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Lisa Durden's upcoming documentary "Blind Divas" follows Krystle Allen and Naquela Wright-Prevoe, two Black women entrepreneurs, determined to challenge the stigmas and stereotypes about the blindness community

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Director, producer and media personality Lisa Durden (bottom left), Krystle Allen (top left) and Naquela Wright-Prevoe (bottom right) join WBGO Journal host Doug Doyle to talk about the upcoming documentary "Blind Divas"

Lisa Durden, an award-winning director/producer and media personality leads the production of Blind Divas,’ a documentary following Krystle Allen and Naquela Wright-Prevoe, two blind, Black women entrepreneurs, determined to challenge the stigmas and stereotypes about the blindness community. This is not just a story about two determined women who are everyday champions in the blindness community, it’s also a story of triumph.

Durden, Allen and Wright-Prevoe joined WBGO Journal host and News Director Doug Doyle to talk about the project and what ahead.

Durden says this film will pull back the curtain of curiosity about the abilities of women with vision loss, as we document their national ‘Finding Miss Blind Diva Tour;’ Hosted by Eyes Like Mine Inc. and the Greater Vision Foundation, The Miss Blind Diva Empowerment Pageant is honoring marvelous moms with disabilities. Join them for an afternoon of empowerment, entertainment, giveaways, and more.

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Lisa Durden hosts the Miss Blind Diva Pageant

Here are some of the upcoming events :
June 25, 2022 - Community Baby Shower, Newark, NJ  
July 5-10, 2022 - National Federation of the Blind National Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, LA 

For her focus on this compelling story, Lisa Durden, was the WINNER of the national short documentary pitch competition, sponsored by African American Women in Cinema Film Festival (AAWIC), in collaboration with the distributor, Lightbeam TV; A streaming platform featuring stories that shine a light on inspiring people and organizations making the world a better, more hopeful place.

Lisa Durden earned her Masters In Fine Arts Degree, in Social Documentary Film, from New York’s School Of Visual Arts. Ms. Durden took the leap and launched Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions, a Multi-Media Company, specializing in developing content for linear television, film, digital and live audiences, with a focus on telling compelling stories about underserved communities, featuring big, entertaining, characters.

Some of Ms. Durden’s award-winning projects include: Director/Producer, short documentary Girls Matter, which WON Best Animation at the Tokyo International Short Film Festival ‘21; Assistant Director of the Verizon Commercial, Conversations With Mom; Producer of award-winning PBS 2019 Online Festival Short Film, Paris Blues in Harlem; Senior Producer of ImageNation’s star studded Revolution Awards; Co-Producer of the provocative, award-winning, feature film TITLE VII; Conceived & Produced PBS Maya Angelou Film’s successful Live Twitter Chat, which garnered 8 Million Impressions; The former Broadcast Manager with the Black Public Media, AfroPoP Series; Associate Producer of PBS’ documentary, Soul Food Junkies; and Associate Producer of Peabody award-winning, Prime-Time Emmy and NAACP Image awards nominated, Sundance Channel’s, docu-series, Brick City 1.

You can SEE the entire interview here.

Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.