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ReBecca Theodore-Vachon
Film/TV Columnist at The Urban Daily. Co-host of Cinema in Noir every Sunday 6PM EST on BlogTalkRadio.

ReBecca Theodore-Vachon

Film/TV Columnist at The Urban Daily. Co-host of Cinema in Noir every Sunday 6PM EST on BlogTalkRadio.

Candice Frederick
Award-winning journalist, film blogger, Cinema in Noir Radio Co-Host. Contributing Film/TV Writer for Urban Daily and Bitch Flicks.com. I am also a member of the Online Film Critics Society and LAMB (Large Association of Movie Bloggers).

Candice Frederick

Award-winning journalist, film blogger, Cinema in Noir Radio Co-Host. Contributing Film/TV Writer for Urban Daily and Bitch Flicks.com. I am also a member of the Online Film Critics Society and LAMB (Large Association of Movie Bloggers).

Kimberly Renee 

Kimberly Renee aka Reel Sista is a film lover and bibliophile who was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, found her way in Durham, NC and was fortified in the DC, MD, VA area.

When she was a kid she saw the movie musical Little Shop of Horrors and fell in love instantly. And while she was mesmerized by the gigantic singing plant, Kimberly wanted to know more about the three black girls walking through the scenes and singing in the background. What was their story? That was the moment that she became concerned with seeing women of color on the big screen.

Kimberly is a writer and a self- proclaimed nerd, whose interests include the image of African American women in popular culture and literature. Kimberly’s inspiration comes from all forms of the written word: “Well-written television and movies, books, magazines, and song lyrics…I love it all. I know that a well turned phrase can change a life.” Self-definition is very important to her. So Kimberly according to Kimberly is “a womanist, an idealist, a scholar, a writer, sometimes transgressive, sometimes controversial, always creative and always sarcastic.” Each day she strives to live outside of the box.

There are hundreds of folks out there blogging, each looking to say something. Kimberly is grabbing a seat at the table and joining the conversation. But she wants to take it a step further. With Reel Sistas, Kimberly hopes to inspire, empower, uplift, and support women of color both in front of and behind the camera in the film and television industry.

Reel Sistas is on For Harriet’s list of 45 must follow Tumblr blogs. Additionally, Kimberly was recently quoted on the blog Profanity May Be Necessary. Kimberly is also one of the co-hosts of Cinema in Noir on Blog Talk Radio. Cinema in Noir is a weekly podcast that features “unabashed film talk from three mahogany film mavens.” The women give their thoughts and opinions on the film industry from a black female perspective.

Reel Sistas is dedicated to bridging the gap between the women of color who want to see themselves, their mothers, their sisters, their daughters and their friends reflected on the screen and the women working to make it happen. This blog is a celebration of all that it means to be a woman of color in film and television.

Sekiya Dorsett

I have a passion for storytelling and creating. For over 6 years, I have contributed to some of the best production and marketing teams. I am fortunate to say that I have a varied background in all aspects of production and administration that will enable me to be an asset to any team.

Angelica Chéri Nutt

A native of Los Angeles, California, Angelica Chéri Nutt wrote, directed and produced her first full-length play Solitaireat the age of 16.  She then went on to obtain a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University where she was a recipient of a Shubert Foundation Presidential Scholarship. Her plays have received readings and workshop productions at Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA, and in NYC at Columbia University. Her most recent workshop production The Yin and The Yang was fervently received, and is now available for premier.

Also a poet, Angelica has performed in many cafes and lounges both in New York and Los Angeles. Her piece Then and Again was published in the first issue of SPOOK, a new literary magazine.   Angelica has also taken up lyric writing, with a new musical in the works entitled The Dubious Darla Davenport. She is the associate producer of the critically acclaimed Fire This Time Festival.

Her thesis play Ruby Place Nest on the Ground will be produced in May at the Signature Theater, and she was mentored on the piece by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage.

Shari Neal
Apparel entrepreneur & business owner (Bon Bon Vie graphic tees.) Sometimes freelance graphic designer, web developer and art director.

Shari Neal

Apparel entrepreneur & business owner (Bon Bon Vie graphic tees.) Sometimes freelance graphic designer, web developer and art director.

