Shameik Moore Covers BELLO mag Young Hollywood June 2015 Issue

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On June 19th, just two days before the kick-off of summer, Writer/Director Rick Famuyiwa releases his sure-to-be hit, Dope, in theaters worldwide. Following a standing ovation at the official Cannes premiere of the coming-of-age film this past May, American audiences are bound to fall in love with Dope and its characters. Such was the case with Famuyiwa’s wildly successful soul-love romantic comedy Brown Sugar back in 2002. The Inglewood set film (Dope) trails good guys Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori) and their gal-pal “Diggy” (Kiersey Clemons) as they fall into a metaphorical bucket of worms, leaving them fleeing for their safety in a drug-filled neighborhood known as “The Bottoms.” Dopealso stars forces like funny-man Blake Anderson, Rapper A$ap Rocky, and indie princess Zoë Kravitz.

Judging by the film’s instant acclaim and buzz, not to mention the momentum surrounding Dope’s leading man, it really comes as no surprise to us at Bello that the world wants Moore. And thanks to this popular demand, we’re getting just that. “I’m so thankful. I’m enjoying every moment and taking it all in,” says 20-year-old Shameik Moore. “All the love and positivity from everyone is making me dream even bigger.” The positivity he speaks of is neither distant nor faint. Dope was produced by Forest Whitaker, Pharrell Williams and Seam Combs, but it was the story’s authenticity and performances that prompted more than five production companies to offer distribution deals after its debut at Sundace this January, after which the film was ultimately sold to mega-house Open Road Films. Moore says it’s the hard honest work put into the movie that is to credit for the quick praise. “I think Dope will affect everyone because it’s relatable, and it was made with passion. We all like to experience something genuine, something that touches our soul.” Touching, yes. Entertaining, yes. Called “one of the freshest films of the year” by The Huffington Post? Most definitely. But what was it really like, being directed by Rick Famuyiwa? To Moore, who immediately watched The Wood upon hearing he got the part, it felt like more than a professional relationship. “Rick always had a big brother vibe oozing from him,” recalls the Atlanta native. “He always looked at me with belief in his eyes.” Growing up, Moore wasn’t a whole lot different than his Dope counterpart. Like Malcolm, the actor was well-liked among peers, though not a nerd. People were always asking him to show off his dancing skills at any given time. “I always put my energy into my art, so thankfully, I was fortunate enough to have a family that believed in me.”

You’ll be seeing him next in the genius Nextflix original The Get Down, a series that takes place in 1970s New York City at the coming up of hip-hop and punk culture. The series, according to creator Baz Luhrmann, has been in the works for a little bit over a decade. With a release slated for 2016, Moore will play South Bronx teenager Shaolin Fantastic, an eccentric street-kid with an unpredictable streak. Though he declined to comment on the goings-on of production, or shed light on possible storylines, Moore did say his audition prior to getting the part was by far his most interesting audition to date. With Luhrmann as his latest supporter, there’s no telling where Shameik Moore will be a year from now. Premiering another buzz worthy film at Sundance? Maybe. Releasing a studio-album a la Empire after the release of his musically-charged Netflix series? Possibly. What he is sure of is his first love, music, an underlying theme that has attracted him to projects well worth being a part of, and it’s that passion that continues to drive Moore, regardless of his recent successes. “Music is my first love; it flows through me so freely that I touch it and manipulate it while I’m dancing. When I hear music, I see colors, and I feel the energy that is being projected. I think that’s why I really appreciate music that makes me feel good.”
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photographer SAM ZACHRICH www.samanthazachrich.com
stylists ASHLEY ELIZABETH and ENRIQUE MELENDEZ www.blackboardgroup.com
groomer CHANEL PANAGIOTOPOULOS www.badassbeautytv.com/
photo assistant KRISTI NEILSON

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Stephane Marquet
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First of all, excuse my French! … I was born in the South of France. Lived in Paris for 10 years and travelled the world until I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, because obviously recession was a great time to move to a new country! I also arrived around Halloween and was greeted at the Social Security offices by a nurse who directed to the window Number 6 so a witch could hand me my social security number. Welcome to America. I am a painter, a photographer and the creative director of BELLO mag.

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    […] On June 19th, just two days before the kick-off of summer, Writer/Director Rick Famuyiwa releases his sure-to-be hit, Dope, in theaters worldwide. Following a standing ovation at the official Cannes premiere of the coming-of-age film this past May, American audiences are bound to fall in love with Dope and its characters. Such was the case with Famuyiwa’s wildly successful soul-love romantic comedy Brown Sugar back in 2002. The Inglewood set film (Dope) trails good guys Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori) and their gal-pal “Diggy” (Kiersey Clemons) as they fall into a metaphorical bucket of worms, leaving them fleeing for their safety in a drug-filled neighborhood known as “The Bottoms.” Dopealso stars forces like funny-man Blake Anderson, Rapper A$ap Rocky, and indie princess Zoë Kravitz. Read more. […]

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    […] On June 19th, just two days before the kick-off of summer, Writer/Director Rick Famuyiwa releases his sure-to-be hit, Dope, in theaters worldwide. Following a standing ovation at the official Cannes premiere of the coming-of-age film this past May, American audiences are bound to fall in love with Dope and its characters. Such was the case with Famuyiwa’s wildly successful soul-love romantic comedy Brown Sugar back in 2002. The Inglewood set film (Dope) trails good guys Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori) and their gal-pal “Diggy” (Kiersey Clemons) as they fall into a metaphorical bucket of worms, leaving them fleeing for their safety in a drug-filled neighborhood known as “The Bottoms.” Dopealso stars forces like funny-man Blake Anderson, Rapper A$ap Rocky, and indie princess Zoë Kravitz. Read more. […]

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