Baller Alert Exclusive: Film Director Stella Meghie Talks The Essence of Black Love, ‘The Photograph’ & Her Thoughts on Gayle King & Kobe Bryant

Film director Stella Maggie is kicking off 2020, promoting Black love with her new film, The Photograph.

The romance drama epitomizes the root of a romance while journeying the woes and self-doubts of a new relationship. The film features an all-black cast, starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield.

When asked about black love and the “gems” of a great romance, she said, “[Black love] is strong, it is beautiful, it’s flawed, it is forgiving, it is amazing… Be honest. You can’t start anything without being honest. Be yourself; you can’t find true love unless someone is accepting of who you are and be giving, ya know, you can’t be with someone if you are selfish.”

Meghie also gave her insights on Gayle King’s recent interview and the timing of a question she asked basketball star, Lisa Leslie, concerning a 2003 rape allegation against the late Kobe Bryant.

In response to the interview, King received widespread backlash and even death threats. But for Meghie, the situation went a bit too far. ”I think, ya know, you cannot discount how people feel, and if that’s how she felt in that moment, it’s her right to say what she feels; you don’t have to agree with it, but you don’t have to threaten her either.”

The Photograph debuted on Valentine’s Day.

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