Reva McEachern
TemplateServe founder, creator of Kidedotals, principal consultant at REVA Digital Media LLC and Global SEO Supervisor at Resolution Media, Reva McEachern has substantial experience in emerging media technologies (digital, social, mobile). A former news reporter and self-taught techie, she has been published in a variety of outlets, including The Home News Tribune, The Star-Ledger, Honolulu Weekly, Top Button, Gay City News, .Net Magazine and Mobile Marketer covering music, mobile technology, search engine optimization, fashion, social issues and politics.
Reva is also an active artist and musician with experience performing in New York since 2005.
Reva holds a Bachelors in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University and a Masters in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University, and is a 2007 Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant recipient. Fun fact, in 2005-2006 Reva’s vocals were featured in a national Wendy’s commercial singing Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way.”

Reva McEachern

TemplateServe founder, creator of Kidedotals, principal consultant at REVA Digital Media LLC and Global SEO Supervisor at Resolution Media, Reva McEachern has substantial experience in emerging media technologies (digital, social, mobile). A former news reporter and self-taught techie, she has been published in a variety of outlets, including The Home News Tribune, The Star-Ledger, Honolulu Weekly, Top Button, Gay City News, .Net Magazine and Mobile Marketer covering music, mobile technology, search engine optimization, fashion, social issues and politics.

Reva is also an active artist and musician with experience performing in New York since 2005.

Reva holds a Bachelors in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University and a Masters in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University, and is a 2007 Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant recipient. Fun fact, in 2005-2006 Reva’s vocals were featured in a national Wendy’s commercial singing Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way.”

Margarita Barry

Margarita Barry is an emerging entrepreneur, designer, writer and aspiring changemaker. The Detroit native is a seasoned media-maker, first making waves with her multicultural women’s magazine, Tint, as a teen. Since then she’s worked as a web designer, graphic designer, web consultant, and creative director.

With a passion for inspiring young entrepreneurs, activating creative places, and using art and digital media to empower communities, Margarita launched Detroit Design Lab in 2008, a web design firm focused on helping small local businesses; I Am Young Detroit in 2009, an online publication and movement providing resources and inspiration to young “doers” in the city; and Detroit POP, LLC in 2010, a creative place-making agency focused on local pop-up retail. 

Also in 2011, Margarita launched her own lifestyle brand Bohomodern, combining her love of pattern, her passion for travel, and her pursuit of beauty in accessible, everyday objects. CitySpotters is Margarita’s latest social venture, a mobile and web platform that allows I Am Young Detroit users to earn local gifts by ‘spotting’ businesses and movements led by young citizen doers and by playing supporting roles as mentors, resource providers, and educators.

Margarita serves on several boards including Critic Car Detroit, Detroit4Detroit, The Empowerment Plan, The Knight Foundation’s Detroit Community Advisory Board, and the Pay It Forward Initiative. Her honors include Detroit Young Professional’s 2011 Vanguard Award, Crain’s Detroit Business 2011 40 Under 40, Michigan Business & Professional Association 2012 Women & Leadership in the Workplace Rising Star Award, and the 2012 DailyVenusDiva Thrive Award. Margarita’s greatest hope is that the things she creates positively affect peoples’ lives creatively, socially, and economically.

Monica Herndon

Monica Herndon is a photojournalist and visual storyteller. She dabbles in video, graphic design, and web design as well. 

Monica’s love for photojournalism grew when she attended the New York Times Student Journalism Institute in New Orleans during May 2012. She spent two weeks getting to know the city and its’ people. As the youngest photographer in the group she was pushed to embrace new challenges and overcome mental barriers. Immediately after those two grueling weeks she spent a month in Alicante, Spain capturing the beauty of the ocean-side town.

Monica forces herself to learn and be more creative every day with her daily photo blog. She is a perfectionist, and driven to be the best she can be. 

Arielle Loren

Arielle Loren is a sexuality thought leader, writer, and filmmaker, who has dedicated her career to empowering dialogue about sex. Her work has been featured and praised by The Huffington Post, NPR, ESSENCE, Jezebel, NBC News (The Grio), BET, EBONY, The Root, and Clutch Magazine.

In 2012, she sat as one of three panelists on the “Erotica Out In The Open” panel for BlogHer, the largest conference in the world for women in social media. The Women’s Media Center honored her in 2011 for empowering women online. Loren is one of the select contributors to be featured in the first-ever anthology about E. L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey called 50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey. She also directed and produced a media-acclaimed documentary, Bideology, about women dating bisexual men (http://bideology.com/).

A graduate of New York University, Arielle is the founder of CORSET and serves as the company’s CEO and magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. She leads CORSET’s international community of readers on their journeys to sexual empowerment.http://corsetmagazine.com/