Published on March 27th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff2
Tracy Oliver; The third time is the charm!
3rd Barbershop film co-written by Columbia Native.
Tracy Oliver was only in high school when the first motion picture Barbershop hit the big screen.
As she sat in the darkness of her hometown movie theater; not even she could imagine what the future would hold. “Like many others, I really enjoyed the movie and never thought in a million years, I would one day co-write the third movie” Oliver shared a recent interview.
The youngest daughter of Gwen and Barry Oliver, Tracy was raised alongside her sister Megan to strive for excellence. The family has resided in Northeast Columbia for over 20 years and attends St. John Baptist Church.
In 2003, Tracy graduated from Richland School District Two’s Spring Valley High School. While there, she became the first African American female student body president. She went on to be accepted to Stanford University in California where she majored in American Studies. Oliver graduated from Stanford in 2008 and continued her studies with the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. She graduated in 2010, and started working right away on a number of screenwriting projects. Many will recognize the names of some of the projects which include Issa Rae’s Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl series, ABC’s sci-fi romantic comedy series “The Neighbors” and, most recently, the Starz drama series “Survivor’s Remorse.”
Fast forward to the Spring of 2016 and the world awaits the release of Barbershop: The Next Cut. This is the third Barbershop motion picture. The first was released in 2002 and the second in 2004.
The latest Barbershop opens worldwide on April 15th. Oliver holds the distinction of being one of two screenwriters that used her keyboard to create words and scripts and what we would finally see and hear some of our favorite actors and actresses deliver in lines.
Barbershop: The Next Cut like the two films before has a star studded cast featuring Ice Cube, Common, Anthony Anderson, Margot Bingham, Regina Hall, Nicki Minaj and Cedric the Entertainer.
The paving on the road to Tinseltown hasn’t always been smooth. Like so many young, talented, African American Writers, Oliver has seen the roadblocks. “My biggest challenge has been dealing with the lack of opportunities that are there for people of color. Luckily, the landscape is definitely changing due to writers and producers like Shonda Rhimes”.
Many will recognize the name Shonda Rhimes and the writing byline attached to the ABC hit Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder. Rhymes recently penned a book titled The Year of Yes.
It might be a very safe bet that Tracy Oliver’s years ahead in Hollywood will include many more opportunities in which she too will respond with yes!