5 Things I Learned About Life After The Death of My Husband

The day before my birthday in October of 2018 my husband died. He’d been complaining of shortness of breath for a week or so, but on this day when I went to work , I received the call no wife ever wants to receive. He’d died unexpectedly in the emergency room. ...

5 Things I Learned About Life While Taking A Stand Up Comedy Class

Stand up comedy class, here I come!  As a birthday gift to myself I decided to improve my comedic writing by enrolling in a stand up comedy class. Though I am an author and screenwriter with no intention of becoming a stand up comic, I am the sort of risk...

Social Media Is Killing My Focus: How I Improved My Productivity

Who knew social media could be so destructive to one's productivity? When I began to actively engage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flipboard, etc., I really had no idea. I had no clue that the minutes would become hours and the time would...

5 Things I Missed Being Addicted To My Cell Phone

Confession: I'm addicted to my cell phone.  Admittedly, I’m a recovering cell phone and social media addict. I’ve been so addicted to my cell phone that I downloaded an app that told me how much I used my phone and then deleted the app because I refused to believe...

5 Gifts Dr. Martin Luther King and The Civil Rights Movement Gave Black Creatives

**Reprinted with permission from BlackTVFilmCrew.com  So many of us black creatives know the “I Have A Dream” speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, but we don’t always acknowledge that chasing our dreams is truly possible because of Dr. King and others who worked...

Brutal Honesty: When Life Sucks

Have you ever said to yourself, "My life sucks..."  I once believed if you worked hard, became successful then life wouldn’t suck. I believed life would be grand the harder you work. But really, neither is true. Life sucks sometimes and life is how you...

5 Achievable New Year Resolutions

Every year ambitious folks list their New Year resolutions and by the end of January everything goes up in flames. So, I decided to come up with 5 Achievable New Year's Resolutions for even those with the weakest of constitutions. Here they are: Start...

Americanah Woke Me Up About Race In America

Americanah changed how I saw race It took me three years to read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi. I opened the book three years ago, tried to read the first five pages and stopped. I didn’t know it then, but I know it now, I was not ready. Americanah...

Review: Jidenna – The Chief

For the old heads who say they can’t listen to trap music but still want to listen to rap music, for the old heads who want music that feeds the soul without all those preservatives and high fructose corn syrup, you need to listen to Jidenna’s debut album,...

Review: Undercover Now Streaming On Amazon

Undercover is one of the latest TV series to be added to Amazon Prime. The show is a BBC production co-produced with BBC America. It follows the story of Maya Cobbina played by Sophie Okenedo, a British lawyer who has been fighting for the innocence of a...

Before books, screenplays, documentaries, reality tv, and even stand up comedy, I always thought of writing as simply conveying ideas. I embrace writing in every medium, even for my marketing clients.

Yasmin Shiraz

Writer , TV Producer, Director, Still Eye Rise Media

Who I Am


I am a mom, widow and entrepreneur. I grew up in Delaware and attended Hampton University for undergrad. I went to Morehead State in received my Master’s Degree in Sociology. I enjoy writing and getting messages across. I am a writer, director, producer, comic, casting producer, supervising producer, entrepreneur, and networking guru. I love people.

What I Do

I currently work in television and film. I write scripts, direct projects as well as cast projects and handle script supervision. I work with clients on a variety of writing initiatives like bringing books-to-film or creating a dope brand message to reach an audience. I work with fellow screenwriters in polishing scripts. Being able to write and market projects is probably my superpower, plus I’m pretty much drama free.


From starting the hip hop magazine, MAD RHYTHMS to writing the self esteem book for black girls, The Blueprint for My Girls. I’ve always followed my passions with my writing and with my life. I move through life seeking with a great amount of gratitude. My journey has allowed me to work with Hall of Fame NBA athletes, to interview some of the biggest stars in Hollywood and hip hop culture, and allowed me to create a network of more than 12k TV / Film professionals and enthusiasts. As I’ve strived to be the best that I can be, I’ve earned book awards, film awards and web series awards along the way. But, its not the accolades that keep me going. Its the desire to leave a legacy and to let people in this world know they matter.


Black TV Film Crew started as a Los Angeles based Facebook group that connected people of color who worked in the TV and Film industries. It has grown to have chapters in 5 cities, an engaging Instagram community, an energetic Pinterest community and passionately committed on every social media platform.

We are 12,000 and growing. We promote our members and provide leads to jobs, grants, contests and more. We have our finger on the pulse in the television and film industry.




YasminShiraz AT Gmail.com



11 + 13 =