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Hair She Buzz | Black Women Film Network (BWFN) 2015 Scholarship Winners Announced | Untold Stories” Awards Luncheon and Summit March 5-7th

March 3, 2015

Hair She Buzz — Atlanta’s already buzzing about 2015 Black Women Film Network (BWFN), Untold Stories Luncheon, and Summit (March 5-7th) which brings together women and supporters who help women enter, protect and preserve a strong presence in film and television industries.

The 2015 Scholarship Winners receive their scholarships at the The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) “Untold Stories” Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6 at 11:30 am as part of the Black Women Film Summit.

Congratulations are in order for:

  • Dominique Boyd, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Dominique has a 3.66 GPA and is a screenwriter/director with a unique voice.
  • Tawanna Easley, Atlanta Technical College.  Tawanna has a 3.81 GPA and has passed the Apple Certification exam. She is an editor and is working on a documentary about her eight year-old nephew who is training to be a fourth generation cowboy.
  • Erica Lamberson, Spelman College. Erica has a 3.97 GPA and is a Computer Science major with a Studio Art minor.  She is interested in mobile app design. Her screenwriting professor says “her writing sings.”

“These are extraordinary women who are going to go on to make an impact on the industry,” said Deidre McDonald, BWFN scholarship committee. Fellow committee member Donna Lowry said, “Our scholarship recipients, like Jaunice Sills from REVOLT TV, have gone on to become key influencers in entertainment today.”

The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) Summit runs from Thursday – Saturday, March 5th-7th.  While buzzing the summit, look forward to getting upclose and networking with Will Packer, Lamman Rucker, Logan Browning, Robi Reed, Shante Bacon, Tia Powell, and Tomika Depriest. 

Plus enjoy panels with Denise Hendricks Traci Blackwell (VP, Current Programming, CW Network), Connie Orlando (SVP Specials, Music & News, BET Networks), Robi Reed (VP Talent & Casting, BET Networks); Jasmin Goodman Angela Northington (SVP Content Acquisitions, Urban Movie Channel), Alonzo Llorens (Attorney, Gorden & Rees), Bernard Coleman (Attorney, The Coleman Law Firm); Nneka Onurah (Director, The Same Difference), Judi Blair (Actress, Magic Mike XXL), Emcee N.I.C.E (Creator, Da Jammies), Gabrielle Fulton (Director, Ir/Reconcibale).

In between meeting whom you need to get to next level in film and television, enjoy luncheons, book festival and screenings.  Look for DryerBuzz.com to bring you the buzz behind the buzz — but be in the place for yourself if film and television is your dream.

Follow the buzz via blackwomenfilmsummit.org

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Hair She Buzz | Fans Split on Halle as Angela Davis

March 1, 2015

Hair She Buzz — It’s past time for Halle to burst on the screen again — in a role we can get with — recent films excluded. How about as political activist, writer, and educator Angela Davis?  A story placed on back burner for far too long, it’s time — as Davis is now 71.  Surely America’s fear has subsided. Some fans say Halle could pull off the role with her history as Dorothy Dandridge, while other’s say no with little explanation.  What say you?  See story buzzing below and comment.

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Hair She Buzz | Fans React to Mo’Nique as Cookie on #Empire

February 28, 2015

Hair She Buzz — We wondered how soon #Empire would enter into beef between Lee Daniels and Mo’Nique.  While we thought this was some Oscars fallout, tantrum by Daniels, or just venting by Mo’Nique as an previous Oscar winner, turns out the rift runs deep.  But, Mo’Nique as Cookie on our beloved #Empire? Nobody saw that coming and this was the reaction from friends and followers when we shared the entertainment news clip below.

Facebook reaction

Mo'Nique as Cookie? #empire

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Hair She Buzz | Perfect response when asked about your hair “I’m Doing Me!” | More advice from #theHairMaven Kaye Flewellen | Listen

February 24, 2015

As a prelude to much anticipated black hair red carpet controversies, we invited #thehairmaven Kaye Flewellen, author of Mane Attraction, to dress us with the best way to express ourselves when it comes to our hair.  Don’t stress pressing hair issues brought on by those who can’t understand our freedom of express when it comes to tresses.

Flewellen says, when asked about your hair, reply “I’m doing me!” Listen for more buzz from this great debate during Bronner Bros Beauty show on #DryerBuzzonWAOK #HairSheBuzz

Kaye Flewellen on DryerBuzz on WAOK

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Hair She Buzz | First Viola, now Zendaya suffers black hair red carpet controversy | Zendaya vs Giuliana Rancic #oscars

February 24, 2015

Hair She Buzz — Hours before Oscars, we asked on #DryerBuzzonWAOK, which celebrity, a la Viola Davis, would suffer this year’s dreaded black hair red carpet controversy? We now have our answers — Zendaya vs Giuliana Rancic.

