5 Black Podcasts you should be listening to now

5 Black Podcasts you should be listening to now

We are living in an unprecedented era where we can and should be creating our own content. Whether its films, tv shows, or podcasts, we have voices that want to be heard. This short compilation is our beginning to acknowledge some dope black podcasts created for us and by us. Check ‘em out. 

Keeping Us Sport Minded and Pop Culture Savvy: Good Talk Podcast hosted by Tunde and Sam  

It’s like listening to your two brothers having a conversation. This podcast makes you smile and makes you think. Tunde and Sam bring you the latest in the world of sports and pop culture. They also feature fascinating individuals who engage in variety of conversations that includes insights on their careers. My favorite episodes include the following shows: Kobe Bryant’s legacy, their conversations with sports journalist Kelly Iko and tech-anthropologist, Alex Wolf. Find their latest episodes at:  https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/good-talk-podcast-2

Keeping Us Mentally Strong : Therapy for Black Girls hosted by Dr. Joy Harden 

A weekly chat with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves! Some of my favorite podcasts include topics on: Why Do We Procrastinate, Can you heal in the environment that hurt you, Protect your dream, and more. Find the latest episodes at: www.therapyforblackgirls.com/podcast

Keeping Us Balanced Mind, Body & Soul : Balanced Black Girl hosted by Lestraundra Alfred

Putting black girl magic in motion, the Balanced Black Girl Podcast provides a dose of real-life wellness for women of color. Join host Lestraundra Alfred and guests for candid conversations about health, happiness, and life. This show aims to reimagine wellness and self-care to make them feel real and approachable for all. This black podcast includes guests and a wide variety of topics including some of my favorites like: Breaking Unhealthy Relationships Cycles, Traveling As A Black Woman, Building Financial Wellness, Finding Your Soulful Flow. Find the latest episodes at: https://balancedblackgirl.libsyn.com

Keeping Us Woke from a Married Brotha’s Point Of View: 3 Brothers No Sense hosted by Tavares Ferguson, Byron Evans and Orazio Mancarella 

Just 3 brothers chopping it up about whatever is on our minds at the time. They discuss everything from relationships to their favorite music groups. On this podcast, three married men talk about what’s going on in their lives.  The episodes are about an hour or so. The episode that touched my heart: “Here’s looking at you Jenn.” This is a podcast episode where one of the hosts Razi shares the unexpected death of his wife Jenn just the week before. The strength of being able to share so openly and honestly is worth the listen. They discussed the attitude of cremation in the black community, being at odds with the in-laws and more. Find their latest episodes at: https://anchor.fm/threebrothersnosense/episodes/Hit-the-Switch-ed0c3o

Keeping Us Humble and Inspired: The People You Meet hosted by Richard White

This podcast is about telling the stories of everyday people. The People You Meet includes stories and people that mainstream media doesn’t seem as “necessary or important.” The podcast creator believes in the stories of every day people, so he took it upon himself to make sure these stories get told. “I’ve taken my podcast across the world, and I’m looking forward to telling many more stories,” Richard White stated. One of my favorite episodes featured a Grambling State Alum who was an athlete who shares why he chose to become a vegetarian. It was a great listen. The episodes are around ten minutes. Quick but filling.  Find the episodes at: https://soundcloud.com/thepeopleyoumeet

If you find some more black podcasts that are worth a listen, hit us up. Maybe we can include them in an upcoming article.

The featured photo is of Good Talk hosts Tunde and Sam, courtesy of Good Talk’s podcast page. Thank you to all the Black TV Film Crew FB group members who contributed to this list as well as the Podcasting While Black FB Group. We love ya’ll.

COVID-19: Three Coping Tips For Creatives

COVID-19: Three Coping Tips For Creatives

COVID-19 has been kicking our asses. It has. We’re locked in, fed up and broke. Many of us. Just stating the facts. About three weeks into COVID-19, I got sick and tired of being well, sick and tired. I decided to call a couple of my business colleagues and get some advice on how to get out of the COVID-19 blackhole. BlackTVFilmCrew.com will be sharing a series of articles on how to use COVID-19 to help us overcome. 

