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Yaya Alafia '00 stars alongside Dorian Missick in Big Words, a new movie about a once-promising hip-hop group struggle with regret, disappointment, and change.

Big Words is centered around three former members of a promising hip-hop crew who cross paths again to discover that some things never change. Former frontman John (Dorian Missick), once known as Big Words, is now a working class guy who raps only to himself. James (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is a publicist living with his boyfriend, far removed from the days when he rhymed about getting girls. And, DJ Malik (Darien Sills-Evans) still spins records with a longing for the glory days. Together again on this landmark occasion, the pals reckon with dreams deferred and new hopes.

The film also stars Yaya Alafia (formerly Yaya Dacosta), Zachary Booth, Jean Grae, and Amir Arison.

Neil Drumming, director of Big Words, recalled working with Yaya in an article for The Atlantic:
After working with her and watching her build out the character I had written with flare and unexpected grit, I have no doubt where Yaya's talents and ambitions lie. I feel incredibly fortunate that my script spoke to her and that she was available to do the film. In this business, you never know exactly how things will go, but I suspect she'll be very busy very soon.

Big Words opened in New York City and Los Angeles on July 19. Click here to watch the film's trailer.

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