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.
MARCH 27, 2017: Sleeping with somebody on the first date (yes, we're going there!)
confession by @nicoleedits
SPECIAL GUEST: Deya Smith (@deyadirect) --- Women have an innate power to attract amazing relationships through understanding and acceptance coupled with the ability to approach life with a feminine touch. Deya Smith encourages readers to step out of their comfort zone and take a stronger, but softer position to gain what they want. “Knowing how and when to turn on your soft power, does not negate the need to play hard ball when necessary, but it definitely gives you an advantage. God made us the softer sex for a reason”, Smith says. With Soft is the New Power: Embracing Your Feminine Edge to Win in Love & Life readers will eliminate the pressure of being ‘on’ constantly; understand that being soft does not make you weak; improve communication with men in business and personal life and a host of other valuable information.
Known for her direct and provocative communication style, Deya has been a guest commentator on FOX News, America's Black Forum, NBC Morning News, News One Now With Roland Martin, The Exhale Show on Aspire TV, HelloBeautiful.com, and Make It Plain on XM Satellite Radio, among others. As 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. http://www.deyadirect.net
GUEST HOST: Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, "REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT." His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens.
Byron's latest film, Soul Food Junkies, won the CNN Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. Soul Food Junkies aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy-Award winning series Independent Lens in January and April 2013.
A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Hurt’s next film is called Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In?
GUEST HOST: PATRICK RILEY (@patarack), has been an independent producer, personality, and writer for more than 20 years, Patrick's clients include (or have included): HARPO PRODUCTIONS, OWN, NBC's "The More You Know" campaign (Executive Producer) CNN.COM, NBC, BET, ARISE Entertainment 360, TV One's "Life After", COZI-TV, "Motown: The Musical", WELLS FARGO, THE ADVOCATE, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, "The Wendy Williams Show", "Anderson Cooper", New York Public Radio/The Greene Space, AT&T, ESPN, DUBOSE ENTERTAINMENT, HURRICANE PRODUCTIONS, I-STYLE TV, CROSSWALKS TV, LEVI'S, REMY MARTIN, COMCAST, HBO, and FOX 5's "Good Day Atlanta" (which became the number one show in the market, and won several Emmy awards during his years there). He’s had the opportunity to interview and produce stories on a number of high-profile celebrities and newsmakers including DIANA ROSS, PRESIDENTS BARACK OBAMA & BILL CLINTON, BEYONCE, MARY TYLER MOORE, MASTER P, GWYNETH PALTROW, QUINCY JONES, TYLER PERRY, JENNIFER HUDSON, to name a few. His wildly popular blog, (http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/) details all of that an more!
March 6, 2017 - Cyberstalking Your Ex - Confession by @chilltowntv
GUEST HOST: Lemonade & MKUA's Podcasts Host @Steph_I_Will and LeeAnne Vamp @vamp celebrity cosplayer and judge on the Syfy Channel's brand new show, Cosplay Melee!!! (we are PUMPED!!!)
March 13, 2017 - Dating Outside Your Race - Confession by @hollieharper5
GUEST HOSTS: @GeekSoulBrother from The Five Nerdy Venoms & GSB podcast!! SPECIAL GUEST: Actress/Singer Dawnn Lewis (yes THAT Dawnn Lewis!!!)
March 20, 2017 - Most Embarrassing Dating Moment Ever - Confession by @mofochronicles
GUEST HOST: actress Khemali Murray and acclaimed writer & a NAACP Image Award winner Tananarive Due.
March 27, 2017 - Sleeping With Somebody On The First Date - Confession by @nicoleedits
SPECIAL GUEST: Relationship Expert & TJMS former producer Deya Direct Smith @deyadirect GUEST HOST: Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt @byronhurt and noted independent producer Patrick Riley @patarack