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Rancic said some off the cuff stuff about Zendaya’s chosen hair style of mock locs for the Oscars – saying, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil or maybe weed.”  Now most of the viewers missed it.  Not until Zendaya took to instagram with a response did the situation began trending.

Zendaya response to Giuliana Rancic Fashion Police

The Enews and Fashion Police host has had her own red carpet controversy lately due to her size.  Plus she’s just not mixing it up too well with new millennials rocking it at the network.  What if someone intentionally threw Rancic under the media bus for her comments – Enews would get to act without addressing the lack of chemistry or weight issue. Remains to be seen.

Meanwhile — Zendaya took on the bully and won, receiving an apology. But still we want to know, why black hair gets called on the carpet when celebs of all races, colors, and creeds enhance their look?  Hell nobody’s talking about what road atop John Travolta’s head all night.

Listen as we addressed the issue with Kaye Flewellen, the Hair Maven on an Oscar edition of #DryerBuzzonWAOK #HairSheBuzz

 

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Hair She Buzz | Clippings and Updates on Bobbi Kristina Brown Reportedly Found Unresponsive

January 31, 2015

Clipped from headlines…

Updates on Bobbi Kristina coming fast and furious with very little change in her health status. We post updates to give her family time for prayer and decision making. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

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Hair She Buzz | Post Celebrity Apprentice, Kita Williams wants you and Terrell Owens to know… WATCH

January 21, 2015

VideoBuzz: Kita Williams Pops Off on Terrell Owens About Wendy Williams Appearance

Not happy with Terrell Owens post Apprentice interview on Wendy Williams, Kita Williams sets the record straight with no chaser and then some.

Are you teamTerrell or teamKitaandMo?

Kita Williams on Terrell Owens

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Hair She Buzz | Don’t Make It a #WEALTHGAPWEEKEND #DearBlackWomen

January 2, 2015

Don’t make it a #wealthgapweekend aka Friday, Saturday, Sunday, where #dearblackwomen empty their household resources into hands of those who boycott them.

Five steps to close wealth gap.

  1. Shop local with women owned where available. Use DryerBuzz Referrals and streams
  2. Search for more women own labels, services, and female supportive brands for family needs
  3. Shop with businesses supporting your favorite media ie radio, blogs, and  events
  4. Reimburse household by matching spending to increase savings and investments
  5. Seek loyalty programs and memberships to foster continued support to close wealth gap

Share Don’t Make it a #WEALTHGAPWEEKEND message via social media.

#wealthgapweekend
We’re closing the gap in 2015. Support those who support you.
Bonus: listen to #DryerBuzzonWAOK Sunday’s for more tips to close the gap. Special forum each first Sunday with guest experts on finance and wealth building. Listen, learn, and earn more. http://cbsloc.al/ListenWAOK

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DryerBuzzonWAOK | How we survived 2014, Plus Good Bad & Buzzing Women of 2014 | #HairSheBuzz End of Year Countdown

December 21, 2014

DryerBuzzonWAOK — Last #HairSheBuzz debate of 2014.  Was 2014 too much for some? We remembered women for whom 2014 was their sunset and talked about launching our own #selfcare plans to survive 2015. Special guest joining the conversation were Candace Anderson and Anana Harris Parris of Self Care Coffee & Conversations, along with Yolanda Neals of RED Panty Society.

Plus we counted down the Good, Bad, & Buzzing women of 2014.  How many tried to #breaktheinternet, who did and who didn’t? Who created enough buzz for us to acknowledge them as buzzing for 2014.

The conversation continues with #DryerBuzzonWAOK. Listen and enjoy archive below.  Tweet before, during and after the show @DryerBuzz or use hastag #DryerBuzzonWAOK

Archives – Part One

 

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Archives – Part Two

 

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SideBuzz:  Hair She Buzz | When Suicide Comes Calling | Guest Blog by Kasey Woods
Clipped from Essence.com – contributed by Kasey Woods

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Archives posted following live show.

