Tina McElroy Ansa
Tina McElroy Ansastories and essays have appeared in several recent anthologies. She lives with her husband, Joneé Ansa, on St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia.
Ansa was born in Macon, GA, the youngest of five children. In 1971, she graduated from Spelman College, the historically black women's college which is part of the Atlanta University Center in Atlanta, GA. Her first job after college was on the copy desk of The Atlanta Constitution, where she was the first black woman to work on the morning newspaper. During her eight years at The Atlanta Constitution, she worked as copy editor, makeup editor, layout editor, entertainment writer, features editor, and news reporter. She also worked as editor and copy editor for The Charlotte (NC) Observer. Since 1982, she has been a freelance journalist, newspaper columnist and writing workshop instructor at Brunswick College, Emory University, and Spelman College. (Excerpted harpercollins.com, Photo by Joneé Ansa)
Joneé Ansa is a graduate and two-year Director of Photography 2nd year Fellow of The American Film Institute (AFI), the prestigious film conservatory in Los Angeles, California. Director/ Director of photography / Screenwriter/ Founder of DownSouth Filmworks Inc. My film “Baby of the Family” is based on the 1989 New York Times Notable Book of the year, By Tina McElroy Ansa. Coming in 2011 Working on my film
BABY OF THE FAMILY
A DownSouth Filmworks Production - a Jonee Ansa film
A Novel by-Tina McElroy Ansa
Screenplay written by Jonee Ansa & Tina McElroy Ansa
Directed by Jonee Ansa.
Tina McElroy Ansa and Jonee Ansa take us into an absorbing world of eccentric characters with this evocative, delicately comic story of a young girls coming of age. From the moment of her birth in a rural black hospital in Georgia. Lena McPherson is recognized by all the nurses as a special child, one with the power to see ghost and predict the future. Only Nurse Bloom knows the spells to ensure that the child will see benevolent spirits, not evil ones, but she hasn't bargained for Lena's mother, who scoffs at "old timey ideas " and discreetly disposes of the special tea the nurse has brewed. No ill effects are immediately apparent to Lena's relatives in their spacious house on the prosperous side of town. But early on there are signs of trouble, and Lena is prey to suspicions no one else need consider: a new face may be a new kid in town-or it may be the face from the grave. From a special little girl, Lena grows into an especially fearful adolescent. Ultimately, she must accept that those she loves can give her love and nothing more and that she must find her own, uncertain way.