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Published on March 27th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


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!


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2 Responses to Tracy Oliver; The third time is the charm!

  1. Marie Shaw & Family says:


  2. Marie Shaw & Family says:

    Congratulations, well deserved!

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