Dec 2, 2021
The Morris' started the very first Drive In Movie Theatre located in New Jersey. Listen to their story as they explain what started this new venture and what its growing into. Lets Dive right in!
In the span of just 6 months, Newark Moonlight Minema Drive In has established itself as an entertainment go-to in Brick City. But now the Newark Moonlight Minema Drive In Theater, known for playing classic films well-loved by many in the Black community. Ayana Morris made her mark in black history by opening the first black owned business drive in movie theater, Newark Moonlight Cinema, with her husband, Siree Morris.
The success of first black owned business Newark Moonlight Cinema is one of the most feel-good viral stories to come out of the pandemic. In 2020 Ayana Morris made her directorial debut with the compelling visuals for Ras Baraka’s “What We Want”, the first single and title track from his spoken-word album. In 2018, Morris teamed up with award winning international director, Udi Aloni, to co-direct the documentary Baraka: Why Is We Americans? The film is produced by Lauryn Hill and Oren Moverman.
Her husband, Siree Morris, is a Real Estate developer who believes in investing in his community “One property at a time”. He told the New York Times, “This right here is personal to me”. Morris is innovating building homes by creating NJ's first multi-family house made out of shipping containers. In March 2021 the City of Newark announced the designation of Fairmount Commons to Siree Morris’ firm, MCI Construction, and his partner Richman Affordable Housing Corp. In November 2020 he cut the ribbon on the Lofts at Avon, two 3-family homes erected on a former empty lot. At the height of the pandemic Morris and his wife opened Newark first black owned drive in movie theatre tips, Newark Moonlight Cinema.
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