Author: Joycelynn Okezie
The second season of Alonge Hawes’s Blue Collar Hustle web series hasn’t yet premiered and is already garnering accolades. The new season’s first four episodes have been made available for professional publications and film festivals. Online publication Indyred recently awarded the new season a 4-star review, stating:
“Season two uses the leverage it’s already gained to ask some serious questions, and the show is all the better for it. Blue Collar Hustle keeps things real, as it attempts to stir up some kind of emotional response from its viewers. Especially for people like me, who maybe need to be reminded from time to time, what the world is really like.”
If that weren’t enough reason to celebrate, Hawes and his team also have another reason to be jovial; Blue Collar Hustle’s second season has been nominated for 4 awards at the second annual Minnesota Webfest. Last year at the inaugural festivities, Hawes’s series was nominated for Best Drama and Best Representation Of Communities Of Color, picking up the trophy for the latter. This year, in addition to repeating those two nominations, the series has also picked up nominations for Best Ensemble and Best Returning Series.
The Minnesota Webfest will take place September 28th-29th, and is billed as a showcase for the world’s most popular web series and online content, Blue Collar Hustle will also hold a world premiere event during the festival.
Blue Collar Hustle was created by Hawes, who also serves as writer, executive producer, and show-runner. Jairus Burks serves as lead cinematographer and director. It stars Hawes as Ajani Garvey, Quentin Williams as Quan Banneker, Howard Woodburn as Anthony Lee, Shani Hawes as Asha Luna, Roberto Cruz as Jose Torres, and Tijuana Agnew as Anaya Bassett. It is produced by Rodderick Fedd, Jamal Mcclendon, Shani Hawes, Quentin Williams, Cordarol Sanders, and Roberto Cruz.
Blue Collar Hustle will premiere the first 5 of its 10 episode second season October 1st on Seeka.tv.