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Cartel Urban Cinema

Cartel Urban Cinema is a multi-media film and TV production company based in Baltimore. Cartel has pioneered a new approach to working with both new actors, as well as seasoned actors, bringing authenticity to it’s storylines. 


We are a one-stop production company, and as a result, are able to produce high quality projects. Since it’s rebirth in March 2016, Cartel Urban Cinema has consistently produced films and are growing at a level that major production companies are noticing. 


Cartel Urban Cinema receives all of its stories from best selling author T. Styles who is also the CEO. Along with her partner Charisse Washington, the focus is obvious, to bring Hollywood to the Baltimore area. 

Cartel Urban Cinema

HollyWood Is Where We Make It




Styles is the award-winning CEO of The Cartel Publications - an international, independent publishing house. She also owns Cartel Urban Cinema, an independent film production company. To date T. Styles has written over 100 original novels under various pen names. Her novels have been published under her own house as well as Kensington and St. Martins. 


Her screenplay “Concrete Beach”, reached the final round for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, a screenwriting competition, hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscars). In addition, her other screenplay “Blurred”, reached the top 15%, validating what her fans already know...that T. Styles knows the art of storytelling. 


Styles’ publishing house, The Cartel Publications, is the face of today's urban fiction and street fiction industries. In both the digital and print world, the Cartel represents the best her generation has to offer in African American literature. She has aptly been dubbed "Urban Fiction Empress" and "Literary Master".


Styles is multifaceted and facilitates her popular seminar "How To Write A Novel In 30 Days", using her non-fiction novel of the same title. Styles consults authors and publishing houses on what it takes to achieve success and longevity in the book industry, using the Cartel as a guide.


She has been featured in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Essence Magazine, Don Diva Magazine, Oprah Winfrey's Network and Urban Book Source. She has been awarded Author of The Year by AAMBC and was voted Most Underrated Author by The Urban Book Source.


When not writing, Toy produces independent movies. Her first feature is titled, ‘PITBULLS IN A SKIRT’ with ‘MOTHER MONSTER (Raunchy), ‘THE WORST OF US 1 & 2', IT’LL COST YOU, 'BMORE CHICKS 1 & 2 and her latest film masterpiece, 'I'M HOME'. All of her movies can be seen on several streaming apps including, but not limited to, TUBI. 



C. Wash is the Vice President (The VP) of the Cartel Publications, an extremely successful Independent Urban Fiction Publishing House. Realizing her niche’ in 2006, she slid into the literary industry becoming the manager of best selling author, T. Styles. She was charged with setting up book signings and promoting her novels.


In 2008, she teamed up with Ms. Styles and formed the Cartel Publications. Being the vice president of a thriving indie publishing house is not an easy task, but Charisse revels in pushing her company to new heights. 

Being a publisher, people often asked her when would her novel drop. Although she had many ideas for books, she never really had the patience to sit down and pen a complete novel. It wasn't until she attended her partner's seminar in 2012 entitled, "The End. How To Write A Bestselling Novel in 30 Days", and completed the book with the same title, that she got the tips, tools and confidence to start her book.


Her debut novel, "Hersband Material" was released in April 2013. Since then the VP has served as producer on the movies, “Pitbulls in A Skirt”, “Mother Monster”, “It’ll Cost You” and the Web Series, “The Worst of Us” (Seasons 1 & 2). 

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