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In Edition VIII of Culour Magazine we sit with Award winning Director, Author, and Actress B. Daniele Watkins.

B. Danielle Watkins.

Las Vegas, Nevada , B. Danielle Watkins is an award winning, international filmmaker, author, actress, and director. B. Danielle has had films screened all over the world, including China, Serbia, Ukraine, and Canada.

In June of 2017 B. Danielle made history by becoming the first and only African American woman to create, write, produce and star in a Revry Original Series and she is currently working on season two.

Revry is a groundbreaking streaming service which brings together specially designed content covering all genres told through thought provoking storytelling. Revry was created by and for the LGBTQ and allied communities; Revry provides a paid subscription service to a library of hand selected short, medium, and long-form LGBTQ content at home and on-the-go.

Recently B. Danielle had an opportunity to speak on a panel at the inaugural Queer Black Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. During the festival a screening of “Parallel the Documentary,” a documentary short that follows B. Danielle as she traces her experiences of being the only black filmmaker at a small regional lesbian film festival in Kentucky, took place.

Her latest project " Blurred Lines " , which was filmed in Paris was released and as usual B. Danielle did not disappoint.

" My writing journey has been nothing short of amazing! It has taken me around the country, and mo​re so, around the world. I've seen things people only dream of because I've been blessed with the ability of story-telling. In the beginning it was purely the joy of telling the story, but now as I've evolved as a woman, a black lesbian woman, my purpose has changed. I write now to tell the story of a community that is hidden, that is tucked a way and misrepresented in the main stream media ". - B. Danielle Watkins.

As B. Danielle breaks out into mainstream media is she moving with style, grace and a splash of spunk. With trailblazers like Lena Waithe opening doors for the LGBTQ community in mainstream media the world needs to know that there is more to come.

Introduce yourself.
I am award winning international filmmaker and author B. Danielle Watkins.

Who are some of your idols, inspirations?
As an African-American filmmaker its only natural that I get stars in my eyes to the likes of Ava DuVernay and her historic and explosive entrance to the scene, but I also look at queer African-American filmmakers such as Patrik-Ian Polk. His inception of the queer black comedy with "Noah's Arc" is what truly made me want to step out. Patrik made it okay to be normal in a world before it was cool to be gay, or popular as it is now.

Tell us the most fun and or exciting project you have worked on? Why?

I will always say that "3030" was definitely the most fun project ever. At the time of season 1, I'd been film making for roughly three years, but I's never been a main character in my own production, nor had I ever had those closest to me on set with me. For "3030" I had the mindset it was going to be amazing, so I wanted my team to be those who supported me. I brought in friends in entertainment industry roles they had no idea how to fill, but they did it, so it didn't feel like work when people who I'd called my friends since childhood, and my sorority sisters, and all these people I'd come across were the faces we saw while we completed that project. The most exciting project, however, was my horror film "In His Name We Trust" (Which will be released April 1, 2018). A horror film was so out of the ordinary for what i'd done in the past, and we filmed the entire thing in one day. It was so exciting to see it come to life. I loved every minute of it!

Who do you aspire to work with in the future?
I really want to work with Jussie Smollett! I have been a fan of his since he was on the original "Mighty Ducks". He is talented in so many ways, and I would love to have him in one of my productions. I also want to work with Ava, she seems so nurturing, and so caring. Like she could be that big sister, mentor, momma type auntie, that will steer you in the right direction, and tell you about yourself person.

Walk us through a day in production.
A day in production, well, a day in mid production is a continuation from the day before probably! I'm assuming we've only had about two hours of sleep, and call time is in two hours. Once we arrive on set, quick meeting of the projected outlook of the day. We will discuss the problems that may arise, the issues we know we have to face, our timeline, and any other administrative dealings we may have. Production then begins. Production does not end until either myself (if I am directing) says so, or we have completed the scenes needed for the day. In between that is a lot of hurry up and wait, setting up, and breaking down, running lines, ensuring the looks are kept, etc. And then we do it all over again.

Why do you love what you do the most?
I'm a storyteller, and I love the art of storytelling. Film making has given me a platform to tell any story I want to visually, and get it out to the masses. I love the reach.

Words of inspiration for upcoming screen writers looking to pursue a successful career?
You cannot worry about things such as the word "no", the word cannot stop you if you have a vision. Do what you feel is right in the moment when everyone around you says its wrong. Pleasing the masses is murder, but not staying true to yourself is suicide. You got this, let the world fall into formation on its own!


Fazzu was created due to a chain of events happening in my life. Fazzu is short for "Phasing Through". Due to a series of things I have gone through from changing my name 3 times, to lost friendships that I thought would last forever, to me losing my mother to COPD and watching the phases she went through before she passed away 9/5/2017. Fazzu is a very special name to me because it represents the process of phasing. Everyone and everything goes through a phasing and transitioning process rather its good or bad. My phases in life has shaped me into the woman i am today. Some phases have been wonderful and some not so. With that being said it inspired me to create something not only for me but for people of minority. That includes me being black and also me being apart of the LGBT community. I wanted to make something for us. I want to one day be apart of Top Fashion Designer conversations.

Introduce yourself.

Hey I’m Kay owner of Fäzzū Clothing Company. I’m from Chattanooga, Tn. I reside in Nashville, Tn. I’ve been designing clothes now since 2010.

Who are some of your influences, mentors?

1. I am influenced heavily by Urban Fashion and the Hip Hop Culture. I love it so much. It’s always evolving. There’s always something new. I want to be apart of the evolution of Urban Fashion.

Advice for anyone looking to pursue this profession?

2. To anyone that want to pursue Fashion, my best advice is to always stay original. In todays time. Originally and simplicity can take you a long way. Put the work in, stay focus, and no matter how many no’s you hear Keep pushing. Never stop going for your dreams. Research, know your audience, And maximize your budget. Quality over quantity!

What would you want your legacy to be?

3. I want to leave my mark on Fashion. I want to break barriers. When it’s all said and done i want Fäzzū to be a household name. When you mention major designer names i want Fäzzū to be in your top 3. I want to do collaborations that will be remembered for years to come. I want my legacy to be a “Fashion SuperStar”