My colleague who is the inspiration behind this article is Bruce Gordon, of Bruce Gordon Media. He’s a writer, producer, editor and giver of good advice and had a lot to say when we got on the call. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation.

What do we need to do to get out of the COVID-19 blackhole?

Bruce Gordon

Me: Bruce, I’m bouncing off the walls. I like to be able to go outside or at least know that I can go outside. 

Bruce: Well, let me tell you how I’m handling COVID-19. I’m doing everything I couldn’t do when I was working full time. 

Me: Huh? What do you mean? 

Bruce: When I’m working full-time, there is never anytime to do some of the projects that I really want to do. Now, I’m taking the time and making the time. 

Me:

Silence. There was absolute silence on the phone. My silence. Had my good friend Bruce dropped a heavenly gem? Had he just given me the secret to COVID-19 success? When we got off the phone I sat on the edge of my bed and reflected. 

I had not thought about what COVID-19 had given me: More Free Time

The entire three weeks that I’d been on COVID-19 lockdown all I thought about is what I couldn’t do. 

I couldn’t go hiking in Baldwin Hills. I couldn’t go to the production offices where I work. I couldn’t go to BJ’s where I order my favorite gluten-free pizza. I couldn’t go to the Apple store and look at a new iPhone. I couldn’t shoot the new web series that I’d been thinking about. 

I’d been so consumed with what COVID-19 had taken from me that I had not thought of what COVID-19 had given me: More Free Time. 

An Attitude Shift’s Coming…

So today, I urge everyone who reads this post to remember the time you’ve been given—if in fact, you are laid off, working part-time or are otherwise unemployed. Is there something that you’ve wanted to do but didn’t have the time? COVID-19 is giving you the time. 

Black TV Film Crew’s 3 COVID-19 Tips:

  • 1. Do something you didn’t have time to do when you were working full-time.
  • 2. Call a colleague with some good sense.
  • 3. Think about something that matters to you and then go back to tip #1.

This article isn’t meant to make light of COVID-19 so let me be clear. COVID-19 is a monster but what we choose to do with that monster is our business. I wish you productivity, creativity, safety and success. 

Call to Action: Do you have any tips that are helping you get through COVID-19? Share them with us. Write an article and submit it to us at blacktvfilmcrew AT gmail.com.

Photo above: Bruce Gordon, courtesy of Bruce Gordon Media.

5 Writer’s Tips: The Fear of Re-Writing

5 Writer’s Tips: The Fear of Re-Writing

Last week while I was talking to one of our members about re-writing, it dawned on me the fear that many writers have with the re-write. I know of this fear because I’ve battled it and still battle it. This is the fear of going back to the page and finding out where you went wrong.

Re-writing: The Dragon Many Writers Are Afraid To Slay

I don’t know what it is about re-writing that intimidates some of us but I think it has to do with perfection, finding errors, and quite frankly, wanting to be done. So, I’ve compiled a short list of 5 Writer’s Tips to help overcome the fear of the re-write. 

  1. Accept that re-writing will make each and every version of your screenplay, book, web series better. Some wise person once said, “Writing is re-writing.”
  2. Break the re-writing into steps so you won’t get overwhelmed. Instead of looking at it as this whole re-write, start looking at it as steps. For example,  I gotta fix my main character’s backstory, or I gotta add more details to the world, etc.
  3. Ask yourself, “Do I want to give my story a real chance?” At the end of the day, great writers want their stories to be read, heard, felt, and seen. If re-writing is going to strengthen your chances of success, don’t you want that? 
  4. Accept that perfection is only a word in the dictionary. Your first draft isn’t perfect and that’s as it should be. Re-writing allows your writing to become better. We’re writing because we believe in story. Perfection traps us in fear and leads to procrastination.
  5. Allow a couple of days if not a week between drafts to allow change to unfold in your mind. When I wrote novels I gave myself seven days between the editing process so that I could read my manuscript with new eyes. New eyes give us courage and help to make the re-write process easier. 

