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Aug 28, 2023

Starring in a number of prominent roles in her versatile career, actress Nicki Micheaux (“Lincoln Heights,” “Animal Kingdom”) has now taken charge with writing and directing her first feature film, SUMMER OF VIOLENCE. The film, which was listed on BET's Top 10 ABFF Films, also screened at the inaugural film festival of the 2023 ESSENCE Festival of Culture®. 

This profoundly moving coming-of-age narrative, marks the notable directorial debut of the talented actor and producer, Nicki Micheaux.

Set in 1993, “Summer of Violence,” is a coming-of-age love story set during a violent time and how hope can prevail. The story follows Naomi (Inez), a college graduate who feels the wrath of her father when she refuses law school to focus on her poetry. Disowned and affected by the violence around her, Naomi uses her poetry to speak out against the violence. Frank (Guillory) plays an artist with a shaky connection to the streets, and Naomi’s love interest. The film lifts up Black love, joy and family.

Nikki is also known for her work on Shameless, VEEP, SWAT, Colony, Chicago PD, The Shield, NYPD Blue, Felicity, The Practice, In the Dark, Jag, Dragnet, Law and Order: SVU and NCIS: LA. 

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