Nominated for the 2016 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Independent Documentary category, "Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation takes viewers back to 1995 when Adina Howard made waves in the world of music with her hit song “Freak Like Me.” Never before had a solo R&B female artist made such a bold and controlling stance sexually through song. Along with becoming one of the highest selling singles and most played music videos on MTV and BET in 1995, Adina’s performance allowed young women of color and future recording artist to express their sexuality without shame.
“Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation” shares Adina’s story through her own words as well as the impact that she made during the 1990s and thereafter through the thoughts of fellow entertainers, educators, feminists, family and fans.
The film gives an intellectual look into the inside of the highs and lows of the life a platinum selling artist, whose work has made a lasting impact despite the polarizing feelings towards her.
Adina speaks on her relationship with Tupac Shakur, the banning of her music video from BET, landing a cameo role in the movie “Waiting to Exhale,” her encounter with legendary vocalist Nancy Wilson, working with Hollywood giants Jackie Chan and Jamie Foxx and the sudden halt to her stardom due to her comments about record exec Sylvia Rhone.
This project has been featured in the Greater Cleveland Film Festival, Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival, Love Actually Film Festival, Epp Films Independent Theater and Luminal Theater. It's also a feature film on the Adeys TV app which can be seen on ROKU, Amazon Fire TV and iTUNES.