Gabourey Sidibe exploded onto the international film scene with her electrifying acting debut in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire, a role that brought her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Following that, from 2010 to 2013, she was a key cast member of the Showtime series The Big C. She went on to co-star in the television anthology series American Horror Story: Coven as Quennie and American Horror Story: Freak Show as Regina Ross, both of which landed her in New Orleans for
production. Since 2015, she has starred in the hit Fox drama series Empire is Becky Williams.
Sidibe makes her directing debut with the 20-minute short film The Tale of Four. This multi-layered story inspired by Nina Simone’s “Four Women” spans one day in the lives of four different women connected by their quest for love, agency, and redemption.
Aisha Harris is a culture writer and editor for Slate and the host of its podcast centered around representation in film and TV, Represent, hosting guests like Barry Jenkins and Rita Moreno. She’s also contributed to the New York Times and The Dissolve.
Saturday, October 14 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm | Ace Hotel New Orleans