Independent Lens "P-Star Rising" on WXXI-TV

Independent Lens "P-Star Rising" on WXXI-TV

Tue, 02/09/2010 - 10:00pm

Young rapper P-Star (Priscilla Diaz), aged nine, in Miami Beach.

Credit: Courtesy of Gabriel Noble

Priscilla Diaz's drive to succeed in the music business is rocketing her to the top at just nine years old.

At age nine, Priscilla, a precocious little girl, tells her single-father, Jesse, “I am going to become a rapper and fulfill your dreams of succeeding in the music business.” Moved by Priscilla’s, or P-Star’s, passion and impressed with her talent and charisma, he begins to teach her all he knows about rapping. Suddenly, this father-daughter duo goes from a one-bedroom shelter in Harlem to a four-bedroom apartment, from food stamps to shopping sprees, from rapping on street corners to sold-out night clubs. But in the efforts to make her dad proud, Priscilla struggles to remain a child and finds herself trapped in a world of people twice her size and four times her age and doesn’t know whom to trust. The ride has just begun.

Independent Lens "P-Star Rising" airs Tuesday, February 9 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Independent Lens encompasses the full spectrum of film — from history to drama to animation to shorts to social-issue films — this anthology series allows audiences greater access to powerful and innovative programs united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts.