SCHEDULE

Every Monday at 9pm (EST). 

Each week, the chat kicks off with a topic and confession* about that topic from one of the hosts or a guest. Here's the schedule with date, topic & confession contributor. Check back soon. The schedule updates frequently.  To join the chat,  type #BlerdDating into the search bar on your Twitter page. REMEMBER TO INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #BlerdDating IN EVERY TWEET SO YOUR TWEETS SHOW UP IN THE CHAT. 

 

* Contributors retain all rights to their confession. 

May 29, 2017: I DATED MR. AMEN

confession by @liberationsradio

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SPECIAL GUEST: C. Spike Trotman (@iron_spike) is an American cartoonist and publisher. She is known for creating the long-running web comic Templar, Arizona, and for publishing the Smut Peddler anthologies of what she describe as "ladycentric porn" and the owner of Iron Circus Comics.

Her first online publication was Templar, Arizona, which she began serializing in 2005. She won the Rising Star Award for this series in the 2007 Glyph Comics Awards. She ran a Kickstarter campaign in 2009 to fund a print edition of the series, which has since become a standard part of her business model.

In 2012 she revived the title Smut Peddler, an anthology featuring erotic comics created by women, primarily for a female readership.[4] (Male cartoonists may work on stories submitted for the books, but only as part of a creative team involving at least one woman.)[5] She published a second volume in 2014.

Other things she is known for include editing the horror anthology Sleep of Reason, and writing the Poorcraft instructional books illustrated by Diana Nock.[6]

She founded her own publishing company Iron Circus Comics, which she has since used to also publish works by other creators, including print editions of The Less Than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal by E.K. Weaver, and Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell.

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Deya Smith (@DeyaDirect) known for her direct and provocative communication style, has been a guest commentator on FOX News, America's Black Forum, NBC Morning NewsNews One Now With Roland MartinThe Exhale Show on Aspire TV, HelloBeautiful.com, and Make It Plain on XM Satellite Radio, among othersAs a speaker, Deya has appeared at many universities including the University of Connecticut, Yale, Quinnipiac College, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T, and Florida A&M University (FAMU). 

She is also a frequent panelist and moderator for events including the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise, T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest, the Potter's House, The National Urban League and The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Deya is a graduate of Howard University with a BFA in Theatre.  She now resides in Dallas, Texas, and is engaged to be married.  For all things Deya, follow her on Twitter or her site. 

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Stephanie Williams (@Steph_I_Will ), an unapologetic “blerd” blogger, host of The Lemonade Podcast and co-host of Let Go, Let Flo: A Girlfriends’ Appreciation Podcast and Misty Knight’s Uninformed Afro. She is an avid comic reader, sci-fi lover, and “well actually” slayer. Stephanie can be found tweeting about everything from why representation matters to why Forge was giving Storm the business on that metal leg. Walking in her truth daily and embracing her inner troll. 

More about The Lemonade Podcast here  and here. 

 

 

MAY 2017

May 1, 2017 - Dating a Scrub-  Confession by @hollieharper5  

GUEST HOST: Timothy Jones from @HipHopEd !! SPECIAL GUEST: The one and only @ReignOfApril (yes she created #OscarsSoWhite, yes she's on the cover of Essence right now and YES we are excited!!!) 

May 8, 2017 - I Was Friend Zoned  - Confession by @chilltowntv

GUEST HOSTS: Writer/Psychologist (from Ebony) @JazzKeyes SPECIAL GUEST: Baratunde Thurston (yes, from the Daily Show, The Onion and the list goes on. We are GEEKED!) 

May 15, 2017 - My Date Confessed Something Crazy - Confession by @dawnsonink

GUEST HOST:  Relationship/Lifestyle Guru & Matchmaker @AskCheyB returns!!  

May 22,  2017 - Best Sorry/Not Sorry Dating Moment - Confession by @nicoleedits

GUEST HOST: Killer writer/director Clarkisha Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) returns!  And SPECIAL GUEST: Best-selling writer Lawrence Ross

May 29,  2017 - I Dated Mr. Amen  - Confession by @Libationsradio

GUEST HOST: Writer and podcaster extraordinaire from Lemonade and @BlackGirlNerds @Steph_I_Will is back! And the one and only Deya Direct is returning for more killer dating advice!!!  Plus, the INCREDIBLE cartoonist and founder of Iron Circus Comics, C. Spike Trotman will be joining us. YES WE ARE EXCITED!!!