Afterschool “Flick of the Month” - Reality Bites

Check out our first Afterschool "Flick of the Month" selection, Reality Bites, one of the inspirations for Afterschool!

Reality Bites is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and featuring the directorial debut of Ben Stiller. It stars Winona RyderEthan Hawke and Stiller, with major supporting roles played by Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn. The film was shot on location in Austin and HoustonTexas in 42 days. The plot is centered on Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates (Hawke, Garofalo, and Zahn), and to a certain degree, about Lelaina herself. Their challenges, both documented and not, exemplify some of the career and lifestyle choices faced by Generation X.


Last week, Soblu had the pleasure of sitting down with Detroit’s latest Pop duo, “Roc Stea’D.” The group is managed by LIVE The Music Group, an independent label out of Michigan. The group recently released their highly anticipated and well received mixtape, “No Red Lights,” hosted by Atlanta’s, DJ Greg Street. The group has been coined the 2012 TLC due to their individual style and racy messages, high energy performances and rap and hip hop sound. They have been receiving coverage in some of the industry’s leading publications and online sites. Currently, they are on a national radio tour promoting their first single, “Stack Big Faces.”

Here is what Roc Stea’D had to say about their “afterschool” experiences:

Soblu: What school did you go to?  Where is it located?

Brittany (Roc Stea’D): Hey there! I went to Southfield High my freshman and sophomore year, and finished out at Southfield Lathrup in Michigan.

Soblu: Did you have plans mapped out for what you were going to do after school, prior to graduating?

Brittany (Roc Stea’D): Initially my plans were to go to school in California, either USC or Pepperdine University. Unfortunately my family didn’t have the money to send me, in addition to the fact that I graduated high school early my mom didn’t feel so comfortable with a 16 year old talking about going across the country alone (laughs). I had scholarships from other schools, but my heart wasn’t in it if i couldn’t pursue my dreams at the same time, so my mom told me I had 1 year to figure things out.

Soblu: Some say your early 20s are some of the most difficult years because you are still trying to find yourself and come into adulthood, while figuring out what you are going to do for the rest of your life.  Do you find that to be true?  What’s your take?

I absolutely find that to be true. It’s the brink of adulthood and making the decisions to start the journey of where your life will go, so it can be very intimidating, but the beautiful thing is you’re never alone, everyone has been through it before. Thank God I was blessed with amazing parents that were always so supportive of me and held my hand through every step. It’s okay to not know it all, that is part of life, lean on the people who love you and they will help you through it.

Soblu: Is there anything you wish you knew prior to graduating from school that you know now?

Brittany (Roc Stea’D): One thing I wished I knew prior to graduating is that you have time!!! Take things at your own pace and follow your heart, some people go to bigger universities, some people stay at home and commute, and some people don’t even go to college at all. None of those options are wrong; you have to do what works best for you. Don’t follow what everyone else is doing because it seems right, really think it out, use your resources, talk to your counselors, advisors, educate yourself on grants and loans, tell your parents how you feel, and most importantly be honest with yourself! Failure to do so could result in a lot of wasted time and money, and even worse make you unhappy in the end. Stay true to yourself and take all the steps to be the best you, you can be!

Soblu: What school did you go to?  Where is it located?

Jessica (Roc Stea’D): I went to Southfield High School in Michigan… GO BLUEJAYS!

Soblu: What are some of your memorable senior year moments?

Jessica (Roc Stea’D): I was very active in high school. I participated in nearly everything: theatre, pom-pom and many other after school programs. My most memorable moments in high school were simply being involved. I enjoyed balancing a busy schedule and meeting new friends.

Soblu: What was your first job out of college?

Jessica (Roc Stea’D): My first job after school was of course teaching dance!  It was the only job I could handle with my schedule; the hours aren’t too heavy and I genuinely enjoyed it!

Soblu: Is there anything you wish you knew prior to graduating from school that you know now?

Jessica (Roc Stea’D): I wish I was a little more familiar with the college curriculum prior to graduation. College can be very intimidating if you’re not familiar with the set up! It is very important to take advantage of any programs your high school offers or talk to someone you trust to get all the information you need so you can make a plan for yourself! Better to be prepared then caught by surprise! :-)

You can follow Roc Stea’D on Twitter at @rocstead and check them out at www.livetmg.com/rocstead.

A couple of weeks ago, Soblu had the pleasure of sitting down with R&B singer, DeAngelo Redman, former finalist on MTV’s, “Making the Band.” DeAngelo has made incredible strides in his solo career since the airing of “Making the Band” and he took some time out of his busy schedule to fill us in on what his life was like “afterschool”:

Soblu: What year did you graduate from college?

I never graduated, but I attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD before moving to California.

Soblu: What school did you go to?  Where is it located?

In high school, I attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. and Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD.

Soblu: What are some of your memorable senior year moments?

My most memorable moment was trying to figure out how I was going to attend college and pursue my music career.

Soblu: Did you have plans mapped out for what you were going to do after school, prior to graduating?

I was confused and I wasn’t sure how things were going to work out. I knew that I was going to be successful and do something with my life. I was just in a place trying to do what I had always known was the right thing to do, which was to attend college. At the same time, I also wanted to do what my heart desired, which was music on a national level.

Soblu: What was your first job out of college?

Shortly after attending college, I was picked to be on MTV’s, “Making the Band,” which lead to my signing to Bad Boy Records. So, I would have to say that was my first job.

Soblu: Did you ever live with your parents after graduating? How was that experience?

I lived with my parents up to when I went to college. After that, I was always on the road.

Soblu: What’s your wildest or fondest “afterschool” memory? The time between school ending and you finding a job.

I was so scared leaving school. I was thinking “I have to make this work.” I went into straight beast mode. I wanted to do what was right for myself and find that niche to be successful.

Soblu: Some say your early 20s are some of the most difficult years because you are still trying to find yourself and come into adulthood, while figuring out what you are going to do for the rest of your life.  Do you find that to be true?  What’s your take?

I do agree with that. Your early 20s are the time when you step into the “real world.” Even if you’re living at home, you begin to experience and see life in a different way. The pressures of knowing that you’re grown and have to soon be a part of a world that you’re not used to. You tend to try and find yourself. Early 20s are also in my eyes one of the most precious times in our life. That’s the time when we really see our abilities and try to find our place in the world.

Soblu: Is there anything you wish you knew prior to graduating from school that you know now?

Anything I didn’t know, I learned. I wouldn’t want to know it all, which would’ve been boring.  (Laughs)

Soblu: Do you have any advice for folks that are in that limbo stage - graduated from high school or college but not fully integrated into the workforce yet?

I would say to stay focused and ready. Be prepared, it’s not an easy transition, but it’s up to you to stick to it. Motivate yourself by keeping a positive attitude.

For more information on DeAngelo, please follow him @DeAngeloRedman.