Ilfenesh Hadera@ilfenator

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Ilfenesh Hadera

Beautiful day in the neighborhood #GodfatherofHarlem


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Me n Moose say GO VOTE! You’ll sleep better tonight knowing that you did ✅


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As a lifelong Harlem resident, I feel a special connection to this project and a very new kind of excitement to be part of telling this rich history. To this team, this cast, the music! The Sixties! This city! Let’s go! #GodfatherofHarlem


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Popcorn! 😆


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@maliamillsnyc making her case for fashion over function one bikini bottom at a time.


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All in the embrace! What can I say but how endless my love and appreciation are for you and how PROUD and inspired by you I am? My Christina, resilient and graceful, look at all you’ve accomplished with determination, patience, and self knowledge! Keep climbing the mountain sister, here on this journey with you always! Love you forever my Sandy Cheeks!


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Happy Birthday Joe! So much love from me and your @shesgottahave family, what a night! Finally got to do a few scenes with this guy season 2, one of which was a hot, endless, club scene at the infamous Hot n Trot. Joe got on the mic every minute of downtime (and he had the same 5AM call time as all of us) and single handedly kept the energy alive in the room, never seen anything like it, last night was no different! To another great year my brother!


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Doesn’t get more Monday than waking up on the couch with all your lights and makeup on 😑


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Love you longer than your legs @phi_sig


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Just one a tha boys


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That’d be today


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I don’t post a lot of TBTs, there’s something about the idea of looking backwards that I don’t love. Yesterday, however, I was filled with gratitude for new opportunities and found myself thinking about an exchange that happened years ago. I was 25, working as a hostess, a few commercials under my belt but struggling to get a foot in the door with no agent and from what I later learned, a pretty shady manager. I was at Cinema Society afterparty when I was introduced by a mutual friend to a woman who’d been in the business for years, well respected and very connected. Within 3 minutes of meeting her she told me that I was pretty but that I’d never make it as an actress, too tall. I hadn’t asked this woman for any advice, for any favors, or for her opinion but she took it upon herself to try to crush my dream right there at the Monkey Bar surrounded by actors who were living theirs. I had the confidence back then to know that this woman, however influential, had no idea who she was talking to. I’m not motivated by naysayers and the doubt of others has never made me work harder because I don’t operate from a place of wanting to prove anything to anyone. I did realize that night (and maybe a late lesson) that there would be people, bitter people, ignorant people, straight up rude people, who would try to steer me from what was meant for me and that it was part of my job to gracefully decline to give a fuck what they thought. There are always going to be people who tell you to give up your dream cause you’re too old, too short, too tall, too black, too pretty, not pretty enough, cause you talk like that, or come from there. Consider it part of your J.O.B not to listen. When @therock posted this photo back in 2016 leading up to Baywatch and I read his caption “5’11” walking smokestack with legs for days” I didn’t even think of that woman immediately (and yes, I remember her name) I just thought to myself, there’s a place for us all if we carve it out and claim it. All this to say keep being your unapologetic, uniquely fabulous selves and maybe Dwayne will cast you in a movie 😝 Happy Thursday to all ♥️


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