As an R&B singer, composer, dancer, director of music videos, choreographer, and fashion designer, she has garnered significant attention from the general public. Her sensual vocals, seductive dance routines, and daring appearances on the red carpet are well-known. She looked stunning in a dark suit with a gold bra at the Vanity Fair Oscar party this year. It was a distinctive Thom Browne outfit that was worn in February during New York Fashion Week. She gives everything a hint of the dramatic.

In contrast, Taylor plays a very different role in the film “A Thousand and One,” where she plays Inez, a lady who lost her parents when she was a small girl and finds it difficult to rebuild her life after leaving Rikers Island. In an effort to become a better mother, she removes her six-year-old son Terry from the deplorable foster care system in New York City.


film portrays Inez as she truly is: a single Black mother striving to provide Terry with a good life while bearing the burden of the city on her shoulders. It is set in gentrifying Harlem in the 1990s and early 2000s. Taylor grew up in Harlem, where she was born. This marks the feature film debut of A.V. Rockwell. In the U.S. dramatic competition at the January Sundance Film Festival, it took home the grand jury prise. The New York Times film reviewer Manohla Dargis noted in a notebook after the festival that Taylor’s performance without any extras was “terrific.”

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