Reginald Hudlin was born in East Saint Louis, Illinois on December 15, 1961. Mr. Hudlin is an iconic writer, director, producer, and executive in the entertainment industry. He is a coproducer for the 2016 88th Academy Award Ceremony. He produced Django Unchained which in 2012 won The American Film Institute Award for Movie of the Year, Two Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year.
He is a pioneer of African American films and made his debut by writing and directing the movie House Party which was said to be based off of the house parties that he and his brothers held at home on Virginia Place in East Saint Louis. The success of House Party lead to his involvement in some of the classic black films of the 90’s. He wrote and produced BeBe’s Kids. He directed Boomerang, The Great White Hype, and The Ladies Man.
The Harvard graduate says of East Saint Louis in an interview on irockjazz.com, “I loved growing up in East Saint Louis.” And in a recent interview on KSDK-TV. Hudlin stated, “I always carry the Metro-East with me, whatever I’m doing, wherever I go.”
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