The more we write, the more we re-write

It seems some writers have the re-write process down to a science. Others of us, legitimately, struggle with facing that page again. Wherever you are in your process, remember the best stories with the best characters will rise to the top. Re-writing allows us to produce the best writing of our lives. 

Crew Meet Ups: Movement and Motivation Hikes in Los Angeles

Crew Meet Ups: Movement and Motivation Hikes in Los Angeles

For months now various crew members have reached out, asking me to host a Black TV Film Crew event. I felt the pressure to “just do something,” but I wanted to create an event that embodied the spirit of Black TV Film Crew. So in July I came up with the idea for our monthly Movement and Motivation walks / hikes. 

Crew Meet Ups On The Mountain

Once a month, our Black TV Film Crew family meets and walks up the mountain at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Los Angeles. The reason we’re hiking a mountain is because we each face symbolic mountains in our careers. If it’s not getting more work, it’s how to get paid, its how to be seen, etc. There is always something that creatives, crew members and entrepreneurs alike face in the entertainment business. So, I decided to create an event that allows us to climb the mountain and claim the victory. Every time we hike that’s exactly what we’re doing.  

I call our hikes Movement and Motivation because we’re moving and because we have joined together. I believe our collective spirits should motivate each other. Our intention is to motivate each other. We started in August and we just had our second walk / hike in September. We’ve met new people each and every time. 

As a result of our first hike, I found a line producer to work on a web series project who has extensive experience shooting music videos, commercial videos and other productions. As a result of our second hike, I found screenwriting accountability partners and a dedicated contributor for the Black TV Film Crew website. 

There is such value in every hike, I encourage you to check your calendar and connect with us at one of our upcoming hikes. 

Power and Progress,

Yasmin

5 Friends Every Filmmaker Needs

5 Friends Every Filmmaker Needs

A Filmmaker Needs Friends … The Right Ones.

Being a filmmaker is hard work. It’s an uphill battle at times. You struggle to get people to notice your work. You fight to get paid for your art. And at the end of a hard day, you want to have someone to bond with who understands your pain. For that reason we’ve compiled this list: 5 Friends Every Filmmaker Needs 

1. The Friend with Money / Producer Friend.

This is the friend who is well-read and is somewhat a capitalist. They have stocks, bonds and a 401k. They understand that there are people who make art and other people who support it. This friend will help your kickstarter campaign and knows other people with money.

2. The Socially Conscious Friend / Reality Check Friend.

This is the person who makes sure you don’t go off supporting Donald Trump because you’ve become so out of touch with your black roots. This person reminds you of dope people like Malcolm X, and Tahneisi Coates and knows that sometimes you grind so much, you’re not reading like you’re supposed to. But this friend keeps you woke. 

Filmmaker

Photo courtesy Crew Member @coreyabrooks86 Instagram

3. The Therapist Friend / Won’t Put You In A Straight Jacket Friend.

This is the person who knows how hard you work but also knows your struggle with mental health. It’s no secret creatives have a higher incidence of mental illness. This person checks on you and notices things like when you disappear from social media or when you stop answering your phone. This person saves your life by simply being in your life. 

4. The Share Your Dream Friend / Partner In Crime Friend.

This is the person who may share your skill or passion for your work. This person is willing to go to conferences, film festivals, writing retreats, etc. with you. This person keeps your passion alive because you can look at that person and see yourself. This is the friend who literally grows with you. 

5. The Networking Friend / Help Get The Word Out Friend.

This is the person who knows people who know people. This person probably knows some friends with money, but they also know people who hire for jobs, they know people who will promote your work. Bottom line: They know people. This person is an asset because just knowing them increases the people who know you.

Look at your list of homies. Now ask yourself, “Do I have this starting five amongst my friends?” If not, it’s time to network and create your winning team. We have teammates on Instagram and on Facebook. And if you need us to act as your Share Your Dream Friend, sign up to the newsletter and we’ll help to keep your dream alive.  Of course, our resident networker is yours truly, I love making friends. 

**Featured photo courtesy of crew member @Write_TheFilm on Instagram.