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Jenel Stevens

Newarkiff 2018 Women In Action

Meet Jenel Stevens, Marija Abney and Niahlah Hope three of the amazing ladies of the BLACK PANTHERS royal guard the DORA MILAJE  hosted by Hollywood action veteran Alyma Dorsey @ Newarkiff 2018! Get behind the scenes info on the BLACK PANTHER & AVENGERS INFINITY WAR movies and find out how they were cast, what type of training they did to prepare and what it takes to be part of the hottest group of Sheros in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! 

Jénel Stevens is a stunt performer best known for her work on Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Luke Cage (2016). She has landed a SAG Awards nomination along with the 2017 Urban Action Showcase Angels of Action award for her work. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a (MS) Master of Science in Sport Administration. Additionally, she is a (CSCS) NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Precision Nutrition Certified Nutritional Counselor.

Marija Abney

Marija Abney is a South Carolina native. She graduated from The William Esper School’s two year Meisner Training Program, received her MA from NYU TISCH, and is an alumni of The Ailey School/Fordham University’s BFA program. She has worked under the direction of Spike Jonze, performed work by Lynn Nottage, and performed with Mariah Carey, Rita Ora, Toni Braxton, and Vanessa Williams, to name a few. She was featured in Broadway’s After Midnight, In Your Armsat The Old Globe in San Diego, New York City Opera’s final opera Anna Nicole, and Disney’s The Lion King. This fall she begins working on Broadway’s The Cher Show after doing the production’s Chicago run. She is featured as a Dora Milaje in Marvel’s Black Panther and the final two installments of Avengers. Film/Television credits include: Luke Cage, Isn’t It Romantic, The Tick, The TONY Awards, FOX Searchlight’s Black Nativity, Dancing with The Stars, the Latin Grammy Awards, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Image of Niahlah Hope, a panelist on the NewarkIFF Women In Action Panel 

Niahlah Hope

Niahlah Hope was a stunt double for Lupita Nyong'o in Black Panther, Marilyn Torres in the Daredevil episode .380, Alfre Woodard in the Luke Cage episode Manifest, Deborah Ayorinde in the Luke Cage episodes Now You're Mine and You Know My Steez, Sabrina Reitman in The Punisher episode Memento Mori, Jennifer Fouché in the Jessica Jones episode AKA Three Lives and Counting, Lisa Tharps in the Jessica Jones episode AKA Pray for My Patsy and Simone Missick in an upcoming episode of Luke Cage.

She was also a stunt performer in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4 and the Jessica Jones episode AKA Crush Syndrome.

Alyma-Dorsey Women In Action Panelist NewarkIff 2018

Alyma Dorsey

Alyma Dorsey started singing opera at 8 years of age which led to her Vocal Performance Degree at Florida State University. After playing on the Junior Olympic volleyball team, Alyma was recruited by Florida State University volleyball team. A budding modeling career soon approached and after graduating, her modeling agency moved her to New York. For 7 years, Alyma was extremely successful in the modeling industry, taking the runway by storm and gracing the covers and pages of many domestic and international magazines.

While living in New York Alyma also took on the health and fitness industry and became the personal training manager at Crunch Fitness. Alyma immediately started to establish a list of Celebrity clientele and quickly started co-hosting on different TV networks and writing magazine articles for well know fitness and fashion publications about Better Health and Wellness. Because of her success, Crunch Fitness moved Alyma to Los Angeles, CA to continue building the company's brand and increasing revenue.

Alyma was proud to call Los Angeles home. Once moving to LA, Alyma's modeling career took off again and because her list of celebrity clients was rapidly growing as well, Alyma started her own fitness company, Results By Alyma Inc., and has established herself as one of Los Angeles best Celebrity Trainers.

In 2008 Alyma decided to revisit her athletic career and in one year started playing tournaments for the AVP and CBVA as a professional beach volleyball player.

Alyma's most recent love as a Stunt Actor began in 2012 when one of her celebrity clients, Quentin Tarantino, asked her to move to Louisiana while he shot his most recent movie , Django. While watching one of the best directors and stunt coordinators, Jeff Dashnaw in the business work, Alyma fell in love with the art of stunts and decided to pursue it full time. She has been a working stunt actor ever since. Some of the films she's worked in include Gotham, The Defenders, The Purge, Captain America, Hateful 8 and Captain Marvel.