Nneka Onuorah

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  • Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker
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Nneka Onuorah is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, television producer, and activist of Nigerian-American descent. She is known for her film, The Same Difference, a documentary about internalized homophobia within the black lesbian community. The film was nominated for a GLAAD award in the category of “Best Documentary.” Her credits include field producer on the Netflix original docu-series First and Last, about inmates' intake and release from the prison system and My House, a documentary-series about the black queer vogue scene for Viceland. Most recently she worked alongside Director Dee Rees and Oscar winning producer Cassian Elwes on the feature film, The Last Thing He Wanted, which was released by Netflix earlier this year. She is currently in post-production on an upcoming feature documentary for HBO which she is Directing and Executive Producing alongside John Legend and Mike Jackson.

Nneka has a continued commitment to giving a voice to the voiceless through her work on the "Black Girls Rock" awards and her “We are All Women Campaign,” a global visibility campaign dedicated to improving equitable healthcare and housing for lesbian women.

 

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LGBTQIA Community & Faith

Growing up with southern baptist grandparents and in church all my life, I had to create my own path for being an out lesbian woman in a space that spoke against it.  I discuss how you keep your faith and stand your ground in religious spaces that may attempt to outcast you.  I also discuss what you ...

Growing up with southern baptist grandparents and in church all my life, I had to create my own path for being an out lesbian woman in a space that spoke against it.  I discuss how you keep your faith and stand your ground in religious spaces that may attempt to outcast you.  I also discuss what you can teach those that may not understand your life style. 

Freedom

Freedom is a common dream we all as humans want to have regardless of race, religion, or creed. Whether it's financial freedom, freedom to be who we are from the inside; wanting to feel it in our relationships or even within ourselves. I discuss how the basic concept of vulnerability helps us all ac ...

Freedom is a common dream we all as humans want to have regardless of race, religion, or creed. Whether it's financial freedom, freedom to be who we are from the inside; wanting to feel it in our relationships or even within ourselves. I discuss how the basic concept of vulnerability helps us all achieve the true freedom that we all desire.

 

How to Create the Entertainment Career of Your Dreams

There is a standard way a lot of us follow to try to get the careers we dream of. Fortunately, I was able to customize my own future through strategy, relationships, passion, and hard work. I give a step by step guideline to creating the career you want in entertainment  by using the unique blue pri ...

There is a standard way a lot of us follow to try to get the careers we dream of. Fortunately, I was able to customize my own future through strategy, relationships, passion, and hard work. I give a step by step guideline to creating the career you want in entertainment  by using the unique blue print for your own personal career path. The way with much less traffic that a lot of others aren't taking.

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A Harlem-raised daughter of a Nigerian immigrant father, Nneka’s world view growing up was constant curiosity about what could be… she paid her own way through community college where she landed a life changing internship at BET working in the chairman’s office, which seguing into a self-created role heading special projects, and ultimately finding her passion in life behind the camera, directing her debut feature doc, The Same Difference. The film, about self-segregation and discrimination within the lesbian community has screened at numerous festivals often extending its run and opening additional screenings. Nneka was so taken by the impact it was having, she planned and released her own multi-city screening tour starting with theaters, and ending with stadiums, screening the film for thousands at a time, doing all her own marketing and booking along the way. The film was also nominated for a GLAAD award in the category of “Best Documentary”.

Her first doc series, My House, produced through Viceland, is currently streaming on Netflix, and if you’re watching Pose… consider this the behind the scenes footage as Nneka works her way into the rarified NY ballroom scene capturing compelling and heartfelt interviews about identity, community, and purpose along the way.

She is currently in wrapping up post-production on her upcoming documentary feature for HBO that she created and is directing. She’s also Executive Producing the film alongside John Legend & Get Lifted. Additionally, she is currently directing and executive producing a confidential documentary series around a major contemporary recording artist. 

Nneka has a continued commitment to giving a voice to the voiceless through her work on the "Black Girls Rock" awards and her “We are All Women Campaign,” a global visibility campaign dedicated to improving equitable healthcare and housing for lesbian women.