DryerBuzzonWAOK Women of 2014

SideBuzz:  Hair She Buzz | When Suicide Comes Calling | Guest Blog by Kasey Woods
Clipped from Essence.com – contributed by Kasey Woods

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Hair She Buzz | When Suicide Comes Calling | Guest Blog by Kasey Woods

December 16, 2014

Clipped from Essence.com – contributed by Kasey Woods

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In the wake of Miss Jessie’s founder Titi Branch’s death, we are going through the same stage of collective grieving that always follows a high-profile suicide. We regurgitate the same verbiage. We ask the same questions:  How is it that someone so beautiful, so prominent, so successful could have felt that they had no other way out besides suicide?

How has this happened? Why didn’t she talk to someone? Why? Why??

We log on to our computers and offer our condolences while looking around suspiciously at our family and friends and wonder if they could be next.

Depression is not the only reason a person may choose to take their own life, but it is so often at the root. Lacking details and personal information, we are left to speculate the ‘whys’ and the ‘what ifs.’ We ache inside because their death is more than just the loss of an individual, but it also creates an atmosphere of fear. Depression is not the flu. Individuals don’t grow a scarlet letter on their chest or some outward means of alerting those around them that their turmoil has become too great to bear. So we creep around unknowing of who else might be capable of making a permanent decision for a temporary problem. We crouch and brace ourselves for the next blow because we all know…it is coming. The statistics are a Google search away.

So today, as we have many days before, we mourn.

We mourn and we read articles about depression and mental illness and suicide rates but we come no closer to truly understanding what it means to be so low that the unthinkable is now a thought. That the unfathomable is now a plan. We can only attempt to peer inside the minds of those in that space and stumble around like unwanted trespassers. Piecing together final conversations, old Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, anything for a glimpse of what the final days of depression must look like.

We need to know. We are desperate to know.

As a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder II and clinical depression, I know firsthand the heavy weight that depression bares. I know the physical embodiment of your mental state that makes you feel as if you can not put one foot in front of the other sometimes. I know the dark, murky thoughts that creep into your head that seem so unlike your own. I know what it means to think, if just faintly, if just for a mere second, what life would be like…without you. Just thinking such thoughts reel you further into your depressive state and it seems as if seeing the light of day is now an impossibility.

Once upon a time, I was quietly admitted into the psychiatric ward of my local hospital. With no access to phones, social media or any technology of any kind, my five day stay went unnoticed by those outside of my inner circle. When I was discharged I never signed back on to my social media accounts. Sometimes the world wide web can be to much to bear for us manic depressives. The atrocities of the world, the seeming unattainable successes that people flaunt, the stories of murder and mayhem; it all is just too much and to heavy. I logged off. I logged out.

While there I met a young man that just wanted to talk. He told me he didn’t know why he was there but he knew he was unhappy. He confessed to me with sad eyes that all he wants is to have someone to love him as much as he wants to love, but everyone around him seems to fall short. While he was there he had visits everyday, he seemed to have phone calls every few hours. He seemed to be loved and supported in so many ways, but in his mind it just wasn’t enough.

The families of individuals who are going through depression and/or have committed suicide must recognize that many times when a person is depressed, when they are in need, when they feel utterly lost, sometimes the greatest efforts of those around them just may never be enough. You must absolve yourself of the guilt that accompanies the hopelessness of feeling as if you are not doing everything you can to help your loved one.

Everyone isn’t going to be formally diagnosed bipolar or clinically depressed. Many people don’t show “the signs” we have prepared ourselves to look for. Everyone isn’t going to reach out for help and even those that do, sometimes the help they need may be beyond our control. Even so, we as a community must remain vigilant and responsive to the needs of those close to us. Let us stay aware of the sometimes unspoken cues no matter how minute that someone we care about may be in need. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be afraid to give it.

Again, though these unfortunate events have not been formally attributed to depression, it opens up the dialogue for a greater conversation that is routinely neglected in the African American community, the one about mental illness. Hopefully through this tragedy someone will be willed to ask for help or recognize the magnitude of their own thoughts and behaviors. For us to live in the era of “Black lives matter,” we must learn to love the ill as much as we do those who have already fallen, and to preserve the lives who are still with us.

We are going to get through this loss. Together as a community we will envelop each other with kindness and compassion and be each other’s support system and grace.

There is hope for the seemingly hopeless.

Kasey Woods is a mother and mental health advocate. Additional information and resources can be found on her Facebook fan page.

Kasey Woods will join #DryerBuzzonWAOK in our year end debate “Shame, Pain & Social Paralysis” — listen live Sunday, December 21, 2014 or (on-demand following show).  Call in with questions and comments via 404-892-2703 and listen via Waok http://cbsloc.al/ListenWAOK | #TuneIn. http://tun.in/sep9L

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