Keith D. Black
|Keith D. Black|
Black on the beach at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||Keith D. Black, also known as Dorian Black and The Honorable Keith D. Black
October 16, 1980 (age 33)
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, US|
|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Alma mater||American Film Institute|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, producer, former model|
|Years active||1998 - present|
|Partner(s)||Marc Montemerlo (2004-2012) Reichen Lehmkuhl (2012-present)|
Keith D. Black (born October 16, 1980) is a South African-born screenwriter and former DNA (magazine) model. Black is best known as the heir apparent to one of Great Britain's most influential Entertainment and Political Dynasties. Most notably, Black is recognized for co-writing Princess (2006) and House of God (2008). 
Black was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to Irish born father, Anthony and South African born, Michele. He has an older sister, Tracy. His paternal grandfather, Roy Keith Black (deceased) was the Managing Director of a UK public company specializing in Television Rentals in the 1950s. He later help to establish broadcasting in Southern Africa and eventually owned and operated Video Library, which later became Blockbuster Inc. His grandmother, Maureen Black (née Peres) is the daughter of legendary UK and Ireland music producer and record distributor, Harold Peres of Solomon and Peres. In 1981, Solomon and Peres was acquired by Decca Records. In 1918, his mother's family began Blumberg Export and Import, a small timber business in South Africa. Eventually, it grew to be the largest timber manufacturer in continental Africa. A portion of downtown Johannesburg is named after Black's maternal great-grandparents. 
He is the cousin to both Phil Solomon (music executive), and The Right Honorable Mervyn Solomon, founder of Emerald Music as well as cousin to British Politician, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes and House of Common's Conservative MP and The Right Honorable Phillip Oppenheim. Black's lineage is closely tied to one of Britain's most influential families, the Viners, whose Cutlery business grew to be the biggest Cutlery manufacturer in Britain and is ordained by the British Monarchy. In 1993, The London Times, featured an article on Black's grandfather, Roy Keith Black and his political and entertainment influence on British Pop Culture for over 50 years. The London Times coined Black's heritage and family as one of the most influential dynasties in Great Britain.
His father, Anthony, spent many years in film and television distribution before becoming a former Senior Vice President and Co-Chairman of the Director's Board of Smith Barney. From 1972–1981, his father, Anthony ran International Distribution for Norman Lear's Tandem Productions. He was considered a pioneer in South Africa Broadcasting by virtue of distributing All in the Family, Maude (1972–1978), Good Times (1974–1979), and Sanford and Son (1972–1977) to Apartheid South Africa. In the early 1980s, Black's family immigrated to San Diego, California. Black attended The University of Wisconsin and eventually receiving his MFA from The American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
In 2011, Black was interviewed by Bent (magazine) and DNA Magazine about his underwear modeling career.  Prior to making his way to Hollywood, Black was discovered by Bruce Weber while assisting the camera crew for a Calvin Klein shoot. 
In 2004, Black met Jessica Janos, another graduate student who was attending the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Early on, both partnered on several small projects, most notably on the short film Princess (2006), a story about the daughter of a black maid raised by a wealthy white South African family in Johannesburg. Immediately, their controversial film caught the guise of Fred Roos. Building upon a strong relationship with Roos, Janos helped to raise close to $500,000 to fund Black's dynamic short film. Within weeks, Black and Janos raised the money to fund their project and shoot in both Los Angeles and Johannesburg. Featured in Daily Variety and The Los Angeles Times, as being "the most expensive student film ever made," Black and Janos received criticism for the high cost of production. Eventually, the film went on to win several film accolades.
Black also discovered the lead role in his film, Princess, when shopping in Los Angeles. Benu Mabhena, who was cast as the lead, went on to play Jassie Vandy, the wife of Djimon Hounsou in the 2006 film, Blood Diamond'."
In 2011, it was announced that Black would executive produce, Janos' film, Prettyface, along with Fred Roos. The independent film is a glimpse into the lives of two teenagers who steal a horse from a stable in Los Angeles and meet Charles Manson, three days before the death of Sharon Tate.
Production of Prettyface is scheduled to begin in spring of 2013.
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