Atlanta’s Reel Divas
Twenty women with notable careers in film and TV have put their likeness and resources together to bring awareness to women of color as writers, producers and directors in the Georgia production industry with the launch of #ReelDivas movement
Some of the women spearheading the movement include: Jasmine Guy (Different World, Grey’s Anatomy), Terri J. Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show), Cas Sigers-Beedles (NAACP Image Award Nominee), Tamra Simmons (Surviving R. Kelly) and Ty Johnston-Chavis (Founder of Atlanta Pitch Summit).
“With our brother-in-f ilm, Tyler Perry, getting so much notoriety and acclaim for opening his 330-acre lot here in Atlanta, we feel that the time is now,” says co-creator of Reel Divas, Sigers-Beedles, who is also a writer, producer and director. “Atlanta has already served as the home base and mecca for a lot of TV and film projects, so we are doing our part to continue pushing this narrative to the masses.”
The group will focus on being a collective unit to showcase how women are more powerful together than individually. “We are mothers, wives and daughters, but we are also the writers, producers and directors of Southern Hollywood,” says co-creator of Reel Divas and TV and film producer, Johnston- Chavis. “We are all consistently working, either in development, production or post production, and we are here to stay.”
Included in the Reel Divas are award winners, international and community leaders, professors and professional women. Some are even executives for major companies in film and television, with decades of experience. Collectively with their years of experience, prominent titles and major influence, Reel Divas are looking to bring exposure to themselves as a collective and to advocate for all women of color.