More

A New York City woman just made the kind of movie Hollywood never wants to make.

Take a look at what one woman is doing to change the world of movies.

A New York City woman just made the kind of movie Hollywood never wants to make.

There aren't many movies that star a woman in the leading role, especially as someone with three dimensions. Same thing with black characters. As a general rule, if a black woman is on a TV or movie screen, she's usually playing the "sassy one," the "ghetto one," or the "oversexed one."

Actress Nana Mensah was sick of auditioning for those roles. So, for two and a half years, she devoted herself to making a movie called "Queen of Glory," and it looks pretty great:


<span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>

Mensah spent 30 months writing, producing, directing, and starring in this movie. All while still doing other jobs: working at a nonprofit, going to auditions, and working at an upscale restaurant serving champagne in the bathroom. (Yes, in the bathroom. That is dedication.)

Nana Mensah as Sarah Obeng in "Queen of Glory"

In the end, she's created a movie where the main character, an African-American, is not a caricature, but a complete woman. You see her pain, her sorrow, and her joy. And that is utterly beautiful.

If you'd like, you can donate to the Kickstarter to complete post-production on this movie. The campaign ends March 18, 2015.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

Keep Reading Show less