In 1995, Adina Howard made waves in the world of music with her hit song “Freak Like Me.” Never before had a solo R&B female artist made such a bold and controlling stance sexually through song. Along with becoming one of the highest selling singles and most played music videos on MTV and BET in 1995, Adina Howard’s performance allowed young women of color and future recording artist to express their sexuality without shame.
“Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation” shares Adina’s story through her own words as well as the impact that she made during the 1990s and thereafter through the thoughts of fellow entertainers, educators, feminists, family and fans.
The film gives an intellectual look into the inside of the highs and lows of the life a platinum selling artist, whose work has made a lasting impact despite the polarizing feelings towards her.
Adina speaks on her relationship with Tupac Shakur, the banning of her music video from BET, landing a cameo role in the movie “Waiting to Exhale,” her encounter with legendary vocalist Nancy Wilson, working with Hollywood giants Jackie Chan and Jamie Foxx and the sudden halt to her stardom due to her comments about record exec Sylvia Rhone.
Directors: Gezus Zaire
Writers: Gezus Zaire
Producers: Gezus Zaire
Key cast: Adina Howard, Dave Tolliver, Lashonda Hatch, Bigg Eddie Bauer, Brandi Wallace, Heather Tapia, Phenyx Rose, London Howard, Dr. Treva Lindsey, So Blessed, Yolanda McCall, Dylan Jane
Director: Gezus Zaire
Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in the community of East Cleveland, Gezus Zaire is the founder of the award winning media outlet Rebel Life Media.
He is a nationally published journalist that has worked in television, film and radio. Bringing a diverse field of expertise that ranges from sports, politics, music, activism and history among many other topics, Zaire applies his experience and education to his documentaries to give them a unique feel.
Zaire is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts & Science in communication from the University of Toledo. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Ohio Valley Chapter.