LOS ANGELES, CA – July 23, 2015 â€“ (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Actress-Comedienne Lydia Nicole steps in as Producer and creates a positive message with Robert Townsendâ€™s indie comedy film, Playinâ€™ For Love, airing on the cable network UP Channel on July 24th, August 1st, 4th and 29th.
Playinâ€™ For Love centers on the relationship between a high school basketball coach, his players and a single mother who helps turn the team around. Nicole produced together with Townsend, who also directed and stars in the film alongside Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Being Mary Jane), Esai Morales (The Brink) and Jenifer Lewis (The Wedding Ringer).
The film was part of an initiative promoting non-v iolence in the crime plagued Overtown community of Miami, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. The project included a film-training program designed to offer local youth and college students a positive alternative to violence through hands-on education.
Nicole is thrilled to be part of such an uplifting venture, which has been resonating with audiences on the film festival circuit. Nicole explains, â€œI have been working with Robert for the last 10 years learning the ins and outs of producing. We have made several films, web series, and documentaries that have been amazing but what I especially have loved about producing â€œPlayinâ€™ For Loveâ€ is that we actually got to go into an inner city to teach young people how to make a film, employ them and then come out with a finished product that not only are we proud of but they can share with their friends and loved ones and say â€œI helped make thisâ€. This is the kind of art I love being part of. It feeds the creative soul as well as the social justice aspect. I also love that we are not waiting on someone or something to give us but we are getting it done ourselves.â€
The film is just the latest way in which Nicole has been working to foster positive messages and behavior in America. This actress, writer and comedienne has become known for her streetwise wisdom as the â€˜Common Sense Mamitaâ€™, delivering Latinoâ€™s a hilarious in-your-face dose of â€˜tough-loveâ€™ honesty about all aspects of their life. Her popular vlog has become a regular segment on Latin Heat Entertainment (LatinHeat.com) and more recently on the web-radio podcast Robles & Rosado (RoblesandRosado.com).
Previously voted by Hispanic Magazine as one of the â€˜Top 100 Latino Comicsâ€™, Nicole hosted The Comedy Storeâ€™s weekly Latino Comedy Night, a stint that lasted for 2-years. She went on to participate and produce the stand-up comedy shows â€œFunny Ladies of Comedyâ€ and the all Latina â€œThe Hot and Spicy Mamitas,â€ which performed before sold-out audiences nationwide and recorded a hit comedy CD with Uproar Records. Lydiaâ€™s acting career spans over 30 years, guest-starring in numerous television shows and films including the Oscar-nominated film â€œStand and Deliverâ€ starring Edward James Olmos.
Nicole has become an inspiration for thousands of women and at-risk teens by turning her own turbulent upbringing into a life of celebration. She frequently speaks at inner-city schools, churches and juvenile correctional facilities, an experience she is turning into a life skills book for young adults. She has worked with the California Youth Authority, Athletes & Entertainers for Kids, PEACE Fund and ArtsReach, with whom she collaborated on the award-winning documentary â€œWhen The Bough Breaks.â€ Her producing credits also include â€œWhy We Laugh,â€ a documentary on the history of African American comedy; â€œLos Americansâ€ the first dramatic Latino web series; and the dramatic bio-pic â€œIn The Hive,â€ based on the life of Vivian Sanders, a woman who started a high school in for at risk boys.
Up next, Nicole will mount a full theatrical run of her highly-acclaimed autobiographical one-woman show, â€œA Rose Grown in Spanish Harlem,â€ transforming herself into 25 different characters in this coming-of-age story from her days growing up in New Yorkâ€™s Spanish Harlem.