, it will take at least 40 more years to close the pay gap with just 20 cent more. #equalpay #20percentcounts #leaninwomenofcolor #talkpay


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Video Book Response: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo



Not everyone is going to like the book because race is an uncomfortable subject. Oluo does not sugar coat the words in this book so it will go down a lot sweeter. To add on to that, when we talk about race, there are layers of an ugly truth but to get to a place of unity and equity, we must be willing to be open to hearing the cries and pain of those who are oppressed even when don’t agree or if it seems too bitter.
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