Reel Sisters & Stephens College MFA in TV & Screenwriting Present Skin
On Oct. 20, 2019, 4 pm, Reel Sisters and Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting will host the closing night film Skin produced by Beverly Naya and directed by Daniel Etim Effiong. A documentary set in Lagos, Nollywood actress Beverly defines Black beauty and explores the practice of skin bleaching in African culture. Emmy-nominated, award-winning writer Dawn Comer Jefferson will moderate the discussion with acclaimed culture, fashion and beauty journalists Channing Hargrove, J’na Jefferson and Monroe Steele.
This screening is free and sponsored by Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting. Seating is limited, RSVP online: www.reelsisters.org. Venue: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 445 Albee Square West, 4th Floor.
Director: Daniel Etim Effiong Writer: Daniel Etim Effiong, Beverly Naya
Producer: Beverly Naya
76 min, Documentary
Skin explores through identity the meaning of beauty in all the different shades of black. It is set in present day Lagos, where Nollywood actress Beverly Naya goes on a journey to learn about contrasting perceptions of beauty.
Dawn Comer Jefferson
Dawn Comer Jefferson is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning writer. On television, Comer Jefferson wrote on the CBS family drama Judging Amy, served as writer/consulting producer on MTV's teen drama, South of Nowhere, freelanced on the CBS hit NCIS, and developed a drama pilot at NBC Universal Studios. She was nominated for an Emmy for writing the Fox-animated family film, Our Friend, Martin, and for the last nine years has written Emmy-winning arts programming for PBS, performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
As a non-fiction writer, Comer Jefferson has written about children, families and public policy issues for national print and online media including Garnet News, Working Mother, Fit Pregnancy Magazine and MomsRising, and her essays have been featured in the anthologies A Woman Alone (Seal Press) and Go Girl (Eighth Mountain Press).
She adapted, produced and directed the eight-part NPR radio series adaptation of the biography Maggie's American Dream, co-wrote the nonfiction book Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work, and Family, and the African American historical children’s fiction, The Promise. Visit her website.
Channing Hargrove is an NYC-based fashion editor and writer. She’s currently a fashion writer at Refinery29 where she makes it a point to write stories celebrating Black women while reporting on industry events, hunting down exclusives as well as hidden stories and breaking headlines. Her work has been featured on Coveteur, Racked, Teen Vogue, Essence, and countless other media outlets. When she isn’t writing about clothing (or shopping, for research, of course), Channing is writing about life in a tiny studio apartment in a big city — and what she’s wearing — on her blog, Channing in the City.
J’na Jefferson has been fortunate enough to write sites such as Billboard, Playboy, The Recording Academy, VIBE, Paper, BET, Red Bull, and XXL, where she’s provided commentary on music, culture, and society through long-form features and research-driven cultural and social analysis. She’s also been seen in front of the camera via television and online for series such as Access Hollywood, on red carpets such as the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, and has moderated and appeared on panels pertaining to journalism, music, and culture. J’na also has experience spearheading various types of original content such as podcasts, video, playlists, and websites, including her female-centered online platform, DOPEism.
Monroe Steele started Fashion Steele NYC in 2010 as a creative outlet for her thrift fashions. She had just graduated from New York University with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy and was sick of wearing scrubs! Monroe wanted to show the world that she had style as well as a love for writing. Over the years the blog evolved from thrift finds to covering fashion events including New York, Paris & Milan Fashion Weeks, travel, beauty, fashion editorials, and lifestyle content. Monroe has a love for fashion and the written word that she passionately put into Fashion Steele NYC and Steele Magazine (a yearly digital magazine on it’s 5th Issue).
Monroe also loves to do video fashion hauls, beauty tutorials, travel vlogs on her YouTube Channel Fashion Steele (12k subscribers). In order to help fellow entrepreneurs, influencers and fashion bloggers, she created The Perfect Pitch Templates to help bloggers pitch to brands as well as the Instastories Pro ebook, to help anyone Instagram like a seasoned pro.