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Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation

  • The Luminal Theater 405 Tompkins Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11221 United States (map)
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ADINA HOWARD 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation 
Directed by Gezus Zaire

Before there was Beyonce…before Nicki Minaj…before even Lil’ Kim… there was Adina Howard, the soul singer who twenty years ago provided the highest level of female sexual independence, boldness and sex appeal to take the music landscape by storm. 

In this new documentary, discover how her quick stardom, and independent spirit, affected the life of an R&B sensation unafraid to back down.

In the early 1990’s R&B music was dominated by the squeaky clean and elegant images of Whitney Houston, Anita Baker and En Vogue. As the decade progressed the genre became a bit more risky as male artists such as R.Kelly, Jodeci, Silk and H-Town sexed their way to the top of the pop charts. In 1995, an unknown singer by the name of Adina Howard expressed sexuality from a young, black, feminine and most importantly dominant perspective, when she released the single “Freak Like Me.”

Never before had a solo, African American, R&B artist, who happened to be a woman, scored mainstream success while discussing her sexual prowess as well as what she demands out of the performance of her male counterpart. 

In this new film, twenty years after her smash success and eventual descent, Adina discusses her debut appearance on BET, having her music video banned by the same network, being casted for “Waiting to Exhale,” her relationship with rap icon Tupac Shakur and influencing some of the biggest artists of our time such as Rihanna and Beyoncé...and so much more.  

A special video welcome message from Adina Howard herself precedes the film.

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