Talk show special engages Black women in their hair journeys, sharing stories, tips and news
Los Angeles, CA — On the heels of film festival exposure and wins, indie production company Oh Gee Productions announces that the Let’s Talk HairTV premiere is now available on Prime Video, a video streaming service available for Amazon Prime members. The talk show special is a studio-based TV show featuring interviews, product demos and at-the-scene reporting, all dedicated to the hair journeys of African-American women.
Let’s Talk Hair is a topic-based talk show in the same way that The Doctors is for health and The Chew was for food. It’s a meaningful twist of fate that this is happening almost 10 years to the date that Chris Rock’s Good Hair was released in theaters.
The journey to be seen
“I’m really excited that more film festivals have established TV Pilot Program categories, in the same way that they’ve opened up web series categories. It reflects the changing realities of distribution, format and opportunity,” says Olu Gittens, Let’s Talk Hair creator and producer. Highlights of the show’s growing list of festivals:
* Best Shorts Competition Awards 2019 (Winner – Award of Merit: African American, Winner – Award of Recognition: Television – Pilot Program)
* IndieFEST Film festival 2019 (Winner – Award of Recognition: African American, Winner
* Award of Recognition: Television – Pilot Program
* Official Selections include: NYC TV Festival, IndieNight Film Festival
The move from pilot to festival winner to distribution is what amazes Gittens the most. “In the past, all a pilot could do was to be shopped around and pitched, and hope an executive would pick it up and take it to series,” she says. “But now, a show like Let’s Talk Hair has a chance to get noticed in festivals then be released as a TV special, and build audience on a high profile platform alongside prestigious titles. I’m so excited to produce in an era where this is possible.”
The power of media
Gittens grew up with the idea that media has the power to bring people together and bring them closer to themselves. As a teen, she’d pour over the pages of Essence, inspired and motivated by the beauty outside, beauty inside message. She watched Yo! MTV Raps bring hip hop to the mainstream (the original host, Fab 5 Freddy, isGittens’ godfather). When Gittens was working as a technical director for KSCI-TV in Los Angeles, shooting 4 to 5 shows a day, she loved the pace within a production studio.
And she understood the power of the format. “I asked myself, ‘If I were to produce my own show in a TV studio, what would it be about?” She thought to the people she cared about the most – her family. Her grandmother, who had been a beautician years before becoming nurse and later an administrator at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. Her cousin, who is a barber. Her sister, who developed a line of premium lace wigs. Hair seemed to be a common theme. She also considered her own needsaround hair. “I wanted Black women like myself to have a space where we could share our stories and also really talk about products and tips for caring for our hair. I realized that the kind of show I was looking for didn’t exist yet. And so I created it.”
Let’s Talk Hair takes the macro level trends – like the billions spent by African-Americans on hair products, issues like hair loss, and relaxed versus natural hair – and breaks them down into delicious bite size nuggets, like how much do we spend on our hair a month, or how a fashion editor got her hair to grow healthy again, or what it means to enter your child in a natural hair pageant for little girls.
If the show takes off and becomes a series, Gittens has big plans to cover all sorts of topics weekly through the lens of hair, and even include men’s grooming editions. “As much as our show is about hair, it’s not only about hair,” says Gittens. “We’ll get to explore subjects like travel, family, career, relationships, personal finance, style, business, life changes – hair is the beautiful thread that runs though all these other really interesting things.”
Learn more at www.letstalkhair.tv
Comedian Del Harrison has been showcased on Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks on TruTV, Gotham Comedy Live (AXS TV), Laughs (FOX), The Mo’Nique Show (BET) and more. Comedy legend Paul Mooney said it best, “Del Harrison has the IT factor.” Ranker.com agrees, rating Del as one of the Top 20 Funniest Black women in America.
Rhavin “with a V” McSweaney is a UC San Diego graduate (BA in Communication) with broad experience in communication, PR, broadcast journalism, post production and social media. She has worked in front of the camera as a host and actress, and on the production teams for such shows as American Ninja Warrior Jr. and America’sNext Top Model.
“What I really love about our hosts is their wonderful personalities and their chemistry – as well as their passion for hair,” says Gittens.
Oh Gee Productions (Baby of the Family LLC) is the film production company behind writer- director-producer Olu Gittens (BA, Brown University, MFA, Boston University College of Communication). The mission of Oh Gee Productions is simple: to make film and television projects that reflect a diverse American experience. Olu Gittensworks in film, theater, television, web series and commercials/branded content.
Oh Gee Productions is working closely with Harry Hall (JD, Howard University School of Law) of MME Hub/Brandworks USA. MME Hub leverages expertise in the fields of marketing, media and entertainment to develop customized solutions which are impactful, and deliver the desired return on investment.