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Omar Tyree 

Best-selling author

Omar Tyree, the Charlotte-based best-selling author, is back with a new hustle. Tyree was last seen as part of the first Charlotte Literary Festival. He returns at the helm of his first movie, The Lure of Young Women, which premieres May 4 at 8 p.m. in Spirit Square.

Tyree stars as an independent film producer set to find a star-in-the-making to bankroll his latest project, the old-fashioned way. But, in the demanding entertainment industry, where everyone wants to be the "next big thing," he's caught with a cast of women out to do anything and everything for a shot.

"This project was close to me. I'm a good actor, which people will find out, but I was just being myself. I'm constantly around young women that [want] to be writers and stars, so it's easy to figure out how a man can get entrapped by [them]."

"This is a start-off vehicle for a new brand, and it's to create more diversity in African-American films. The more people you empower in the black community, the more opportunities you provide for yourself for your own stories."

Tyree was inspired by the guerilla style of Jamaican independent filmmakers who use digital cameras and the people around them, particularly Tahut Nan, a friend. "I'm sitting on the side watching him make movies and he [has] less money than [me]."

His next project is "a screenplay called The American Fosse about an American black man who falls for a Jamaican girl, and he follows her back home, [ending] up in a whole array of different situations."

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