Warrington Hudlin, Kelly Edwards, Vincent Lyn, Taimak, Lia Chang, Demetrius Angelo, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Robert Samuels and Mike Hodge. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com

BLACK SALT Premiere and UASE Diversity in Action Panel Discussion featuring Warrington Hudlin, Lia Chang, Taimak, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Mike Hodge, Kelly Edwards, Bobby Samuels and Vincent Lyn

Photos courtesy of Al Cayne/Sugarcayne.com and Patrick Cashin/UASE.

Warrington Hudlin, Lia Chang and Demetrius Angelo. Photo by Patrick Cashin
Warrington Hudlin, Lia Chang and Demetrius Angelo. Photo by Patrick Cashin

Welcome to the wild, wonderful world of Diversity in Action, courtesy of Demetrius Angelo, founder of The Urban Action Showcase & Expo, the premier all-action experiential entertainment platform celebrating diversity and honoring the past, present and future multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse, Action Horror, Sci-Fi, and Supernatural content.

Anita Clay and Manny Brown at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Anita Clay and Manny Brown at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Q & A with Emmanuel Brown, Actor, Award-Winning Fight Choreographer and Champion Martial Artist 

The UASE is the only Action entertainment platform offering both fan and professional experiences featuring the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition.

The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

On Wednesday, April 27th, Angelo invited me to the HBO sponsored premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s Black Salt, directed by Ben Ramsey, a live action film based on the critically acclaimed comic book franchise. Black Salt, last year’s winner of the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition, received $10,000 and distribution on Cinemax On Demand and Max Go for 15 months.

The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

“What’s amazing about that is that now we have platform where heroes of color will be,” shared Angelo.

Taimak, Lia Chang and Kinyumba Mutakabbir attend The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Taimak, Lia Chang and Kinyumba Mutakabbir attend The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Owen Ratliff created the Black Salt franchise in an effort to introduce more African Americans into leading superhero type roles.

black saltThe film stars Kinyumba Mutakabbir as agent Samuel Tharpe. Kinyumba a rising star from New York, who burst on the scene starring in Keri Hilson platinum music video “Turnin Me On”, and from there he received small roles in “Entourage,” Iron Man 3 and the” Bold and the Beautiful.” Sheena Chou, Michelle Lee, James Lew, XJ Wang, Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom and Ron Yuen are also featured in the cast. blacksaltstorefront.com

Taimak in THE LAST DRAGON
Taimak in THE LAST DRAGON

Thanks to Demetrius Angelo for including me on the panel on Action in Diversity which followed the screening, to discuss my action genre roles in The Last Dragon, King of New York, and Big Trouble in Little China. The 30th anniversary of Big Trouble in Little China will be celebrated at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo on November 12th in New York. Click here for more information.

Lia Chang and Donna Noguchi in John Carpenter’s BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986).
Lia Chang and Donna Noguchi in John Carpenter’s BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986).

Big Trouble in Little China Cast Reunion 

The panel discussion was moderated by Warrington Hudlin, Director/Producer, and also featured Mike Hodge, SAG AFTRA NY president; Kelly Edwards, HBO VP Talent Development and Programing; Kinyumba Mutakabbir, star of Black Salt; Robert “Bobby” Samuels, Actor/Stuntman (First African American in the Hong Kong Stuntmans Association); Vincent Lyn – Actor/Stuntman, Grammy Award Musician (Jackie Chan’s Operation Condor); Taimak, star of The Last Dragon and author of Taimak: The Last Dragon.

Warrington Hudlin, Kelly Edwards, Vincent Lyn, Taimak, Lia Chang, Demetrius Angelo, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Robert Samuels and Mike Hodge. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com
Warrington Hudlin, Kelly Edwards, Vincent Lyn, Taimak, Lia Chang, Demetrius Angelo, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Robert Samuels and Mike Hodge. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com
Warrington Hudlin moderating panel discussion at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Warrington Hudlin
Warrington Hudlin moderating panel discussion at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Warrington Hudlin
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels and Kinyumba Muttakabbir at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Vincent Lyn
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels and Kinyumba Muttakabbir at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Vincent Lyn
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Kelly Edwards and Mike Hodge. Photo courtesy of UASE
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Kelly Edwards and Mike Hodge. Photo courtesy of UASE
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Kelly Edwards and Mike Hodge. Photo courtesy of UASE
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Kelly Edwards and Mike Hodge. Photo courtesy of UASE
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Kelly Edwards and Mike Hodge. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Kelly Edwards and Mike Hodge. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Kelly Edwards and Mike Hodge. Photo courtesy of UASE
Taimak, Lia Chang, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Kelly Edwards and Mike Hodge. Photo courtesy of UASE
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Mike Hodge and Demetrius Angelo at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Mike Hodge and Demetrius Angelo at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
TaiMak, Lia Chang, Kinyumba Mutakabbir and Robert Samuels at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016.
TaiMak, Lia Chang, Kinyumba Mutakabbir and Robert Samuels at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016.
Lia Chang, a guest and Kelly Edwards at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com
Lia Chang, a guest and Kelly Edwards at The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo's premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo’s premiere screening of Owen Ratliff’s BLACK SALT at HBO in New York on April 27, 2016. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com

Black Salt is an epic thriller merging the world of modern day espionage and political intrigue with the ancient world of martial arts. With time winding down towards world-ending devastation, the fate of mankind rests in the hands of Interpol agent Samuel Tharpe. The minifeature is a precursor to the Black Salt feature film and TV series. www.blacksaltfilm.com

Check out Al Cayne’s great coverage of the Black Salt Premiere here. Special thanks to Al Cayne and Patrick Cashin for their photos.

Al Cayne, Lia Chang and Manny Brown. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com
Al Cayne, Lia Chang and Manny Brown. Photo by Al Cayne/SugarCayne.com

Video: HIDE AND SEEK Starring Lia Chang and Garth Kravits to Screen in 2016 Katra Film Series in New York on May 14; Complete Lineup

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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